4 Park Avenue, PO Box 1
Arkport, NY 14807
Birth and Death records are available from 1885 to the present. All Birth and Death Certificates issued are certified with an official raised seal. The cost is $10 (cash or check payable to Town of Hornellsville, or credit card with processing fee).
Please note: If you are looking for a Death Certificate for someone who passed at St. James prior to March 17, 2020, that record will be on file with the Registrar at the City of Hornell.
Certified Birth/Death Certificates
Who is eligible to obtain a copy of a Birth Record?
The person named on the birth certificate.
A parent of the person named on the birth certificate (requesting parent's name must be listed on the birth certificate.)
Only by order of a New York State Court or a Government agency for a legal or proper purpose may a spouse, child or other persons obtain a copy of a birth certificate.
If you have custody of a minor under the age of 18, you will need custody papers that are no older than 6 months otherwise you must obtain an updated copy from the court.
NYS Court Order
Who is eligible to obtain a copy of a Death Record?
The informant, surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased – child and sibling must prove relationship with birth certificate.
Application must be submitted with copies of either A or B:
A. One (1) of the following forms of valid photo ID:
Driver’s license with photo
Non-driver photo ID card
Other government issued photo ID
B. Five (5) of the following showing the applicant's name and address:
A utility bill (gas, electric, phone, cable)
Current Paycheck stubs
Social Services card
Health Insurance card
Mortgage/Rental lease statement
Requesting a Record
In Person: You must provide government issued photo ID. The fee is $10 per certificate payable by check, money order, cash or credit card with processing fee.
Via Internet: For your convenience, you may process online requests through VitalChek Network, Inc. an independent company. They can be reached either online at www.vitalchek.com or by phone at 800-255-2414. VitalChek charges an additional fee for using their service. They accept all major credit cards. The Town of Hornellsville is not responsible for the operation of this service. VitalChek assumes all liability.
Via Mail: Orders are processed within 3-5 days from receipt of mail request. The following information must be included:
Application for Certified Copy of Birth/Death
A self addressed stamped envelope
Check or Money order payable to the Hornellsville Town Clerk ($10 per certificate)
Copy of a valid government issued ID
Proof of address if the address on the ID provided is incorrect
Mail requested information to:
Town of Hornellsville
PO Box 1
Arkport, NY 14807
What is a lawful right or claim to obtain a copy of a Death Record?
If the applicant is not the spouse, parent, child or sibling of the decedent, a lawful right or claim must be documented. An example of a lawful right or claim would be a death record needed by the applicant to claim a benefit. Documentation would consist of an official letter from the agency verifying that to process the claim they require from the applicant a copy of the requested death record.
Attorney Copies of Death Records
Requests for death certificate copies by lawyers must be submitted on letterhead with check payable to the Hornellsville Town Clerk with a self addressed stamped envelope.
Birth: Record must be at least 75 years old. The subject of the genealogy search must be deceased, as proven by the death certificate provided by the applicant. Birth Records starting in 1878 are available.
Death: Record must be at least 50 years old. Death Records starting with the year 1852 are available.
Genealogy Research Fee
The standard fee for a genealogy copy is $22.00. This includes a copy of the certificate, a three-year search of the index, and either a copy of the record or a no record found. When more than a three-year search is requested, the fee is higher.
If we are unable to locate the record, a No Record Found Certification will be issued. You are NOT entitled to a refund.
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
Birth/Death certificates are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and are NOT open to public inspection.