Genealogy

Please note that Sleepy Hollow Cemetery cannot accommodate walk-in requests for genealogical information. Call or email ahead of your visit.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery can confirm burial of specific individuals by date of death. Its records, continuous from 1849 through the present, include around 45,000 interments. Contact the office during business hours: Monday through Friday, except major holidays, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Fees may apply for research time and photocopying. Be aware that—like most cemeteries—our records are usually limited to date of death and date of interment. For additional information, consult the resources listed below.

If you are seeking an ancestor who died before 1849, you probably should direct your attention to the churchyard of the neighboring Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. There are approximately 1,700 interments in the Old Dutch Burying Ground, the majority from the mid 18th century through the late 19th century. The church and its burying ground are not affiliated with Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Contact the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns for information on burials: 42 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-4497. See also books below.

Having trouble figuring out the difference between a first cousin twice removed and a second cousin once removed? Our table of consanguinity (downloadable PDF) will help you chart family relationships.

Government agencies and non-government organizations.

In New York state birth certificates, death certificates and marriage licenses are filed with the clerk of the city, town or village where the event occurred or license issued. Years covered vary by municipality. After 1881 those records were also filed with NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics. For example, if you seek a record of a marriage in the village of North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow), you would contact the clerk’s office in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Deeds and wills are filed at the county level.

Village of Sleepy Hollow
Incorporated as North Tarrytown in 1874, the village changed its name to Sleepy Hollow in 1996. This village is located in the township of Mount Pleasant.
Village Clerk, 28 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, 914-631-0533

Town of Mount Pleasant
May have records of vital statistics for individuals who resided in what is now Sleepy Hollow. Some of its records predate the 1874 incorporation of the village of North Tarrytown.
1 Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla, NY 10595, 914-742-2300

Village of Tarrytown
Incorporated in 1870. This village is located in the township of Greenburgh.
Village Clerk, 1 Depot Plaza, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-1652

Town of Greenburgh
May have records of vital statistics for individuals who resided in what is now Tarrytown. Some of its records predate the incorporation of the village of Tarrytown.
Town Clerk, 177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY 10607, 914-993-1500

New York State Department of Health, Vital Records
New York State began recording vital statistics in 1881. For genealogy research, the DOH will provide uncertified birth, death, and marriage records. Consult the agency’s web site for exceptions to the records (notably in the cities of Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers). Fees apply.
P.O. Box 2602, Albany, NY 12220-2602

Westchester County Archives and Records Center
The county archives have indexes of deeds, wills and estates, naturalization records, veterans records, almshouse and orphanage records, city directories and telephone books, microfilmed records from about 30 local churches, voter enrollments, and some census records. Holds records from 1680 to present.
2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523, 914-231-1500

Westchester County Historical Society
Its collection includes papers of many Westchester families, genealogical files, colonial and federal census records, maps, and much more. Holds records from 1680 to present.
2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523, 914-592-4323

 

Our local historical society is housed in the former home of Jacob Odell, first village president of Tarrytown.

Historical Society Serving Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow
Private non-profit organization founded in 1889 holds a collection of printed and manuscript materials.
1 Grove Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591, 914-631-8374

Westchester County Genealogical Society
Draw on a wealth of local knowledge. Monthly meetings at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Dobbs Ferry, present a wide variety of subjects. Publishes a monthly newsletter as well as a periodic journal of previously unpublished material of genealogical value relating to Westchester County.
P.O. Box 518, White Plains, NY 10603-0518

National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region
Federal records including census, military, courts, immigration, and much more. Holdings include Federal records from New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Records management program staff also provides assistance to Federal agencies throughout those locations.
201 Varick Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10014

NYGenWeb – Westchester County, New York
Identifies regional resources for those researching family history.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
An extensive, cross-referenced list of genealogical resources. Also includes a large selection of links to cemetery iconography and symbolism.

Books

First English Record Book of the Reformed Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow
Formerly the Manor Church of Philipsburgh, Now the First Reformed Church of Tarrytown.

Ed. by Edgar Mayhew Bacon. 122 p, paper. (original publication 1931) 1997.

The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow:
A Record of the Early Gravestones & Inscriptions.

William Graves Perry. 192 p, (original publication 1953) 1991.

Chronicles of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow
Edgar Mayhew Bacon. 163 p, (original publication 1907) 1997.

The Place Names of Historic Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown
Henry Steiner (1998), 224 p, 2004.

History of the Tarrytowns
Jeff Canning and Wally Buxton. 384p. 1975, third printing, 1993