Source:New York. Legislature. Laws of the State of New York : Passed at the Sessions of the Legislature

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Source Laws of the State of New York
passed at the session of the Legislature
Author New York Legislature
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Place New York, United States
Year range 1777 -
Subject Legal/Court records
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher Various
Citation
New York Legislature. Laws of the State of New York: passed at the session of the Legislature. (Various).
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Contents

Legal Name Changes

Much of the information provided within these books is not particularly helpful for genealogists until you find the sections concerning name changes. Having an individual change their name through legislature is a very important piece of information for any genealogist searching for an individual that appears to have "disappeared" from most other regularly searched records. According to the New York State Archives:
"Name changes by the Legislature and the courts are also listed in General Index to the Laws of the State of New York, 1777-1901 (Albany: 1902), vol. 2, pp. 1309-87; and in a supplement for period 1902- 1907 (Albany: 1908), pp. 469-567."

Volume Information

There are many different publishers who produced the Laws of the State of New York, which were all similarly titled and can be confusing when doing research. To help alleviate that confusion, the following volumes are broken down by publisher, which are further ordered by date. When referencing the Laws of the State of New York, the publisher of the book you're citing should be indicated as many of these were published concurrently. While in a perfect world, any of the volumes containing the 1st Session of the Legislative body of New York should contain the same information, there will always be mistakes or errors from one publisher to the next.

Volumes and Editions

The following are some of the volumes available online at Internet Archive and Google Books.

Thomas Greenleaf

1st - 10th Sessions, 1777 - 1787, Vol 1
11th - 15th Sessions, 1788 - 1792, Vol 2
16th Session, 1793

Charles R. and George Webster, Publishers

1st - 24th Sessions, 1777 - 1801, Vol 1
24th Session, 1801 Vol 2

Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers

1st - 7th Sessions, 1777 - 1784, Vol 1
8th - 11th Sessions, 1785 - 1788, Vol 2
12th - 19th Sessions, 1789 - 1796, Vol 3
20th - 23rd Sessions, 1797 - 1800, Vol 4
24th Session, 1801, Vol 5
65th Session, 1842
86th Session, 1863
104th Session, 1881, Vol 2

Websters and Skinner

24th Session, 1801, Vol 2 2nd Ed.
28th - 29th Sessions, 1804 - 1806, Vol 4
36th - 38th Sessions, 1812 - 1815, Vol 3
39th - 41st Sessions, 1816 - 1818, Vol 4

S. Southwick, Printer to the State

35th Session, 1812
36th Session, 1813

J. Buel, Printer to the States

38th Session, 1815

Packard & Van Benthuysen

42nd - 44th Sessions, 1819 - 1821, Vol 5

E. Croswell, Printer

49th Session, 1826
50th Session, 1827
51st Session, 1828
53rd Session, 1830
56th Session, 1833
57th Session, 1834
60th Session, 1837
62nd Session, 1839

Thurlow Weed, Printer to the State

64th Session, 1841

Charles Van Benthuysen (Also: & Co, & Sons)

65th Session, 1842
66th Session, 1843
67th Session, 1844
69th Session, 1846
71st Session, 1848
74th Session, 1851
92nd Session, Vol 2, 1869
99th Session, Vol 1, 1876

Jewett, Thomas & Co, Printers

75th Session, 1852

J. Munsell

79th Session, 1856

Munsell & Rowland

84th Session, 1861

Weare C. Little

81st Session, 1858
82nd Session, 1859
85th Session, 1862

Lewis & Goodwin

89th Session, 1866, Vol 1
89th Session, 1866, Vol 2

V. W. M. Brown, Publisher

95th Session, 1872, Vol 2

Hugh J Hastins, Publisher

96th Session Additions, 1873
97th Session, 1874

A. Bleecker Banks, Publisher

101st Session, 1878
102nd Session, 1879

Banks & Brothers, Publishers

108th Session, 1885
110th Session, 1887
111th Session, 1888
113th Session, 1890
114th Session, 1891
115th Session, 1892
120th Session, 1897, Vol 1
120th Session, 1897, Vol 3

James B. Lyon, Publisher

116th Session, 1893, Vol 2
118th Session, 1895, Vol 2 Pt 1
121st Session, 1898, Vol 1
121st Session, 1898, Vol 2
123rd Session, 1900, Vol 1
124th Session, 1901, Vol 2
125th Session, 1902, Vol 1
128th Session, 1905, Vol 1
129th Session, 1906, Vol 1
131st Session, 1908, Vol 1
131st Session, 1908, Vol 2
134th Session, 1911, Vol 1
136th Session, 1913
138th Session, 1915, Vol 2
138th Session, 1915, Vols 1-3
141st Session, 1918, Vol 1
144th Session, 1921, Vol 2
145th Session, 1922, Vols 1-2

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FHL film numbers

  • 1421722 Item 1
  • 1421746 Items 1-2
  • 1421819 Item 10