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Rensselaer County, New York

Rensselaer County islocated in the state of New York. The county was created in 1791 from an area that was originally part of Albany County. The county was named after the family of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, the original Dutch owner of the land in the area. Troy is the largest city in the county and also the county seat; the other city in the county is Rensselaer. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a population of approximately 159,429 people and a total area of 665 square miles, of which 13 square miles is water and 652 square miles is land. Rensselaer County borders the following counties: Washington County to the north; Bennington County, Vermont, to the northeast; Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to the southeast; Columbia County to the south; Greene County to the southwest; Albany County to the west; and Saratoga County to the northwest.

Frank Merola is the current Rensselaer County Clerk, as of 2015. The Records Department of the County Clerk’s office is the main recording center for documents relating to real estate, such as mortgages, deeds, and other land records in the county. The Records Department is also the central recording office for most court records, including Supreme and County court cases, foreclosures, judgments, mechanics’ liens, divorces, veterans’ discharges, and other miscellaneous documents. In addition, it is the main office for passports, pistol permits, and amendments, and the central registry for all county notaries public and Commissioners of Deeds.

Public records can be accessed either by visiting the County Clerk’s office in person or doing a background check online. To do a public records search online, you will have to visit the Rensselaer County Clerk Website. While on the website, click on the relevant link to access the records that are available online. Remember that birth records are not public record in the state of New York. A request for a death record of someone who died in the county can be requested in person. A birth certificate for yourself can be obtained on your 18th birthday. You can also obtain copies of public records by visiting the office of the clerk at:

Rensselaer County Office Building – 1st Floor

105 Third Street

Troy, NY 12180

Rensselaer, NY Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-2009214,562
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20095,807
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-2009784
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-2009434
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009565
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009836
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-20097,608
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-200919,172
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-20091,182
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-200916,486
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-20094,228
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200932,653
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-2009745
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-2009874
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-200943,127
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-200924,346
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-20091,041
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-2009793
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-200910,940
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-2009413
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-20091,685
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-20092,364
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-20093,839
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-2009229
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-2009815
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20091,699
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-2009465
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-20091,972
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-20091,411
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-20091,083
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-200922,526

Rensselaer County Clerk’s Office

Address: 105 3rd St, Troy, NY 12180, United States
Phone: 518-270-4080

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