Herkimer County, New York Genealogy
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.
|Herkimer County, New York|
Location in the state of New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
|Founded||February 16, 1791|
|County Seat||Herkimer (village)|
|Address||109 Mary Street|
Herkimer, NY 13350
Herkimer County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.3 Cemeteries
- 2.4 Census
- 2.5 Church Records
- 2.6 Court Records
- 2.7 Crime and Criminals
- 2.8 Directories
- 2.9 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 2.10 Gazetteers
- 2.11 Genealogy
- 2.12 History
- 2.13 Land and Property
- 2.14 Maps
- 2.15 Migration
- 2.16 Military
- 2.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.18 Newspapers
- 2.19 Obituaries
- 2.20 Probate Records
- 2.21 Repositories
- 2.22 Taxation
- 2.23 Town Records
- 2.24 Vital Records
- 2.25 Voting Registers
- 3 Places
- 4 Websites
- 5 References
Historical Facts[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
Three partitions over the years set off these counties:
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
Resources[edit | edit source]
Bible Records[edit | edit source]
Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
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.
- 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.
State[edit | edit source]
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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.
- 1802-1803 - Baptismal Records of the Reformed Church of Columbia, 1802-1803, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1806-1816 - Baptismal Records of the Reformed Church of Columbia, 1806-1816, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1806-1836 - Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Columbia, Herkimer County, New York 1806-1836, courtesy: Family History Archives. Baptisms 1806-1836, marriages 1825-1828, 1834-1836, and cemetery transcripts.
- 1807-1812 - Name Index, 2nd Baptist Church, Newport, NY Church Minutes, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1811-1843 - Index Records of the Yellow Church of Manheim Herkimer County, New York Baptisms and Members 1811 to 1845, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1811-1817 - Baptismal Records of the Old Yellow Church in the Town of Manheim, Herkimer County
- 1816-1826 - Baptismal Record of the Reformed Church of Columbia, 1816-1826, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1820 - First Membership List of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Christ in Middleville, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1821-1822 - Memorandum of Formation of the Old Yellow Church of Manheim, NY, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1822-1910 - Grace Episcopal Church Records, Norway, Herkimer Co., New York 1822-1910, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1825-1836 - Baptismal Records of the Reformed Church of Columbia, 1825-183, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1825-1828, 1832-1836 - Marriage Records of the Reformed Church of Columbia, 1825-1828 and 1832-1836, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1829 - The Charter of the Second Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Warren, New York, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1839 - Roll of Members from the Old Yellow Church of Manheim, NY, courtesy: NYGenWeb.
- 1895 - New York Baptist Annual, 1895. 1895. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
- 1923 - Year Book and Church Directory, First Baptist Church, Ilion, New York, 1923. Ilion, N.Y.: First Baptist Church, 1923. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
Court Records[edit | edit source]
Crime and Criminals[edit | edit source]
Directories[edit | edit source]
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]
Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Land and Property[edit | edit source]
Maps[edit | edit source]
Migration[edit | edit source]
Early migration routes to and from Herkimer County for European settlers included:
Military[edit | edit source]
Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.
Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.
Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37). They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).
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.
- - 115th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company A 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]
Obituaries[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
- 1792-1917 - SAMPUBCO Browsable index of testators of wills.
Repositories[edit | edit source]
Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
- Frank J. Basloe Public Library
245 N. Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
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
Local history room. Call ahead to confirm schedule.
Herkimer's Historic Four Corners
400 North Main Street
Herkimer, New York 13350
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.
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]
Societies[edit | edit source]
- Herkimer County Historical Society
400 North Main Street
Herkimer, New York 13350
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.
- Little Falls Historical Society
319 South Ann Street
Little Falls, NY 13365
- Central New York Genealogical Society
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
- 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.
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:
- Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). NEHGS online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists.
- Journal of the Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of Putnam County for the Year 1904 (New York: Martin B. Brown, 1905)
- Journal of the Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of Putnam County for the Year 1922 (Poughkeepsie: Lansing Broas, 1923)
- List of Town Clerks, Record Managers and Historical Societies
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]
Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Voting Registers[edit | edit source]
Places[edit | edit source]
Websites[edit | edit source]
- The Herkimer County NYGenWeb Project, an member of The NYGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Herkimer County.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Herkimer County. (Back up site)
References[edit | edit source]
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- 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.
- Handybook, 847-61.
- 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.
- Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).