My last lecture of Family History Day was “Sources for New York State Research” by Christopher Challender Child. As someone from Western New York, whose ancestors are also from Western New York, lectures like this can be disappointing, as they often focus only on New York City. Luckily, Christopher covered records for the whole state.
NEHGS actually has a site specifically for those of us with NY ancestors: NewYorkAncestors.org. This includes databases and articles specifically for New York.
State census records are some of the best things to look at for your NY ancestors, particularly since the 1892 state census is a wonderful substitute for the 1890 federal census. There are also marriage and death records for June – July 1855 and 1865 located with the census of that year.
Other records he recommended were tax records, poor house records, and mug books.