See New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies. Record types: Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.
Original land records in Hamilton County, New York Genealogy began in [? Probate Petitions In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property.
Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, Wayne, Warren, Wyoming, and Yates.
Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes.
Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. At various libraries (World Cat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.