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Guide to '''Otsego County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.
  
Guide to '''Otsego County New York genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military, immigration and naturalization records. {{NYCOIntro}}  
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=== Otsego County New York Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Otsego County New York Historical Facts  ===
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==== Otsego County, New York Record Dates ====
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''16 February 1791:''' Set off from [[Montgomery County, New York|Montgomery County]]<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 491. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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'''16 February 1791:''' Set off 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), 491. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Chenango County, New York|Chenango]]{{·}} [[Delaware County, New York|Delaware]]{{·}} [[Herkimer County, New York|Herkimer]]{{·}} [[Madison County, New York|Madison]]{{·}} [[Montgomery County, New York|Montgomery]]{{·}} [[Oneida County, New York|Oneida]]{{·}} [[Schoharie County, New York|Schoharie]]<ref>''Handybook'', 478.</ref>  
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[[Chenango County, New York Genealogy|Chenango]]{{·}} [[Delaware County, New York Genealogy|Delaware]]{{·}} [[Herkimer County, New York Genealogy|Herkimer]]{{·}} [[Madison County, New York Genealogy|Madison]]{{·}} [[Montgomery County, New York Genealogy|Montgomery]]{{·}} [[Oneida County, New York Genealogy|Oneida]]{{·}} [[Schoharie County, New York Genealogy|Schoharie]]<ref>''Handybook'', 478.</ref>  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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.
  
 
'''6 April 1795:''' A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Albany County to create Schoharie County.<br>'''10 March 1797:''' A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Ulster County to create Delaware County.  
 
'''6 April 1795:''' A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Albany County to create Schoharie County.<br>'''10 March 1797:''' A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Ulster County to create Delaware County.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
=== Otsego County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
 
=== Otsego County New York Genealogy Resources  ===
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:*'''1581–1917''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4615 ''New York, Family Bible Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ 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.<br>
 
:*'''1581–1917''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4615 ''New York, Family Bible Records''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ 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.<br>
  
==== Biography ====
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==== Biography ====
  
''Biographical review of Otsego County, New York, 1893'' (Boston, Massachusetts, 1893), {{FHL|116968|item|disp=FHL Book 974.774 D3b index ONLY}}  
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*[https://archive.org/details/cu31924074488366/ ''History of Otsego County, New York. With illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers.''] (Philadelphia, Everts &amp; Fariss, 1878). Available online through Cornell University.<br>
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*[https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE57738&from=fhd& ''Biographical review; this volume contains biographical sketches of the leading citizens of Otsego county, New York''] (Boston, Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1893). Available online through Family History Books.<br>
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*''Index to Biographical Review (above)'' available as typed manuscript, {{FHL|116968|item|disp=FHL Book 974.774 D3b index ONLY}}  
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*[https://archive.org/details/oldnewyorkfronti01hals ''The Old New York Frontier&nbsp;: its wars with Indians and Tories, its missionary schools, pioneers, and land titles, 1614-1800''] by Francis Whiting Halsey (New York, Charles Scribner &amp;&nbsp;Sons, 1901).&nbsp; Available online through Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.<br>
  
 
==== Business Records and Commerce  ====
 
==== Business Records and Commerce  ====
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*Middlefield Baptist Cemetery, Middlefield. There is inventory with genealogical information written by Dominick J. Reisen, "Inscriptions from the Middlefield Baptist Cemetery", 2002, available at nominal cost from Dominick J. Reisen. This book also has a plot map. [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/resources/middlefieldbaptistbook.htm More information].
 
*Middlefield Baptist Cemetery, Middlefield. There is inventory with genealogical information written by Dominick J. Reisen, "Inscriptions from the Middlefield Baptist Cemetery", 2002, available at nominal cost from Dominick J. Reisen. This book also has a plot map. [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/resources/middlefieldbaptistbook.htm More information].
 
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=69313 Bennett Weatherly Cemetery, Laurens]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148935 Laurens Cemetery, Laurens]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=70907 Plains Cemetery, West End]
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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==== Church Records  ====
 
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{{NYChurch}}  
  
Ann Mensch's [http://localcatholic.webs.com/newyork.htm Local Catholic Church and Family History &amp; Genealogical Research Guide] is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Otsego County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Otsego County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the [[New York Church Records#Roman_Catholic|Diocese of Albany]].<br>  
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Catholic Records:&nbsp;Ann Mensch's [http://localcatholic.webs.com/newyork.htm Local Catholic Church and Family History &amp; Genealogical Research Guide] is a free online resource that identifies the parishes of Otsego County, years parishes were created, contact information, as well as links to online records and research tips. Otsego County parishes fall under the jurisdiction of the [[New York Church Records#Roman_Catholic|Diocese of Albany]].<br>
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Multi-Denominational Records:<br>  
  
 
:*'''1797-1827''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Record of Births and Baptisms, 1797-1827.'' New York, 1988. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16724 Ancestry] ($); [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/churches/nashbabtism.htm NYGenWeb] - free.
 
