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Please read below for information and websites about various local organizations that may be of help to you.

For post-Revolutionary records, the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences is the best resource around. Some of the many resources here are:

  • Staten Island Newspapers from 1833 [I have been told that it is far from complete.]
  • Book & Periodical Collections about the history of Staten Island and related topics. These collections are supplemented by atlases, directories and works by Staten Island authors.
  • Photograph & Print Collections: images depicting over two hundred years of Staten Island history arranged demographically and thematically.
  • Directories
  • An extensive collection of Census Records
  • Church and Cemetery collections including Moravian Cemetery Interment Records
  • Other genealogical materials including family bibles, family papers, correspondence, diaries, certificates and awards, photographs, deeds, financial records, wills and estate inventories, and both published and unpublished works about Staten Island families.
  • Staten Island Business & Industry Collections
  • Staten Island Ferry Collection
  • Staten Island Organization Collections includes archival records and membership lists for many local organizations.
You can do your research by mail (there is a fee, less if you're a member) or in person (there is a fee if you're not a member). Please call in advance to check hours. [I have been told that you must make an appointment.] You can get more information at our SIIAS page.

Holly's notes (thanks, Holly!): You must have an appointment to visit the Archives. You can't just waltz in and expect a welcome. Also, be advised that you will not be permitted to carry a notebook or pad or even your own pencils into the Archives. Lockers are provided. You will be given some paper and a pencil. I was allowed one typewritten list of dead ancestors whose obits I was after, as well as my magnifying glass.

Lynn's notes:They are only open to visitors on Tuesday - Thursday 10a.m. - 4 p.m. You must make an appointment as the equipment; such as, microfiche, microfilm machines and personnel are limited

For colonial periods, check out The Staten Island Historical Society at Historic Richmondtown. They have, among other things:

  • WPA index cards index names from deed libers. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has microfilmed these cards; but you can see the originals here.
  • Vosburgh Church Indexes contains copies of church records and tombstone inscriptions, copied from a dozen churches (not Catholic) around Staten Island in the 1930's.
  • Correspondence from other researchers.
  • Directories back to 1883/4. There were two or three a decade, until phone books came out annually. The collection is current, spanning over a hundred years.
  • Real Estate and Insurance Maps and Atlases from years such as 1874, 1887, 1898, 1907, 1917, as well as real estate records from 1844 to 1984.
  • Geographical Location Photos organized by town, then street.
  • Hessian Revolutionary War Diaries (1776-1784).
  • Military Records (including Pension applications for all wars from the Revolution).
  • Various court and county records from 1809 to 1967.
  • Microfilms of various newspapers.
  • Church, funeral home and nursery school records.
They are open for research on Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only. They do some research by mail, but you will do a lot better by going there yourself. You can get more information at our SIHS page.

The Section of Genealogy (a part of the SIIAS) meets 7:30 - 9:00 the second Thursday of every month at the courthouse in Historic Richmondtown. All are welcome. Questions relating to your genealogical search may be discussed with members of the group between 7:00pm and 7:30pm or after the meeting. Upcoming meetings:

  • September 9 - Nancy Fiske, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House, will present Alice's World - The Life & Works of Alice Austen, Photographer
  • October 14 - Dick Dickenson - Staten Island History
  • November 11 - Janet Britton - Genealogy on the Internet for Genealogists

Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island's purpose is to initiate the preservation and cleanup of neglected or abandoned cemeteries, graveyards, burying grounds and churchyards; and to assist in the beautification, rehabilitation, and/or attempt to restore, and maintain, the markers, stones and history of such final resting places. All about FACSI.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has many excellent articles for everyone. They also have online databases for members.

The Preservation League of Staten Island. Since its organization in 1977, The Preservation League of Staten Island has devoted its time, energy and resources to identifying, fostering an appreciation for, and supporting the preservation of Staten Island's historic built environment through a wide variety of activities -- and with continuing success.

The St. George Branch of the New York Public Library, very close to the ferry, has the Staten Island Advance on microfilm from 1921, and limited other holdings. Here are the Hours and Directions (and other locations).

The New York Public Library, main branch at 42nd Street, has a terrific Genealogy section.

The Staten Island Daughters of the American Revolution recently got a home page. They used to have an online Staten Island Chapter Revolutionary War Ancestor List.

The Family History Library has the largest collection of genealogical information in the world. Much of their holdings is in microfilm form, which you can rent at your nearest Family History Center for a month for about $3.75. See the Family History Library Catalog.

  • 913 Rockland Ave
    Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, United States
    Hours: T-Th 5-9pm; Sat-Sun by appointment only.
  • 125 Columbus Avenue at 65th Street, 2nd Floor
    New York, New York County, New York, United States
    Phone: (212) 873-1690
    Hours: T-F 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-5pm;
    Sun 10:30am-5pm members only.

This is not genealogy per se, but the Order of the Eastern Star 1931 Membership List contains addresses of its members. A great resource! A big thank you to Robert Chagnon!

