Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Locality: City of Poughkeepsie

Registrar: Registrar & Deputy Registrar
City Hall/Municipal Building
62 Civic Center Plaza, 1st floor
Office of City Chamberlain/Vital Statistics
Poughkeepsie, NY
Hours: M-F 8:30 am - 4 pm
Mailing Address:
Vital Records
PO Box 300
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602
Phone: Vital Statistics 845-451-4202
Fax: 845-451-4239

You can visit the office of the clerk to request a vital record, but you will not get it the same day you request it.
Records available:                                        
Births: from 1881
Deaths: from 1881
Marriages: from 1881
Indexed: Yes

Cost of records
Certified: N/A for genealogical purposes

The office will respond to a request for a record
but needs to know the approximate year(s) to search.
The search fee is $11 for a 3-5 year search
and $10 per hour for each additional year.

You may request vital records in person, by mail, or by fax. You may request an information packet only by phone (Tel # 845-451-4203). Please call for specific details in order for the office to accept a faxed request

SASE is not necessary. Please send money order or certified bank check with your request. The $11 fee is for the search whether information is found or not.

Requests must be made using the city's official form or the New York State Genealogy Application form (they are identical).

The record sent to you is abstracted information filled in on a standard form for records 1881-1923. A photocopy of the original entry is sent from records 1923-present. To obtain a record after 1923 (or within 75 years of death/marriage or 50 years of birth), you must present proof that you are a direct descendant of the person whose record you request.

It usually takes 8 weeks to answer a request for a record because of high volume.

(Updated November 2005)