:*'''1797-1827''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Record of Births and Baptisms, 1797-1827.'' New York, 1988. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16724 Ancestry] ($); [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/churches/nashbabtism.htm NYGenWeb] - free.
  
:*'''1830s-1850s''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/churches/otegobaptistchurch.htm Baptist Church Otsego Members List], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.
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:*'''1830s-1850s''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/churches/otegobaptistchurch.htm Baptist Church Otsego Members List], courtesy: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.  
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:*Roberts, J. Dwight, [http://books.google.com/books?id=4ik-AQAAMAAJ&pg ''An Historical Sketch of the First Baptist Church in Morris, NY''], Oneonta Herald. Oneonta, NY, 1893.
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:*Sanderson, Katherine M., [http://www.worldcat.org/title/zion-church-parish-morris-ny-an-historical-sketch/oclc/32667603 ''Zion Church Parish''].&nbsp; Morris Chronicle.&nbsp; Morris, NY, 1901.<br>
  
 
{{NYChurch2|Otsego+county|495302}}  
 
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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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*[https://archive.org/details/gazetteerofstate04fren ''Gazetteer of the State of New York: embracing a comprehensive view of the geography, geology, and general history of the State, and a complete history and description of every county, city, town, village, and locality.''] by J.H. French (Syracuse, NY, R P&nbsp;Smith, 1860). &nbsp;Available online through Library of Congress.<br>
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*''Gazetteer and Business Directory of Otsego County, N.Y. for 1872-3''&nbsp; by Hamilton Child (Syracuse, NY, Hamilton Child, 1872).
  
 
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
  
[http://library.nysha.org/online/historyofcooperstown/ History of Cooperstown]: Available online through the NYS Historical Association  
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*[https://archive.org/details/cu31924074488366/ ''History of Otsego County, New York. With illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers.''] (Philadelphia, Everts &amp; Fariss, 1878). Available online through Cornell University.<br>
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*[https://archive.org/details/oldnewyorkfronti01hals ''The Old New York Frontier&nbsp;: its wars with Indians and Tories, its missionary schools, pioneers, and land titles, 1614-1800''] by Francis Whiting Halsey (New York, Charles Scribner &amp;&nbsp;Sons, 1901).&nbsp; Available online through Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.<br>
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*[http://library.nysha.org/online/historyofcooperstown/ ''History of Cooperstown'']: Available online through the NYS Historical Association  
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*[https://archive.org/details/reminiscencespe00beargoog ''Reminiscences: Personal and Other Incidents&nbsp;; Early Settlement of Otsego County''] by Levi Beardsley (New York, C. Vinton, 1852).&nbsp; Available online through Harvard University.<br>
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*[https://archive.org/details/historyofotego00blak ''A History of Otego''] by Stuart Blakely (Cooperstown, NY; Crist, Scott &amp; Parshall, 1907). Available online through Library of Congress.<br>
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*[https://books.google.com/books?id=mioVAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false ''A History of Oneonta from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time''] by Dudley M. Campbell (Oneonta, NY, G.W. Fairchild, 1906).&nbsp; Available online at Google Books.<br>
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*[https://books.google.com/books?id=qJMLAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false ''Annals of Tryon County by William W. Campbell''](Cherry Valley, Cherry Valley Gazette, 1880).&nbsp; Available online through Google Books.&nbsp; Note: Tryon County became Montgomery County, from which Otsego County was formed. <br>
  
 
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The county clerk maintains land and property records that include: deeds, mortages, leases and easements. There is an [http://www.searchiqs.com/ online index] that users are required to sign up for an ID and password to view the indexes. There is no cost to sign up. To view the actual record an individual needs to visit the office or request a copy to be mailed or faxed.  
 
