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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New York|New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Wayne County'''<br><br>{{NYCOIntro}}<br><br>{{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[New York|New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''Wayne County'''<br>
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Guide to '''Wayne County New York genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military, immigration and naturalization records. {{NYCOIntro}}<br>  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
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=== Wayne County New York Historical Facts  ===
  
 
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[[Cayuga County, New York|Cayuga]]{{·}} [[Monroe County, New York|Monroe]]{{·}} [[Ontario County, New York|Ontario]]{{·}} [[Seneca County, New York|Seneca]]{{·}} Lake Ontario<ref>''Handybook'', 478.</ref>  
 
[[Cayuga County, New York|Cayuga]]{{·}} [[Monroe County, New York|Monroe]]{{·}} [[Ontario County, New York|Ontario]]{{·}} [[Seneca County, New York|Seneca]]{{·}} Lake Ontario<ref>''Handybook'', 478.</ref>  
 
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=== Wayne County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
  
 
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| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Wayne+County%2C+New+York+Cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]*  
 
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Wayne+County%2C+New+York+Cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]*  
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/newyork/wayne.htm Tombstone Transcription Project]*
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*The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see director<br>
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*The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see [[Wayne County, New York#Directories|directories]].<br>
  
 
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==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
{{NYChurch|Wayne|0}}  
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{{NYChurch}}  
  
:*'''1800s''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Wayne County NY Marriages from Universalist Sources], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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''Online Databases''
:*'''1800s''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ 19th Century Deaths Recorded at Lyons Presbyterian Church], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].  
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:*'''1800s''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Deaths at Zion Episcopal Church of Palmyra], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1800s''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Wayne County NY Marriages from Universalist Sources], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
:*'''1823-1850''' - ''The Zion Episcopal Church Records of Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y.: Part I: Lists of Communicants, 1826-1850, Baptisms, 1823-1850, Deaths, A Few. New York, N.Y., 1935-1937. Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18118 Ancestry] ($).''
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:*'''1823-1847''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Rev. Noah Barrell's Record of Marriages, 1823-1847], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
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:*'''1823-1847''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Rev. Noah Barrell's Record of Marriages, 1823-1847], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
:*'''1823-1874''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/church/barrell.htm Rev. Noah Barrell's Record of Marriages, 1823-1874] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>  
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:*'''1825-1829''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Marriages Recorded at Lyons Presbyterian Church 1825-1829], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1823-1874''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/church/barrell.htm Rev. Noah Barrell's Record of Marriages, 1823-1874] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
:*'''1827-1841''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Marriages Recorded at Zions Episcopal Church, Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y.], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1836-1837''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/church/barrell.htm Rev. Noah Barrell's Record of Marriages]. For Sodus, Arcadia, Newark, Phelps and Lockville  
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:*'''1836-1837''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycayuga/church/barrell.htm Rev. Noah Barrell's Record of Marriages] - free. For Sodus, Arcadia, Newark, Phelps and Lockville.<br>
:*'''1843-1851''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Official Members, Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Gibson, N.Y. and East Palmyra, N.Y., 1843-1851], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1853-1868''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Record of Baptisms of the Methodist Episcopal Church, East Palmyra, N.Y.], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1854-1855''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Wayne County members of the New York Baptist Union for Ministerial Education, 1854-1855], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1856-1878''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Butler Center Methodist Episcopal Church Record Book 1856-1878], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1856-1914''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Butler Center Methodist Church Marriages 1856-1914], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1858-1923''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Butler Center Methodist Church Baptisms 1858-1923], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1863-1870''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Marriages at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Gibson, Ontario County, N.Y., October 1863 - April 1870], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1870-1894''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Records of Marriages of Port Gibson, Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Gibson, Ontario County, N.Y. November 1870 - April 1894], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1870s-1880s''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ List of Early Members of the Marion NY First Reformed Church], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1897''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ 1897 Revised Membership List of the Marion NY First Reformed Church], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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:*'''1907-1936''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Records of Marriages of Port Gibson, Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Gibson, Ontario County, N.Y. June 1907 - March 1936], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb].
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[http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ The Wayne Co., NYGenWeb Project] has compiled an impressive list of local ministers.  
 
[http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ The Wayne Co., NYGenWeb Project] has compiled an impressive list of local ministers.  
  
 
[http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/eguides/lists/churchlist1.htm Cornell University's Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York] has an online guide to Wayne County church records in their library.  
 
[http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/eguides/lists/churchlist1.htm Cornell University's Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York] has an online guide to Wayne County church records in their library.  
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===== Baptists  =====
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:*'''1854-1855''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Wayne County members of the New York Baptist Union for Ministerial Education, 1854-1855], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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===== Methodist  =====
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:*'''1863-1870''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Marriages at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Gibson, Ontario County, N.Y., October 1863 - April 1870], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1870-1894''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Records of Marriages of Port Gibson, Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Gibson, Ontario County, N.Y. November 1870 - April 1894], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1907-1936''' - [http://wayne.nygenweb.net/ Records of Marriages of Port Gibson, Methodist Episcopal Church, Port Gibson, Ontario County, N.Y. June 1907 - March 1936], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*Bradley, A. Day. "Records of Junius Friends Monthly Meeting, Seneca and Wayne Counties, New York," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 69, No. 1 (Mar. 1981):15-26. Digital version at [http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ National Genealogical Society website] ($); {{FHL|39597|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 69 (1981)}}.
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{{NYChurch2|Wayne+county|0}}
  
 
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*[http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.newyork.counties.wayne/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.<br>
  
 
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{{Wikipedia|Wayne County, New York}} [http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/Departments/historian/HistBrief.htm A Brief History of Wayne County]  
 
{{Wikipedia|Wayne County, New York}} [http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/Departments/historian/HistBrief.htm A Brief History of Wayne County]  
  
[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH27&CISOPTR=52895 A History of Wayne County New York] with illustrations of its scenery, etc. (a digital copy)
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{{FSbook|101771}}
  
 
[[Image:Wayne County, New York farmhouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]  
 
[[Image:Wayne County, New York farmhouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]  
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Original land records in {{PAGENAME}} began in [?dateyear?]. These records are housed at the [?repository?] in [?town?].
  
[http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/Departments/CountyMap.htm Wayne County Town Map] - Wayne County Government  
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[http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/Departments/CountyMap.htm Wayne County Town Map] - Wayne County Government
  
 
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:- [[161st Regiment, New York Infantry]]
 
:- [[161st Regiment, New York Infantry]]
  
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:*'''1907-1966''' {{RecordSearch|1854307|New York, Western District Naturalization Index, 1907-1966}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. <br>
 
:*'''1907-1966''' {{RecordSearch|1854307|New York, Western District Naturalization Index, 1907-1966}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. <br>
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{{NYProbate|Wayne|Wayne+County|492277}}  
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{{NYProbate}}<br> {{NYProbate petitions|Wayne}}  
  
:*'''1823-1901''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ny/newyork.htm#wayne SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills. <br>
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'''Online Probate Abstracts and Indexes'''  
  
:*'''1823-1849''' - Wiles, Harriet M. ''Abstracts of Wills of Wayne County, N.Y.: Surrogate's Office, Lyons, N.Y''. New York, 193--1940. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18119 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*'''1787-1835''' [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=094&Da=7 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835] at [http://newyorkancestors.org/ New York Ancestors] ($); 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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*'''1823-1901''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ny/newyork.htm#wayne SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills. <br>
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*'''1823-1849''' - Wiles, Harriet M. ''Abstracts of Wills of Wayne County, N.Y.: Surrogate's Office, Lyons, N.Y''. New York, 193--1940. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18119 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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*'''1823-1850''' - Wiles, Harriet M. ''Letters of Administration: Intestate Records in the Surrogate's Office, Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y.'' New York, N.Y., 1940. Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18109 Ancestry] ($).<br>
  
:*'''1823-1850''' - Wiles, Harriet M. ''Letters of Administration: Intestate Records in the Surrogate's Office, Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y.'' New York, N.Y., 1940. Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=18109 Ancestry] ($).<br>
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:*{{RecordSearch|1920234|Historical Records}} - '''Wayne County:'''&nbsp; Administrations, 1823-1903; Bonds, 1890-1901; Decrees, 1897-1902; Decrees, Minutes, Orders, 1854-1879; Final settlements, 1855-1883; Guardianship records, 1823-1890; '''Index, 1823-1964'''; Judicial settlements, 1883–1903; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary, 1830–1903; Letters of testamentary, 1859–1902; Wills, 1823-1901.
  
