Searching for Records in Chemung County, NY

Located in the southwest of New York, Chemung County borders Pennsylvania and is in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Europeans first entered the area in 1779 during the Sullivan Expedition against the Iroquois League, and Euro-American settlement began in 1784. The Watkins and Flint Purchase of 1794 expanded land available for settlers. Originally part of Tioga County, Chemung County was formed on March 29, 1839.  Today, Chemung’s county seat is the City of Elmira. Continue reading

New and Updated Collections on FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com

Frequently, both FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com add new collections or update existing collections to their databases.  Since our last update on this topic, there have been many new, relevant additions to both sites to help you with your New York research and beyond.

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From Our eLibrary: Genealogical Data from Inventories of New York Estates, 1666-1825

Genealogical Data from Inventories of New York Estates, 1666-1825, Kenneth Scott and James A. Owre. (1970), contains 1,080 abstracts of  inventories of New York estates from the 17th to the early 19th century.

“… in many instances the residence of a descendent is given, sometimes with his status and occastoinally with the date of his decease.  Executors, administrators, appraisers, persons taking the inventory, constables, overseers and sometimes auctioneers are mentioned.  The names of heirs, widows, widowers, children, other relations, business associates, debtors, creditors and purchasers of articles at public or private sale are frequently found.”

The authors also note that when creating the abstracts, they paid special attention to real estate, paintings, gold, silves, jewlery, Nergo slaves, and other artifacts.  

Members can browse the entire book in our eLibrary.  

From Our eLibrary: Minutes of Coroner’s Proceedings: City and County of New York, 1748-1758

Transcribed and annotated by Francis J. Sypher, Jr., Ph.D., Minutes of Coroner’s Proceedings: City and County of New York, gives us a fascinating glimpse of life and legal procedures in the mid-18th century New York City.  From 1748-1758, Coroner John Burnet conducted inquests for more than 75 city residents who died under unusual circumstances, including murder, drowning, suicide, premature birth, death while in jail, and numerous kinds of accidents. Continue reading

Searching for Records in St. Lawrence County, NY

Officially formed on March 3, 1802 from parts of Clinton County that had only been recently acquired from Montgomery and Herkimer Counties, St. Lawrence County is named after the river that serves as the county’s northern boundary. The original county seat was located at Ogdensburg, the American successor to Fort de La Présentation. The seat moved to Canton in 1828 because the new location was both more centrally-located and not blatantly vulnerable to the British territory located just across the river.  Major land transactions that affected the area include the land partition of the Ten Towns in 1787 and the Macomb Purchase of 1792. St. Lawrence County is New York State’s largest county by land area. Continue reading

From Our eLibrary: The NYG&B Record

The second-oldest genealogical journal in the United States, The Record has as its goal the scholarly preservation of the history of families who have contributed to the rich diversity of what is now New York State. Here you will find accounts of New York documented by individuals and families and find that history is by all of its residents, rich and poor alike, and is not only shaped by its prominent citizens.

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Searching for Records in Cattaraugus County, NY

Originally part of Genesee County, Cattaraugus became an independent entity in 1808. Settlers were attracted to Cattaraugus because it was the only area in western New York to have a navigable river that led to Ohio, which at the time was considered the western frontier.

Cattaraugus County lies in southwestern New York directly on the state’s southern border with Pennsylvania. It is also bordered by Erie and Wyoming Counties to the north, Allegany County to the east, and Chautauqua County to the west. The county seat is the village of Little Valley. According to the 2010 federal census, the county’s population is 80,317 and is divided into 2 cities, 32 towns, 9 villages, and 3 Seneca Nation reservations. The county’s land area is approximately 1,322 square miles. Continue reading