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 January 9, 1916, son of the late Frederick and Marie (Redding) Bowman. He served in the US Navy during World War II. He was employed by the North Syracuse School District as a guidance director and vice principal in the 1960s and was president of the North Syracuse Kiwanis Club in 1959. Fred was then employed by the NYS Education Department in Albany until 1971. Upon his retirement, he was a self-employed as a genealogist, publishing seven books. He earned the title as one of the “100 Best Genealogists” in the US.

If you have been doing New York State genealogy for a time then you may own or have used one of these book by Mr. Bowman:

  • 10,000 Vital Records of Western New York, 1809-1850 (1985)
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, 1813-1850
  • 10,000 Vital Records of Eastern New York, 1777-1834
  • 7,000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley (NY) Vital Records, 1808-1850 (with Thomas J. Lynch)
  • 8,000 More Vital Records of Eastern New York State, 1804-1850
  • Landholders of Northeastern New York, 1739-1802
  • Directory to Collections of New York Vital Records, 1726-1989, with Rare Gazetteer (with Thomas J. Lynch)