Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level. Online Additional resources Additional resources for Jefferson County, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Jefferson County, New York Genealogy – Land Records topic page of the Family Search Catalog . The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Registers are available for: Adams Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the county Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed.
Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37) and can be ordered for viewing at your local Family History Center. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives.
Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.
The main FHC for Jefferson County, New York Genealogy is the Watertown New York Family History Center.
See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.