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The Cayuga County Historian’s Office cannot legally certify copies of documents.
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At the present time, because of COVID-19, appointments are required to visit our office. Please call 315-253-1300 to arrange an appointment.
The Cayuga County Historian’s Office holds vital records for 1847 to 1850 only, and not all towns recorded all records for all years. For certificates 1880 to the present, you will need to contact the Clerk or Registrar of the town, village, or city the event occurred in. Please keep in mind not all towns have complete records for all events.
Divorce Records are sealed in New York State for a 100 year span.
Adoption Records are sealed unless otherwise directed by a judge.
If the cemetery is active and accepting new burials, an association or caretaker would be the best person to contact in regards to obtaining burial records. If a cemetery is considered abandoned, please contact the Town Clerk in which the cemetery lies. Our office holds Cemetery Internment Listings based on Headstone Inventories, most are current up to the 1960’s. Please visit the Cayuga County Genwebsite for further information.
Due to the nature of our collection, we cannot guarantee to have a photo of the person, building, street, or subject you are looking to obtain. Please contact the office at 315-253-1300 for additional information. Please review our Photo Reproduction Policy and Fees.
Probate and Wills can be found at the Cayuga County Records Retention Department located at:12 Court StreetAuburn, NY 13021
Surrogate Files such as Guardianships are obtained through the Cayuga County Surrogate’s Court at the Cayuga County Courthouse located at:152 Genesee StreetAuburn, NY 13021