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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' [[Genesee_County,_New_York|Genesee County]]  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' [[Genesee_County,_New_York|Genesee County]]  
  
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Guide to '''Genesee County New York genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military, immigration and naturalization records. {{NYCOIntro}}
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=== Historical Facts  ===
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=== Genesee County New York Historical Facts  ===
 
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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[[Erie County, New York|Erie]]{{·}} [[Livingston County, New York|Livingston]]{{·}} [[Monroe County, New York|Monroe]]{{·}} [[Niagara County, New York|Niagara]]{{·}} [[Orleans County, New York|Orleans]]{{·}} [[Wyoming County, New York|Wyoming]]  
 
[[Erie County, New York|Erie]]{{·}} [[Livingston County, New York|Livingston]]{{·}} [[Monroe County, New York|Monroe]]{{·}} [[Niagara County, New York|Niagara]]{{·}} [[Orleans County, New York|Orleans]]{{·}} [[Wyoming County, New York|Wyoming]]  
 
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps"] (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
Over the years parts were set off to create these counties:  
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[[Image:Genesee-river-valley.jpg|frame|right|500px|<center>Genesee River Valley, New York</center>]] Over the years parts were set off to create these counties:  
  
 
*''7 April 1806:'' [[Allegany County, New York|Allegany]]  
 
*''7 April 1806:'' [[Allegany County, New York|Allegany]]  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Resources  ===
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=== Genesee County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
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| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Genesee+County%2C+New+York+Cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]*  
 
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Genesee+County%2C+New+York+Cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]*  
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:*[http://urthgen.blogspot.com/2011/10/mount-pleasant-cemetery-alexander.html Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander Township Transcription]
 
:*[http://urthgen.blogspot.com/2011/10/mount-pleasant-cemetery-alexander.html Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander Township Transcription]
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:*[http://urthgen.blogspot.com/2012/02/alexander-cemetery-genesee-county-new.html Alexander Village Cemetery, Alexander Township Transcription]
 
:*[http://urthgen.blogspot.com/2012/02/alexander-cemetery-genesee-county-new.html Alexander Village Cemetery, Alexander Township Transcription]
  
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==== Church Records  ====
 
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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*[http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.newyork.counties.genesee/mb.ashx Rootsweb message board ]for {{PAGENAME}} has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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'''Online'''  
 
'''Online'''  
  
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*[http://gis.co.genesee.ny.us/PHD/Viewer/ Parcel History Database]&nbsp; (Note: Use advanced search to search by Owner Name.)
  
 
'''Microforms'''  
 
'''Microforms'''  
  
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:*'''1792-1901''' Deed Records 1792-1901 {{FHL|235777|item|disp=FHL film 1376281 (first of 101 films)}} - Index included: 1802-1884<br>
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:*'''1803-1887''' Mortgage Records 803-1887 {{FHL|235003|item|disp=FHL film 810776 (first of 53 films}} - Index included: 1802-1912 <br>
  
 
'''Books'''  
 
'''Books'''  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycalaba/Roots.html Cindy Amrhein] has written guides to help researchers use Genesee County land records:  
 
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycalaba/Roots.html Cindy Amrhein] has written guides to help researchers use Genesee County land records:  
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:*'''1825-1835''' - Livsey, Karen E. ''Western New York Land Transactions, 1825-1835''. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49408 Ancestry] ($).<br>
 
:*'''1825-1835''' - Livsey, Karen E. ''Western New York Land Transactions, 1825-1835''. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49408 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
{{NY FHLC Land|377504}}
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{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Land|377504}}  
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ Maps of New York (1683-1915)]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
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'''''Regiments.''''' Service men in Wyoming County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.<ref>Frederick Phisterer, ''New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). [http://www.archive.org/details/newyorkinwarofre05phisrich Internet Archive digital copy]; {{WorldCat|11490201|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|647247|item|disp=FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p}}.</ref>  
 
'''''Regiments.''''' Service men in Wyoming County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.<ref>Frederick Phisterer, ''New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). [http://www.archive.org/details/newyorkinwarofre05phisrich Internet Archive digital copy]; {{WorldCat|11490201|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|647247|item|disp=FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p}}.</ref>  
  
