Rensselaer County Church Records
Rensselaer County
Church Records

This page was last updated 29 Jan 2012

Although this page is for church records of Rensselaer County, we have included links to baptisms and marriages at churches in other counties nearby, as many Rensselaer County residents were baptised or married in adjacent counties.

In 1942, the US government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) compiled a list of churches and the records they then held. Pat Connors has posted the list for Rensselaer County, NY on her excellent Rensselaer County website, and I highly recommend a visit. You can go there and view the list by clicking here.

Kathleen Gallagher Brearton, Secretary of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS), sends the following message about offline Roman Catholic churchbook records: "I am pleased to inform you that four volumes of St Mary's marriages, three volumes of baptisms and one volume of deaths are now available in the Genealogy Room (Troy Room) at the Troy Public Library The records were produced by the American Canadian Genealogy Society, headquartered in Manchester, NH. Many local volunteers worked to bring these records into print. The baptism and death record volumes were a gift to the library from the Troy Irish Genealogy Society. I donated the marriage record volumes in memory of my paternal grandparents. St Mary's Church was established in 1843 and is the second oldest Catholic Church in Troy. The library now has records from St Mary's, St Patrick's and St Jean the Baptist."

The excellent Troy Irish Genealogy Society has posted a list of all 52 of the churches and synagogues in Troy between 1793 and 1890 and the names of their 528 pastors; click on "Projects" and then on "Churches and Synagogues, Troy, NY 1793 to 1890".


Births and Baptisms
Dutch Reformed Church in Albany (Albany Co, NY), 1683-1809 (at D. Pane-Joyce's website)
Saint Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany (Albany Co, NY), 1757-1759
Dutch Reformed Church at Blooming Grove, in North Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1814-1865
First Presbyterian Church at Brunswick, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1816-1832
East Greenbush Methodist Church in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1862-1901
Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Greenbush, now in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1788-1928
Dutch Reformed Church at Helderbergh (Guilderland, Albany Co, NY), 1786-1807 (at Betty Fink's website)
Grace Methodist Church at Nassau, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1862-1904
Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam (New York City, New York Co, NY), 1639-1801 (at Olive Tree Genealogy)
New Salem Reformed Church at New Scotland (Albany Co, NY), 1786-1788
Lutheran Church in New York City (New York Co, NY), 1725 (at Betty Fink's Genealogy Page)
Dutch Reformed Church at Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1752-September 1866
Dutch Reformed Church at Schenectady (Schenectady Co, NY), 1694-1700 (at Betty Fink's website)
Dutch Reformed Church at Schodack, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1770-1800
Dutch Reformed Church at Schoharie (Schoharie Co, NY), 1728-1748 (at Betty Fink's website)
Saint Paul's Lutheran Church at Schoharie (Schoharie Co, NY), 1731-1739 (at Betty Fink's website)
Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1868-1923 (at the NY GenWeb Archives website)
Saint Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1852-1970
(lookups offered at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Saint John's Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1880-1900
Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY (at Pat Connors's website; selected surnames only)
Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1844-2007
(24,040 baptisms - in print at Troy Public Library - need lookup volunteers!)
Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1872-2000
(lookups offered at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1804-1826
Society of Friends in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1743-1840
Reformed Protestant Church at Wynantskill, in North Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1794-1867

Confirmations
Gilead Lutheran Church at Brunswick, Rensselaer Co, NY
Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1868-1923 (at the NY GenWeb Archives website)
Saint John's Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1881-1900

Marriages
Dutch Reformed Church in Albany (Albany Co, NY), 1683-1809 (at D. Pane-Joyce's website)
Dutch Reformed Church at Blooming Grove, in North Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1831-1862
First Presbyterian Church of Brunswick, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1876-1887
Gilead Lutheran Church at Brunswick, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1802-1859
East Greenbush Methodist Church, East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1875-1901
Dutch Reformed Church at Greenbush, now in East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY
First Presbyterian Church at Lansingburgh, now in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1840-1848
Dutch Reformed Church at Nassau, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1805-1848
Dutch Reformed Church at New Amsterdam (New York City, New York Co, NY), 1639-1801 (at Olive Tree Genealogy)
New Salem Reformed Church at New Scotland (Albany Co, NY), 1794-1797
Dutch Reformed Church at Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1750-1868
Dutch Reformed Church at Schenectady (Schenectady Co, NY), 1694-1726 (at Betty Fink's website)
Dutch Reformed Church at Schodack, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1788-1846
Dutch Reformed Church at Schoharie (Schoharie Co, NY), 1732-1755 (at Betty Fink's website)
Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1868-1923 (at the NY GenWeb Archives website)
First Presbyterian Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1793-1814
Saint Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1852-1970
(lookups offered at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Saint John's Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1881-1900
Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1844-2006
(9,790 marriages - lookups offered at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1872-2000
(lookups offered at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1876-1887
Seventh Day Baptist Church in Hoosick, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1801-1838
State Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1815-1837

Deaths and Funerals
Dutch Reformed Church at Blooming Grove, in North Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1895-1926
East Greenbush Methodist Church, East Greenbush, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1871-1882
Grace Methodist Church at Nassau, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1857-1903
Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1868-1923 (at the NY GenWeb Archives website)
Saint Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1875-1970
(lookups offered at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Saint John's Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1881-1900
Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1844-2007
(5,591 burials - in print at Troy Public Library - Stephanie Moore has volunteered to do lookups)
Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1919-2004
(lookups offered at the Troy Irish Genealogical Society website)
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1804-1829
Society of Friends in Troy, Rensselaer Co, NY, 1813-1900

Miscellaneous
Baptist Church of Christ at Pittstown, Rensselaer Co, NY:
Members, 1787-1789
Gilead Lutheran Church at Brunswick, Rensselaer Co, NY:
Confirmations and Communions
Particular Baptist Church at Schodack, Rensselaer Co, NY:
Extracts from the Old Record Book of Meetings
Miscellaneous Area Baptisms (from various sources)



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