Dutchess County Historical Court Records

Records Available for Research

Minutes/Records of the County Court, 1894-present
Minutes/Records of the Court of General Sessions, 1721-1889
Minutes/Records of the Supreme Court, 1894-present
Minutes/Records of the Oyer and Terminer Courts, 1800-1900
Minutes/Records of the Court of Common Pleas, 1721-1889
Naturalization Records, 1794-1991


Dutchess County Office Building
22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

  • Naturalization records, original and microfilm

Dutchess County Records Center
170 Washington Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

  • All court minutes and filings, original and microfilm
  • Filings of the Courts of Common Pleas and General Sessions have been digitized

Other Records of Historical Interest

Board of Supervisors Minutes, 1717-1967
Records of Roads, 1744-1788
Manumission Records, 1811-1821
Deeds and Mortgages, 1718-present
Election Book, 1754-1877

Accessing County Records

Records are accessible to the public in person on the second floor of the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Microfilm copies of all historical records are available, but there is only a single reader-scanner, on a first-come, first-served basis. Land records are available here in hard copy format. Clerk’s Minutes and other records stored at the County Records Center require a formal records request. It is highly recommended that searchers submit these requests well in advance of their visit. Digital photography is not permitted, though photocopies can be made at a per-page charge.

A growing collection of historical material is available online via the Dutchess County Clerk’s and Dutchess County Historian’s webpages. This material includes much of the Ancient Documents Collection, which is currently undergoing indexing and imaging.

Learn More

For more information, please contact the Dutchess County Clerk on their website: www.dutchessny.gov/countyclerk or the Dutchess County Historian on their website: www.dutchessny.gov/history. The Historical Society of the New York Courts is unable to provide research assistance related to court records at this time. 

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