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Guide to Monroe County New York genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military, immigration and naturalization records.

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Monroe County, New York
Map of New York highlighting Monroe 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 February 23, 1821
County Seat Rochester
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Address 39 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Monroe County Website

Monroe County New York Historical Facts

Parent Counties

23 February 1821: Created from Genesee and Ontario counties. [1]

Neighboring Counties

Genesee · Livingston · Ontario · Orleans · Wayne · Lake Ontario[2]

Boundary Changes

Monroe County was part of several counties before becoming its own county:

  • 1683-1772: part of Albany County
  • 1772-1784: part of Tryon County
  • 1784-1789: name of the county was changed to Montgomery County
  • 1789-1802: part of Ontario County
  • 1802-1821: part of Ontario County and Genesee County
  • 23 February 1821: Monroe County was formed from parts of Ontario County and Genesee County.

Record Loss

Monroe County New York Genealogy Resources

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.


Business Records and Commerce


Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories* Family History Library*** WorldCat* Tombstone Transcription Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb Cemeteries*
New York Gravestones*   epodunk*
NYGenWeb Cemeteries*   Billion Graves*
Billion Graves*   Names in Stone*
Names in Stone*    
Cemeteries of Monroe Co., NY[3]    
USGenWeb Archives Project    
Mt. Hope & Riverside Cemetery Records
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, NY
Webster Union Cemetery, Webster, NY
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.



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.[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.
State Census Records
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925 - - - - - - Yes - Yes Yes
Family History Library - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Historical Records - - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes - -
New York State Library - - - 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

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.

The major religious denominations in 1980 were the Catholic Church, the American Baptist Churches, the Presbyterian Church, and the United Methodist Church. For more information about these denominations and others in Monroe County, see the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) Web site.

Cornell University's Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York has an online guide to Monroe County church records in their library.

The Rochester Genealogical Society Church Records Preservation Committee meets weekly to digitize and publish church records on their web site .

  • 1819-1861 – Sweden Baptist Church (Sweden, New York) FHL film 1036289 Item 5 Records include Articles of Faith, List of members received 1819-1860, and Minutes of meetings 1819-1861.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
  • 1895-1941 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rochester and Cumorah Districts FHL film 1961 Items 8-10 Contains records of members. Usually contain birth and marriage information
  • 1875-1904 – Records of Rev. E. J. Whitney marriages and burials with a few baptisms and membership records, 1875-1904 FHL film 1381557 Rev. Whitney officiated in the Newfane Methodist Episcopal Circuit. Records from Parma, Hamlin, Clarkson and other towns in Monroe County; Kendall and other towns in Orleans County; Wilson and other towns in Niagara County; and Castile and other towns in Wyoming County
  • 1836-1906Records of Bethel Free Church, Washington Street Church, Central Presbyterian Church and Central Presbyterian Church Sunday School, 1836-1906: typescript. 1985. Digital version at Ancestry – ($).
  • 1894-1931 – Brick Church Index [pdf file] - created from the monthly church bulletins of the Brick Church, which span the years from March, 1894 to June, 1931; from the Monroe County Public Library System
  • Quaker Records: Rochester Monthly Meeting Monroe County, New York. Digital version at Ancestry – ($).

Additional Church Records

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

Court Records

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

The Monroe County Clerk has court records from 1821 to the present. The County Clerk is the Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts.

A search can be made of the public court records in person at the County Clerk's office or a request by phone or fax can be made asking the Clerk to do a search. For information about making such requests, including costs, see the County Clerk General Information and Requests web site.

When ordering documents, you need to provide the following information:
index number
type of record sought
filing date
name of the parties (or a business name)

An online index, Feb 1989 to the present and images, June 9, 1993 to the present is available online. Registration is required to use this free database.

Earlier records are at the County Clerk Office. Many have been filmed and are available through the Family History Library (see the Family History Library Catalog for film numbers).

Crime and Criminals


  • Names from City Directories, 1876-1889 (pdf) -- This 21,199 name index was created from the Rochester city directories of 1876-1889 inclusive. These directories contain the year, names, the (USA style M/D/Y) date of the event, age if given, and notation (e.g. - removed to, or married) exactly as they appeared in the directories. From the Monroe County Library System.

