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Research Requests

If you are unable to visit our library and would like to request research to be performed on your behalf, the following fees apply:

General Research Requests

The fee for research is $25.00 per hour of research time conducted by our staff and volunteers (one half-hour minimum). Research is limited to the holdings of the Grems-Doolittle Library. The fee includes photocopies of relevant information sent to you by mail. Queries are answered in order of their receipt. The length of time to respond depends on the volume of requests being handled in the same period. Please contact 518-374-0263, option 3, or email our Librarian for more information about requesting research.

Look-Ups of Specific Records

If you find a reference to a specific record or document of interest to you that is described in one of the finding aids on our Collections page, you can request a photocopy of the record for a small look-up fee. Please contact 518-374-0263, option 3, or email our Librarian to request a copy of a specific record.

Obituary and Marriage Record Look-Ups

The library has transcriptions of obituary and marriage notices from local newspapers for the years 1812-1884 (1812-1877 on microfilm). Look-ups of individual marriage or death records cost $5.00 per name. Please use this form to request obituary or marriage look-ups. Alternately, you can contact 518-374-0263, option 3, or email our Librarian to request a look-up.

Almshouse/Poorhouse Record Look-Ups

In 1896, the New York Legislature passed legislation requiring officers of public almshouses and poorhouses to submit an annual census of inmates to the State Board of Charities. At a state conference of Superintendents of the Poor, a committee developed a standard form for reporting information about each inmate. This form was used unchanged until 1905 when the State Board made a few minor revisions. Although the records span the years from 1875 to 1920, there are often gaps of one or more years in the census returns from a particular county. Most records are in the 1900-1919 time period.

The Historical Society has a microfilm copy of these records for the poorhouse in Schenectady County, New York. An index to the records can be found here. Society staff will make copies of a card if you submit the request form. There will be a charge of $5.00 for each name (including alternate spellings) submitted. You can preview an image of a sample card here. Alternately, you can contact 518-374-0263, option 3, or email our Librarian to request a look-up.