New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906

First settled by the Dutch in the 17th century, and later acquired by the British, New York is one of the most important states in the history of the United States. This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister’s records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child’s name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents’ names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Church records provide the best substitute in New York State for vital record information. In particular, the Reformed and Lutheran churches kept excellent records, having the children baptized soon after their birth. Arthur Kelly has spent over 30 years transcribing and collecting early records of this area in an attempt to provide vital record information for the18th and 19th centuries before civil records were required.

This record use to be available online at Ancestry but it has been removed from their collection. To access this record you must either visit the Salt Lake City Family History Center where you can access it via the following link:

Or if you are in New York you can find it at the Onondaga County Library:

The following records are included in this database:

Herkimer and Fulton County Records:

  • Baptismal Record of German Flats Reformed Church, 1763-95, 1811-48, 1896-99 (German Flats, Herkimer)
  • Baptism Record of the Reformed Church Herkimer, NY, 1801-99 (Herkimer, Herkimer)
  • Vital Records of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Johnstown, NY (Johnstown, Fulton)

Montgomery County Records:

  • Baptismal Record of Trinity Lutheran Church, Stone Arabia, NY, pre-1751-1899 (Palatine, Montgomery)
  • Baptism Record of Reformed Church, Stone Arabia, NY, 1739-1899 (Palatine, Montgomery)
  • Baptism Record of Caughnawaga Reformed Church, 1758-1899 (Town of Mohawk, Montgomery County)
  • Records of Queen Anne Chapel (Episcopal), Fort Hunter, NY, 1735-1746 (Florida, Montgomery)
  • Records of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the Town of Glen, 1805-1872 (Glen, Montgomery)
  • Records of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church and First Presbyterian Church, Amsterdam, 1798-1821 (Amsterdam, Montgomery)
  • Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Middletown (now Mapletown), 1803-1901 (Canajoharie, Montgomery)
  • The Dempster Records, 1779-1803 (Florida, Montgomery)

Saratoga County Records:

  • Saratoga Quaker Monthly Meetings, 1781-1850 (Saratoga, Saratoga)
  • Records of Bacon Hill Reformed Church, 1834-1841 (Northumberland, Saratoga)
  • Schuylerville Methodist Church, 1851-1883 (Saratoga, Saratoga)
  • Stillwater Birth Records
  • Daybook of Rev. Zerah Taylor Hoyt, 1846-1851 (Greenfield, Saratoga)
  • Records of Ballston Center Presbyterian Church, 1783-1853 (Ballston, Saratoga)

Schenectady County Records:

  • Glenville Reformed Church, vital records, 1814-1914 (Glenville, Schenectady)
  • First Reformed Church of Schenectady in the city of Schenectady, 1811-52 (Schenectady city, Schenectady)
  • Schenectady Reformed Church, Baptisms, 1694-1811 (Schenectady city, Schenectady)
  • Niskayuna Reformed Church, 1783-1860 (Niskayuna, Schenectady)
  • Births recorded by Mrs. Mary Stevens, midwife of Schenectady, NY, 1767-88 (Schenectady city, Schenectady)
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Duanesburgh, 1766-1882 (Duanesburgh, Schenectady)
  • Records of the First Reformed Church of Scotia, New York, 1818-99 (Glenville, Schenectady)
  • Princetown Reformed Church, 1825-1908 (Princetown, Schenectady)
  • Woestina Reformed Church, 1800-1861 (Glenville, Schenectady)

Schoharie County Baptism Records:

  • Records of the Rev. John Daniel Schafer, 1819-38 (Schoharie)
  • Blenheim Reformed Church, Vital Records, 1797-1839 (Blenheim, Schoharie)
  • Gilboa Reformed Church, Vital Records, 1801-84 (Gilboa, Schoharie)
  • Lawyersville Reformed Church, Vital Records, 1790-1882 (Cobleskill, Schoharie)
  • Middleburgh Reformed Church, Vital Records, 1797-1899 (Middleburgh, Schoharie)
  • Schoharie Reformed Church, Baptismal Records, 1731-1894 (Schoharie, Schoharie)
  • Reformed Church of Sharon, Vital Records, 1793-1867 (Sharon, Schoharie)
  • St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vital Records, 1801-61 (Seward, Schoharie)
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Schoharie United Presbyterian Church, Baptismal Records, 1728-1899 (Schoharie, Schoharie)
  • St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Rhinebeck, Vital Records, 1802-67 (Seward, Schoharie)
  • True Reformed Dutch Church, Vital Records, 1821-77 (Sharon, Schoharie)
  • Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Vital Records, 1794-1871 (Cobleskill, Schoharie)
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1 thought on “New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906”

  1. My GGgrandmother was born in Schoharie County, NY about 1804. Her name was Elizabeth Schermerhorn. Peter and Maria were here parents. One of her sisters was Hannah. She married Daniel Dennison Stark. Can anyone help me find more info on them? He was born in Herkimer Co. NY in 1801.

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