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups



  • Monroe County New York Genealogy Project has tombstone transcriptions and information about the cemeteries in Monroe County, histories of some of the towns and villages, a map showin the original lots of the county, various old postcards, etc.
  • Rootsweb message board for Monroe 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.


When it became a county on February 23, 1821, it already had 28,000 settlers with several towns and villages that provided agricultural support to the mill town of Rochester. Rochester became the county seat. Today, Monroe county is composed of 19 towns, 10 villages, and the City of Rochester.

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Monroe County, New York

Monroe County History article on the county Web site.

History of Monroe County, New York, by W.H. McIntosh is online at Internet Archive.

Land and Property

History of Land Records in Monroe County
Monroe County New York Early Land tracts.PNG

New York and Massachusetts both claimed the area of Monroe County. After the Revolution, the two states settled by allowing New York to have the right to govern, while Massachusetts had the right of pre-emption or first right to sell the land. Massachusetts sold those rights to Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham. Most of these rights later went to Robert Morris. Morris sold most of his rights to the Holland Land Company. The purchasers were also to acquire rights to the land from the Indians. For additional information, see Phelps and Gorham Purchase and My New York Genealogy, Monroe County.

Land Records

The Monroe County Clerk, as county registrar, has land records since 1821 when the county was created. The Clerk preserves and indexes the records. These records are housed at the Monroe County Court House at 39 W. Main Street, Rochester NY 14614.

An online index, 1973 to the present plus images, 1976 to the present is available online. Registration is required to use this free database.

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. 




Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:


  • The Monroe County Web site has a page with links to many types of Monroe County maps, including maps of each town.


Early migration routes to and from Monroe County for European settlers included:[5]


Since Monroe County was created in 1821, no one representing the county served in the Revolutionary War nor the War of 1812. However veterans of those wars became residents of Monroe County and have records there or in Monroe county's parent counties.

Various Wars

War Dead, from the Revolutionary War to the Lebanon Conflict (pdf) -- This information was taken from material provided by the County Historian's Office and contains about 2,800 names. From the Monroe County Public Library System.

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 ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Brighton · Chili · Clarkson · Gates · Greece · Henrietta · Irondequoit · Ogden · Parma · Penfield · Perinton · Sweden · Webster.

Regiments. Service men in Monroe County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are military units that were specifically formed in Monroe County:[7]

- 104th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 105th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 108th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 129th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 151st Regiment, New York Infantry
- 164th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 175th Regiment, New York Infantry
- 178th Regiment, New York Infantry

Monroe County Civil War Roster is an online transcription of pages from the History of Monroe County 1788-1877 that list the men who served in the Civil War from Monroe County.  The men are arranged by town, then by name. The entries give name, unit, enlistment and discharge dates, and whether wounded or killed.

Civil War Master List - a compilation of names taken from various sources such as card files, the 1865 census, and the County Historian's Office. It contains over 38,000 names primarily from the Rochester and Monroe County area. From the Monroe County Library System

World War II

World War II and Korean Casualties (pdf) -- This information was taken from data punch cards with cells of newspaper film kept by the Local History Division and contains about 6,500 names.

World War II Master File (pdf) -- This information was taken from card files in the Local History Division and contains about 7,000 names. From the Monroe County Public Library System.

Naturalization and Citizenship


The Rochester Newspaper Index is a project of the Rochester Public Library. The database consists of references to articles that appeared in the Rochester newspapers during the period 1818-1897.

The Digital Newspaper Gateway is a list of titles of many historic newspapers for Monroe County with the dates of newspapers available in the Monroe County Library System.

Historical Newspapers of the Rochester, New York Region has an index and images of selected historical newspapers with information for Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

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 Monroe County, New York Genealogy newspaper images:

  • Fairport (NY) Herald; 1873-1925
  • Fairport (NY) Monroe County Herald Mail; 1885-1992
  • Greece (NY) Press; 1934-1958
  • Hilton (NY) Record; 1906-1968
  • Rochester (NY) Album; 1825-1828
  • Rochester (NY) Daily Advertiser & Telegraph; 1828-1829
  • Rochester (NY) Daily Record; 1910-1974
  • Rochester (NY) Democrat Chronicle; 1884-1948
  • Rochester (NY) Republican; 1829-1849
  • Rochester (NY) Telegraph; 1818-1820
  • Rochester (NY) Union & Advertiser; 1862-1885
  • Spencerport (NY) Suburban News; 1961-1994
  • Webster (NY) Herald; 1938-1981
  • Moore's Rural New Yorker; 1872

Other resources:



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.

