ANNOUNCING NEW DATABASE
RENSSELAER COUNTY, NEW YORK
SURROGATE COURT INDEX
A. An index of 31,325 Rensselaer County Surrogate Court Records from 1786 to 1917 has now
been added to the Troy Irish Genealogy (TIGS) website. These records, especially those
prior to 1880 will be of great interest to genealogy researchers. The information in this
data base was copied from a file in the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second
Street, Troy, New York.
B. To view these records go to the Troy Irish Genealogy website at:
and click on PROJECTS and then click on RENSSELAER COUNTY
SURROGATE COURT INDEX. It should be noted that these records, like most of the TIGS data
series, cover the general population in the area and are NOT restricted to Irish surnames.
C. For each name in the on-line index there is a Surrogate Court Record folder that may
contain various original source documents such as Wills, Letters of Administration,
Guardianship Papers, Invoice of Property, Depositions Concerning a Person's Death,
etc. The on-line index shows the following information for each record which may help you
identify those records that will be of interest to you:
1. NAME - Last, first, middle name or initials if any, and titles like Dr., Rev.,
2. FILE NUMBER - Used to locate the files at the Rensselaer County Historical
3. LOCATION - Gives name of city, town or state of residence.
4. DATE - May be year of death or year of legal issue.
5. INV. - Indicates when there is an inventory of household goods in the record.
An invoice may be in the records EVEN if this column is not checked.
6. COMMENTS - This column will have an interesting comment for each name.
Some comments may show marital status (bachelor, spinster, widow, widower),
while other comments may show maiden names, occupations, name of
street residence, relationships (wife, husband, mother, father, son daughter,
etc.) and number of children.
D. Copies of any original source documents that are contained in the file folder for each
name can be requested from the Rensselaer County Historical Society. The TIGS website has
a PRINTABLE FORM that can be used when requesting copies from RCHS. For each request there
is a $5.00 fee which will cover RCHS's cost of locating and pulling a singular file
folder from the archives. After the file folder is located, RCHS will contact the
requester about the contents of the file to see which documents they want copied at a cost
of .25 cents per page plus postage for mailing.
E. Hopefully this new on-line index, along with the many other TIGS projects will be
useful to Troy area genealogy researchers.
TIGS Project Coordinator
Clifton Park, NY