The Records Management Office was formerly located on the lower level of the
County Office Building and receives many requests for genealogical information.
The County Clerk and Records Management Offices hold various records used for
research, among them census records, deeds, and mortgages. Unless you know
he town in which the ancestor you are searching was born, it is difficult to
search the correct census. Deed and mortgage records begin with 1795 and are
sometimes useful in determining the town of origin, but not all people were
property owners nor can we be sure they were actually born in the town
where they owned property , so this theory does not always work.
Birth, death and marriage records are held by the town clerks. It would be
necessary to know where the event occurred to find the record you are
searching. Attached is a list of town clerks/registrars who are the holders
of these records. (Genealogy Assistance)
State Bureau of Vital Records in Albany has birth records that begin
in 1881. Before this date, it was the responsibility of the physician to record
the birth. Church records can be helpful. See the list entitled "Genealogy
Assistance" for possible sources of birth and library resources. We have
also attached a records information leaflet published by the State Archives and
Records Administration regarding family history research.
We hope this helps in your search for roots. If you would like our office to conduct
a search, the fee is $5.00 per name, plus an additional $.50 per copy of any records
you request and we are able to reproduce for you. The Census records are particularly
hard to reproduce. In the event we cannot copy this record, we will issue a
"Certificate of Census Record" at the cost of a photocopy. You may make you
check payable to "Schoharie County Clerk" and address your request to Records
Management at the above address.