Historian

Two individuals in front of photo gallery
Supervisor Scott Russell and Antonia Booth are seen at the grand opening of the new Peconic Community Center.  
1873 Map
Displayed is a map showing Southold Town as it was in 1873.

Genealogical Research, an Explanation


Because family history is one of the fastest growing hobbies in America and since Southold is such an old town, each year I receive more and more genealogical queries.

I am unable to answer most of these requests for several reasons: Records of Southold Town’s first eleven years are missing and even those early records that exist are incomplete. There are no records of births, deaths, or marriages until about 1881 after New York State mandated that municipalities keep a record of vital statistics.

For births, deaths, and marriages after 1881 you can call (631)765-1800 or apply to:
Southold Town Clerk
P.O. Box 1179
Southold, NY, 11971

If you believe your ancestor came from Southold’s only incorporated village, call (631) 477-2385 or write to:
Registrar
Village of Greenport
236 Third St.
Greenport, NY 11944

A charge of $11 is set by the state for each certificate you need for genealogical purposes.

Local Resources


Town records consist mostly of notes on each annual town meeting and the results of annual election to town office. Deeds, wills, and land records, if registered at all, are at the Suffolk County Clerk’s office in Riverhead.

Much information is available through your local library and genealogical societies in your area of the country. You can order copies of federal censuses from most libraries in microform. Many people find it helpful to take a course in family history and learn how to use the Internet for family research. I hope your search is enjoyable and productive.

Some other resources for genealogical research you should know about: