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This page describes sources of genealogical data about Steuben 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.

Steuben County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Steuben 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 12, 1772
County Seat Bath
Courthouse
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Address 3 Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810
Steuben County Website

Contents

Historical Facts

Parent County

Steuben County was created in 1796 from Ontario County.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Allegany · Chemung · Livingston · Ontario · Schuyler · Yates · Pennsylvania counties: Bradford · Potter · Tioga[2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

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.


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.[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
Family History Library Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Historical Records - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
New York State Library Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ancestry.com - - - - - - - -

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 Steuben County church records in their library.

Additional Church Records

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

Steuben County, New York Online Historical Directories  (Source: Online Historical Directories)

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • Rootsweb message board for Steuben 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 Steuben 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:

Additional resources

Additional resources for Steuben County, New York land records may be found in the Steuben County, New York – Land Records topic page of the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes for European settlers to and from Steuben County, New York included:[4]

Military

Military Information Steuben County New York Revolutionary War - Civil War. (Source: Genealogy Trails History Group)

Revolutionary War


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: Addison · Avoca · Bath · Bradford · Cameron · Campbell · Caton · Cohocton · Greenwood · Hartsville · Hornellsville · Jasper · Lindley · Prattsburgh · Pulteney · Rathbone · Thurston · Troupsburg · Tuscarora · Urbana · Wayland · Wayne · West Union · Wheeler · Woodhull.

Regiments. Service men in Steuben County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.[6]

-86th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 102nd Regiment, New York Infantry
- 104th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 107th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 141st Regiment, New York Infantry
- 161st Regiment, New York Infantry
- 175th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 189th Regiment, New York Infantry

Civil War Pensions Index  86th New York Infantry "Stueben Rangers" (Genealogy Trails History Group)

Roster of Men in National Guard (New York State Reserve Milital) in Steuben Co., New York 1862-1867.FHL Film: 1006430

U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 (Ancestry $)

1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 (Internet Archive)

World War II Casualities, Army and Army Air Corps   (Source: AccessGenealogy)

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Marriage Notices from Steuben County, New York Newspapers, 1797-1884. by Mary S. Jackson. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, C. 1998. FHL Book: 974.783 V2B

Marriages and Deaths From Steuben County, New York, Newspapers, 1797-1868. by Yvonne E. Martin. Bowie, Maryland:Heritage Books, C. 1988. FHL Book: 974.783 B3m and FHL fiche: 6093795; Digital version.

Death Notices From Stteuben County, New York, Newspapers, 1797-1884. by Mary S. Jackson and Edward F. Jackson. Bowie Maryland:Heritage Books, C. 1988. FHL Book 974.783 V4j

Obituaries

 

Periodicals

Poorhouses, Poor Law, et.

Probate Records

Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the Steuben 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 Steuben County Surrogate Court.

Online Abstracts and Indexes


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 - Steuben County: Accounts 1830-1857; Administration index 1796-1936; Administration records 1861-1870; Administration, Guardianship and testamentary index 1796-1909; Decrees, Minutes, Orders 1830-1881; Dower records 1829-1876; Final settlements 1854-1868; Guardianship orders 1864-1873; Guardianship records 1828-1866; Letters of administration 1822-1847, 1860-1870; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary 1830-1863; Letters of testamentary 1861-1872; Minutes, Orders 1853-1858; Orders 1855-1860; Sales 1828-1867; Testamentary index 1796-1936; Testamentary orders 1861-1870; Wills 1800-1869

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

  • 1796–1936 Testamentary and administration indexes, Surrogate's Court. Manuscript on film. FHL Film 514342 (2 films)
  • 1796–1936 Probate records: Wills, 1800–1869; Guardianship 1796–1909; Minutes and orders, 1830–1870; Administration index, 1796–1936; Testamentary index, 1796–1936; Letters of administration, 1830–1872. FHL Film 853118 (25 films)

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

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

Repositories

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Steuben County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1981). ExLibris digital copy - free; At various libraries; FHL Book 974.783 A3g Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums
Libraries
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Southeast Stebuen County Library

Avoca Free Library
P O Box S
5 Griswold Street
Avoca, NY 14809
Phone: 1-607-566-9279

Dormann Library
101 West Morris Street
Bath, NY 14810
Phone: 1-607-776-4613
Website: WWW.STLS.ORG/BATH

Prattsburgh Free Library
P O Box 426
26 Main Street
Prattsburgh, NY 14873
Phone: 1-607-522-3490
Website: Prattsburgh Free Library

County Historian's Office

Twila O'Dell, Historian
Mailing Address:
3 East Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810
Phone: 1-607-664-2199
Email: historian@co.steuben.ny.us

Location - Magee House:
1 Cohocton Street
Bath, NY 14810

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.

Records available

  • Genealogical records,
  • Steuben County Census index
  • Burial records
  • Newspapers 1831-1960 on microfilm
  • Indexed abstracts of Steuben County Sorrogate records of probate 1790-1900
Courthouses

The Steuben 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 Steuben County are held, see the Steuben County Courthouses 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 Steuben County, New York is the Hornell New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

 

Societies

Steuben County Historical Society
1 Cohocton Street
PO Box 349
Bath, New York 14810
Phone:(607) 776-9930


Records available:

  • Genealogical records,
  • Steuben County Census index
  • Burial records
  • Newspapers 1831-1960 on microfilm
  • Indexed abstracts of Steuben County Sorrogate records of probate 1790-1900

Painted Hills Genealogy Society
Mary E. Bryant: Founder and President
E-mail: paint@paintedhills.org

Genealogical Resources: This  Society covers the Painted Hills Area of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, particularly the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Steuben in New York and the Pennsylvania counties of McKean and Potter .

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

Genealogical Resources: 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.

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

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

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

Voting Registers

Websites

Places

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 492. 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. Paul A. W. Wallace, Indian Paths of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pa.: PA Historical and Museum Commission, 1971), 46-48. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.8 H2wp.
  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.