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Guide to '''Herkimer County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.  
 
Guide to '''Herkimer County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.  
  
 
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| founded year = 1791  
 
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| building address = 109 Mary Street<BR>Suite 1111<BR>Herkimer, NY 13350<br>[http://herkimercounty.org/content/ '''Herkimer County Website''']  
 
| building address = 109 Mary Street<BR>Suite 1111<BR>Herkimer, NY 13350<br>[http://herkimercounty.org/content/ '''Herkimer County Website''']  
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=== Herkimer County New York Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Herkimer County New York Historical Facts  ===
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==== Description ==== 
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The County was named for Nicholas Herkimer. The County is located in the central area of the state.
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<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Herkimer, New York" in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herkimer_County,_New_York'' accessed 19 Nov 2018 </ref> 
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==== Herkimer County, New York Record Dates ====
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Herkimer County, New York. Page 488-493 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 490-492.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1880. <br>General compliance for births by 1915 and deaths by 1890.</center>
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
 
*Created 16 February 1791 from [[Montgomery County, New York Genealogy|Montgomery]] County.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
*Created 16 February 1791 from [[Montgomery County, New York Genealogy|Montgomery]] County.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
 
[[Fulton County, New York Genealogy|Fulton]]{{·}} [[Hamilton County, New York Genealogy|Hamilton]]{{·}} [[Lewis County, New York Genealogy|Lewis]]{{·}} [[Madison County, New York Genealogy|Madison]]{{·}} [[Montgomery County, New York Genealogy|Montgomery]]{{·}} [[Oneida County, New York Genealogy|Oneida]]{{·}} [[Otsego County, New York Genealogy|Otsego]]{{·}} [[St. Lawrence County, New York Genealogy|St. Lawrence]]
 
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps"] (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
 
For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps"] (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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Three partitions over the years set off these counties:  
 
Three partitions over the years set off these counties:  
  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
For a list of record loss in New York Counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/newyork/ny-counties/#courthouse New York Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
=== Herkimer County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
 
=== Herkimer County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
  
Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
 
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
 
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi Findagrave.com]*  
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| [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]*  
 
| {{FHL|391730|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}*  
 
| {{FHL|391730|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}*  
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=36&CScnty=1999 Findagrave.com]*
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| [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/New-York/Herkimer-County?id=county_1999 Findagrave.com]*
 
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| [http://www.interment.net/us/ny/herkimer.htm Interment.net]*  
 
| [http://www.interment.net/us/ny/herkimer.htm Interment.net]*  
 
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Herkimer+County%2C+New+York+Cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]*  
 
| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Herkimer+County%2C+New+York+Cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]*  
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/newyork/herkimer.htm Tombstone Transcription Project]*
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| [http://usgwtombstones.org/newyork/herkimer.htm Tombstone Project]*
 
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| [http://www.onentofl.com/tcsnyherk.html Cemetery Site]*  
 
| [http://www.onentofl.com/tcsnyherk.html Cemetery Site]*  
 
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| [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/herkcocems.html NYGenWeb Cemeteries]*
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| [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/herkcocems.html NYGenWeb]*
 
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| [http://www.newyorkgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=1 New York Gravestones]*  
 
| [http://www.newyorkgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=1 New York Gravestones]*  
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| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22477&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&stateAbbv=NY&stateName=new_york epodunk]*
 
| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22477&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&stateAbbv=NY&stateName=new_york epodunk]*
 
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| [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/herkcocems.html NYGenWeb Cemeteries]*  
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| [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/herkcocems.html NYGenWeb]*  
 
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| [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]*
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| [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]*  
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| [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]*  
 
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| [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]*
 
| [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]*
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*'''1800-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|2552111|New York, Cemetery Abstracts, 1800-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York State Census, 1855 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1855]]  
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| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York State Census, 1855 - FamilySearch Historical Records|1855]]  
| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1865 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1865]]  
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| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1865 State Census - FamilySearch Historical Records|1865]]  
| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1875 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1875]]  
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| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1875 State Census - FamilySearch Historical Records|1875]]  
 
| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1892 State Census|1892]]  
 
| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1892 State Census|1892]]  
 
| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1905 State Census Records|1905]]  
 
| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York 1905 State Census Records|1905]]  
| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York State Census, 1915 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1915]]  
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| align="center" bgcolor="#bdb76b" | [[New York State Census, 1925 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1925]]
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:*'''11781-1814''' ''Marriage record of German Flats Reformed Church, 1781-1814; and Herkimer Reformed Church, 1801-1899'',&nbsp; transcribed and indexed by Arthur C. M. Kelly. {{FHL|294279|item|disp=FHL book 974.761 V2k}} {{WorldCat|10653965}}. Includes bride and groom index and parents/witnesses index.  
 
