Genealogical Records

The City of Canandaigua has birth, death and marriage records starting from 1882. If you are doing research for genealogical information, the City's birth, death and marriage records from 1882 to 1909 are indexed and available for viewing through the Ontario County Records and Archives Center website. To view records for the City of Canandaigua click on the drop box labeled "Choose a Record Index". Next click on "Vital Town Records". Click on "Village of Canandaigua Vital Records".

The actual records are available at the City Clerk's Office. New York State requirements are followed for genealogical research. Birth records must be on file for at least 75 year, death records for at least 50 years and marriage records for at least 50 years. A fee (money order payable to the City of Canandaigua if doing so by mail) is charged for a genealogical search and / or issuing uncertified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, 


  • 1 to 3 year search $22
  • 4 to 10 year search $42
  • 11 to 20 year search $62
  • 21 to 30 year search $82

Requests for copies may be sent to:

City Clerk's Office
City Hall
2 North Main Street
Canandaigua, New York 14424

Questions may be directed to City Clerk, email Erin VanDamme or by calling 585-337-2169.

For your convenience, the application form below may be downloaded and printed. (However, it is not possible to apply online. Applications and supporting documentation must be mailed or brought to the City Clerk's Office at City Hall.)