The county clerk maintains land and property records that include: deeds, mortages, leases and easements. There is an [http://www.searchiqs.com/ online index] that users are required to sign up for an ID and password to view the indexes. There is no cost to sign up. To view the actual record an individual needs to visit the office or request a copy to be mailed or faxed.  
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Office of the County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 710<br>197 Main Street<br>Cooperstown, NY 13326<br>(607) 547-4276<br>Fax: (607) 547-7544  
 
Office of the County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 710<br>197 Main Street<br>Cooperstown, NY 13326<br>(607) 547-4276<br>Fax: (607) 547-7544  
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/newyork/ Maps of New York (1683-1915)]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycortla/cnytownm.htm Map of Townships in Central New York] Cortland County NYGenWeb, encompassing neighboring counties.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycortla/cnytownm.htm Map of Townships in Central New York] Cortland County NYGenWeb, encompassing neighboring counties.  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/maps/map.jpg Map of Townships in Otsego County 1902]. Map from Bacon's History of Otsego County. Otsego County NYGenWeb.  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/maps/map.jpg Map of Townships in Otsego County 1902]. Map from Bacon's History of Otsego County. Otsego County NYGenWeb.  
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==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
  
Early migration routes for European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref>  
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[[Image:Catskill Turnpike.png|right|550px|Catskill Turnpike.png]][[Image:NY MA CT.png|right|450px|NY MA CT.png]]Migration routes for early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included:<ref>''Handybook'', 847-61.</ref><br><br>  
  
:*[[Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths|'''Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths''']] 1766 from [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]] to [[Unadilla, New York]]  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River '''Hudson River'''] a navigable river stretching from north of [[Albany, New York|Albany]] then flowing south to empty into the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Ocean Atlantic Ocean] at [[New York City, New York|New York City]]  
:*[[Catskill Turnpike|'''Catskill Turnpike''']], trail 1760s; turnpike 1804, from [[Catskill, New York]] to [[Unadilla, New York|Unadilla]] (Wattle's Ferry) and [[Bath, New York]] with extensions to [[Buffalo, New York]], or [[Erie, Pennsylvania]]  
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*'''Susquehanna River'''  
:*'''Ulster and Delaware Turnpike''' (or ''Jericho'', or ''Esopus Turnpike''<ref name="Gall">Lyman H. Gallagher, "The Catskill Turnpike in Stage Coach and Tavern Days," ''Crooked Lake Review'' (Fall 2005) at http://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/136_167/137fall2005/137palmer2.html (accessed 28 December 2011).</ref>) 1804 from [[Kingston, New York]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
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*[[Albany Post Road]] from [[New York City New York genealogy|New York City]] to [[Albany, New York]]<ref name="Old Alb">Wikipedia contributors, "Old Albany Post Road" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Albany_Post_Road (accessed 23 June 2011).</ref> 1669
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*Alford and Egremont (MA) Turnpike<ref>Frederic J. Wood, ''The Turnpikes of New England and the Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland'' (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1919), map between 56 and 57, and 168. [https://archive.org/stream/turnpikesofnewen00woodrich#page/168/mode/1up Internet Archive version online].</ref> 1812
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*Ancram (NY) Turnpike<ref>Isaac Huntting, ''History of the Little Nine Partners of North East Precinct and Pine Plains, New York, Dutchess County'' (Amenia, NY: Chas. Walsh, 1897), 99-101. [{{Huntt}} Google Book edition].</ref> 1805, also sometimes called the '''''Catskill Road''''', from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Catskill, New York]]  
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*[[Catskill Road]] 1750s from [[Springfield, Massachusetts]] to [[Catskill, New York]]<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 6 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="AncramTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28A%29 Ancram Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Ancram Turnpike''' went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the '''''Catskill Road'''''.</ref> <ref name="Morgan">Almira E Morgan, ''The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path'' (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. [http://tcpl.org/local-history/documents/nys-cny/Catskill_Turnpike.pdf Online digital copy].</ref> <ref name="CatskillTpk">[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/Documents/Ancestral%20Migration%20Archives/Migration%20Webpage%20Folder/Northeast%20U.S.%20Migration%20Routes.htm#_NAME_%28C%29 Catskill Turnpike] in ''Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes'' (accessed 6 November 2014). The '''Catskill Turnpike''' went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the '''''Susquehanna Turnpike'''''.</ref> <ref>Huntting, 97-99.</ref>
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*'''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' (aka '''Susquehannah Turnpike&nbsp;''') from Catskill, NY to Unadilla, NY; route travelled by Europeans by 1792; toll booths opened by 1804.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_turnpikes_in_New_York List of turnpikes in New York] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref name="Morgan" /> <ref>Anastassia Zinke, [http://www.catskillmtn.org/guide-magazine/articles/2001-11-the-susquehanna-turnpike-and-america-s-frontier-history.html The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History] in ''Catskill Mountain Foundation'' (accessed 1 November 2014).</ref> <ref>Joan Odess, [http://www.dcha-ny.org/turnpike.pdf The Susquehanna Turnpike] (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).</ref>
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*Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
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*Great Barrington and Aford (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.</ref> 1812
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*[[Greenwood Road]]<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.</ref> 1799 from [[Hartford, Connecticut]] to [[Albany, New York]]
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*Hampden and Berkshire (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.</ref> 1826
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*Hillsdale and Chatham Turnpike 1805 from [[Alford, Massachusetts]] to [[Albany, New York]]
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*Housatonic River (MA) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.</ref> 1809
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*[[Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths|'''Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths''']] 1766 from [[Unadilla, New York]] to [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]], that is, from the '''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' to the '''''[[Great Valley Road]]'''''.<ref>''Handybook'', 850-51.</ref>
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*Massachusetts 10th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.</ref> 1800
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*Massachusetts 12th Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.</ref> 1812
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*[[Minsi Path]] 1766 from [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]] to [[Kingston, New York]]<ref>''Handybook'', 851.</ref> <ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem_Pike Bethlehem Pike] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' (accessed 17 November 2014).</ref>
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*Rensselaer and Columbia (NY) Turnpike 1799
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*Salisbury and Canaan (CT) Turnpike<ref>Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 363-64.</ref> 1801-1829
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*[[Ulster and Delaware Turnpike]] 1802 from [[Salisbury, Connecticut]] to [[Bainbridge, New York]]
  