:- [[129th Regiment, New York Infantry]]  
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:- [[2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles|2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles]], Company A.
:- [[138th Regiment, New York Infantry]]  
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:- [[8th Regiment, New York Cavalry|8th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Companies H and K.
:- [[151st Regiment, New York Infantry]]
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:- [[9th Regiment, New York Cavalry|9th Regiment, New York Cavalry ]], Company A.
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:- [[12th Independent Company, New York Infantry|12th Independent Company, New York Infantry]], Company K.
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:- [[14th Regiment, New York Cavalry|14th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Company F.
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:- [[15th Regiment, New York Cavalry|15th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Companies E and F.
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:- [[23rd Regiment, New York Cavalry|23rd Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Company A.
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:- [[28th Regiment, New York Infantry|28th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company F.
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:- [[100th Regiment, New York Infantry|100th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies B and C.
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:- [[104th Regiment, New York Infantry|104th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[105th Regiment, New York Infantry|105th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Companies D, E and K.
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:- [[129th Regiment, New York Infantry|129th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company L.
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:- [[138th Regiment, New York Infantry|138th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company M.
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:- [[151st Regiment, New York Infantry|151st Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company C.
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:- [[179th Regiment, New York Infantry|179th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company C.
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{NYProbate}}  
 
{{NYProbate}}  
  
'''Tips'''  
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'''Tip. '''Cindy Amrhein's, "[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycalaba/probate.html Surrogate's Court]" in ''RootsWeb'' shows a case study of the value of other types of probate records beyond the wills in Genesee County.
  
*Cindy Amrhein, "Surrogate's Court" in ''RootsWeb'' at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycalaba/probate.html (accessed 18 January 2012). Tips, and a case study showing the value of other probate records beyond the will in Genesee County.
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{{NYProbate petitions|Genesee}} The petitions are also available for free on the Internet. See ''Historical Records'' below where they are called "Probate records." And they are on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:  
  
{{NYProbate petitions|Genesee}}  
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*'''1856–1908''' Listed as "probate books" {{FHL|221551|item|disp=FHL Film 811142 (6 films)}} Includes index.<br>
  
''Other access.'' The petitions for {{PAGENAME}} are also available for free on the Internet. See ''Historical Records'' below where they are called "Probate records." Moreover, the petitions also are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:
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'''Online Probate Indexes and Abstracts'''  
  
:*'''1856–1908''' Listed as "probate books" {{FHL|221551|item|disp=FHL Film 811142 (6 films)}} Includes index.
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*'''1787-1835''' [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835] at [http://newyorkancestors.org/ New York Ancestors] ($); includes {{PAGENAME}}.<ref>About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.</ref><br>
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*'''1809-1901''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/sr/ny/newyork.htm#genesee SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills (1809-1901). <br>{{NYOnlineProbate}}
  
'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
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:*{{RecordSearch|1920234|Historical Records}} - '''Genesee County:''' Administrations, 1856-1907; Appraisal records, 1856-1902; Bonds, 1890-1901; Decrees, 1856-1901; '''General index, 1805-1939'''; Guardianship records, 1856-1909; Letters of administration, 1805-1901; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary, 1830-1854; Letters of guardianship, 1810-1906; Letters of testamentary, 1856-1891; Miscellaneous records, 1897-1909; Orders, 1809-1901; Probate records, 1856-1908; Sales, 1868-1911; Wills, 1809-1901
  
:*'''1787-1835''' [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835] at [http://newyorkancestors.org/ New York Ancestors] ($); includes {{PAGENAME}}.<ref>About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.</ref><br>  
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'''Probate Records on Microfilm''' <br>  
:*'''1809-1901''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/sr/ny/newyork.htm#genesee SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills (1809-1901).
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:*{{RecordSearch|1920234|Historical Records}} - '''Genesee County:''' Administrations, 1856-1907; Appraisal records, 1856-1902; Bonds, 1890-1901; Decrees, 1856-1901; '''General index, 1805-1939'''; Guardianship records, 1856-1909; Letters of administration, 1805-1901; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary, 1830-1854; Letters of guardianship, 1810-1906; Letters of testamentary, 1856-1891; Miscellaneous records, 1897-1909; Orders, 1809-1901; Probate records, 1856-1908; Sales, 1868-1911; Wills, 1809-1901
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'''Probate Records on Microfilm'''
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Probate records found at Historical Records and described in Online Probate Records above are also found on microfilm as follows:
  
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*'''1805-1911''' Probate records {{FHL|317918|item|disp=FHL Film 811197 (25 films)}}.
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*'''1809-1911''' Record of wills {{FHL|220530|item|disp=FHL Film 810480 (16 films)}}.
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*'''1809-1901''' Surrogates records and orders {{FHL|219596|item|disp=FHL Film 811136 (6 films)}}.
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*'''1856-1908''' Probate books {{FHL|221551|item|disp=FHL Film 811142 (6 films)}}.
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*'''1856-1880''' Decrees {{FHL|219580|item|disp=FHL Film 810766-67}}.
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*'''1867-1901''' Decrees {{FHL|219589|item|disp=FHL Film 811131 (5 films)}}.
  