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.

Online Indexes and Abstracts

  • 1787-1835 Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835 at New York Ancestors ($); includes Monroe County, New York Genealogy.[8]
  • 1796-1855 - Early Settlers of New York State, Vol. II. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes Monroe County wills and estate settlements. Includes records from parent counties.
  • 1821-1841 - Gertrude A. Barber, Monroe County, New York, Abstracts of Wills. 1940-1941. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); World Vital Records ($). Will Books A, 1, 2, and 3.
  • 1821-1874 The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County has digitized searchable PDF files of the names in the petitions for the wills and and administrations for Monroe County from 1821-1874. (
  • 1829-1901 - SAMPUBCO Browsable Index of testators of wills.
  • 1873-1902 - SAMPUBCO Browsable guardianship index of the children. Petitions are filed in their names rather than deceased father, mother, relative, or financial concerns.

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 - Monroe County: Dower records, 1830-1880; General index, 1821-1969; Letters of administration, 1863-1901; Letters of guardianship, 1826-1902; Letters of testamentary index, 1806-1890; Letters of testamentary, 1847-1901; Miscellaneous records, 1865-1902; Wills, 1829-1901

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 Monroe County, New York Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:


Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Monroe County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1983–4). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.788 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Monroe County Library System, has an online catalog, Genealogy Resources,Digital Collections, Local History Resources, Pathfinders (guides to the collection)

Cox Local History Room of the Scottsville Free Library, Scottsville, New York, has genealogy files of local families, an index to cemeteries of Wheatland, histories of the area, maps, etc.

Western Monroe Historical Society, Brockport, New York, has an extensive collection of local history records.

Monroe County, New York Archives, a digital library of the USGenWeb Archives Project.

High Falls Heritage Area, Rochester, New York, has information about the area history, geography, commerce and culture.

Records and Archives room of Monroe County has a significant collection of drawings of construction jobs dating back to the 1870s and many aerial photographs. 

Monroe County Public Libraries gives many of the names and addresses of the public libraries in Monroe County by town.


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

County Clerk

County Clerk’s Office
101 County Office Building
39 W. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585 753-1600
Fax: 585 753-1624

County Historian

Office of Historian
Lavery Library
St John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Phone: 585-385-8244
Fax: 585-428-8353

Genealogical Resources: 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.

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 for family history research.

The main FHC for Monroe County, New York Genealogy is the Rochester New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.


Pioneer Society of Rochester and Western N.Y. was created Sept., 31, 1847 in Rochester.  The organization faded after 1870. This site lists the members in 1847, 1854, 1866, and those listed in newspapers.

Rochester Historical Society has books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, etc.

Central New York Genealogical Society[9]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205

Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publishes 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.


  • Spencerport High School Yearbook Index (pdf) -- This name index covers the years 1911 through 1922, and then various years through the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. From the Monroe County Public Library System.

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

Monroe County is considered a consolidated county because birth and death records were collected from the towns, cities and villages. Birth and death records are at the Monroe County Health Department's Office of Vital Records. This site also explains the record availability and eligibility requirements. A separate page is specific to "Genealogy Records and Resources". An online form can be completed online, but then the page must be printed and mailed with payment (see page for instructions).

Office of Vital Records
Monroe County Health Department
111 Westfall Road
Room 147
Rochester, New York 14620
Phone 1-585-753-5141

Marriage records are usually found at the office of the town, city, or village clerk where the marriage license was issued. See the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records. Limited consolidated Tompkins County marriage records 1908-1935 are available at the Family History Library. See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.

The Web site, Assorted Vital Records from Monroe Co., NY, includes abstracts from newspapers, wills, directories, churches, and other records that gave information about births, marriages and deaths in Monroe County.

