Genealogy & Local History Help

The Starr Library has assisted The Consortium of Rhinebeck History in the creation of a space for researchers of genealogies and general local history. We are thrilled to be a part of offering these services to the community and to interested parties at large.

Our research center houses a large collection of books and resources including:

  • Church and cemetery records

  • Genealogies, in both book and CD form

  • Abstracts of wills, marriages, and deaths

  • Notebooks compiled by respected historians and genealogists

  • Surname and building resource files

  • Books on the history of Rhinebeck and the surrounding area

There are also a number of resources available on microfilm. A microfilm reader provides the ability to print, scan, and save the images. Available items include:

  • The Rhinebeck Gazette (1842 – 1990)

  • State and federal Census information

  • Rare documents of local and national interest 

In addition to all of the above, the collection also houses over a thousand maps drawn by Frank Teal, Rhinebeck surveyor during the early part of the 20th century. An index of these maps can be found here.

The books, CDs, and microfilm can be found on the Library’s card catalog by clicking here. 

Holdings of the Consortium member organizations may be viewed on the Consortium’s website here

Additional local history information may be found on the Hudson River Valley Heritage website here

The Starr Library has also compiled a list of online sources here to help you in your local history and/or genealogy research. This list is but a small sampling of the hundreds, if not thousands, of available resources, but we think it is a good place to begin. Many of these resources are geared specifically to information on New York State, but material covering a broader area is also available. This list is meant to supplement a basic understanding of the goals associated with your research.

The Mid-Hudson Library System also has built a list of resources to help you get started.

Tuesday & Thursday: 10am–3pm

*If you’d like to access the collection on a different day of the week, you must make an appointment.*


The Local History and Genealogy Research Center is located on the lower level of the Starr Library building.


To ask a question, or to make an appointment, contact Nancy Kelly ( or Michael Frazier (

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