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The old brick tavern at Gouverneur, a famous stage coach tavern
Franklin County

The Birth of the Northern Counties

The Birth of the Northern Counties: The erection of St. Lawrence County — the meeting at Denmark out of which grew Jefferson and Lewis counties — the erection of Oswego County — David Parish buys the Village of Ogdensburg — the visits of De Witt Clinton and Bishop Asbury.

View of old Watertown, showing public square about the time of the Civil War
Franklin County

The Coming of the Pioneers

The Coming of the Pioneers: The first north country towns — Washington Irving’s tour of northern New York — how the pioneers lived — the circuit riders and their parish — the first churches in the north.

Map of Tracts, Patents and Land Grants, Northern New York
Franklin County

The Great Land Patents

The Great Land Patents: The Ten Towns — Macomb’s Purchase — Scriba’s Patent — “Grand Rapides’ Promised Land” — The Era Of Settlement

Fort Haldimand, Carleton Island, As It Appeared During The Revolution
Franklin County

Border Warfare

Border Warfare: The Abbe Picque and the founding of La Presentation—Old Fort Oswego—the French and Indian War in the north country— Carlelton Island and the Revolution.

The north country vol 1 title page
Franklin County

The Onondaga War Trail

The Onondaga War Trail: Early Indian occupation of northern New York—the coming of Champlain—Father Poncet and the Oswegatchie Trail—the Great Peace Conference at La Famine—the expedition of Count Frontenac.

Romeyn Beck Hough
Lewis County

Genealogy of the Hough Family of Northern New York

This name is inseparably connected with the formative period of history in Northern New York. Posterity is deeply indebted to Dr. Franklin B., Hough for his care in learning and preserving the history of early settlements in Lewis, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. The ancestry was located early in Massachusetts, and worthy sons have been instrumental in settling and developing many sections of the United States. Many physicians have been found among the descendants, but most have been mechanics or tillers of the soil.

Suffolk County

THE SALMON RECORDS

The Salmon Records are a mine of genealogical wealth, and was, doubtlessly, used by Moore in his compilation of “Indexes of Southold”, New York. The manuscript appears originally to have consisted of two separate registers, one of deaths, containing a few marriages, and the other of marriages. Download a free PDF of the complete manuscript.

Genesee River passing through the heart of the City of Rochester NY
Directories

1827 Directory for the Village of Rochester, New York

The earliest directory of Rochester New York was compiled in 1827. The directory was split into 4 sections. The first section contained a directory of the householders with their occupations and residence. The second section contained a directory of the boarders with their occupation and who they boarded with. The third part contains a description and memorandums of the county of Monroe and its environs. The final and fourth part contained advertisements. This post is section one

The Western New York Index Cover
Allegany County

The Western New York Index

The Western New York Index was created by the Buffalo & Erie County Library System and printed from 1983-1996. It indexed news, features, articles and reviews appearing in the city edition of the Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree, Business First, Western New York Magazine, and the WNY Genealogical Society Journal. Each volume covers one individual year, and also includes a separate Personal Names section. A print copy has been in the collection of the Western New York Library Resources Council since that time, and is still used by researchers. This collection was digitized on behalf of WNYLRC by the University at Buffalo. The images include searchable text.

General Solon Dexter Hungerford
Jefferson County

Hungerford Genealogy of Jefferson County New York

Provides genealogies of the Hungerford Families: Thomas Hungerford Family of East Haddam Connecticut; Thomas M. Hungerford Family of East Haddam, Connecticut; Benjamin Hungerford Family of Bristol, Connecticut; Timothy Hungerford Family of Watertown, New York; Timothy Hungerford Family of Watertown Center, New York; Edwin Hungerford Family of Evans Mills, New York; Elbert Hungerford Family of Evans Mills, New York; James Montrose Hungerford Family of Clayton, New York; Dexter Hungerford Family of Brownville, New York; General Solon Dexter Hungerford Family of Adams, New York; and Orville Hungerford Family of Watertown, New York.

