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United States Gotoarrow.png New York Gotoarrow.png Wayne County

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.

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

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]

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.
  • The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see direc
State
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Family History Library - - - Yes Index Index Index Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Historical Record - - - - - - Yes Yes - -
New York State Library - - - Yes - - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ancestry.com - - - - - - Yes Yes - -

Church

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.

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.

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

History

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

A History of Wayne County New York with illustrations of its scenery, etc. (a digital copy)

Wayne County, New York farmhouse.jpg

Land and Property

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

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.

  • 1823-1901 - SAMPUBCO Browsable index of testators of wills.
  • 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 Ancestry ($).
  • 1823-1850 - Wiles, Harriet M. Letters of Administration: Intestate Records in the Surrogate's Office, Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y. New York, N.Y., 1940. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
Guardianships

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
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.[7]

Marriage Substitutes

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

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

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. 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. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).
  7. 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.