Fred Q. Bowman has died

Fred Q. Bowman died on 7 November. He is best remembered for his series of books of New York State vital records. His obit in the Albany Times-Union states (in part): Frederick Quimby Bowman, 93, of Albany, N.Y., passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital on November 7, 2009. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on …

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New Web Pages

I added two new web pages to the GenWeb of Monroe County website. For the last couple of months I spent some time down at the Monroe County Courthouse. I was copying records of people that had gone to Court to change their name. I went through the first 16 volumes of Miscellaneous Records (to …

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NY State Vital Records (part 3)

If you want to order a certificate, you first have to know that there are some exceptions. The State Department of Health does not have vital records from the Cities of Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers prior to January 1, 1914. To obtain records from these cities for those dates write to: Albany City Clerk, Room …

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NY State Vital Records (part 2)

Most people will tell you that the final attempt at recording vital records in New York State started in 1880. The truth is that some cities began recording vital records before 1880. The City of Albany started in 1870. Syracuse and Utica started in 1873. Rochester and Yonkers started about 1875. Buffalo started in 1878. …

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NY State Vital Records (part 1)

First, I must say that vital records in the present New York City are not included here. I never have had to try to get any vital records from NYC. Check elsewhere on the net for NYC vital records. Most people assume that since New York State was one of the original thirteen colonies that …

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