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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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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Orphans, Adoptions and Indentures, part 2

As I mentioned in the previous post, the first law in New York State that dealt with adoptions was passed until 1873. The entire law is over here on Bastard Nation an adoptee rights website. Important parts of the law are that both adopting spouses must agree to adopt a child. If a birth parent …

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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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