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County Clerk

The County Clerk has many documents of interest to genealogists including, but not limited to, Deeds and Mortgages, Naturalizations (1854-present), and some Vital Statistics and some Military Records.  Please note, NYS counties were not required by the state to keep vital records until 1880.  Most of these records are kept with the Town Clerk, but in some counties, the County Clerk also has a copy of some of the more recent vital records and sometimes some older vital records (prior to 1880).  Also see Misc. Records of the Hamilton County Clerk's Office.

County Clerk
102 County View Drive, P.O. Box 204
Lake Pleasant, N.Y. 12108
(518) 548-7111 or 548-6204

Town Clerks may also have information of interest to genealogists, especially older Vital Statistics and Military Records.

Town Clerks

Town/VillageAddressClerkPhone #
Town of AriettaPO Box 37
Piseco, N.Y. 12139
Kenneth F. Parslow(518) 548-7321
Town of Benson2213 Co. Hwy. 6
PO Box 100
Northville, N.Y. 12134-0100
Judy Webber(518) 863-6904
Town of HopeP.O. Box 1312
Northville, N.Y. 12134
Marlene Dunham(518) 924-7308
Town of Indian LakeP.O. Box 730
Indian Lake, N.Y. 12842
Julie A. Clawson(518) 648-5211
Town of InletPO Box 179
Inlet, N.Y. 13360
Patty Wittmeyer(315) 357-5771
Town of Lake PleasantPO Box 799
Lake Pleasant, N.Y. 12108
Deborah O'Rourke(518) 548-3625
Town of Long Lake1130 Deerland Rd
PO Box 307
Long Lake, N.Y. 12847
Dixie Lee LeBlanc(518) 624-3088
Town of MorehousePO Box 59
Hoffmeister, N.Y., 13353
Amanda Seeley(315) 826-7509
Town of WellsP.O. Box 205
Wells, N.Y. 12190
Mari Wilson(518) 924-7911
Village of SpeculatorVillage Hall
Elm Lake Road
P.O. Box 396
Speculator, NY 12164
Bonnie J. Page518) 548-7354

Area Zip Codes

Amsterdam12010     Lake Pleasant12108
Blue Mountain Lake12812Long Lake12847
Cold Brook13324Northville12134
Eagle Bay13331Piseco12139
Gloversville12078Raquette Lake13436
Indian Lake12842Speculator12164

Surrogate Court

The Surrogate Court maintains jurisdiction over all actions and proceedings relating to the affairs of decedents, probate of wills, administration of estates and guardianship of the property of minors.  Please note that in the 1980s some of the Surrogate Court records were being stored in Indian Lake as there wasn't enough room in the County Court House.  I do not know if this is still the case today, or not.

Surrogate Court
Court House
Lake Pleasant, N.Y. 12108
(518) 548-7911

Town and Village Courts

Arietta Town CourtOld Piseco Road
PO Box 4
Piseco, NY 12139
Benson Town Court291 River Road
Northville, NY 12134
Hope Town CourtTown Hall, Star Route
Northville, NY 12134
Indian Lake Town CourtTown Hall, Pelon Road
Indian Lake, NY 12842
Inlet Town CourtTown Office, Box 136
Inlet, NY 13360
Lake Pleasant Town CourtBox 136
Speculator, NY 12164
Long Lake Town CourtTown Hall, PO Box 112
Long Lake, NY 12847
Morehouse Town Court -----
Hoffmeister, NY 13353
Wells Town CourtCommunity Hall
PO Box 405
Wells, NY 12190

Hamilton County Historian

Bill Zullo / Hamilton County Historian
102 County View Drive
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
(518) 548-5526

Town/Village Historians

Town/VillageTown/Village HistorianAddress
Town of Ariettano historian 
Town of Bensonno historian 
***Town of HopeClara King755 NYS Route 30
Northville, NY 12134
(518) 924-2498
Town of Indian LakeWilliam ZulloTown Historian
Indian Lake, N.Y.  12842
(518) 648-5377
Indian Lake NY - A History
Town of InletLetty Hayes(518) 357-4328
Town of Lake PleasantAnnie WeaverTown of Lake Pleasant
HCI Box 10 Route 8
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
(518) 548-4478
Town of Long LakeJeanne F. PlumleyTown Historian
Town of Long Lake
Long Lake, NY  12847
Town of MorehouseCarol FordTown Historian
P.O. Box 1
Hoffmeister, NY 13353
(315) 826-5764
Town of WellsLeona AirdTown Historian
P.O. Box 97
Wells, NY 12190
(518) 924-2535
Village of Raquette LakeJames KammerVillage Historian
Antlers Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
(315) 354-5122
Village of SpeculatorBeverly HoffmanVillage of Speculator Historian
P.O. Box 44
Speculator, NY 12164
(518) 548-5325

***Please know that all records of this town before 1900 were destroyed in a fire in a Town Clerk's home.  Effort is being made to try to gather information, but as you can imagine, it is a daunting process, at best!


The Indian Lake Museum
(Town Museum)

Located on the corner of West Main St. [routes 28/30] and Crow Hill Road, next to the school. The house was built ca.1865 by Allen Brooks, who had returned from the Civil War. He lived there with his wife, Annis Smith.

Hours:  July - Oct,  Tue. & Thur., 1 - 4, and Friday 7 - 9p.m.