:*'''11781-1814''' ''Marriage record of German Flats Reformed Church, 1781-1814; and Herkimer Reformed Church, 1801-1899'',&nbsp; transcribed and indexed by Arthur C. M. Kelly. {{FHL|294279|item|disp=FHL book 974.761 V2k}} {{WorldCat|10653965}}. Includes bride and groom index and parents/witnesses index.  
 
:*'''1801-1899''' ''Baptism record of the Reformed Church, Herkimer, N.Y., 1801-1899'', transcribed and indexed by Arthur C. M. Kelly {{WorldCat|10605990}} {{FHL|248084|item|disp=FHL book 974.761/H1 V2k}} Includes index of parents and index of sponsors.  
 
:*'''1801-1899''' ''Baptism record of the Reformed Church, Herkimer, N.Y., 1801-1899'', transcribed and indexed by Arthur C. M. Kelly {{WorldCat|10605990}} {{FHL|248084|item|disp=FHL book 974.761/H1 V2k}} Includes index of parents and index of sponsors.  
:*'''1823-1878''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/herkuniversalistmars1.html Herkimer County, NY Marriages from Universalist Sources], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
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:*'''1823-1878''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/herkuniversalistmars1.html Herkimer County, NY Marriages from Universalist Sources], courtesy: [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
:*'''1823-1878''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/herkuniversalistdeas1.html Herkimer County, NY Deaths from Universalist Sources], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
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:*'''1823-1878''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/herkuniversalistdeas1.html Herkimer County, NY Deaths from Universalist Sources], courtesy: [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
:*'''1840-1855''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/trinmars.html Herkimer/Montgomery Marriages at Old Trinity Episcopal Church, Utica, NY] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
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:*'''1840-1855''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/trinmars.html Herkimer/Montgomery Marriages at Old Trinity Episcopal Church, Utica, NY] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
:*'''1854-1886''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/cornhillmars.html Marriages at the Old Corn Hill Methodist Church, Utica, N.Y., 1854-1886] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
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:*'''1854-1886''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/cornhillmars.html Marriages at the Old Corn Hill Methodist Church, Utica, N.Y., 1854-1886] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
:*'''1888-1889''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/callmars.html Marriages Performed by Rev. Samuel Call, 1888-1889] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
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:*'''1888-1889''' - [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/callmars.html Marriages Performed by Rev. Samuel Call, 1888-1889] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
 
:*'''1895''' ''- New York Baptist Annual, 1895.'' 1895. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4088 Ancestry] ($).
 
:*'''1895''' ''- New York Baptist Annual, 1895.'' 1895. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4088 Ancestry] ($).
  
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==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1906-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2299396|New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
 
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
  
==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Maps and Gazetteers  ====
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{{NY Maps Intro|Herkimer}}
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{{NY Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{NY Herkimer County}}}}
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
*[http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.newyork.counties.herkimer/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.
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*[https://www.ancestry.com/boards/localities.northam.usa.states.newyork.counties.herkimer/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.
  
 
==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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*[http://www.hopefarm.com/herkimny.htm Early Herkimer County History]<ref name="Hope">"Early Herkimer County History".  Hope Farm Press. http://www.hopefarm.com/herkimny.htm, accessed 12 January 2012.</ref>  
 
*[http://www.hopefarm.com/herkimny.htm Early Herkimer County History]<ref name="Hope">"Early Herkimer County History".  Hope Farm Press. http://www.hopefarm.com/herkimny.htm, accessed 12 January 2012.</ref>  
 
*[http://archive.org/details/historyofherkime00hard History of Herkimer county, New York (1893)]
 
