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This website was last updated 9 Jun 2018

Welcome to the Rensselaer Co., NYGenWeb! I am your county coordinator, Debby Masterson. Please understand that I only have information about my own ancestry. If the information you seek is not on this website I will try to suggest alternate places to look, but that is all I can do. I live in Florida and do not have access to sources in Rensselaer County. There are professional researchers familiar with county resources that will be glad to assist you for a fee.

PLEASE NOTE: If you find a link that doesn't work, or you email someone and your mail bounces, please email me and let me know so I can address the problem. Thanks!

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Rensselaer County, NY was created 7 February 1791 from Albany County, NY. It
was named for the Dutch pearl merchant and first patroon Kiliaen van Rensselaer
(c1585-1643) of Amsterdam, who never came to America.

Table of Contents
About GenWeb
World, North America, US, NY and Rensselaer Co
Advice for Beginners
For those new to genealogy
African Americans
Updated 22 Jul 2014
Updated 4 Dec 2017
Updated 23 Jan 2014
Updated 24 Mar 2016
Updated 16 July 2011
Business, Commerce & Industry
Updated 12 July 2011
Cemetery Database
Over 93,000 names! Updated 16 Feb 2018
Census Transcriptions
Updated 16 July 2011
Church & Synagogue Addresses
Updated 28 March 2012
Church Records
Updated 10 Nov 2016
Cities, Towns & Villages
Updated 17 July 2014
Updated 7 Nov 2013
Colonial Records
Pre-1776 records for the future Rensselaer County
County Mailing List
Moderated by Pat Connors
Updated 23 Feb 2016
Updated 16 July 2011
Diaries and Letters
Updated 1 July 2010
Dutch Genealogy
Helpful links to Dutch research. Created 22 Apr 2014
Freedom of Information Laws
How FOI legislation can help YOU
Funeral Homes
Updated 16 July 2011
Genealogical Societies
Updated 8 Nov 2013
Updated 23 Sep 2015
Historical Societies
Updated 8 Nov 2013
Huguenot Genealogy
French Protestant forebears
Irish Genealogy
Helpful links to Irish research. Updated 7 Jan 2014
Updated 9 Nov 2013
Lineage Societies
Updated 10 Nov 2013
Updated 10 Jan 2014
Loyalist Records
Updated 1 Aug 2011
Updated 1 Aug 2011
Mayflower Families
Updated 21 July 2011
Municipal Historians
Updated 20 July 2011
Native Americans
Mahican, Schaghticoke and others
Naturalization Records
Find your emigrant ancestor
Newspaper Extracts
Updated 13 July 2011
Past and present
Updated 08 Mar 2016
Origins of Place Names
Updated 1 May 2010
Palatine Genealogy
Germans who came in 1710
Photo Gallery
Updated 31 Jan 2017
Place Names
Includes bodies of water
Updated 4 Aug 2011
Updated daily, by YOU!
Rensselaerwyck Settlers
17th century
Researchers for Hire
Updated 16 Apr 2012
Soldiers & Sailors
Updated 3 Sep 2016
State Resources
Accessing NY State records
Surname Registry
Updated 26 Feb 2015
Tax Lists
Hoosick and Schaghticoke for 1779
Town and Village Clerks
Updated 18 July 2011
Town and Village Historians
Updated 20 July 2011
Troy's 100 Years
Covering 1789-1889
Vital Records
Updated 6 Aug 2011
Websites of Interest
Updated 9 Jun 2018
Where to Write for Vital Records
Updated 18 July 2011
Wills & Probate
Updated 23 Feb 2016

Links to Rensselaer County's Neighbors
Albany County, NY
To the west of us, across the Hudson River
Bennington County, VT
To the northeast of us
Berkshire County, MA
To the east of us
Columbia County, NY
To the south of us
Saratoga County, NY
To the northwest of us, across the Hudson River
Washington County, NY
To the north of us

In Memory

Linda Jeane Van Buren
August 30, 1946 - March 12, 2013

Lin was the Rensselaer Co. Coordinator from 2002 to 2013. It is largely because of her love of genealogy and dedication to this website that the Rensselaer Co. GenWeb is one of the best websites at GenWeb. She will be missed, but never forgotten by the numerous people from all over the world that she has helped find their ancestors.

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