{{NY FHLC Probate|492277}}
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'''Probate Records on Microfilm''' <br> The probate records described above also may be among those on microfilm including:
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{{NY FHLC Probate|Wayne+County|492277}}  
  
 
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*To learn about more museums in Wayne County see the website for [http://www.waynecountytourism.com/Museums/ Wayne County Tourism - Museums]
 
*To learn about more museums in Wayne County see the website for [http://www.waynecountytourism.com/Museums/ Wayne County Tourism - Museums]
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'''[http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/departments/historian/historian.htm Wayne County Historian]'''<br>9 Pearl Street, Suite 3<br>Lyons, New York 14489<br>Phone: 315-946-5470<br>Email: historian@co.wayne.ny.us
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'''Genealogical Resources''':
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:*Land Records from 1823 through current year. Source is County Clerk.
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:*Wills and Estate from 1823 through current year. Source is County Historian.
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:*Census and all are indexed except 1920. Federal 1790-1880; 1900 - 1920. New York State 1855 (except Rose, Savannah, Sodus, Walworth, Williamson and Wolcott), 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925. Source is the County Historian.
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:*Vital Statistics after 1881. Source is the Clerk of Town where the event occurred.
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:*Cemetery including index. Inscriptions from tombstones in all known Wayne County cemeteries. Source is the County Historian.
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:*Newspapers including index. Scattered years from 1817- 1970's. Source is the County Historian.
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All County Public Records may be searched at their repository without charge. However, the County clerk and historian's offices have initiated a fee schedule for a genealogical search. The fee is $20 per hour with a minimum charge of $10 for up to 1/2 hour. A [http://co.wayne.ny.us/Departments/ctyclerk/SearchRequest.htm Genealogy Search Request] form has been created for the request.
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:*'''1664–1784''' New York. Secretary of State, ''Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued By the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784'' (Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 1860). At Cornell University<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>[http://digital.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moamono;idno=tuck0005 digital library]-free; [http://www.archive.org/stream/namesofpersonsfo02newy#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive] - free; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3177 Ancestry edition($)]; {{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>
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:*'''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 [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|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|342358|item|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>
  
:*'''1908–1935''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages 1908–1935}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index.<br>
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:*'''1908–1935''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages 1908–1935}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; {{FHL|18129|item|disp=FHL films 10058088 (first of 16 films)}}.<br>
 
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:*'''1908-1935''' Marriage Records and Index {{FHL|18129|item|disp=FHL films 10058088 (first of 24 films)}}<br>
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:*Wiles, Harriett Mae Evretts. ''Marriages and Deaths from the Lyons Republican and Inscriptions from the Lyons Rural Cemetery: Nelson, N.Y. and Aurora, N.Y.'' Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International - Books on Demand, 1990. {{WorldCat|22894918}}; {{FHL|1195375|item|disp=FHL fiche 6081207}} Also found at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19036&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 www.ancestry.com] ($).<br>
 
:*Wiles, Harriett Mae Evretts. ''Marriages and Deaths from the Lyons Republican and Inscriptions from the Lyons Rural Cemetery: Nelson, N.Y. and Aurora, N.Y.'' Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International - Books on Demand, 1990. {{WorldCat|22894918}}; {{FHL|1195375|item|disp=FHL fiche 6081207}} Also found at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19036&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 www.ancestry.com] ($).<br>
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Guide to Wayne 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 Wayne 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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Wayne County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Wayne 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 Lyons
Courthouse
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Address 26 Church Street
Lyons, New York 14489-1145
Wayne County Website

Contents

Wayne County New York Historical Facts

Parent County

Wayne County was created 11 April 1823 from parts of Ontario and Seneca counties.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Cayuga · Monroe · Ontario · Seneca · Lake Ontario[2]

OntarioWilliamsonWalworthMarionSodusHuronWolcottMacedonPalmyraArcadiaLyonsRoseButlerGalenSavannahMonroe CountyOntario CountySeneca CountyCayuga CountyLake OntarioNYWayneCoTwnshps.png


Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Wayne 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

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.
  • 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 Yes
Family History Library Films - - - Yes Index Index Index Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Images - - - Yes - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York State Library Films - - - Yes - - Yes Yes Yes Yes

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.

Online Databases

The Wayne Co., NYGenWeb Project has compiled an impressive list of local ministers.

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

Baptists
Methodist
Quakers

Additional Church Records

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

The Wayne County NY Gen Web site has provided the 1867 Directory of Wayne County.

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • Rootsweb message board for Wayne 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

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Wayne County, New York
A Brief History of Wayne County

FamilySearch Books Online

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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 Wayne 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 Wayne County, New York land records may be found in the Wayne 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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Wayne County Town Map - Wayne County Government

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Wayne County for European settlers 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: Butler · Galen · Huron · Lyons · Macedon · Marion · Ontario · Rose · Savannah · Sodus · Walworth · Williamson · Wolcott.