*[http://archive.org/details/historyofherkime00hard History of Herkimer county, New York (1893)]
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*[http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/ NY GenWeb]
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20898 History of Herkimer County, New York]
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=20897 A History of Herkimer County : including the Upper Mohawk Valley]
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
'''Civil War'''  
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===== Civil War =====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932388|New York, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index 
  
 
{{NYCivilWarTownReg}}  
 
{{NYCivilWarTownReg}}  
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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:*'''1791-1980''' - {{RecordSearch|1999177|New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
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{{NYProbate}}  
 
{{NYProbate}}  
  
The estate files for Herkimer County do not have their own index. Rather, they are indexed in the index books to letters of administration (film #846533) and wills (film #846532). The number of the estate file is interlined above the name of the deceased. Finding a given estate file at familysearch.org is slightly tricky as the many scanned microfilm rolls are not listed in order by estate file number, but rather in an almost random order. Search repeatedly for the first letter of the deceased's surname followed by a comma, and this will successively bring up all the films which cover that letter of the alphabet, along with the estate file numbers that they cover.  
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The estate files for Herkimer County do not have their own index. Rather, they are indexed in the index books to letters of administration (film #846533) and wills (film #846532). The number of the estate file is interlined above the name of the deceased. Finding a given estate file at familysearch.org is slightly tricky as the many scanned microfilm rolls are not listed in order by estate file number, but rather in an almost random order. Search repeatedly for the first letter of the deceased's surname followed by a comma, and this will successively bring up all the films which cover that letter of the alphabet, along with the estate file numbers that they cover. <br>{{NYProbate petitions|Herkimer}}  
 
 
<br>{{NYProbate petitions|Herkimer}}  
 
 
 
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The petitions for {{PAGENAME}} are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:  
 
The petitions for {{PAGENAME}} are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:  
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'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
 
'''Online Probate Indexes'''  
  
:*'''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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*'''1629 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1920234|New York Probate Records 1629-1971}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
:*'''1792-1917''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/sr/ny/newyork.htm#herkimer SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills.<br>
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*'''1659 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8800 New York Wills and Probate Records 1659-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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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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*'''1792-1917''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/sr/ny/newyork.htm#herkimer SAMPUBCO] Free browsable index of testators of wills.
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*''''1792-1900''' [http://www.sampubco.com/sr/ny/newyork.htm#herkimer SAMPUBCO] Free browsable index of Estate files (including minors' files) with image numbers.
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*'''1866 - 1923''' {{RecordSearch|1466356|New York Kings County Estate Files 1866-1923}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images <br>
  
 
{{NYOnlineProbate}}  
 
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:*'''1861–1902''' Letters Testamentary {{FHL|item|92296|disp=FHL Film 846288 (5 films)}}
 
:*'''1861–1902''' Letters Testamentary {{FHL|item|92296|disp=FHL Film 846288 (5 films)}}
  
{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Probate|Herkimer+County|393607}}  
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{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Probate|Herkimer+County|393607}}
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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'''Museums'''  
 
'''Museums'''  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyhchs/museum.html Herkimer's Historic Four Corners]<br>400 North Main Street<br>Herkimer, New York 13350<br>Phone: 315-866-6413 <br>E-mail: Herkimerhistory@yahoo.com<br>Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm<br>July and August also on Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm  
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[http://villageofherkimer.com/attraction-detail.php?id=6&attraction=Herkimers-Historic-Four-Corners Herkimer's Historic Four Corners]<br>400 North Main Street<br>Herkimer, New York 13350<br>Phone: 315-866-6413 <br>E-mail: Herkimerhistory@yahoo.com<br>Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm<br>July and August also on Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm  
  
 
The Historic Four Corners is composed of the 1884 Herkimer County Historical Society Suiter Building Museum, the 1834 Herkimer County Jail, the 1873 Herkimer County Courthouse and the 1834 Herkimer Reformed Church.<br>  
 
The Historic Four Corners is composed of the 1884 Herkimer County Historical Society Suiter Building Museum, the 1834 Herkimer County Jail, the 1873 Herkimer County Courthouse and the 1834 Herkimer Reformed Church.<br>  
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
  