 
==== 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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'''''Regiments.''''' Service men from Otsego 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 with men of Otsego County.<ref>Frederick Phisterer, ''New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). [http://www.archive.org/details/newyorkinwarofre05phisrich Internet Archive digital copy]; {{WorldCat|11490201|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|647247|item|disp=FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p}}.</ref>  
 
'''''Regiments.''''' Service men from Otsego 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 with men of Otsego County.<ref>Frederick Phisterer, ''New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed.'' (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). [http://www.archive.org/details/newyorkinwarofre05phisrich Internet Archive digital copy]; {{WorldCat|11490201|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|647247|item|disp=FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p}}.</ref>  
  
:- [[121st Regiment New York Infantry]]  
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:- [[1st Battalion, New York Light Artillery|1st Battalion, New York Light Artillery]], Battery A.
:- [[144th Regiment, New York Infantry]]  
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:- [[1st Regiment, New York Engineers|1st Regiment, New York Engineers]], Company G.
:- [[146th Regiment, New York Infantry]]  
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:- [[2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles|2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles]], Company M.
:- [[152nd Regiment, New York Infantry]]
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:- [[5th Regiment, New York Infantry (Duryee Zouaves)|5th Regiment, New York Infantry (Duryee Zouaves)]], Company I.
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:- [[6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery|6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery]],
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:- [[6th Regiment, New York Cavalry|6th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Companies D and E.
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:- [[10th Regiment, New York Cavalry|10th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Company K.
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:- [[22nd Regiment, New York Cavalry|22nd Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Company L.
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:- [[24th Regiment, New York Cavalry|24th Regiment, New York Cavalry]], Company B.
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:- [[43rd Regiment, New York Infantry|43rd Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company A, B, D and K.
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:- [[76th Regiment, New York Infantry|76th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K.
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:- [[90th Regiment, New York Infantry|90th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company E.
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:- [[121st Regiment, New York Infantry|121st Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company B, E, F, G, H, I and K.
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:- [[144th Regiment, New York Infantry|144th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company D.
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:- [[146th Regiment, New York Infantry|146th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[152nd Regiment, New York Infantry|152nd Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company B, C, D, E, G, H, I and K.
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:- [[176th Regiment, New York Infantry|176th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company G.
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:- [[179th Regiment, New York Infantry|179th Regiment, New York Infantry]], Company C.
  
 
==== Naturalization and citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
{{RAOGKobituary}}
 
  
 
*A collection of abstracts from Otsego County, New York newspaper obituaries, 1808-1875 {{FHL|684854|item}}. Also at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=208 ''NEHGS'']''([[Access Codes|$]])''<br>compiled by Gertrude A. Barber in 1933, contains records abstracted from the following nineteenth-century newspapers:<br>Death Notices from the '''''Cooperstown Federalist''''', 1808-09<br>Marriage Notices from the '''''Cooperstown Federalist''''', 1808-12<br>The Cooperstown Federalist was published from 1809 to 1817.<br>Death Notices from the '''''Watch Tower''''', 1828-31<br>Marriage Notices from the '''''Watch Tower''''', 1828-31<br>The Watch Tower began publishing in 1813 in Cherry Valley before moving to Cooperstown the following year. It ceased operations in 1831.<br>  
 
*A collection of abstracts from Otsego County, New York newspaper obituaries, 1808-1875 {{FHL|684854|item}}. Also at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=208 ''NEHGS'']''([[Access Codes|$]])''<br>compiled by Gertrude A. Barber in 1933, contains records abstracted from the following nineteenth-century newspapers:<br>Death Notices from the '''''Cooperstown Federalist''''', 1808-09<br>Marriage Notices from the '''''Cooperstown Federalist''''', 1808-12<br>The Cooperstown Federalist was published from 1809 to 1817.<br>Death Notices from the '''''Watch Tower''''', 1828-31<br>Marriage Notices from the '''''Watch Tower''''', 1828-31<br>The Watch Tower began publishing in 1813 in Cherry Valley before moving to Cooperstown the following year. It ceased operations in 1831.<br>  
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:*''Milford NY Otsego Tidings'' 1914-1916  
 
