What types of records are available from the Town of Austerlitz for genealogy research?
Vital records registration started in New York State outside of New York City in 1881. Generally, the Town Clerk provides uncertified copies of the following types of records for genealogy research purposes:
- Birth certificates - if on file for at least 75 years and the person whose name is on the birth certificate is known to be deceased and was born at home in the Town of Austerlitz.
- Death certificates - if on file for at least 50 years and death occurred in the Town of Austerlitz.
- Marriage certificates - if on file for at least 50 years and both spouses are known to be deceased and license was obtained through the Town of Austerlitz.
Are the time periods ever waived?
The time periods are waived for direct-line descendants. A direct line descendant is a person in the direct line of descent, i.e., the child, grandchild, great grandchild of the person whose record is requested. The direct-line descendant applicant must provide the following:
- Proof of their relationship to the person whose record they are requesting.
- Proof of the death of the person whose birth certificate they are requesting.
- Proof of the death of both spouses whose marriage certificate they are requesting.
What is the fee for a genealogy copy?
The standard fee for a genealogy copy is $10.00.
The fee applies separately to each record requested. For example, the fee for a request consisting of one birth record ($10.00), plus one death record ($10.00), plus one marriage record ($10.00) is a total of $30.00.