 
{{NYfhc|Herkimer}}  
 
{{NYfhc|Herkimer}}  
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===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
*[http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyhchs/ Herkimer County Historical Society]<br>400 North Main Street<br>Herkimer, New York 13350<br>Phone: 315-866-6413 <br>E-mail: Herkimerhistory@yahoo.com<br>The society houses a genealogy collection including directories, biographies, cemetery files, local newspapers, family genealogies,and a will index. The society has a research fee policy listed on their website.<br><br>
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*[https://www.facebook.com/herkimerhistory/ Herkimer County Historical Society]<br>400 North Main Street<br>Herkimer, New York 13350<br>Phone: 315-866-6413 <br>E-mail: Herkimerhistory@yahoo.com<br>The society houses a genealogy collection including directories, biographies, cemetery files, local newspapers, family genealogies,and a will index. The society has a research fee policy listed on their website.<br><br>
  
 
*[http://lfhistoricalsociety.org/ Little Falls Historical Society]<br>319 South Ann Street<br>Little Falls, NY 13365<br>Phone: 315-823-0643<br>E-mail: lfhistor@ntcnet.com <br><br>
 
*[http://lfhistoricalsociety.org/ Little Falls Historical Society]<br>319 South Ann Street<br>Little Falls, NY 13365<br>Phone: 315-823-0643<br>E-mail: lfhistor@ntcnet.com <br><br>
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm Central New York Genealogical Society]<ref>''Central New York Genealogical Society'' at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).</ref><br>Box 104, Calvin Station <br>Syracuse, New York 13205 <br>E-mail: [mailto:CNYGS@yahoo.com CNYSG@yahoo.com]
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*[http://cnygs.org/ Central New York Genealogical Society]<ref>''Central New York Genealogical Society'' at http://cnygs.org/ (accessed 29 July 2018).</ref><br>Box 104, Calvin Station <br>Syracuse, New York 13205 <br>E-mail: [mailto:CNYGS@yahoo.com CNYSG@yahoo.com]
  
 
:Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publication: ''Tree Talks ''({{WorldCat|1585719|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|253012|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 B2t}}) quarterly with annual index.
 
:Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publication: ''Tree Talks ''({{WorldCat|1585719|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|253012|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 B2t}}) quarterly with annual index.
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:*'''1847–1848''' Vital records {{FHL|38641|item|disp=FHL film 845911}} These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The births list name, parents name and date of birth.
 
:*'''1847–1848''' Vital records {{FHL|38641|item|disp=FHL film 845911}} These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The births list name, parents name and date of birth.
  
:*'''1864-5''' [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cnyfamilies/Vitals/hcvitals.html 1000 Vital Records from 1865 Herkimer Co., NY Census] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1864-5''' [http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~cnyfamilies/genealogy/Vitals/hcvitals.html 1000 Vital Records from 1865 Herkimer Co., NY Census] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
:*'''1902-3''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/1902HDVitals.html Birth &amp; Death Notices, 1902-1903 from the ''Herkimer Democrat'' Newspaper] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1902-3''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/1902HDVitals.html Birth &amp; Death Notices, 1902-1903 from the ''Herkimer Democrat'' Newspaper] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
 
{{NYMarriage|1908|1934}}  
 
{{NYMarriage|1908|1934}}  
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:*'''1639-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=new%20york%2cny New York, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
  
 
:*'''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>
 
:*'''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>
  
 
:*'''1847–1848''' Vital records {{FHL|38641|item|disp=FHL film 845911}} These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The marriages are listed by Bride list or Groom list and have the day the marriage took place. No parents are listed.
 
:*'''1847–1848''' Vital records {{FHL|38641|item|disp=FHL film 845911}} These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The marriages are listed by Bride list or Groom list and have the day the marriage took place. No parents are listed.
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:*'''1847–1848''' and '''1908–1936''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
  
 
:*'''1908–1927''' Marriages records(to 1927), and Index (to 1935) {{FHL|38634|item|disp=FHL film 845869 (first of 4 films)}}<br>
 
:*'''1908–1927''' Marriages records(to 1927), and Index (to 1935) {{FHL|38634|item|disp=FHL film 845869 (first of 4 films)}}<br>
  
:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/herkimer/vitals/marriages/v01a.htm Herkimer County New York Marriage Record Vol. 1, pages 1-500] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgenweb/ USGenWeb Archives] - free; includes abstracts.
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/herkimer/vitals/marriages/v01a.htm Herkimer County New York Marriage Record Vol. 1, pages 1-500] USGenWeb- free; includes abstracts.
  