:*''Milford NY Otsego Tidings'' 1914-1916  
 
:*''Richfield NY Daily'' 1888-1917  
 
:*''Richfield NY Daily'' 1888-1917  
:*''Richfield NY Mercury'' 1867-1972<br>
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:*''Richfield NY Mercury'' 1867-1972<br>
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:*''Morris NY Morris Chronicle'' 1865?-1965<br>
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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'''Online Probate Indexes and Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Probate Indexes and Abstracts'''  
  
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*'''1629 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1920234|New York Probate Records 1629-1971}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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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 $
 
*'''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>  
 
*'''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>  
 
*'''1792-1902''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ny/newyork.htm#otsego SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills.<br>  
 
*'''1792-1902''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ny/newyork.htm#otsego SAMPUBCO] Browsable index of testators of wills.<br>  
 
*'''1792-1850''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Index of Wills of Otsego County, New York, from 1792-1850''. unknown, 1933-1934. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16720 Ancestry] ($); [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/wills/barberindex.htm NYGenWeb].<br>  
 
*'''1792-1850''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Index of Wills of Otsego County, New York, from 1792-1850''. unknown, 1933-1934. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16720 Ancestry] ($); [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/wills/barberindex.htm NYGenWeb].<br>  
 
*'''1794-1851''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Abstracts of Wills of Otsego County, N.Y.: Copied from Original Wills at Surrogate's Office, Cooperstown, N.Y.'' unknown, 1941-1942. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16722 Ancestry] ($); index at [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/wills/barberindex.htm NYGenWeb].<br>
 
*'''1794-1851''' - Barber, Gertrude A. ''Abstracts of Wills of Otsego County, N.Y.: Copied from Original Wills at Surrogate's Office, Cooperstown, N.Y.'' unknown, 1941-1942. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16722 Ancestry] ($); index at [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/wills/barberindex.htm NYGenWeb].<br>
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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
  
 
{{NYOnlineProbate}}  
 
{{NYOnlineProbate}}  
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<br>  
  
<br> {{NY FHLC Probate|Otsego+County|333328}}  
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<br> {{NY FamilySearch Catalog Probate|Otsego+County|333328}}
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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Cornell University, ''Guide to Historical Resources in Otsego County, New York Repositories''. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1985). {{WorldCat|13956957|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|419362|item|disp=FHL Book 974.774 A3}}. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies. <br>  
 
Cornell University, ''Guide to Historical Resources in Otsego County, New York Repositories''. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1985). {{WorldCat|13956957|disp=At various libraries}}; {{FHL|419362|item|disp=FHL Book 974.774 A3}}. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies. <br>  
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*[http://local.coopercrier.com/augur+s+corner+book+store.9.7090883p.home.html '''Augers Corner Bookstore'''.]&nbsp; Books of Local Interst for the Otsego County Area.  
 
*[http://local.coopercrier.com/augur+s+corner+book+store.9.7090883p.home.html '''Augers Corner Bookstore'''.]&nbsp; Books of Local Interst for the Otsego County Area.  
 
*[http://www.middlefieldhistorical.org/ '''Town of Middlefield Historical Association'''.] Museum.  
 
*[http://www.middlefieldhistorical.org/ '''Town of Middlefield Historical Association'''.] Museum.  
*[http://www.hmloneonta.org/ '''Huntington Memorial Library''']<br>62 Chestnut Street<br>Oneonta, New York 13820<br>Phone: 607-432-1980<br>Huntington Memorial Library is an authorized branch of the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] of the Genealogical Society of Utah. The Society is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS, (also known as the Mormon Church).<br>Patrons may borrow genealogical and historical materials on microfilm from the Family History Library. The Library holds over two million rolls of microfilm containing copies of original records from around the world.
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*[http://www.hmloneonta.org/ '''Huntington Memorial Library''']<br>62 Chestnut Street<br>Oneonta, New York 13820<br>Phone: 607-432-1980<br>Huntington Memorial Library is an authorized branch of the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] of the Genealogical Society of Utah. The Society is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS, (also known as the Mormon Church).<br>
 
 
[http://www.museumwise.org/dhp/otsego '''Otsego County Repositories''']<br>11 Ford Avenue<br>Oneonta, NY 13820<br>Phone: 800–895–1648<br>E–mail: [mailto:info@museumwise.org info@museumwise.org]
 
 
 
:This database contains information for the historical record repositories in the Documentary Heritage Program South Central Region. Browse historical record repositories in Otsego County.
 
