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Description:

To add substitute headings and their respective substitutes.

Instructions:

1. Add the following template under the Vital Records heading:

{{NY vitals}}

2. Under the Birth heading add the following template:

{{NYbirth}}

3. NOTE: The marriage template is added in the Vital Records FHLC task.

4. Under the Deaths heading add the following template:

{{NYdeath}}

5. Add the following after the marriage template:

:*'''1664–1784''' New York. Secretary of State, ''Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued By the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784'' (Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1860). At Cornell University<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>[http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moamono;idno=tuck0005 digital library]-free; [http://www.archive.org/stream/namesofpersonsfo02newy#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3177 Ancestry edition($)]; {{WorldCat|1508227|At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL| 342358|disp=FHL Film 514675 Item 1 or 930131 Item 2}}. Marriage bonds issued in the State of New York prior to 1784, and the earliest record dating 1664.<br>

6. Add the following in italics (NOT BOLDED)under the respective headings:

A. Listed under Birth:
Birth Substitutes
B. Listed under Marriage:
Marriage Substitutes
C. Listed under Death:
Death Substitutes

7. Put these references under the recently added sections above.

A. Under Birth Substitutes:
i. Put in the following phrases:
:*'''1640–1962''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index.<br>
:*See ''Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War'' in the Civil War section of [[{{PAGENAME}}|Military]] for birth information.<br>
ii. Add following under the Bible Records heading up under Resources on your county page:
:*'''1581–1917''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4615 ''New York, Family Bible Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Database is a collection of genealogically important records taken from the Bibles of colony and state residents. Reveals the Bible's original owner, brief record of descendants,and a particular event such as birth or marriage as recorded in Bible.<br>
B. Under Marriage Substitutes
i. Add the following phrases - putting them in chronological order:
:*'''1686-1980''' {{RecordSearch|1680847|New York Marriages, 1686–1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.<br>
:*'''1800–1855''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4244 ''New York Marriage Notices''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.<br>
:*'''1801–1880''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8936 ''Barber Collection- Newspaper Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Information extracted from the "Brooklyn Eagle" and the "New York Evening Post."<br>
:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browseable. <br>
ii. First check the state census chart on your county page to determine if there is a "Yes" for 1865 and 1875. If there is not a Yes for either year, you do not need to add this phrase. If there is is just one Yes, adjust the the date on the phrase to match the chart. Be sure put it in chronological order.
iii. Add the phrase:
:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.<br>
C. Under Death Substitutes
i. Add the following phrases:
:*'''1795–1952''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration. There may be entries that cite a specific source.<br>
:*'''1801–1890''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8920 ''Barber Collection- Newspaper Deaths''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Information extracted from the "Brooklyn Eagle" and the "New York Evening Post." <br>
:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browseable. <br>
ii. Add the following phrase:
:*See ''Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War'' in the Civil War section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Military|Military]] for death information.<br>
iii. Add the following phrase in chronological order with other data:
:*'''1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80''' See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information.<br>
iv. First check the state census chart on your county page to determine if there is a "Yes" for 1865 and 1875. If there is not a Yes for either year, you do not need to add this phrase. If there is is just one Yes, adjust the the date on the phrase to match the chart. Place in chronological order.
:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.<br>

8. After Marriage Substitutes and any references you may have added to Marriage Substitutes add the template {{NY Divorce}}

Example

Vital Records

Vital records of birth, marriage or death were first recorded at the local level in the village clerk, town clerk, or city clerk’s ledger book. If you know where a birth, marriage or death took place, a copy of the certificate or record may be obtained by writing to the town, village or city clerk. See also How to order New York Vital Records or order electronically online.

See the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records. See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.

Use substitute records for birth, marriage, and death information. These substitute records include Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.

Birth

Early births were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording births in 1881. Births were not recorded on the county level.

Birth Substitutes

  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for birth information.
Marriage

Early marriages were sometimes recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) In 1880, town clerks were to record the marriage and a copy was sent to the New York State Department of Health (state level). Town clerks continue to record marriages. Marriages were recorded by the Essex County clerk starting in 1908 and go until 1936.[1]

  • 1866–1870 Record of marriages FHL film 29089 Item 7 Microfilm of original records in the town hall, Williston, Vermont.These marriage records were written August 14, 1936 by W. E. Ferguson, town clerk of Williston, Vermont, from records created by Rev. A.D. Barber. Contains a few records of marriages performed by Rev. A.D. Barber in Willsboro, New York, 1866-1870.
Marriage Substitutes
  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.

Pre–1787

All divorces were granted by the governor or legislature and were very rare.

1787–1847

All divorces were granted by the court of chancery. These records are found in the New York State Archives or for the New York City area at the New York County Clerk's office.These divorces were granted only on the grounds of adultery.

1847–present

All divorces are handled by the county Supreme Court where the divorce was granted. Divorce files in New York are sealed for 100 years. Contact the County Clerk for information about divorce records.

Divorce judgment papers often include date and place of the marriage and the names and birthdates of any children. Local newspapers may publish notices of divorce actions.

Death

Early deaths were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording deaths in 1881. Deaths were not recorded on the county level.

Death Substitutes

  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for death information.
  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of Census for death information.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for death information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Essex County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Essex– Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
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