Particularly useful as vital records substitutes among the surviving New York church records are those of the Dutch Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, and Quaker groups. For a general background about colonial New York churches, consult Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York. 1)Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York, 7 vols. Albany, N.Y.: James B. Lyon, 1901–05, 1916.

For the records themselves, see Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New York State Churches (Exclusive of New York City), 2)Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New York State Churches (Exclusive of New York City), 2 vols. Albany, N.Y.: Historical Records Survey, 1942. and Guide to Vital Statistics Records in the City of New York, Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Richmond. Churches. 3)Guide to Vital Statistics Records in the City of New York, Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Richmond. Churches, 5 vols.New York: Historical Records Survey, 1942. There are also several volumes arranged by denomination. These guides, although dated, are still useful for learning what existed and where. An excellent modern guide is The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide. 4)Richard Haberstroh, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide. New York: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 2000.

The largest collection of New York church records is probably that of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the State of New York Cemetery, Church, and Town Records. Scattered volumes may be found in local libraries for the area in which a particular church is located. To determine what records have been covered, consult the Revised Master Index. A card catalog at the New York State Library indexes this collection by county and there under by town, village, or other municipality.

Another large collection was commissioned by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and is known by the name of its editor, Royden Woodward Vosburgh. Its 101 volumes cover mostly Dutch, German-Lutheran, and Presbyterian records, but not all are indexed. Besides the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, these volumes are available at the Connecticut State Library and on microfilm at the New York Public Library, the Family History Library, and in other libraries. Arthur C. M. Kelly and Jean D. Worden have published abstracted church records including some that were also done by Vosburgh. 5)See “The Vosburgh Collection of New York Church Records,” The NYG&B Newsletter 9 [1998]: 53-55.

For western and central New York there is a collection of microfilmed church records compiled by the Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York at Ithaca College; the study center is now defunct, but the collection is available at the Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5310. A published list of the records is available.

Quakers are treated in John Cox, Jr., “Quaker Records in New York,” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 45 (1914): 263-69, 366-73. Some Quaker records are published such as those for New York City and Long Island in volume 3 of Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 6)William Wade Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969, 1991 and Quaker History and Genealogy of the Marlborough Monthly Meeting, Ulster County, N.Y. 1804–1900+ 7)Shirley V. Anson and Laura M. Jenkins, comps., Quaker History and Genealogy of the Marlborough Monthly Meeting, Ulster County, N.Y. 1804–1900+. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1980. . See also Loren V. Fay, ed., Quaker Census of 1828 8)Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Kinship, 1989.. Original and full copies of New York state Quaker records from 1663, formerly in New York City, are now at the Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081, and many microfilms and abstracts are at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.9)see Suzanne McVetty, “Records of the Society of Friends (Quakers), New York Yearly Meeting,” The NYG&B Newsletter, 8 [1977]: 27-31, and the subsequent “1998 Additions to the NYG&BS Microfilm Collection,” also in the Newsletter, 9 [1998]: 50-52. A “Map of the Meetings constituting New-York Yearly Meeting of Friends,” 12, by Dr. Shadrach Ricketson, is found facing page 263 in volume 45 of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (1914).

Many church records, mostly early and particularly for Long Island, New York City, and the Hudson River Valley, have been published in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, with a large collection of unpublished records maintained by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and by other repositories with manuscript collections. 10)Source: Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

Baptists Records for New York

  • American Baptist Historical Society
    • Genealogical Research at the American Baptist Historical Society
    • New York Baptist Church Records at the Samuel Colgate Historical Library
      More than 500 volumes of original records of churches, associations, and state bodies have been placed in the American Baptist – Samuel Colgate Historical Library. These records were placed there voluntarily. Baptist polity does not have any mechanism to require a local congregation to deposit its records at this site or at any site. As a result, the records of many Baptist churches over the years have been lost. The original records deposited there are arranged alphabetically by state. Records of state bodies are placed first, then associational records. Local church records are placed next, alphabetically by city or town and name of church. The few international records which they hold are found at the end of this inventory. Their holdings include microfilmed and photo duplicated copies as well.
    • The records of American Baptists in New York and related organizations
      A basic guide to regional Baptist archives and historical resources for New York.

