Swann VR Collection

I was looking for a Rochester family on FamilySearch and came up with a relatively new source of area vital records. The Swann Collection is from the Yates County Genealogical  & Historical Society. Their collection contains all kinds of vital records from family records, newspapers and 21 family Bibles. The earliest record in the collection …

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Free NYC Vital Records

I don’t usually discuss genealogy databases on Ancestry.com. That’s because they are a fee based service and that means that not everyone would be able to see those records. Ancestry does have some free databases but they are not easy to find. Ancestry recently added indexes to approx. 10 million vital records for New York …

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Review of 2013 Additions on Monroe Co. GenWeb; part 2

Continuing on with the additions to the GenWeb of Monroe County for 2013… There were just 2 new cemetery records added this year. The first cemetery used to be called the Stone Road Cemetery. It is a Jewish cemetery that in the northern part of Rochester on what was originally Stone Road but after road …

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NY Death Index on FamilySearch

Back in May, NY State created a web database that had an index to update deaths from 1957 to 1963. That database has now found its way to FamilySearch. The FamilySeaxh version is easier to use. As earch gives gives spelling variations and also gives the place of residence that you had to hunt for …

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Early Rochester Marriages

One of the recent books scanned by the Rochester Public Library is “Early Marriages in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY and the Vicinity” by Myrte R. Haynes and Mary T. Douglas. It is a 81 page typed manuscript of marriages from before 1850. On the first page it says that these records are “taken from church …

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New Online Book of Early Rochester Marriages

The Rochester Public Library has added “Early Marriages in Rochester, Monroe Co. and Vicinity” to their online collection of books. It appears to have marriages between 1818 and 1850. It is a typed collection of marriages from early church and newspaper records. This collection was compiled by Myrte Rice Haynes and Mary T. Douglas. There …

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Partial NY Death Index Online

Without any notice, the NY State Department of Health has put part of their death index online. So far it is very limited with deaths from 1 Jan. 1957 to 28 Feb. 1963. Gail Fischer from the New York State Archives was a speaker at the September 2012 meeting of the Rochester Genealogical Society. During …

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Life Records are back

Life Records is the name of the index of vital records in Rochester and Brockport newspapers. It was created by staff at the Rochester Public Library. It has been off-line for 18 months because of problems with finding a vendor able to handle the service. The index is now back with some changes on the …

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New York State Records on Family Search #1

THE LDS website FamilySearch.org has in the past few years added hundred of  millions of searchable records many of which will give you online images of  the records. In the collection are some records for NY State. This is the  first of a series that looks at those NY State records. To see what is  …

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Another place has the NY Vital Records Index

The indexes to New York State Vital Records (except NY City) have been placed in the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 (607-778-6400). Those indexes have Birth records (1880-1935), Marriage records (1880-1960) and Death records (1880-1960). This makes ten places that you can see and search the Vital Records Indexes. The …

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