{{NY FHLC Probate|Genesee+County|393734}}  
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{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Probate|Genesee+County|393734}}  
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/newyork/ny-society-archive/ New York Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
  
 
Cornell University, ''Guide to Historical Resources in Genesee County, New York Repositories''. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1983). {{WorldCat|10795461|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|419291|item|disp=FHL Book 974.792 A3g}}. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies. <br>  
 
Cornell University, ''Guide to Historical Resources in Genesee County, New York Repositories''. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1983). {{WorldCat|10795461|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|419291|item|disp=FHL Book 974.792 A3g}}. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies. <br>  
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:*'''1874-5''' See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for marriage information for 1874-5.<br>  
 
:*'''1874-5''' See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for marriage information for 1874-5.<br>  
 
:*'''1874-5''' [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1875-marriage-genesee.htm 1875 Marriages from the Genesee County New York State Census] at [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/ New Horizons Genealogical Services] - free.
 
:*'''1874-5''' [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/1875-marriage-genesee.htm 1875 Marriages from the Genesee County New York State Census] at [http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/ New Horizons Genealogical Services] - free.
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{{NY Divorce}}  
 
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===== Death  =====
  
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:*'''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>
 
:*'''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>
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
{{NY FHLC Vitals|484760|county=Genesee}}  
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==== Voting Registers  ====
 
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=== Places  ===
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=== Genesee County New York Places  ===
  
 
{{Genesee County, New York}}  
 
{{Genesee County, New York}}  
  
=== Websites  ===
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=== Genesee County New York Genealogy Websites  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newyork/genesee-county/ Genesee County, NY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116552830480687209686 New York Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/210302895672550/ New York Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://genesee.bettysgenealogy.org/ The Genesee County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://genesee.bettysgenealogy.org/ The Genesee County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/genesee/genesee.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Genesee County.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/genesee/genesee.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Genesee County.  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ny/genesee/genesee.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Genesee County. (Mirror site)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/genesee/genesee.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Genesee County. (Mirror site)
 
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Guide to Genesee County New York genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military, immigration and naturalization records. This page describes sources of genealogical data about Genesee County, New York families, including links to smaller localities in the county. New York-related pages show useful statewide sources. United States pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.

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Online Records

Coordinates: 43.00°0′N 78.19°0′W / 43°N 78.19°W / 43; -78.19

Genesee County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Genesee County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 30, 1802
County Seat Batavia
Courthouse
Ny-genesee-ch-old.jpg
Address County Building I
15 Main Street
PO Box 379
Batavia, NY 14021-0379
Genesee County Website

Contents

Genesee County New York Historical Facts

Parent County

Neighboring Counties

Erie · Livingston · Monroe · Niagara · Orleans · Wyoming

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps" (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Genesee River Valley, New York
Over the years parts were set off to create these counties:

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in New York Counties see: New York Counties with Burned Courthouses

Genesee County New York Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

  • 1581–1917 New York, Family Bible Records at 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.

Biography

Gazeteer and Biographical Record of Genesee County, N.Y. 1788-1890, by J.W. Vose Co.

The two volumes listed below can be accessed at the Allen County Library website. Go to the website and search for Genesee County, New York to find these books.

Our county and its people: a descriptive and biographical record of Genesee County, New York, v. 1

Our county and its people: a descriptive and biographical record of Genesee County, New York, v. 2

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Volunteers have spent many hours transcribing cemetery markers. Here are several links to transcriptions:

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com* Family History Library* Findagrave.com*
Interment.net* WorldCat* Tombstone Transcription Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb Cemeteries*
New York Gravestones*   epodunk*
NYGenWeb Cemeteries*   Billion Graves*
Billion Graves*   Names in Stone*
Names in Stone*    
Linkpendium*    
Ancestry*    
USGenWeb Archives    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.

Census

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see New York Census.