Wyandotte Hook and Ladder

Fern Wilcox has been researching the Wyandotte Hook and Ladder Company of which her great grandfather Charlie Cowan and great uncle William Francis Janes were founders. She has been searching photos of the group.

She has transcribed the legal document establishing it.

She has provided an invitation to their 1895 annual reception.

She has also provided Charles Cowan's Certificate of Membership in the Order of American Firemen dated 1887.

She adds, "When my g-uncle William Francis Janes was Captain in the late 1890's he was killed in the line of duty and I have the obit and an article from the N. Y. Times which described the memorial service at which enough money was raised so his wife could purchase a home."

Many thanks to Fern! If you have more info on the company, particularly photos, please contact her at her yahoo.com address iamfernie22 .

Charities and Benevolent Institutions 1886

Illustrated sketch book of Staten Island, New York : its industries and commerce 1886, page 28

Among the other worthy charities and benevolent institutions on the Island may be mentioned: The Industrial School at West New Brighton; the Nursery and Child's Hospital, at the same place; St. Mary's Orphan Asylum, at Clifton; Der Deutsche Frauen K. U. VEREIN, at Stapleton; the German Mutual Benevolent Association, also of Stapleton; the Old Ladies' Society of Stapleton; and the Father Matthew Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society of New Brighton. In addition to these, there is the Seaside Nursery of St.John's Guild of New York, situated on the south shore, near New Dorp. The sick children of the poor of New York are sent here during the summer, and provided with attendance, medicine and pure air, without charge.

The United States Marine Hospital of the Port of New York is located in a stately stone building at Stapleton. It is leased by the Government from the Marine Society of New York, who own the property. The building is of stone, and has a frontage of over 500 feet. It stands at the summit of a considerable rise, and before it sweeps a large and beautiful lawn. The view of the Bay is unobstructed. Sailors from the merchant marine and United States revenue marine service are received and treated without expense. It is also open to men of the Coast Survey and Lighthouse Departments, and foreign seaman are admitted if they pay the rate. There are twenty employees and attendants and the average number of inmates is about one hundred.

The officers are: Surgeon, Walter WYMAN, in charge; Pat Assistant Surgeon, R. P. M. AMES; Assistant surgeon, Seaton NORMAN, Senior Hospital Steward, D. C. FINLEY; Junior Hospital Steward, H. C. YAGER. Patients can apply for admission at the Marine Hospital office, foot of Whitehall street, New York.

Secret and Other Societies, 1886

Author: Anonymous, Illustrated sketch book of Staten Island, NY: Its industries and commerce, New York, 1886 page 22

Societies and orders exist in all parts of the County. The "http://richmond.nygenweb.net/ gives the location, character and meeting time of many of them:


Richmond No. 66, meets at Port Richmond, on the 1st, 3d and 5th Monday's of each month. This lodge was organized in 1825 and is the oldest lodge in the county.
Huguenot No. 381 meets at Tottenville, on the 1st and 3d Thursday of each month.
Tomkins No. 471 meets at Stapleton, on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month.
Aguehonga No. 685 meets at Richmond, on the 2d and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
Beacon Light No. 701, meets at the Village Hall, New Brighton on the 2d and 4th Mondays of each month.
Klopstock No. 760 (German) meets at Stapleton, on the 2d, 4th and 5th Mondays of each month.
Tyrian Chapter No. 219, R.A.M. meets 2d and 4th Thursday of each month, at Odd Fellows' Hall, West New Brighton.
Staten Island Champter No. 196, R.A.M. meets at Tottenville on the 4th Thursday of each month.
Atlantic Lodge, No 55, Order Germania, meets at 219 Bay Street, Stapleton.


Neptune Lodge No 152, meets every Thursday evening at Odd Fellows' Hall, Bay Street, Stapleton.
John Jacob Astor Lodge No., 432, meets every Tuesday evening at Odd Fellows' Hall, Bay Street Stapleton.
Richmond County Lodge No. 88, meets every Wednesday, evening at Odd Fellows' Hall cor. Broadway and Shore Road, West New Brighton.
Salome Lodge, Daughters of Rebecca, No. 46, meets 2d and 4th Fridays of each month, at Odd Fellows' Hall, Bay Street, Stapleton.


Continental Degree Council No. 5, meets at Huguenot Hall, Port Richmond.
Chippewa Council No. 17, meets at Tompkinsville.
Continental Council No. 27, meets at Huguenot Hall, Port Richmond


Richmond Post 524, meets at their Hall in Port Richmond.
Robert G. Shaw Post, No. 112, meets at 219 Bay Street, Stapleton.
Lenhart Post No. 163, meets at Tottenville.
The German veterans of Stapleton have organized a new Grand Army Post, with the "http://richmond.nygenweb.net/ officers: Commander, CASPER SCHNEIDER, Adjutant, H. SCHULTZ; Quartermaster, M. HERREL.


Richmond County Lodge No. 155, D.O.H. meets at Mathias Brand's Hotel Stapleton.


Metamora Council No. 650, meets 1st and 3d Tuesday in Odd Fellows' Hall, West New Brighton.

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