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Uncover articles, county guides, and other tools for tracing New York families.

New York Knowledge Base

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New York Probate Records Before 1787

Probate records, detailing the settlement of the estates of deceased New Yorkers, are one of the state's most valuable genealogical sources. This article describes the pre-1787 New York probate records and the forms in which they are currently available to researchers.

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New York County Guides

Access detailed guides for each of New York's 62 counties. Our individual county guides feature overviews of key records (vital, census, etc.) as well as detailed listings of important county, local, and regional repositories. 

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The New York Knowledgebase includes hundreds of detailed articles and subject guides for anyone researching ancestors in New York. Start by selecting a topic or location, or browse the full knowledgebase.

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Explore the New York Researcher

An award-winning magazine, the New York Researcher features regular articles on collections, helpful research tips, and other updates. Members can access the latest issue online and past issues in the eLibrary.

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