Adirondack Museum Library

Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Phone: (518) 352-7311
Hours: M-F: 9am-5pm

Note:  The Library will make microfilmed materials available thru interlibrary loan.

Morehouse Historical Museum
(Town Museum)
Located on rt 8 in the village of Hoffmeister in the old Methodist church which was closed in 1989 for services.  In 1999 it was re-opened as our History museum to hold/display our history records and pictures, etc. We had over 200 people visit last year, and we are looking forward to opening this year. 

Hours:  Late June to Labor Day weekend; Sat. & Sun. from 11:00  to 3:00.

Book List
for Hamilton County

TitleAuthorPublishing InfoComments
Lake Pleasant and Speculator in the AdirondacksAnne Weaver, Beverly HoffmanArcadia PublishingImages of America series, a pictorial history
Piseco Lake and Arietta  Arcadia PublishingImages of America series, a pictorial history
Indian Lake, Hamilton County  Arcadia PublishingImages of America series, a pictorial historyt
Along the Adirondack Trail  Arcadia PublishingImages of America series, a pictorial history
Adirondack Hotels and Inns  Arcadia PublishingImages of America series, a pictorial history
Adirondack Ventures  Arcadia PublishingImages of America series, a pictorial history
Long Lake [1845]John ToddPurple Mountain Press, 1997
originally published, 1845
Few individual names given but lots of info about how the early settlers lived.  A copy is available on microfilm at the Onondaga County Public Lib. in Syracuse
Sesquicentennial of the Town of Arietta, Hamilton County, New York.Prepared by the Historical Book Committee.1986A copy is available at the NYS Public Library in Albany
Hamilton County, New York, genealogical research secretsLoren V. FayAlbany, NY, 1981 
(17 leaves)
A copy is available at the NYS Public Library in Albany
Township 34; a history with digressions of an Adirondack township in Hamilton County in the State of New York.Harold K. Hochschild1952copies available at the NYS Public Library in Albany and through the Mid-York Library System
Life at an Adirondack inn : the story of one hundred years of the Irondequoit Club Inn and its owner, the Piseco Company : the Piseco Company centennial, 1892-1992.The Irondequoit Club Inn1992 
A history of South Pond and origin of Long Lake TownshipHoward I. Becker1963? 
A backward look at 6th and 7th Lakes : commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Sixth and Seventh Lakes Improvement Association (1939-1989)Robert A. Maloney.1989A copy is available at the Old Forge Library
The quiet years / by Minnie Patterson Stanyon ; with illustrations by Mildred Stanyon Colvin.Stanyon, Minnie Patterson, 1873-1963. [Speculator, N. Y. : s.n.] c1994, 1965.Description of life in Newton's Corners, later Speculator, N.Y. - personal narrative.
An old time inn; Blue Mt. HouseEdited by A. S. Knight.Adirondack Museum. 1972copies available through the Mid-York Library System
Griffin, ghost town in the Adirondacks : and other talesOuida Girard1981A copy is available at the Old Forge Library
The New York wilderness : Hamilton County and adjoining territory (map)compiled by B. C. Butler.Albany, N.Y. : Weed, Parsons & Co., 1879A copy is available at the Utica Public Library
Calked shoes : life in Adirondack lumber campsBarbara Kephart Bird ; photos by Royal G. BirdProspect, N. Y. : Prospect Books, 1952.copies available through the Mid-York Library System
Raquette Lake - A Time to RememberRuth Timm150 pgs, 1989 
Morehouse Past and Present 1835-1992Carol Ford / Town of Morehouse Historian1992copies available thru Carol
Tree Talks:
see our Tree talks Hamilton County Subject Index for details
A quarterly magazine published by Central New York Genealogical Society, Syracuse, NY
Adirondack Museum History Book List (a link)books on local and Adirondack history offered by the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake
  • History of Hamilton County
  • Adirondack Folks
  • Tales From an Adirondack County
  • Folklore From the Adirondack Foothills
  • Check our Lookups page for these books and other available resources offered by our volunteers.


    Although Hamilton county has had a few papers published the county over the years, there are other newspapers outside the county that have carried news of our residents.  From my own experience, I know that the Boonville and Herkimer papers tended to carry news about Morehouse families and the Amsterdam and Fulton papers tended to carry news about Hope, Benson, Wells and sometimes Lake Pleasant families.  So don't limit yourself to searching for these papers to find obituaries or other articles about our county!

    Two wonderful online resources for newspapers are: for central NY newspapers and many others for Northern NY Historical Newspapers

    YearsFreq.NameStarted byPrinted at<
    1845-????weeklyHamilton County SentinelWalter N. Clark
    Cyrus Thayer
    c1845-?????The Hamilton County JournalGeorge M. ThompsonGloversville
    c1845-?????The Hamilton County RepublicanGeorge M. ThompsonGloversville
    1873-???? weeklyHamilton County PressGeorge W. HeatonHope
    1892-????weeklyHamilton County DemocratCharles E. WatsonWells
    1876-1947weeklyAdirondack HeraldJoel B. MorrisonWells
    1893-1947weeklyHamilton County RecordD. L. PattersonWells
    1947-presentweeklyHamilton County News?Inlet
    1960-1968bi-weeklyIndian Lake Bulletin?Indian Lake


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        History of Hamilton County


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