Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment to use the Archives?
Yes. An appointment is necessary. To ensure that there is Archives staff available to assist with researchers needs, an appointment is necessary. Please telephone the Archives at (845) 340-3415. It is recommended that appointments be made at least twenty-four hours in advance. In addition, by telephoning the Archives a researcher will have an opportunity to speak with an Archives staff member regarding their specific search request.
What kind of records do you have?
A portion of the records produced or collected during the normal activities of the government of the County of Ulster have been identified as "archival" because of their enduring administrative, legal, fiscal, historical or research value. They include certain court records, naturalization records, estate records, poorhouse records, property records, or tax records for example.
What is the oldest record in the Archives?
On May 31, 1658, under the direction of Peter Stuyvesant, Dutch settlers of Wiltwyck agreed to build a palisade or stockade for protection from the Esopus Indians. That agreement or bond is the oldest record in the archives. The record is part of the series Kingston Court/Minutes.
Do you have birth, death and marriage records?
Birth, death and marriage records are filed with the clerk of the Village, Town or City government where the event took place.
I’m not computer-literate, but I’m interested in doing some research. Are there other resources available there to suit my needs?
Yes. All the information available on line and more are available in hard copy finding aids and indexes in the research room of the Archives. However, if you managed to find your way here using your computer, you should have no trouble at all moving around this site and finding useful information.
Do you have land records to search like mortgages and deeds?
Land Records are available at the Ulster County Clerk’s Office. The County Clerk’s Office is located at 244 Fair Street, Kingston, New York in the Ulster County Office Building.