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Vital Records in New York State

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in the State of New York was first required by Chapter 152 of the laws passed in 1847. The record keeping under this law was to be done by the clerk of each school district, who would report these records to the appropriate town clerk who would in turn report to the county clerk. The records, or an abstract, would be then sent to the Secretary of State. The law was poorly written and not very easily enforced. On December 19, 1850 the Secretary of State wrote to all County Clerks:

SCAN of letter reading:  Dear Sir,  I have concluded not to forward the blanks for the Report of Births, Marriages and Deaths, until the law is so amended as to enable me to receive full and correct reports from the entire state.  Therefore all action under the law will be, for the present, suspended.

Although most action under this law seems to have stopped at the end of 1850, the actual law stayed on the books until 1885. In Chapter 270 of that year's laws, paragraph 9 repealed "Chapter one hundred fifty-two of the laws of 1847."

Another attempt by the state to collect death records was begun in 1864 in which the assessor of each town or ward was directed to accumulate the data. (Chapter 380) This law was repealed in 1865. (Chapter 723)

An improved law for vital records was not subsequently enacted until 1880, when registration was put under the jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Health.

Source: A Guide to Vital Records in the Collection of the Saratoga County Historian's Office , by Lynn Calvin.

Vital Records in Saratoga County

Bible Records

ALDERMAN

William and Clarissa (Hocumb) Alderman Family Bible Record

ALLEN

Daniel and Minnie F. (Van Schaick) Allen (in Van Schaick Bible)

ANDREWS

James M. and Rosanna (Brown) Andrews Bible Record

ARCHER

Harriet Amelia Archer's Family Bible

AVERY

 

George H. and Cynthia (Badgley) Avery Bible Record

John and Maria (Stevens) Avery Bible Record   (in Avery-Closson Bible)

BALL

Jacob G. and Lucretia (Hoyt) Ball Family Record

BARNES

Michael and Celia (Conlin) Barnes Bible Record

BOUK

Jacob Bouk Bible Record

BRIGGS

Joshua and Caroline (Rymph) Briggs Bible Record

BROWN

Abner and Mary (Ball) Brown Family Record

George H. and Jane A. (Hanaman) Brown Family Bible Records

Hiram and L (Atkin) Brown Family Bible Record

BRYAN

Alexander and Mary Elizabeth (Fake) Bryan Bible Record

 

Bryan-Morley Family Bible Record

BUCKBEE

Mahlon and L. Matilda (Deyoe) Buckbee Bible Records

BURNHAM

R. Jay and Elizabeth (Jones) Burnham Bible Record

BURNS

John B. and Rebecca (Randal) Burns Family Record

CLANCY

Thomas and Sarah (Kearney) Clancy Family Bible

CLOSSON

Eli and Mary J. (Avery) Closson Bible Record  (in Avery-Closson Bible)

CONDE

John T. and Frances L. (Curtis) Conde Bible Records

DEWEY

David and Bethia (Larkin) Dewey Bible Record

DICKINSON

Nathan and Jane (White) Dickinson Bible Record

DRIGGS

Elisha and Charity Driggs Bible Record

ELMS

Pardon and Ursley Elms Bible Records

FEAN

J. Patrick and Margaret (Storan) Fean Bible Records

FOLGER

Thomas and Abigail Folger Bible Records

FULLER

Benoni and Lydia (Case) Fuller Bible Record (with Case Family Data Sheet)

GILMAN

David and Charlotte (Wylie) Gilman Family Bible

GRAHAM

Benjamin and Betsey (Myers) Graham Bible Records

GREENFIELD

John Greenfield Family Bible Record

HEMPHILL

Robert Hemphill [a.k.a. Hemple] Family Records from Bible

HERRICK

George W. and Maria J. (Loversee) Herrick Bible Records

HOSKINS

Thomas and Mary Hoskins Bible Records

HUMPHREY

Henry Humphrey Family Records

KELLEY/KELLY

Patrick and Winifred (Mulvihill) Kelley/Kelly Family Records

KNIGHTS

Aaron and Hannah (Snedekar( Knights Family Records

KNOWLTON

 

Alexander R. Knowlton Bible Record

with inserted leaflet Lines on the Death of Mr. Joshua Brown

KRATZER

 

Jacob and Sarah (Moody) Kratzer Bible Records

Andrew and Lydia (Tracy) Kratzer Bible Record

LASHER-McKNIGHT

Cary and Addie May (McKnight) Lasher Bible Family Records

LATHAM

George W. and Polly Ann Latham Bible Register

LAWRENCE

Joseph Lawrence Bible Record

LOCKWOOD

Charles S. and Gertrude Lockwood Bible Record

MABEE

Albert G. Mabee Bible Record

MACKLIN

Robert Macklin Bible Family Records

MARSHALL

William & Hannah (Fish) Marshall Bible Record

MEDBERY

Stephen B. & Sarah (Clark) Medbery Bible Record

MILLER

Ebenezer Miller Bible Record

 

1882 Letter with Jacob Miller Bible Records

MILLERD

Eleazar Millerd Bible Record

MOODY

Henry and Mary Jane (Dingman) Moody Bible Record

MOOR

Albert H. and Jerusha Ann (Brown) Moor Family Bible Records

ORCUTT

Luther B. and Elmina (Brown) Orcutt Bible Record

PALMER

Gidley Palmer Bible Record

PIERCE

Hugh and Mary (Rogers) Pierce Bible Record

PORTER

William and Elizabeth Porter Bible Record

QUACKENBUSH

Adam and Jane M. (Delong) Quackenbush Bible Record

RAYMOND

Ann Eliza Raymond Family Bible Record

ROBLEE

Roblee Family Bible Records:    Hamilton and Helen (Martin) Roblee and descendants

SAYRE

Rev. Ezra and Sophia (Westfall) Sayre Bible Record

SEARLES

James and Ab Searles Bible Record

STRAIGHT

Nehemiah Straight Bible Record

STURDEVAN

James and Lydia (Shaw) Sturdevan Bible Record

TAYLOR

Isaac and Percillar Taylor Bible Family Register

THAYER - PRATT

Thayer - Pratt Family Bible Record

THOMPSON

Isabella C. Thompson's Family Bible Records

TRITES

David and Cathrin (Galler) Trites Family Bible Records

VAN BUREN

Harman and Ruth (Millard) Van Buren Bible Record

VANDENBURG

Cornelius and Hannah (Hays) Vandenburg Bible Family Record

VANDERWERKEN

Peter and Sarah (Guffin) Vanderwerken Bible Record

VANDERWERKER

Vanderwerker Birth Records in a 1715 Bible

VAN SCHAICK

George W. and Martha (Dailey) Van Schaick Bible Record

WATERBURY

Nathaniel and Catherine L. (Winney) Waterbury Bible Records

WHEELER

Francis D. and Abigail (Miller) Wheeler Bible Record

WHITE

Nathaniel and Lucy (Hall) White Bible Record

WHITHEAD

John and Margaret Whithead Bible Record

WILBER

William Wilber Bible Record

WILBUR

 

John and Hanna R. (Sarles) Wilbur Bible Record

Fones Wilbur Family Bible Record

WOODIN

Woodin Family Bible Record

WYLIE

James and Phoebe (Daggett) Wylie Family Record

Other Vital Records