  
 
<br>
 
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===== County Historian's Office  =====
 
===== County Historian's Office  =====
  
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
{{NYfhc|Schoharie Valley}}  
 
{{NYfhc|Schoharie Valley}}  
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:Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publishes ''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; publishes ''Tree Talks ''({{WorldCat|1585719|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|253012|item|disp=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.<br><br>
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: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.
 
 
[http://www.museumwise.org/dhp/otsego '''Otsego County Repositories''']<br>11 Ford Avenue<br>Oneonta, NY 13820<br>Phone: 800–895–1648<br>E–mail: [mailto:info@museumwise.org info@museumwise.org]
 
 
 
:This database contains information for the historical record repositories in the Documentary Heritage Program South Central Region. Browse historical record repositories in Otsego County.
 
  
 
==== Social Groups Online  ====
 
==== Social Groups Online  ====
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:*'''1847''' [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/vitals/1847marriages.htm 1847 Otsego Co. Marriages Reported to County Clerk from Town Clerks (and Cooperstown Newspaper)] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
 
:*'''1847''' [http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/vitals/1847marriages.htm 1847 Otsego Co. Marriages Reported to County Clerk from Town Clerks (and Cooperstown Newspaper)] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nygenweb/ NYGenWeb] - free.<br>
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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>
  
 
:*'''1908–1935''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages 1908–1935}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; {{FHL|238124|item|disp=FHL film 869039 (first of 13 films)}}.<br>
 
:*'''1908–1935''' {{RecordSearch|1618491|New York, County Marriages 1908–1935}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; {{FHL|238124|item|disp=FHL film 869039 (first of 13 films)}}.<br>
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{{NYdeath}}<br>  
 
{{NYdeath}}<br>  
 
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''Death Indexes''<br>
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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>
 
:*'''1918–1953''' Deaths, 1918–1953, Schoharie and Otsego counties {{FHL|258292|item|disp=FHL film 1298603 Item 5}}.<br>
 
:*'''1918–1953''' Deaths, 1918–1953, Schoharie and Otsego counties {{FHL|258292|item|disp=FHL film 1298603 Item 5}}.<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>
 
''Death Substitutes''<br>  
 
''Death Substitutes''<br>  
  
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
{{NY FHLC Vitals|420297|county=Otsego}}  
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{{NY FamilySearch Catalog Vitals|420297|county=Otsego}}
  
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
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{{Wikipedia|Otsego County, New York}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Otsego County, New York}}  
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/newyork/otsego-county/ Otsego County, NY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116552830480687209686 New York Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/210302895672550/ New York Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/ The Otsego County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
 
*[http://theusgenweb.org/ny/otsego/ The Otsego County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[NYGenWeb|The NYGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/otsego/otsego.htm The USGW Archives Project] for Otsego County.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ny/otsego/otsego.htm The USGW Archives Project] for Otsego County.  
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*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/newyork/otsego.htm Otsego County Links] GenealogyLinks.net  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/newyork/otsego.htm Otsego County Links] GenealogyLinks.net  
 
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/NY_Otsego.html Otsego County Links] KindredTrails.com  
 
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/NY_Otsego.html Otsego County Links] KindredTrails.com  
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/ny-local.htm#O Otsego County Links] Cyndi's List New York - Scroll Down or Search to Otsego County
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/ny-local.htm#O Otsego County Links] Cyndi's List New York - Scroll Down or Search to Otsego County  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/NY/Otsego-County.htm Otsego County Genealogy]
  
 
=== Otsego County New York Genealogy References  ===
 
=== Otsego County New York Genealogy References  ===
 
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United States
New York
Otsego County

Guide to Otsego 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 Otsego 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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Otsego County, New York
Map
Map of New York highlighting Otsego County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 16, 1791
County Seat Cooperstown
Courthouse
Otsego County Courthouse.jpg
Photo Courtesy of Stephen Conn
Address 197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Otsego County Website


Otsego County New York Historical Facts

Otsego County, New York Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1800 1791


Parent County

16 February 1791: Set off from Montgomery County[1]

Neighboring Counties

Chenango · Delaware · Herkimer · Madison · Montgomery · Oneida · Schoharie[2]

Boundary Changes

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.

6 April 1795: A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Albany County to create Schoharie County.
10 March 1797: A piece of Otsego County taken with a portion taken from Ulster County to create Delaware County.

Record Loss

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

Otsego 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.

