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Guide to Otsego 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 Otsego 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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Otsego County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Otsego 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 February 16, 1791
County Seat Cooperstown
Courthouse
Otsego County Courthouse.jpg
Photo Courtesy of Stephen Conn
Address 197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Otsego County Website

Contents

Otsego County New York Historical Facts

Parent County

16 February 1791: Set off from Montgomery County[1]

Neighboring Counties

Chenango · Delaware · Herkimer · Madison · Montgomery · Oneida · Schoharie[2]

Boundary Changes

6 April 1795: A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Albany County to create Schoharie County.
10 March 1797: A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Ulster County to create Delaware County.

Record Loss

Otsego 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

Biographical review of Otsego County, New York, 1893 (Boston, Massachusetts, 1893), FHL Book 974.774 D3b index ONLY

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

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

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*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.


  • Middlefield Baptist Cemetery, Middlefield. There is inventory with genealogical information written by Dominick J. Reisen, "Inscriptions from the Middlefield Baptist Cemetery", 2002, available at nominal cost from Dominick J. Reisen. This book also has a plot map. More information.

BillionGraves:

Census

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

Federal

1800

  • Bits and pieces: census extractions with focus on the Ingalls family FHL
  • Otsego County, New York State, 1800 federal population census schedule: transcript and index FHL
  • Otsego County, New York State, 1800 federal population census schedule: transcript and index FHL
    (No circulation to Family History Centers.)

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.[3]
  • 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.
State
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Ancestry.com - - - - - - Yes - Yes Yes
Family History Library Films Yes - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Images - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York State Library Films Yes - - Yes Yes 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.

Ann Mensch's Local Catholic Church and Family History & Genealogical Research Guide is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Otsego County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Otsego County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Albany.

  • 1797-1827 - Barber, Gertrude A. Record of Births and Baptisms, 1797-1827. New York, 1988. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); NYGenWeb - free.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Otsego 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 Otsego 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

History of Cooperstown: Available online through the NYS Historical Association

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.


Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

The county clerk maintains land and property records that include: deeds, mortages, leases and easements. There is an online index that users are required to sign up for an ID and password to view the indexes. There is no cost to sign up. To view the actual record an individual needs to visit the office or request a copy to be mailed or faxed.

Office of the County Clerk
P.O. Box 710
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4276
Fax: (607) 547-7544

Additional resources

Additional resources for Otsego County, New York land records may be found in the Otsego 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 for European settlers to and from Otsego County, New York included:[4]

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: Burlington · Butternuts · Cherry Valley · Decatur · Edmeston · Exeter · Hartwick · Laurens · Maryland · Milford · Morris · Otego · Plainfield · Springfield · Westford · Worcester.

Regiments. Service men from Otsego County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed with men of Otsego County.[6]

- 121st Regiment New York Infantry
- 144th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 146th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 152nd Regiment, New York Infantry

Naturalization and citizenship

Newspapers

 

  • A collection of abstracts from Otsego County, New York newspaper obituaries, 1808-1875 FHL Collection. Also at NEHGS($)
    compiled by Gertrude A. Barber in 1933, contains records abstracted from the following nineteenth-century newspapers:
    Death Notices from the Cooperstown Federalist, 1808-09
    Marriage Notices from the Cooperstown Federalist, 1808-12
    The Cooperstown Federalist was published from 1809 to 1817.
    Death Notices from the Watch Tower, 1828-31
    Marriage Notices from the Watch Tower, 1828-31
    The Watch Tower began publishing in 1813 in Cherry Valley before moving to Cooperstown the following year. It ceased operations in 1831.
  • Otsego County (NY) newspapers on microfilm and paper at all NYS locations. New York State Library.
  • Old Fulton Postcards. Free searchable web site which holds newspapers from upstate New York.
  • Oneonta Star and Oneonta Daily Star searchable at ancestry.com Otsego County Page. ($ requires subscription).
  • Links to the Oneonta Star, The Cooperstown Crier, The Freeman's Journal, mentioned at Otsego County, NYGenweb.

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 Otsego County, New York newspaper images:

  • Cooperstown NY Otsego Farmer 1885-1962
  • Cooperstown NY The Glimmerglass 1909-1937
  • Milford NY Otsego Tidings 1914-1916
  • Richfield NY Daily 1888-1917
  • Richfield NY Mercury 1867-1972

Obituaries

Probate Records

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the Otsego 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.

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. [7] [8]

These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the Otesego County Surrogate Court.
The petitions for Otsego County, New York are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:

  • 1829–1934 Listed as "Petitions for probate" FHL Film 947947 (13 films). Included in Online Probate Records, ''Petitions". See below.  

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 - Otsego County: Administration accounts, Executor accounts 1827-1836; Administration bonds 1792-1864; Administrations 1830-1886; Discharges 1874-1914; Dower records 1810-1871; Final settlements 1864-1892; Intestate estate index 1801-1944; Letter index No date; Letters of administration 1816-1826; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary 1826-1890; Minutes 1817-1848; Petitions 1829-1934; Real estate records 1813-1832; Will index 1792-1887; Wills 1849-1902; Wills and administrations 1792-1853; Wills and proceedings index 1792-1923

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 Otsego County, New York probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Otsego County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1985). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.774 A3. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums
  • Square Circle Press. Books of Local Interest for the Otsego County Area.
  • Augers Corner Bookstore.  Books of Local Interst for the Otsego County Area.
  • Town of Middlefield Historical Association. Museum.
  • Huntington Memorial Library
    62 Chestnut Street
    Oneonta, New York 13820
    Phone: 607-432-1980
    Huntington Memorial Library is an authorized branch of the Family History Library of the Genealogical Society of Utah. The Society is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS, (also known as the Mormon Church).
    Patrons may borrow genealogical and historical materials on microfilm from the Family History Library. The Library holds over two million rolls of microfilm containing copies of original records from around the world.

Otsego County Repositories
11 Ford Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: 800–895–1648
E–mail: info@museumwise.org

This database contains information for the historical record repositories in the Documentary Heritage Program South Central Region. Browse historical record repositories in Otsego County.


County Historian's Office

Otsego County Historian
185 Tuscan Road
Worcester, NY 12197
Phone:607-397-9705

Genealogical Resources: 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 Otsego County Clerk's office has marriage, divorce, court and land records. The Surrogate Court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Otsego County are held, see the Otsego 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 Otsego County, New York is the Schoharie Valley New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Societies

Central New York Genealogical Society[10]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com

Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publishes 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.

Otsego County Repositories
11 Ford Avenue
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: 800–895–1648
E–mail: info@museumwise.org

This database contains information for the historical record repositories in the Documentary Heritage Program South Central Region. Browse historical record repositories in Otsego County.

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 Otsego County, New York clerk starting in 1908 and go until 1936.[11]

Marriage Substitutes

  • 1795-1875 Barber, Gertrude A. Marriages Taken from the Otsego Herald & Western Advertiser and Freeman's Journal: Newspapers at the Cooperstown, N.Y. Library. 1988. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) and World Vital Records ($).
  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1808-1831 Barber, Gertrude A. Death Notices Copied from the "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1809; Death Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Deaths pp. 1-11; Marriage Notices Copied from "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1812; Marriage Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Marriages pp. 12-26. 1988. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
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 Substitutes

  • 1795-1875 Barber, Gertrude A. Deaths Taken from the Otsego Herald & Western Advertiser and Freeman's Journal. 2 vols. 1988. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1808-1831 Barber, Gertrude A. Death Notices Copied from the "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1809; Death Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Deaths pp. 1-11; Marriage Notices Copied from "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1812; Marriage Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Marriages pp. 12-26. 1988. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 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 the Civil War section of Military 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 Otsego County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Otsego– 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

Otsego County New York Places

Otsego County New York Genealogy Websites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Otsego County, New York

Otsego County New York Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 491. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook, 478.
  3. 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.
  4. Handybook, 847-61.
  5. Lyman H. Gallagher, "The Catskill Turnpike in Stage Coach and Tavern Days," Crooked Lake Review (Fall 2005) at http://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/136_167/137fall2005/137palmer2.html (accessed 28 December 2011).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.
  9. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.
  10. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).
  11. 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.