Vital Statistics - Genealogy

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Information from records of births and deaths that occurred in the City of Troy are available for genealogical purposes. Vital records registration began in the City of Troy in November of 1881. Information from these records is provided in the form of an uncertified copy. An uncertified copy of a birth or death record for genealogical purposes can be requested by mail or in person by coming to Troy City Hall.

Record searches, copy retrieval and reproduction may only be conducted by the Registrar, Deputy Registrar and authorized employees of the bureau. No other members of the public, such as historians, genealogists, other employees of municipal government etc. may search, copy or in any way handle vital records indexes or records. This prohibition includes all vital records including those covered by the time period authorized for genealogical research.

For each uncertified copy of a death or birth certificate an $22 fee is charged.

Information may be released for genealogy research subject to the following requirements:

Birth Certificate

  • No information shall be released from a sealed birth certificate
  • The birth certificate has been on file for at least 75 years
  • The person whose name is on the birth certificate is known to be deceased. (proof of death required)

Information required to obtain birth records
  • Birth Record Request
  • Name at birth
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Father's First and Last Names
  • Mother's First and Maiden Names

Death Certificate

  • The death certificate has been on file for at least 50 years.
Information required to obtain death records
  • Name of deceased
  • Date of Death
  • Place of Death
  • Father's First and Last Name
  • Mother's First and Maiden Name

The time periods specified for birth and death records are waived if the applicant is a descendent, or has been designated to act on behalf of the descendant, of the person whose record is being requested. (Birth records must be on file for 75 years, death records must be on file for 50 years). A descendant is a person in the direct line of descent such as a son, daughter, grandchild etc. The applicant must provide proof that they are a direct line ancestor when a waiver of the waiting period is requested.

Mail requests should be sent to:

Vital Records
Troy City Hall
433 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Please include a copy of your ID and the fee for certificate(s)


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