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Erie County, NY Public Records

County Clerk
92 Franklin St, 1st Fl
Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours: 9AM-4:30PM EST
P: 716-858-8865
F: 716-858-6550
No credit cards accepted for record copies or searches, etc.
Jurisdiction: Felony, Civil
Restricted Records: No sealed records released
Countywide search requests made to the County Clerk are processed in the manner described below. Office now located near the 92 Franklin St entrance in old section of courthouse. No misdemeanor records located here.
Supreme and County Court - Current Case Files Only
92 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours: 9AM-4:45PM EST
P: 716-858-8866
F: 716-858-6550
Jurisdiction: Felony, Civil, Juvenile
Court directs civil search requests to county clerk, for crim to OCA for $65.00 state record check. Access current/pending Supreme Ct cases at and also search pending criminal appearances.
Buffalo City Court
50 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours: 9AM-5PM EST
P: 716-845-2689
F: 716-847-8257
Visa/MC and debit cards accepted.
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions up to $15,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic
Restricted Records: No sealed or youthful offender records released
The city's web page is
Lackawanna City Court
714 Ridge Rd
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 716-845-7220
F: n/a
Visa/MC accepted for court fees.
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $15,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic
Restricted Records: No sealed or youthful offender records released
Tonawanda City Court
200 Niagara St
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM EST
P: 716-845-2160
F: 716-845-7590
Visa/MC/Discover accepted.
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $15,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Traffic
Restricted Records: No sealed records released
Preliminary felonies heard here.
Surrogate's Court
92 Franklin St
Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours: 9AM-5PM EST
P: 716-845-2560
F: 716-845-7565
Jurisdiction: Probate
Public access terminals located in records room & at main desk; index goes back to 1800s. A county search of the probate court index by mail for 25-year search is $30.00 fee. A full county probate search of all years is $90.00.

Erie County, NY Vital Records

Contact the Erie County Office of the County Clerk if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Erie County
County Clerk
92 Franklin St
County Hall
Phone: 716-858-8785
Fax: 716-858-6550
Recorded Documents

Erie County Vital Certificates

Erie County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Erie County Information

Erie County is located in the western section of New York State. The county is named after Lake Erie, which was named after a local tribe of Native Americans. The chief city of this county is Buffalo and its population is pushing one million residents. There is much to do and see in this county from professional sports to historic landmarks and parks. If you are a big sports fan, catch a Buffalo Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, or if the NHL is more your style, be sure to watch the Buffalo Sabres. There is also a minor league baseball team and a lacrosse team.

Erie County also has a lot of family activities that are available. The county fair, also referred to as America's Fair, is the second largest county fair in the country. It is located in Hamburg and takes place every August. If you are looking for other outside activities, try the local zoo and botanical gardens. Another popular option for outside entertainment is the numerous parks available in the county. State parks are plentiful in the county and include activities such as camping, hiking, and a beach. With such a wide array of attractions and activities, it is no wonder that Erie County is rapidly growing.

Erie County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 1,044.21 sq mi
Population (2009): 909,247
  • Females: 51.8%
  • White: 82.6%
  • Black/African American: 13.5%
  • Asian: 1.9%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 4.0%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 79.3%
Population Change (2000-2009): -41,018
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 4.5%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 9.0%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 13.5%
High School Graduates (2000): 82.9%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 24.5%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.41
Housing Units (2000): 415,868
Homeownership Rate (2000): 65.3%
Migration Flow to Erie County, NY from (2007-2008):

Erie County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $25,804,926
  • Construction: $1,097,473
  • Retail Trade: $1,514,089
  • Professional and Technical Services: $2,071,431
  • Healthcare: $2,844,754
  • Banking: $1,879,737
  • Retail Trade: $1,514,089
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $668,433
  • Manufacturing: $4,611,935
  • Farms: $34,341
  • Government: $4,780,982
Employed (2000): 431,174
Unemployed (2000): 33,775
Unemployment Rate (2009): 8.1%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $36,116
Local Government Employment (2007): 46,458
Local Government Revenue (2007): $3,816,536 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $2,390,503 (thou. dol.)

Erie County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 10,059
  • Per 1,000 population: 11.0
Deaths (2007): 9,515
  • Per 1,000 population: 10.4
Infant Deaths (2007): 81
  • Per 1,000 population: 8.1

Erie County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 4,735
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 39
  • Forcible rape: 249
  • Robbery: 1,790
  • Aggravated Assault: 2,657
Property Crimes (2008): 28,565
  • Burglary: 6,191
  • Larceny-Theft: 20,009
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 2,365

Erie County Genealogy Records