Schuyler County, New York Genealogy
United States New York Schuyler County
This page describes sources of genealogical data about Schuyler 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.
|Schuyler County, New York|
Location in the state of New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
|County Seat||Watkins Glen|
|Address|| 105 Ninth Street|
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Schuyler County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biography
- 2.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census
- 2.6 Church
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Crime and Criminals
- 2.9 Directories
- 2.10 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 2.11 Gazetteers
- 2.12 Genealogy
- 2.13 History
- 2.14 Land and Property
- 2.15 Maps
- 2.16 Migration
- 2.17 Military
- 2.18 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.19 Newspapers
- 2.20 Obituaries
- 2.21 Periodicals
- 2.22 Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.
- 2.23 Probate Records
- 2.24 Repositories
- 2.25 Social Groups Online
- 2.26 Taxation
- 2.27 Town Records
- 2.28 Vital Records
- 2.29 Voting Registers
- 3 Websites
- 4 Places
- 5 References
Business Records and Commerce
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.
- 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.
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New York State 1865 and 1875 Census Marriage, Mortality; and 1865 Soldier Mortality records:
- Images available online at New York State Census, 1865 and New York State Census, 1875. Click on the link to go to the page, then click on the ‘Browse through images’ link and select your county, then select an ancestor's town and browse to the end of the population schedule until you find the Marriage, Mortality, and 1865 soldier mortality schedules.
- Includes marriages and deaths for the 12 months prior to the census, ending 1 June of the census year.
- Marriage entry content: Husband's name, wife's name, ages and previous marital status, month and day and place of marriage, and church or civil ceremony.
- Death entry content: Name, age, sex, color, marital status, month and day of death, native state or country, occupation and cause of death.
- 1865 deaths of officers and enlisted men entry content: Name, age, marital status, citizenship status, enlistment date, original regiment, original rank, regiment at death, rank at death, promotions, death date and place, manner of death, surviving associates, and burial place.
- Also on microfilm. See the Family History Library line in the above State Census Chart.
Church records 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.
A variety of local church records from the Baptist and Methodist faiths is available online at NYGenWeb.
Cornell University's Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York has an online guide to Schuyler County church records in their library.
Crime and Criminals
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Land and Property
Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.
Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.
Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37). They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).
Regiments. Service men in Schuyler County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.
- - 141st Regiment, New York Infantry
- - 161st Regiment, New York Infantry
- - 175th Regiment, New York Infantry
Naturalization and Citizenship
Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.
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.
Archives, Libraries and Museums
Watkins Glen Public Library
610 S. Decatur Street
Watkins Glen, New York 14891
Hours: 11 am - 5 pm and 7 - 9 pm Monday - Friday
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
Sunday 2 - 4 pm
Schuyler County Historical Society Museum
108 N. Catharine Street (Rt. 14)
P.O. Box 651
Montour Falls, New York 14865
The Schuyler County Clerk's office has divorce, court and land record as well as the state census. The Surrogate Court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Schuyler County are held, see the Schuyler County Courthouses page.
Family History Centers
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist in the study of genealogy. The closest Family History Centers for Schuyler County are Elmira New York Family History Center and Ithaca New York Family History Center. For additional Family History Centers, search this online FHC directory.
Schuyler County Historical Society, NY
108 N. Catharine Street
P.O. Box 651
Montour Falls, NY 14865
- The collection is held at the museum and "The research room has copied records of births, marriages, and deaths in Schuyler County, family records, past editions of The Review, the Watkins Express, the Havana Journal, and school yearbooks. Members may use the facility at no charge; for non-members the cost is $5 per hour. Copies of material are $ .25 each for all. The charge for our staff to do your research is $ 10 per hour. Requests for information must be done in writing and sent to our mailing address. Enclose a $10 check or money order with your request which will be sent back to you if nothing is found."
- 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
Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. Vital records from 1880/1882 are kept by town and village clerks, although some (Kent’s and Putnam Valley’s) are available in the County Historian’s Office. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:
- Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). NEHGS online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists.
- Journal of the Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of Putnam County for the Year 1904 (New York: Martin B. Brown, 1905)
- Journal of the Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of Putnam County for the Year 1922 (Poughkeepsie: Lansing Broas, 1923)
- List of Town Clerks, Record Managers and Historical Societies
The County Archives has the following records:
- 031 Petitions, Licenses, and recognizance to sell liquor (Tavern licenses) 1813-1878
- 139 Monthly Reports of Hunting and fishing licenses, 1908-1938
- 165 Certificates of Qualifications as Examiner in Lunacy, 1883-1947
Vital records 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.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 491. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Handybook, 478.
- 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.
- Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). Internet Archive digital copy; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p.
- Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).