Boys counting scrip trickets at Playland, ca. 1930 (PPL 5634)
There is a wealth of information available outside of the Westchester County Archives that can be helpful when one is researching Westchester history. Below are some links to governmental sites, as well as some additional general resources for genealogy researchers.

Government Web sites
List of Municipalites in Westchester County (including contact information)

The New York State Historical Records Advisory Board site is a very helpful tool that offers guidance and support on how to preserve, access, and manage historical collections. There is information about grants, programs, disaster preparedness, best practices, and collections around New York.

The New York State Archives is a central repository for governmental records created around the state, including vital records and military records for people who lived in Westchester County. They have compiled a list of records useful for those searching for genealogical records within New York State. Recently they also have teamed up with Ancestry to provide free access to some Civil War service records and the almshouse and poorhouse census held by the NYS Archives.  A complete list is available on

The New York State Library also has a very helpful genealogy topic page with information on how to get started building your family tree, what records can be found at the New York State Library, as well as regional information that may be helpful.

The New York City Municipal Archives is helpful when searching for some birth, death and marriage records that took place in New York City (see a list of their collections), as well as looking for historic images of or publications about New York City.

The holdings of the National Archives at New York City consist of Federal records from New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They provide genealogical research assistance, offer classes and workshops on doing family histories, and have exhibits throughout the city.

The National Archives and the Library of Congress are also great resources for all Federal governement records.

Genealogy Web sites
We have a helpful genealogical resouces page for conducting research in and around Westchester County, as well as finding genealogical information about the Bronx.

Cyndi's List is a Web site that has compiled a list of genealogical resources from all over the world.

New York Public Library has several genealogy guides availble on their website, as well as a listing of all genealogical resources found at the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy.

American Ancestors by the New England Historic Genalogical Society has a very helpful learning center on how to get started with doing your family tree, in-depth research, and more. Note: this is a fee-based web site.

Guide to New York Historical Resouces has links to general NY State history and culture, as well as information on genealogical resources found in NY.

Fulton Search is a new search interface for the old Fulton History site - search over 44 million newspapers for free.

Find My Past (intergrated with is a search engine that searches only genealogy-based websites, blogs, and forums.

Old Maps Online is a great resource for maps that contains digitized images of published maps and atlases from various collections from around the world.

Genealogy Explained has helpful tips for those starting their genealogy, gathering proof of genealogy, creating family trees, and using DNA.

Some basic free genealogy Web sites that may be helpful are:

Other "fee-based" sites also are available to help in doing genealogical research: