Family Research Service

Are you looking for information about a specific person you believe was incarcerated at or who worked at the prison in Hudson, NY?  

We can help you find existing documents for the House of Refuge for Women operating in Hudson between 1887 and 1904 and for the New York State Training School for Girls that operated in Hudson between 1904 and 1975.

We’ll search our own archive of photos, letters, court documents, and administrative files, in addition to information housed at the New York State Archives in Albany, NY as well as other archives.

We ask that you please make a $65.00 donation up-front to help cover the cost of our initial search. If we don’t find anything, we’ll get back to you and ask whether you would like us to continue searching and for how long. In the majority of cases, we’ll find something during our initial search – usually an entry in an admissions logbook – but often there is more information on your relative that can be found in additional records and collections. We charge $40 per hour for that additional research, which helps to cover labor costs for research, preparation of material that is sent to you (you will receive high-resolution scans/images of the records), and travel to archives and libraries.

Please fill out and submit the form below. You will then be redirected to a PayPal donation page, where you can make your $65.00 donation by credit card, debit card, or with your PayPal account.

We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within one week, to let you know we received your request and donation and a likely timeframe for when the research about your relative will occur.

We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to find material for every request we receive, but we’ll try! To date, we have been successful in finding at least one logbook entry for the vast majority of people on which we’ve been ask to conduct research.

When we find material, we’ll photograph it and send you digital copies via e-mail. If we’re unable to find anything after our initial search, we’ll let you know via e-mail. After you have initiated a request for information, please check your e-mail regularly. Also check your junk mail just in case. And if for some reason you change your e-mail address during our research process, please let us know.

Please fill out the following form to the best of your knowledge. This information will be helpful to our researchers as they process your request. If you are unsure about an entry, please leave it blank. If the question isn’t relevant to your inquiry, please leave the space blank.


Name of person incarcerated or employed *
Name of person incarcerated or employed
Any additional information you can provide will help us find information on the person you’re looking for. For example, if your loved one was an employee, please describe their job and provide their job title if you know it.
Your Name *
Your Name