Regiments. Service men in Wayne County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.[5]

- 111th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 138th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 160th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 161st Regiment, New York Infantry

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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 Wayne 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. [6] [7]

These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the Wayne County Surrogate Court.

Online Probate 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 - Wayne County:  Administrations, 1823-1903; Bonds, 1890-1901; Decrees, 1897-1902; Decrees, Minutes, Orders, 1854-1879; Final settlements, 1855-1883; Guardianship records, 1823-1890; Index, 1823-1964; Judicial settlements, 1883–1903; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary, 1830–1903; Letters of testamentary, 1859–1902; Wills, 1823-1901.

Probate Records on Microfilm
The probate records described above also may be among those on microfilm including:

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

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

Repositories

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Wayne County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1982). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.787 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Libraries

  • Lyons Public Library
    122 Broad Street
    Lyons, New York 14489
    Phone: 315-946-9262
    Email: lyonslibrary@owwl.org
    Hours:Monday and Wednesday 10 am - 5 pm, 7 - 9 pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 12 - 9 pm
    Friday 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
  • The Palmyra Kings Daughters Free Library
    127 Cuyler Street
    Palmyra, New York 14522
    Phone: 315-597-5276
    Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
    Friday 10 am - 5 pm
    Saturday 10 am - 2 pm (Closed Saturdays in July and August)

The Palmyra library had local histories, old newspaper listings on marriages, cemetery listings, old maps, deaths, poorhouse records and more.

  • Clyde Savannah Public Library
    204 Glasgow Street
    Clyde, New York 14433
    Phone: 315-923-7767
    Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1 - 8 pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 10 am - 6 pm
    Friday 1 - 6 pm, Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
    Closed Saturdays during July and August and on major holidays.

The Clyde library has historical photos.

Museums

  • Museum of Wayne County History
    21 Butternut Street
    Lyons, New York 14489
    Phone: 315-946-4943
    Email: info@waynehistory.org
    Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
    Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm April 1 - May 28
    Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm June 4 - September 30
  • Heritage Square Museum
    7147 Ontario Center Road
    Ontario, New York 14519
County Historian's Office

Wayne County Historian
9 Pearl Street, Suite 3
Lyons, New York 14489
Phone: 315-946-5470
Email: historian@co.wayne.ny.us

Genealogical Resources:

  • Land Records from 1823 through current year. Source is County Clerk.
  • Wills and Estate from 1823 through current year. Source is County Historian.
  • Census and all are indexed except 1920. Federal 1790-1880; 1900 - 1920. New York State 1855 (except Rose, Savannah, Sodus, Walworth, Williamson and Wolcott), 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925. Source is the County Historian.
  • Vital Statistics after 1881. Source is the Clerk of Town where the event occurred.
  • Cemetery including index. Inscriptions from tombstones in all known Wayne County cemeteries. Source is the County Historian.
  • Newspapers including index. Scattered years from 1817- 1970's. Source is the County Historian.

All County Public Records may be searched at their repository without charge. However, the County clerk and historian's offices have initiated a fee schedule for a genealogical search. The fee is $20 per hour with a minimum charge of $10 for up to 1/2 hour. A Genealogy Search Request form has been created for the request.

Courthouses

The Wayne County Courthouse is the home for the County Clerk and County Historian. For further information about the records available and whre they are held, see the Wayne 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 Wayne County, New York is the Palmyra New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Societies
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 Wayne County, New York clerk starting in 1907 and go until 1934.[10]

Marriage Substitutes

  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
  • Wiles, Harriett Mae Evretts. Marriages and Deaths from the Lyons Republican and Inscriptions from the Lyons Rural Cemetery: Nelson, N.Y. and Aurora, N.Y. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International - Books on Demand, 1990. WorldCat 22894918; FHL fiche 6081207 Also found at www.ancestry.com ($).
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.

Substitute Death Records

  • 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 ofMilitary for death information.
  • Wiles, Harriett Mae Evretts. Marriages and Deaths from the Lyons Republican and Inscriptions from the Lyons Rural Cemetery: Nelson, N.Y. and Aurora, N.Y. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International - Books on Demand, 1990. WorldCat 22894918; FHL fiche 6081207 Also found at www.ancestry.com ($).

Additional Resources

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

Wayne County New York Genealogy Websites

Wayne County New York Places

Wayne County New York Genealogy 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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.
  8. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.
  9. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).
  10. 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.