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This enhanced County Clerk system allows customers to search and view digital images of 12,000 pages of eighteenth-century legal documents. Drawn from the Dutchess County Ancient Documents Collection, these records comprise the oldest surviving manuscripts from the Dutchess County Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions, which began operation in 1721. These documents detail daily life in Dutchess County as seen through both civil and criminal cases that came before the judges and justices of the peace. These documents were digitally imaged with support from the New York State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund Grant.

The search portal enables customers to examine this collection through:

  • Keyword searches
  • Name/Party (which includes individual names and party identifiers)
  • Record type
  • Offense type
  • Primary location of the incident (defaults to Poughkeepsie unless otherwise specified)
  • Year in which the document was created


If you encounter any technical issues, please contact internet support.  If you have questions about the actual data, please use Your Dutchess Direct  to contact the County Historian.

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