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

This page describes sources of genealogical data about Chenango County, New York Genealogy families, including links to smaller localities at the bottom of this page. New York-related pages show useful statewide sources. United States pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.

Chenango County, New York
Map of New York highlighting Chenango County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Founded March 15, 1798
County Seat Norwich
Address 5 Court Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Chenango County Website


Historical Facts


Parent County

15 March 1798: Created from Herkimer and Tioga counties.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Broome · Cortland · Delaware · Madison · Otsego[2]

Boundary Changes

  • 4 April 1804: 70 square miles taken to add to Oneida County.
  • 21 March 1806: part taken to create Madison County.

Record Loss


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.



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*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.

Links to web sites with partial lists, maps and the interred of Chenango County, New York, USA cemeteries.


For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see New York Census.


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.
  • The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see directories.
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Family History Library film - - - Yes Yes Yes - Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch image - - - - Yes Yes - Yes - -
New York State Library film - - - 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.

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.


Ancestors may have also been involved in municipal, state, or federal court cases. See also New York Court Records and United States Court Records.


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Land and Property




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). They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Afton · Columbus · Coventry · German · Lincklaen · McDonough · New Berlin · North Norwich · Norwich · Otselic · Oxford · Pharsalia · Pitcher · Plymouth · Preston · Sherburne · Smithville · Smyrna.

Regiments. Service men in Chenango County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Broome County: [4]

- 17th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 17th Veteran Regiment, New York Infantry
- 19th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 26th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 76th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 89th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 90th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 114th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 157th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 161st Regiment, New York Infantry
- 168th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 176th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 193rd Regiment, New York Infantry

Naturalization and Citizenship

SAMPUBCO Index of naturalization records





Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

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

  • 1792-1901 - SAMPUBCO - Index of testators of wills.
  • 1797-1850 - Barber, Gertrude A. Index of Wills of Chenango County, New York, From 1797-1850: Records are Kept at Norwich, Chenango Co., N.Y. New York: unknown, 1989. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1851-1875 - Barber, Gertrude A. Index to Wills of Chenango County, N.Y.: At Surrogate's Office, Norwich, N.Y., 1851-1875. New York: unknown, 1989. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Chenango County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1982). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.777 A3. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums
The Otis A Thompson-Local History Room
Guernsey Memorial Library
3 Court Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Inquiry Form

Genealogical Resources: Published genealogies, family folders, obituary indexes, local histories, city directories, vital records, cemetery records, census records, newspaper collection. 

Moore Memorial Library
59 Genesee Street
Greene, NY 13778
Genealogical Resources: Chenango American newspaper, Ancestry Plus subscription, censuses, vital records, local history museum (Greene Museum).
Norwich City Historian
Hale Street
Norwich, NY
(607) 334-1218
Email: jtelesky@norwichnewyork.net
Genealogical Resources: Records of local government officials, railroad, canal, corporations/businesses, historical events, significant people, folklore, obituaries, crime/punishment, architecture, genealogy, photos/slides/CD’s/tapes, and education (schools).
Earlville Free Library
6 North Main St.
Earlville, NY 13332
(315) 691-5931
Genealogical Resources: Local newspapers, cemetery records, school yearbooks, old photographs, local histories, and scrapbooks.
Oxford Historical Society and The Oxford Historical Museum
1 Depot Street
Oxford, NY 13830
(607) 821-1223
Oxford Memorial Library
Fort Hill Park
Oxford, NY 13830
(607) 843-6146
Afton Museum
Afton, NY
Coventry Museum
Coventry, NY
Unadilla Valley Historical Museum/Mt Upton Historical Society
Route 8, PO Box 135
Mt Upton, NY 13809
Norwich Pharmacal Co. Museum
Eaton Center, 19 Eaton Avenue
Norwich, NY 13815
Northeast Classic Car Museum
NYS Route 23-24 Rexford Street
Norwich, NY
Plymouth Historical Society Depot
Plymouth, NY

The Chenango County Clerk's office holds marriage, divorce, court and land records. The Surrogate Court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Chenango County are held, see the Chenango County Courthouse 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 to assist in the study of genealogy.

The closest FHC in Chenango County is the Norwich New York Family History Center. For additional Family History Centers, search this online FHC directory.

Chenango County Historical Society
45 Rexford Street
Norwich, NY 13815-1121

Genealogical Resources: Local histories, family folders, local records, cemetery records, censuses, photographs.

Afton Historical Society
116 Main Street
Afton, NY 13730
Phone: 607-639-1110
Central New York Genealogical Society[5]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com
Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publication: 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.
Go-Won-Go Chapter
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Greene, New York
Guilford Historical Society
Box 201
Guilford, NY 13780

Norwich Civil War Round Table
Chenango County Historical Museum
45 Rexford Street
Norwich, NY

Unadilla Valley Railway Society and Museum
PO Box 791
New Berlin, NY 13411

Social Groups Online


Town Records

Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. Vital records from 1880/1882 are kept by town and village clerks, although some (Kent’s and Putnam Valley’s) are available in the County Historian’s Office. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:

The County Archives has the following records:

  • 031 Petitions, Licenses, and recognizance to sell liquor (Tavern licenses) 1813-1878
  • 139 Monthly Reports of Hunting and fishing licenses, 1908-1938
  • 165 Certificates of Qualifications as Examiner in Lunacy, 1883-1947

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.

Vital Records of Chenango County, New York before 1880: Marriages, Births, Deaths from Original Sources (courtesy: NYGenWeb) combined information culled from several sources to provide vital record information.


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.

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 Chenango County clerk starting in 1908 and go until 1935.

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.


All divorces were granted by the governor or legislature and were very rare.


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.


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.


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 Chenango County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Chenango– Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . 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




  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 488. 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. 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.
  5. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).