Biography

(see also: History section)

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com* Family History Library* Findagrave.com*
Interment.net* WorldCat* Tombstone Transcription Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb Cemeteries*
New York Gravestones*   epodunk*
NYGenWeb Cemeteries*   Billion Graves*
Billion Graves*   Names in Stone*
Names in Stone*    
Linkpendium*    
Ancestry*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.


  • Middlefield Baptist Cemetery, Middlefield. There is inventory with genealogical information written by Dominick J. Reisen, "Inscriptions from the Middlefield Baptist Cemetery", 2002, available at nominal cost from Dominick J. Reisen. This book also has a plot map. More information.

Census

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

Federal

1800

  • Bits and pieces: census extractions with focus on the Ingalls family FHL
  • Otsego County, New York State, 1800 federal population census schedule: transcript and index FHL
  • Otsego County, New York State, 1800 federal population census schedule: transcript and index FHL
    (No circulation to Family History Centers.)

U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for New York, 1850-1880:

  • Available online at Ancestry ($).
  • Deaths are included for the 12 months prior to the census, 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, and 1879-80 beginning 1 June and ending 31 May of the census year.[3]
  • Basic contents of the records include: Name, sex, age, color, marital status, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. 1870 also has parents' birthplace. 1880 lists how long a resident of the county.
  • Also on FHL Films 1415128–42.
State
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Ancestry.com - - - Yes - Yes Yes - Yes Yes
Family History Library Films Yes - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FamilySearch Images - - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Huntington Memorial Library - - Yes - - - - - - -
New York State Library Films 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

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.

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

Multi-Denominational Records:

  • 1797-1827 - Barber, Gertrude A. Record of Births and Baptisms, 1797-1827. New York, 1988. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); NYGenWeb - free.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Otsego 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.

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

  • Rootsweb message board for Otsego 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

Land and Property

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 county clerk maintains land and property records that include: deeds, mortages, leases and easements. There is an online index that users are required to sign up for an ID and password to view the indexes. There is no cost to sign up. To view the actual record an individual needs to visit the office or request a copy to be mailed or faxed.

Office of the County Clerk
P.O. Box 710
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-4276
Fax: (607) 547-7544

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Additional resources

Additional resources for Otsego County, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Otsego 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

Migration

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Migration routes for early European settlers to and from Otsego County, New York Genealogy included:[4]

Military

Civil War

Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.

Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.

Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37). They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Burlington · Butternuts · Cherry Valley · Decatur · Edmeston · Exeter · Hartwick · Laurens · Maryland · Milford · Morris · Otego · Plainfield · Springfield · Westford · Worcester.

Regiments. Service men from Otsego 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 with men of Otsego County.[26]

- 1st Battalion, New York Light Artillery, Battery A.
- 1st Regiment, New York Engineers, Company G.
- 2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles, Company M.
- 5th Regiment, New York Infantry (Duryee Zouaves), Company I.
- 6th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery,
- 6th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Companies D and E.
- 10th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company K.
- 22nd Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company L.
- 24th Regiment, New York Cavalry, Company B.
- 43rd Regiment, New York Infantry, Company A, B, D and K.
- 76th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K.
- 90th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company E.
- 121st Regiment, New York Infantry, Company B, E, F, G, H, I and K.
- 144th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company D.
- 146th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company G.
- 152nd Regiment, New York Infantry, Company B, C, D, E, G, H, I and K.
- 176th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company G.
- 179th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company C.

Naturalization and citizenship

Newspapers

  • A collection of abstracts from Otsego County, New York newspaper obituaries, 1808-1875 FHL Collection. Also at NEHGS($)
    compiled by Gertrude A. Barber in 1933, contains records abstracted from the following nineteenth-century newspapers:
    Death Notices from the Cooperstown Federalist, 1808-09
    Marriage Notices from the Cooperstown Federalist, 1808-12
    The Cooperstown Federalist was published from 1809 to 1817.
    Death Notices from the Watch Tower, 1828-31
    Marriage Notices from the Watch Tower, 1828-31
    The Watch Tower began publishing in 1813 in Cherry Valley before moving to Cooperstown the following year. It ceased operations in 1831.
  • Otsego County (NY) newspapers on microfilm and paper at all NYS locations. New York State Library.
  • Old Fulton Postcards. Free searchable web site which holds newspapers from upstate New York.
  • Oneonta Star and Oneonta Daily Star searchable at ancestry.com Otsego County Page. ($ requires subscription).
  • Links to the Oneonta Star, The Cooperstown Crier, The Freeman's Journal, mentioned at Otsego County, NYGenweb.