Federal

U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for New York, 1850-1880:

  • Available online at Ancestry ($).
  • Deaths are included for the 12 months prior to the census, 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, and 1879-80 beginning 1 June and ending 31 May of the census year.[2]
  • Basic contents of the records include: Name, sex, age, color, marital status, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. 1870 also has parents' birthplace. 1880 lists how long a resident of the county.
  • Also on FHL Films 1415128–42 which can be ordered through any Family History Center
  • The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see directories.
State
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Ancestry.com - - - - - Yes Yes - Yes Yes
Family History Library - - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Images - - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York State Library - - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

New York State 1865 and 1875 Census Marriage, Mortality; and 1865 Soldier Mortality records:

  • Images available online at New York State Census, 1865 and New York State Census, 1875. Click on the link to go to the page, then click on the ‘Browse through images’ link and select your county, then select an ancestor's town and browse to the end of the population schedule until you find the Marriage, Mortality, and 1865 soldier mortality schedules.
  • Includes marriages and deaths for the 12 months prior to the census, ending 1 June of the census year.
  • Marriage entry content: Husband's name, wife's name, ages and previous marital status, month and day and place of marriage, and church or civil ceremony.
  • Death entry content: Name, age, sex, color, marital status, month and day of death, native state or country, occupation and cause of death.
  • 1865 deaths of officers and enlisted men entry content: Name, age, marital status, citizenship status, enlistment date, original regiment, original rank, regiment at death, rank at death, promotions, death date and place, manner of death, surviving associates, and burial place.
  • Also on microfilm. See the Family History Library line in the above State Census Chart. These can be ordered through any Family History Center.

Church Records

Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level.  Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries.

For a brief general history of denominations and a guide to finding various New York denomination's records, see New York Church Records Wiki page.

Cornell University's Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York has an online guide to Genesee County church records in their library.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Genesee County, New York Church Records  in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Ancestors may have also been involved in municipal, state, or federal court cases. See also New York Court Records and United States Court Records.

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • Rootsweb message board for Genesee County, New York has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.

History

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies.

Original land records in Genesee County, New York began in [?dateyear?]. These records are housed at the [?repository?] in [?town?].

Online

Microforms

Books

Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

Cindy Amrhein has written guides to help researchers use Genesee County land records:

Additional online resources:

  • 1804-1824 - Livsey, Karen E. Western New York Land Transactions, 1804-1824. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1825-1835 - Livsey, Karen E. Western New York Land Transactions, 1825-1835. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Additional resources

Additional resources for Genesee County, New York land records may be found in the Genesee County, New York – Land 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.

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Genesee County for European settlers included:

Military

Civil War

Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.

Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.

Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37) and can be ordered for viewing at your local Family History Center. They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Alabama · Alexander · Batavia · Bergen · Bethany · Darien · Elba · Le Roy · Oakfield · Pavilion · Pembroke · Stafford.

Regiments. Service men in Wyoming County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.[4]

- 2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles, Company A.
- 8th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Companies H and K.
- 9th Regiment, New York Cavalry , Company A.
- 12th Independent Company, New York Infantry, Company K.
- 14th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company F.
- 15th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Companies E and F.
- 23rd Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company A.
- 28th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company F.
- 100th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies B and C.
- 104th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company G.
- 105th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies D, E and K.
- 129th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company L.
- 138th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company M.
- 151st Regiment, New York Infantry, Company C.
- 179th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company C.


Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Newspapers can be a rich source of genealogical information. Obituaries provide death and burial information, and often give names of immediate and extended family, including maiden and/or married names of women. Marriage announcements provide maiden names and often mention other family members as well. Information was not always carefully checked before publication, so it should be validated using other sources.

A searchable index to selected articles from the Batavia Daily News (covering approximately the mid-1800s to mid-1900s) is available at userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/news/. Included are instructions for requesting copies from the Genesee County Historical Society.

The Le Roy Gazette is available on Ancestry.com at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=50002. Fees may apply. According to the site, the date range runs from 1826 through 1993, though not all years are available.

A searchable collection of over 16 million newspaper pages from New York, including many from Genesee County can be found at the Old New York State Historical Newspaper Pages

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the largest online collection of 400 New York 1795-2007 newspapers. The instructions for this quirky site are needed to get the most out of it.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the following Genesee County, New York newspaper images:

  • Batavia NY Batavian 1895-1897
  • Batavia NY Daily Herald 1859
  • Batavia NY Daily News 1878-1922
  • Batavia NY Genessee County Herald 1857-1861
  • Batavia NY Genessee Weekly Democrat 1857-1859
  • Batavia NY Morning Call 1881-1882
  • Batavia NY Progressive Batavian 1868-1895
  • Batavia NY Republican Advocate 1822-1876
  • Batavia NY Spirit Of The Times 1830-1868
  • Batavia NY Times 1902-1945

Obituaries

Periodicals

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the Genesee County, New York County Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Tip. Cindy Amrhein's, "Surrogate's Court" in RootsWeb shows a case study of the value of other types of probate records beyond the wills in Genesee County.

Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. [5] [6]

These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the Genesee County Surrogate Court. The petitions are also available for free on the Internet. See Historical Records below where they are called "Probate records." And they are on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:

Online Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Online Probate Records

Original county-by-county New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 are available free online at FamilySearch. To access these records, click Historical Records below, then click "Browse through 1,630,900 images". Then select the county name, and then the probate records and time of interest.

  • Historical Records - Genesee County: Administrations, 1856-1907; Appraisal records, 1856-1902; Bonds, 1890-1901; Decrees, 1856-1901; General index, 1805-1939; Guardianship records, 1856-1909; Letters of administration, 1805-1901; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary, 1830-1854; Letters of guardianship, 1810-1906; Letters of testamentary, 1856-1891; Miscellaneous records, 1897-1909; Orders, 1809-1901; Probate records, 1856-1908; Sales, 1868-1911; Wills, 1809-1901

Probate Records on Microfilm

Probate records found at Historical Records and described in Online Probate Records above are also found on microfilm as follows:

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Genesee County, New York probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories

See also a List of New York Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Genesee County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1983). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.792 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums
Richmond Memorial Library
19 Ross Street
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-9550

Genealogical resources: FamilySearch affiliate, Ancestry.com, and Heritage Quest Online subscriptions. Newspapers, immigrant lists, vital records, cemetery records, censuses.

Nioga Library System
6575 Wheeler Rd
Lockport NY 14094
716-434-6167

  • Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia
  • Byron-Bergen Public Library, Bergen
  • Corfu Free Library
  • Woodward Memorial Library, Le Roy
  • Haston Memorial Library, Oakfield
  • Pavilion Public Library

Holland Land Office Museum
131 West Main Street
Batavia NY 14020-2021
716-343-4727
E-mail: info@hollandlandoffice.com

County Historian's Office

History Department
Research Library & Records Management
Engine House
3 West Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
585-344-2550 ext 2613
E-mail: history@co.genesee.ny.us

The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.

Courthouses

The Genesee County Clerk's office has marriage, divorce, court and land records as well as the state census. The Surrogate court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Genesee County are held, see the Genesee County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Genesee County, New York is the Buffalo New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Genesee County, New York:

Genesee County (Batavia)

Brockport New York Family History Center
4088 Lake Rd
Brockport, New York
1-585-637-2030
T 9am-3pm, 7pm-9pm; Th 7pm-9pm; F 10am-2pm; Sat 9am-12pm
Call to verify hours

Rochester New York Family History Center
1400 Westfall Rd
Rochester, New York 14618
1-585-271-5040
Tues 9am-3pm, 7pm-9:30pm; Wed 7pm-9:30pm;
Thurs 9am-12pm; Fri 9am-3pm; Sat 9am-12pm
Closures: Weather closures posted on local TV channels 8, 9, 10, 13
Call to verify hours

Buffalo New York Family History Center
1424 Maple Rd
Williamsville, New York 14221
1-716-688-2439
M, W 10am-2pm; T, Th 10am-9pm; Sat 10am-2pm
Closed Holidays
Call to verify hours

Societies

Genesee Area Genealogy Society
Richmond Memorial Library
19 Ross Street
Batavia NY 14020
The Genesee Area Genealogists welcome those with an interest in Genesee and Wyoming counties.

Holland Purchase Historical Society
Holland Land Office Museum
131 West Main Street
Batavia NY 14020-2021
716-343-4727
info@hollandoffice.com
Not a research facility; contact Genesee County History department.

Central New York Genealogical Society[8]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com

Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publication: Tree Talks (At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 B2t) quarterly with annual index.
Counties served: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oreleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Washington, Wayne, Warren, Wyoming, and Yates.

Western New York Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 338
Hamburg, New York 14075-0338
Email: info@wnygs.org
Directory

Focus is on eight Western New York counties - Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany - which comprise the area of the original Holland Land Company purchase.

Social Groups Online

Taxation

Town Records

Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:

  • Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). NEHGS online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists.


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 Genesee County, New York clerk starting in 1908 and go until 1934.[9]

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.
Divorce

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 Record Substitutes

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of Census for death information.
  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in Genesee County, New York in the Civil War section of Military for death information.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Genesee County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Genesee– 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.

Voting Registers

Genesee County New York Places

Genesee County New York Genealogy Websites

Genesee County New York Genealogy 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.
  2. Arlene Eakle, and Johni Cerni, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts.
  3. Compare the more northerly route in Handybook, 849, with the more southerly route described in Wikipedia contributors, "New York State Route 5" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_5 (accessed 28 June 2011).
  4. Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). Internet Archive digital copy; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p.
  5. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.
  7. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.
  8. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).
  9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488-493. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.