Baptists Records for New York

Allegany County NY Church Records

Franklin County NY Church Records

Fulton County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister’s records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child’s name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents’ names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Herkimer County NY Church Records

  • German Flats Dutch Reformed Church
    Fonda Registers Town of Herkimer, Herkimer County, transcribed under the auspices of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. By Royden Woodward Vosburgh Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Herkimer, a.k.a. German Flats Dutch Reformed Church, Pastor: John Spinner. Found at the Montgomery Co Dept of History and Archives, Fonda NY.
  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister’s records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child’s name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents’ names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Jefferson County NY Church Records

Lewis County NY Church Records

  • North Country Methodists
    Selected Preacher Records, Principally from Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties 1839 – 1907

Montgomery County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister’s records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child’s name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents’ names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

New York County NY Church Records

  • Baptisms of the First Presbyterian Church, New York City 1793- 1813
    The following baptisms were performed by the Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller, who was the collegiate pastor of the church 1793-1813. The original record is in his handwriting and was presented to the Society by Miss Margaret Miller, of Princeton, N. J., May 4, 1906.
  • Marriages of the Laight Street Baptist Church, New York City 1841-1850
    The Laight Street Baptist Church was formed from the Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1842. The Rev. W. W. Everts became pastor of the Tabernacle Church in 1839 and went with the new Congregation in forming the Laight Street Church which purchased the edifice formerly occupied by Presbyterians, corner Laight and Varick Streets. The following is the record of marriages solemnized by the Rev. W. W. Everts 1841-1850.

Oneida County NY Church Records

St. Lawrence County NY Church Records

Saratoga County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister’s records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child’s name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents’ names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Schenectady County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister’s records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child’s name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents’ names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Schoharie County NY Church Records

  • New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906
    This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister’s records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 61,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 215,000 individuals. In addition to the child’s name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents’ names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records.

Westchester County NY Church Records

  • Baptisms ~ French Church at New Rochelle, New York 1702 ~ 1712
    The following baptisms of the French Church at New Rochelle, N. Y., were performed by Rev. Daniel Bondet, 1703-1712. The translations from the French were made by A. J. Wall from the original manuscript. The spellings of the names are printed just as they appear, and in some instances vary somewhat from the present day form.
  • Marriages ~ French Church at New Rochelle, New York 1703 – 1711
    The following marriages of the French Church at New Rochelle, N. Y., were performed by Rev. Daniel Bondet, 1703-1712. The translations from the French were made by A. J. Wall from the original manuscript. The spellings of the names are printed just as they appear, and in some instances vary somewhat from the present day form.

Footnotes:   [ + ]

1. Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York, 7 vols. Albany, N.Y.: James B. Lyon, 1901–05, 1916.
2. Guide to Vital Statistics Records in New York State Churches (Exclusive of New York City), 2 vols. Albany, N.Y.: Historical Records Survey, 1942.
3. Guide to Vital Statistics Records in the City of New York, Boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Richmond. Churches, 5 vols.New York: Historical Records Survey, 1942.
4. Richard Haberstroh, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide. New York: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 2000.
5. See “The Vosburgh Collection of New York Church Records,” The NYG&B Newsletter 9 [1998]: 53-55.
6. William Wade Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 1940; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1969, 1991
7. Shirley V. Anson and Laura M. Jenkins, comps., Quaker History and Genealogy of the Marlborough Monthly Meeting, Ulster County, N.Y. 1804–1900+. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1980.
8. Rhinebeck, N.Y.: Kinship, 1989.
9. see Suzanne McVetty, “Records of the Society of Friends (Quakers), New York Yearly Meeting,” The NYG&B Newsletter, 8 [1977]: 27-31, and the subsequent “1998 Additions to the NYG&BS Microfilm Collection,” also in the Newsletter, 9 [1998]: 50-52.
10. Source: Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.