 
''Marriage Substitutes''  
 
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:*'''1808–1850''' Fred Q.Bowman, ''7000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley, (NY), Vital Records, 1808-1850'' (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1997). {{WorldCat|37822622|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|673477|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 V2bo}}. Abstracts from newspapers filed at the New York State Library in Albany.<br>
 
:*'''1808–1850''' Fred Q.Bowman, ''7000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley, (NY), Vital Records, 1808-1850'' (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1997). {{WorldCat|37822622|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|673477|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 V2bo}}. Abstracts from newspapers filed at the New York State Library in Albany.<br>
  
:*'''1818-1834''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/chervalgazmars.html Marriages from the ''Cherry Valley Gazette'' 1818-1834] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1818-1834''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/chervalgazmars.html Marriages from the ''Cherry Valley Gazette'' 1818-1834] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
:*'''1849-50''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/herkmort50.html The 1850 US Mortality Schedule - Herkimer County, NY] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1849-50''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/herkmort50.html The 1850 US Mortality Schedule - Herkimer County, NY] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browseable.<br>
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:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browsable.<br>
  
 
:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.<br>
 
:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.<br>
  
:*'''1864-5''' [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cnyfamilies/Vitals/hcvitals.html 1000 Vital Records from 1865 Herkimer Co., NY Census] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1864-5''' [http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~cnyfamilies/genealogy/Vitals/hcvitals.html 1000 Vital Records from 1865 Herkimer Co., NY Census] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
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:*'''1847–1848''' Vital records {{FHL|38641|item|disp=FHL film 845911}} These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The deaths list the name, age at death and date of death.
 
:*'''1847–1848''' Vital records {{FHL|38641|item|disp=FHL film 845911}} These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The deaths list the name, age at death and date of death.
  
{{NYdeath}}<br>''Death Substitutes''  
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''Death Indexes''<br>
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:*'''1824-1962''' - {{RecordSearch|2373798|New York, Church and Civil Deaths, 1824-1962}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1880-1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2803479|New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1880-1956''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61535 New York, Death Index, 1880-1956] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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:*'''1957-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2285574|New York State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index only<br>
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''Death Substitutes''  
  
 
:*'''1795–1952''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration. There may be entries that cite a specific source.<br>
 
:*'''1795–1952''' {{RecordSearch|1680842|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as Family Records, Church Records, and Civil Registration. There may be entries that cite a specific source.<br>
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:*'''1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80''' See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information.<br>
 
:*'''1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80''' See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information.<br>
  
:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browseable. <br>
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:*'''1856–1863''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=49240 ''Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. These newspaper notices refer to people up and down the East Coast as well as midwesterners and persons from as far west as the State of California. Also browsable. <br>
  
 
:*See ''Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War'' in the Civil War section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Military|Military]] for death information.<br>
 
:*See ''Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War'' in the Civil War section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Military|Military]] for death information.<br>
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:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.<br>
 
:*'''1864-5, 1874-5''' See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of [[{{PAGENAME}}#Census|Census]] for death information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.<br>
  
:*'''1864-5''' [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cnyfamilies/Vitals/hcvitals.html 1000 Vital Records from 1865 Herkimer Co., NY Census] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1864-5''' [https://web.archive.org/web/20120314015144/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cnyfamilies/Vitals/hcvitals.html 1000 Vital Records from 1865 Herkimer Co., NY Census] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
:*'''1902-3''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/1902HDVitals.html Birth &amp; Death Notices, 1902-1903 from the ''Herkimer Democrat'' Newspaper] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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:*'''1902-3''' [http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/vitals/1902HDVitals.html Birth &amp; Death Notices, 1902-1903 from the ''Herkimer Democrat'' Newspaper] at [http://www.nygenweb.net/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
  
 
:*'''2000-present''' [http://www.jseatonmcgrath.com/ Obituaries -- J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home: Serving Otsego and Herkimer Counties Since 1912] - free.<br>
 
