New York Family History Societies(U-Z)

This section lists associations from Ulster to Westchester giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Ulster County Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1972. Its aims are to maintain a genealogical reference library, to give assistance to people and members tracing their own family trees and to encourage and promote the study of genealogy and family history.

Its aims are also to provide information for newspapers and periodicals and to publish materials genealogists will find of use.

The association has a Research Library where a number of resources are available, which incorporate:

  • Bible Records
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Deaths 1847-1849
  • Directories
  • Gazetteers
  • Genealogies
  • Maps
  • Marriages 1847-1850
  • Naturalisation Papers
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries

Resources also incorporate:

  • Random Town of Rochester Marriages 1894-1901
  • Reference Books
  • Shawangunk Deaths and other Records
  • Shawangunk Deaths 1847-1910
  • Surname File Folders
  • Tax Lists
  • Town of Plattekill Marriage, Birth and Death Records 1880-1910
  • Town of Saugerties Marriages 1881-1891
  • Ulster Co. Births 1847-1849
  • Undertaker Books
  • Vital Records from various Town of Orange County 1847-1849
  • Wills

More detailed lists of their collections are available on their website.

A number of publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths from Ellenville Journal 1904-1943
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Family Papers
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Genealogies
  • Guide to Dutch, German, Irish and Welsh Naming Patterns
  • Index to Charles Cochrane's 'History of Marlborough'
  • State Census Returns
  • Ulster County Will Abstracts

Westchester County Historical Society

The association has an extensive number of resources housed in a humidity-controlled environment.  These archives include:

  • Account Books
  • Biographical Information regarding people of the area
  • Books and Pamphlets relating to Towns, Cities and Villages of the area
  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • Diaries
  • Genealogy Files covering over 2800 Families
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Marriage and Death Information published in Local Newspapers 1828-1896
  • Periodicals
  • Picture Collection
  • School Registers
  • Scrapbooks

In addition, they have a comprehensive collection of Newspapers, which comprise:

  • Eastern State Journal(White Plains) 1845-1916
  • The Hudson River Chronicle(Ossining) 1839-1850
  • Mount Kisco Recorder 1874-1940
  • New Rochelle Pioneer 1882-1919
  • Westchester News(White Plains) 1871-1913
  • Westchester Spy(White Plains) 1830-1841
  • Williamsbridge Courier 1893-1894
  • Yonkers Daily Statesman 1884-1900

A number of databases are on the site, which include: 

  • Alvah French Scrapbooks Index
  • Biography Index
  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Collections Database
  • List of Church Records on Microfilm
  • McDonald Papers Index
  • Mead Family Papers Inventory
  • Richard Mass Collection on Arnold/Andre

A number of publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Cemeteries
  • Guide to Genealogical Research
  • Indexes to Westchester Co. Names in the Federal Censuses 1790-1840
  • Personal Name Index to J. Thomas Scharf's History of Westchester County