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Research Requests

All members of the Schenectady County Historical Society may use the Library at no charge. Members who join SCHS at the sponsor level, or above, can contact the Library to receive one free hour of research with the Librarian each year. Non-member researchers can contact the Library to ask staff to conduct research on their behalf, for a fee.


$5.00 for a “look-up,” or research on a single vital record such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records (detailed below).

$25.00/hour for comprehensive research covering all library sources, primary and secondary, including family files, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and historic documents.

Payment may be made by personal check made out to Schenectady County Historical Society and mailed to SCHS, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305. Additionally, you pay contact us at 518-374-0263×5 to pay by credit card over the phone, or pay online below:

Pay for Research

Click on the button below to pay for your research request.

Details on Look-Ups of  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 the $5 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).

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.

Naturalization Records: The library has naturalization records from 1809-1929 on microfilm.