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 Otsego County, New York Genealogy newspaper images:

  • Cooperstown NY Otsego Farmer 1885-1962
  • Cooperstown NY The Glimmerglass 1909-1937
  • Milford NY Otsego Tidings 1914-1916
  • Richfield NY Daily 1888-1917
  • Richfield NY Mercury 1867-1972
  • Morris NY Morris Chronicle 1865?-1965

Obituaries

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.



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

  • 1829–1934 Listed as "Petitions for probate" FHL Film 947947 (13 films). Included in Online Probate Records, ''Petitions". See below.  

Online Probate Indexes and Abstracts


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 - Otsego County: Administration accounts, Executor accounts 1827-1836; Administration bonds 1792-1864; Administrations 1830-1886; Discharges 1874-1914; Dower records 1810-1871; Final settlements 1864-1892; Intestate estate index 1801-1944; Letter index No date; Letters of administration 1816-1826; Letters of administration, Letters of testamentary 1826-1890; Minutes 1817-1848; Petitions 1829-1934; Real estate records 1813-1832; Will index 1792-1887; Wills 1849-1902; Wills and administrations 1792-1853; Wills and proceedings index 1792-1923

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

Repositories

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Otsego County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1985). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.774 A3. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums


County Historian's Office

Otsego County Historian
185 Tuscan Road
Worcester, NY 12197
Phone:607-397-9705

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.

Courthouses

The Otsego 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 Otsego County are held, see the Otsego County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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

Societies

Central New York Genealogical Society[28]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com

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.

Social Groups Online

Taxation

Town Records

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

The County Archives has the following records:

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

Vital Records

Vital records of birth, marriage or death were first recorded at the local level in the village clerk, town clerk, or city clerk’s ledger book. If you know where a birth, marriage or death took place, a copy of the certificate or record may be obtained by writing to the town, village or city clerk. See also How to order New York Vital Records or order electronically online.

See the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records. See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.

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

Birth

Early births were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording births in 1881. Births were not recorded on the county level.

Birth Substitutes

  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for birth information.
Marriage

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 1936.[29]

Marriage Substitutes

  • 1795-1875 Barber, Gertrude A. Marriages Taken from the Otsego Herald & Western Advertiser and Freeman's Journal: Newspapers at the Cooperstown, N.Y. Library. 1988. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) and World Vital Records ($).
  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1808-1831 Barber, Gertrude A. Death Notices Copied from the "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1809; Death Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Deaths pp. 1-11; Marriage Notices Copied from "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1812; Marriage Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Marriages pp. 12-26. 1988. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
Divorce

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

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

  • 1795-1875 Barber, Gertrude A. Deaths Taken from the Otsego Herald & Western Advertiser and Freeman's Journal. 2 vols. 1988. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 1808-1831 Barber, Gertrude A. Death Notices Copied from the "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1809; Death Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Deaths pp. 1-11; Marriage Notices Copied from "Cooperstown Federalist": From 1808-1812; Marriage Notices Copied from "Watch Tower": From 1828-1831, Marriages pp. 12-26. 1988. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • 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 Otsego County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Otsego– 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

Otsego County New York Places

Otsego County New York Genealogy Websites

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

Otsego County New York Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 491. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook, 478.
  3. Arlene Eakle, and Johni Cerni, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts.
  4. Handybook, 847-61.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Old Albany Post Road" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Albany_Post_Road (accessed 23 June 2011).
  6. Frederic J. Wood, The Turnpikes of New England and the Evolution of the Same Through England, Virginia, and Maryland (Boston: Marshall Jones, 1919), map between 56 and 57, and 168. Internet Archive version online.
  7. Isaac Huntting, History of the Little Nine Partners of North East Precinct and Pine Plains, New York, Dutchess County (Amenia, NY: Chas. Walsh, 1897), 99-101. Google Book edition.
  8. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 6 November 2014).
  9. Ancram Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Ancram Turnpike went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the Catskill Road.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Almira E Morgan, The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. Online digital copy.
  11. Catskill Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Catskill Turnpike went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the Susquehanna Turnpike.
  12. Huntting, 97-99.
  13. List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 1 November 2014).
  14. Anastassia Zinke, The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History in Catskill Mountain Foundation (accessed 1 November 2014).
  15. Joan Odess, The Susquehanna Turnpike (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).
  16. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 186-88.
  17. Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 348-49.
  18. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 203-205.
  19. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 166-67.
  20. Handybook, 850-51.
  21. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 76-78.
  22. Wood, map between 56 and 57, and 79-80.
  23. Handybook, 851.
  24. Bethlehem Pike in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 17 November 2014).
  25. Wood, map between 330 and 331, and 363-64.
  26. 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.
  27. About Abstracts of Wills, Admins. and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at New York Ancestors, accessed 8 December 2011, http://newyorkancestors.org/.
  28. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).
  29. 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.