Genealogical Data from Inventories of New York Estates, 1666–1825

Kenneth Scott and James A. Owre

From the introduction of this publication (c. 1970): 

The New York Couty of Appeals in Albany has deposited in the Historical Documents Collection of Queens College of the City University of New York inventories of estates of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, along with accounts of the administration of estates and sometimes other papers, such as petitions, letters of renunciation, bills and receipts. 

These documents, now abstracted and listed alphabetically according to the name of the decdent, number approximately 1,080. They are of imporance for historical and genealogical research, for in many instances the residence of a decedent is given, sometimes with his status and occasionally with the date of his decease. Usually, though not invariably, values of items in the inventory are given. Accounts of administration often yield data concerning the deceased, his last illness, funeral expenses, his business, his family and his heirs. 


More About This Collection: 

Frequently found in these records are the names of:

  • Heirs
  • Widows
  • Widowers
  • Children
  • Other relations
  • Business associates
  • Debtors
  • Creditors
  • Purchasers of articles at public or private sale 

Sometimes found in these records are the names of: 

  • Executors
  • Administrators
  • Appraisers
  • Persons taking the inventory
  • Constables
  • Overseers
  • Auctioneers