  • 1801–1892 Monroe County, New York, master card file index of vital and other records. FHL Film 1432348 Item 3 (first of 4 films). Microfilm of original card file in Hilton, New York in the possession of the Hamlin town historian. Information indexed in the cards was taken from the following sources: Clarkson census, 1820-1850; Union census, 1855; Hamlin census 1865- 1892; original purchases of lots on Triangle Tract, 1801-1809; records of the following churches: Clarkson Congregational, Walker Baptist, and Morton Baptist; bounty payments made to Civil War enlistees and draftees and/or substitutes in all Monroe Co. towns; birth records of Dr. Mann; records of the following cemeteries: Blossom, Garland, Walker, Baxter, West Clarkson, Parma Union, Morton, Wright; records of the Harmon Monument Co.; veteran burials in Hamlin per Monroe Co. Grave Register; gazetteer and business directory, 1869-1870; deaths recorded in the diaries of Frank Cary; people mentioned in early town minutes, 1861-1871; excerpts from the Tenny genealogy; obituaries clipped from Br. Rep. and D and C; town of Hamlin birth, marriage, and death records.

Use substitute records for birth, marriage and death information. These substitute records include Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.


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.
However, birth records were collected and consolidated from the town records by Monroe County. See the Monroe County Vital Records for information about ordering records. Most town records begin in 1881.

Birth Substitutes

  • 1821–1876 Goodell Witty and Samuel Beach Bradley, Alphabetical Family Groupings From 1821-1876, Birth Records of Dr. Samuel Beach Bradley: For Adjacent Parts of the Towns of Greece, Parma, Ogden and Gates in Monroe County, New York." ([Rochester?, N.Y.] 1973). WorldCat 777827; FHL film 982260 Item 4, and book 974.788 D2wi. Extracted from Dr. Bradley's diaries, most of which are located in the Department of Manuscripts and University Archives at Cornell University.
  • 1925-1953 Brockport Births, 1925-1953 (pdf) -- This is an index to births appearing in the Brockport Republic and the Brockport Democrat (also known as the Brockport Republic-Democrat) from 1925 to 1953. From the Monroe County Public Library System.
  • 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. 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 1935.[10]

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.
  • 1846–1879 Karen E. Dau and Rev. George Washington Montogomery, Marriage Records of Rev. George Washington Montgomery, 1846-1879. (Rochester, New York : Rochester Genealogical Society, 1992.) WorldCat 37217766; FHL film 1440334 Item 3, and book 974.788 V2m. Reverand Montgomery was the founding minister of the First Universalist Society of the city of Rochester. This is transcribed from the original record with indexes added for bride, groom, and witnesses. Also includes ages and occupations.
  • 1856-1917 Brockport Marriages, 1856-1917 (pdf) -- This is a name index to marriages appearing in the Brockport Republic newspaper from 1856-1917. From the Monoroe County Public Library System.
  • 1864-5, 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1864-5, and 1874-5.
  • 1925-1953 - Brockport Marriages, 1925-1953 (pdf) -- This is an index to marriages appearing in the Brockport Republic and the Brockport Democrat (also known as the Brockport Republic-Democrat) from 1925 to 1953. From the Monroe County Public Library System.


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.
However, death records were collected and consolidated from the town records by Monroe County. See the Monroe County Vital Records for information about ordering records. Most town records begin in 1881.

Death Substitutes

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of Census for death information.
  • 1856-1923 Brockport Deaths, 1856-1923 (pdf) -- This is a name index to death notices and obituaries appearing in the Brockport Republic newspaper from 1856-1923. From the Monore County Public Library System.
  • 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.
  • 1925-1953 Brockport Deaths, 1925-1953 (pdf) -- This is an index to deaths appearing in the Brockport Republic and the Brockport Democrat (also known as the Brockport Republic-Democrat) from 1925 to 1953. From the Monore County Public Library System.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Monroe County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Monroe– 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

Monroe County New York Places

Monroe County New York Genealogy Websites

Monroe County New York Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook, 478.
  3. "Lists every known cemetery in Monroe County, including many which no longer exist." The site includes information about the people buried in each cemetery.
  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. Handybook, 847-61.
  6. Compare the more northerly route in Handybook, 849, with the more southerly route described in Wikipedia contributors, "New York State Route 5" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 28 June 2011).
  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,
  9. Central New York Genealogical Society at (accessed 1 November 2011).
  10. 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.