:*'''2000-present''' [http://www.jseatonmcgrath.com/ Obituaries -- J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home: Serving Otsego and Herkimer Counties Since 1912] - free.<br>
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Vitals|395022|county=Herkimer}}  
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*[http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/ The Herkimer County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://herkimer.nygenweb.net/ The Herkimer County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/herkimer/herkimer.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Herkimer County.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/herkimer/herkimer.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Herkimer County.  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/herkimer/herkimer.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Herkimer County. (Back up site)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/herkimer/herkimer.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Herkimer County. (Back up site)  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/NY/Herkimer-County.htm Herkimer County Genealogy]
  
 
=== Herkimer County New York Genealogy References  ===
 
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Guide to Herkimer County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

This page describes sources of genealogical data about Herkimer 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.


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Herkimer County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Herkimer County
Location in the state of New York
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Location of New York in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 16, 1791
County Seat Herkimer (village)
Courthouse
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Address 109 Mary Street
Suite 1111
Herkimer, NY 13350
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Herkimer County New York Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Nicholas Herkimer. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

Herkimer County, New York Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1908 1880 1804 1791 1792 1663
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1880.
General compliance for births by 1915 and deaths by 1890.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps" (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Three partitions over the years set off these counties:

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Herkimer County New York Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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 Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb*
New York Gravestones*   epodunk*
NYGenWeb*   Billion Graves*
Billion Graves*   Names in Stone*
Names in Stone*   Herkimer County Tombstone Inscriptions  
Linkpendium*    
Ancestry*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Federal[edit | edit source]

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.[4]
  • 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.
State[edit | edit source]
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Ancestry.com - - - Yes - Yes Yes & Yes - Yes Yes
Family History Library Yes

Index

Yes

Index

Yes

Index

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Images - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
New York State Library - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Ann Mensch's Local Catholic Church and Family History & Genealogical Research Guide is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Herkimer County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Herkimer County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Albany.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Herkimer County, New York Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

St. Lawrence CountyHamilton CountyFulton CountyMontgomery CountyOtsego CountyMadison CountyOneida CountyLewis CountyNY HERKIMER.PNG
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for more resources



Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • Rootsweb message board for Herkimer County, New York Genealogy 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[edit | edit source]

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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 Herkimer County, New York Genealogy 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 Herkimer County, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Herkimer County, New York Genealogy – Land Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche may be available for viewing at various 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[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Herkimer County for European settlers included:[6]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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: Columbia · Frankfort · German Flatts · Litchfield · Little Falls · Manheim · Norway · Ohio · Russia · Salisbury · Schuyler · Stark.

Regiments. Service men from Herkimer 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 Herkimer County.[7]

- 1st Battalion, New York Light Artillery, Battery A.
- 2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles, Company M.
- 18th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Companies L and M.
- 20th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company M.
- 34th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies B, C, F, G and K.
- 44th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 59th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company H
- 97th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies D, F, G and I.
- 115th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company A, D and K.
- 121st Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, G, H, I.
- 152nd Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, I and K.
- 153rd Regiment, New York Infantry: Company B.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the largest online collection of 400 New York 1795-2007 newspapers. The instructions for this quirky site are needed to get the most out of it.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the following Herkimer County, New York Genealogy newspaper images:

  • Little Falls NY Evening Times 1886-1900
  • Little Falls NY Herkimer Country Journal 1853-1858
  • Little Falls NY Mohawk Courier 1836-1859
  • Little Falls NY Peoples Friend 1828-1832

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

The estate files for Herkimer County do not have their own index. Rather, they are indexed in the index books to letters of administration (film #846533) and wills (film #846532). The number of the estate file is interlined above the name of the deceased. Finding a given estate file at familysearch.org is slightly tricky as the many scanned microfilm rolls are not listed in order by estate file number, but rather in an almost random order. Search repeatedly for the first letter of the deceased's surname followed by a comma, and this will successively bring up all the films which cover that letter of the alphabet, along with the estate file numbers that they cover.
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. 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. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.


