County Clerks are the place to go when looking for official land and public court records.
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You'll need the contact information for individual town and/or village offices when you're ready to obtain official birth, marriage, or death certificates for your ancestors. You'll also need the certificate number and place that the certificate was filed. You can get this information from the state vital statistic records. Contact your local public librarian if you need help with this step!
The New York State Department of Health is also a place for you to obtain original birth, marriage, and death certificates. This is also an important place for adoptees to go when they wish to receive a pre-adoption birth certificate at 18 years of age. Visit their website for more information.
The 10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Museum is a fantastic resource when you're looking to decipher military records and understand stories!
315-774-0391 or 315-774-0253
Your local historical society may be a wealth of little-known information!
[this link takes you to a list of individual societies throughout the county]
Genealogical societies are often full of experienced researchers who may have expertise to share!
Jefferson County New York Genealogical Society (JCNYGS)
PO Box 6453
Watertown, NY 13601
Complete a research form before a search is initiated. Contact the Records Center directly for more information.
Not from Northern New York? Contact your local equivalent or see your public librarian for help finding the information!