Our Services
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Genealogical Research and Analysis

North River Research accepts both large and small genealogical
research requests. Projects begin with a free initial consultation to
determine the scope of the project. Projects are charged on an
hourly basis with a two hour retainer fee to start the project. Both
parties will agree to the scope and length of the project before
research commences. A final report can be expected at the
completion of the project.

House Histories

A complete house history report provides a unique architectural and
genealogical history of your property from the time it was built. The
report will contain information from deeds, census records, probate
records, tax records, historical maps, patent documents, local
histories, pictures and many other sources. Historical newspapers are
searched to learn as much as possible about the previous residents.
Both parties will agree to the scope and length of the project before
research commences. A final report can be expected at the
completion of the project. Recent projects:

  • A unique stone house built in 1902 on land in the historic
    Cornwallville District of the Town of Durham in Greene County.
    The original farm homestead, likely built in the early part of the
    1800’s was lost to fire, but land ownership was traced back to
    the original Patent.
  • Colonial style home built between 1810 and 1820, situated on
    the Barker Patent in the Town of Durham, Greene County. The
    property was traced back to the Indian Deed of sale
  • A resort property in Round Top, Town of Cairo, Greene County,
    built in the 1840’s
  • A parcel of land situated in the historic Catskill Patent. Patent
    and deed documents were used to facilitate the sale of the land.
  • Federal style home in the historic Coxsackie area. Research
    undertaken to place the home on the National Historic Register
  • Historic Federal home built ca 1814 in the Village of Athens with
    a commanding view of the Hudson River
  • Italianate home in the Village of Athens within the Historic
    District, built by a Riverboat Captain in 1866
  • Many others

North River Research has assisted homeowners in applying for and
receiving approval for inclusion to the Greene County Historical
Registrar and the National Register of Historic Places.

Projects placed on the National Register for Historic Places:
  • Catwalk - Catskill, Greene County
  • Bill Torrey House - Durham, Greene County
  • Amos Brown Homestead - Plattekill, Ulster County
  • Oak Hill Cemetery - Durham, Greene County

Projects currently in consideration for the National Register for
Historic Places:
  • Walter Beckwith House, Stanford, Dutchess County
  • Cairo Prehistoric Forest, Cairo, Greene County
  • John Cleveland Homestead, Durham, Greene County

Typical house histories include in depth research on the house and its
owners and includes the exploration of surrogate, census and land
records, tax assessments, bible and cemetery records, local
histories, newspapers and maps.  Research findings are placed in a
binder and include a time line of the property, family genealogy and
color pictures. Depending on the age of the home and scope of the
project, costs will range from $1500 to $3000 for a typical house
history. Multiple copies of the entire binder are available for an
additional cost.

Document Retrieval

North River Research provides document retrieval of deeds, probate
records, census records, naturalization records, maps, patent
documents, Indian deeds, and other vital records. Document retrieval
is available for the following repositories: Greene, Ulster, Columbia,
Dutchess, Delaware, Schoharie, Rensselaer Washington and Albany
county offices; Greene County, Dutchess County, Ulster County,
Schoharie County, Delaware County, Washington County and Columbia
County Historical Societies; The State Library at Albany; The Albany
Institute of History and Art, the Hall of Records at Albany.
Document retrieval fees are dependant on the proximity of the
repository and the scope of other research activities. Call or email
for a free estimate.

Cemetery Photos

Finding the final resting place for a loved one or ancestor often
provides valuable insight into the history of that person. Tombstones
can provide specific vital information on the deceased and clues to
where the person was born or where they died, relationships to
others, military affiliations and, from time to time, occupational
information. North River Research will photograph the tombstone and
cemetery location on your behalf. In addition, North River Historical
Research will undertake a search of interment records should they
exist. Cemetery photo and interment records research fees are
dependant on the proximity of the cemetery and whether the exact
burial location is known. Call or email for a free estimate.


North River Research will make every effort to help you realize your
research goals. No stone will remain unturned in an effort to get
over your “brick wall”. However, in some instances, the historical
records may no longer be available or no longer exist. The research
summary report will detail the research process and the documents
and records that were researched and ultimately, what was found.


North River Research does not perform research on living individuals,
nor on biological parents or families of adopted individuals.
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