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



The petitions for Herkimer County, New York Genealogy are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:

Online Probate 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 - Herkimer County: Administration bonds, 1890-1899; Administration records, 1868-1876, 1887-1892; Decrees, Minutes, Orders, 1868-1938; Final decrees, 1800-1902; Guardianship bonds, 1890-1920; Guardianship index, 1800-1969; Letters of administration index, 1792-1970; Letters of administration, 1792-1916; Letters of testamentary, 1861-1902; Surrogate records, 1821-1869; Will index, 1792-1970; Wills, 1792-1917

Probate Records on Microfilm

Probate records found at Historical Records and described in Online Probate Records above are also found on microfilm as follows:

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

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

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Herkimer County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1984). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.761 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Libraries

  • Frank J. Basloe Public Library
    245 N. Main Street
    Herkimer, NY 13350
    Phone: 315-866-1733
    Email: LPaul@midyork.org
    Online obituary index. The Evelyn Dexter Arthur Collection is housed in th the Basloe Genealogy Room. The collection includes local files,historical maps, city directories, and the Herkimer Evening Telegraph newspaper on microfilm 1945-present. Ancestry and HeritageQuest are available.
  • Ilion Free Public Library
    78 West Street
    Ilion, New York 13357
    Phone: 315-894-5028
    Local history room. Call ahead to confirm schedule.

Museums

Herkimer's Historic Four Corners
400 North Main Street
Herkimer, New York 13350
Phone: 315-866-6413
E-mail: Herkimerhistory@yahoo.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
July and August also on Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm

The Historic Four Corners is composed of the 1884 Herkimer County Historical Society Suiter Building Museum, the 1834 Herkimer County Jail, the 1873 Herkimer County Courthouse and the 1834 Herkimer Reformed Church.

County Historian's Office[edit | edit source]

James M. Greiner, Historian[9]
318 Margaret Street
Herkimer, New York 13350
Phone: 315-866-1398

The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.

Courthouses[edit | edit source]

The Herkimer County Clerk's office has marriage, divorce, court and land records. The Surrogate Court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Herkimer County are held, see the Herkimer County Courthouse page.


Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

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 Herkimer County, New York Genealogy is the Herkimer New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Herkimer County Historical Society
    400 North Main Street
    Herkimer, New York 13350
    Phone: 315-866-6413
    E-mail: Herkimerhistory@yahoo.com
    The society houses a genealogy collection including directories, biographies, cemetery files, local newspapers, family genealogies,and a will index. The society has a research fee policy listed on their website.

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.

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

  • 1808–1850 Fred Q.Bowman, 7000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley, (NY), Vital Records, 1808-1850 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1997). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.7 V2bo. Abstracts from newspapers filed at the New York State Library in Albany.
  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for birth information.
  • 1847–1848 Vital records FHL film 845911 These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The births list name, parents name and date of birth.
Marriage[edit | edit source]

Early marriages were sometimes recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. 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. The marriages in this county were recorded by the county clerk from 1908 until 1934.[11]

  • 1847–1848 Vital records FHL film 845911 These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The marriages are listed by Bride list or Groom list and have the day the marriage took place. No parents are listed.

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.
  • 1808–1850 Fred Q.Bowman, 7000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley, (NY), Vital Records, 1808-1850 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1997). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.7 V2bo. Abstracts from newspapers filed at the New York State Library in Albany.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
Divorce[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]
  • 1847–1848 Vital records FHL film 845911 These records are listed in individual towns in Herkimer County, and the towns are listed alphabetically. The deaths list the name, age at death and date of 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.

Death Indexes

Death Substitutes

  • 1808–1850 Fred Q.Bowman, 7000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley, (NY), Vital Records, 1808-1850 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1997). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.7 V2bo. Abstracts from newspapers filed at the New York State Library in Albany.
  • 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 Herkimer County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Herkimer– 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[edit | edit source]

Herkimer County New York Places[edit | edit source]

Herkimer County New York Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Herkimer County New York Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Herkimer, New York" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herkimer_County,_New_York accessed 19 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Herkimer County, New York. Page 488-493 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 490-492.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. 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.
  5. "Early Herkimer County History". Hope Farm Press. http://www.hopefarm.com/herkimny.htm, accessed 12 January 2012.
  6. Handybook, 847-61.
  7. 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.
  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. Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), 415. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.
  10. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://cnygs.org/ (accessed 29 July 2018).
  11. 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.