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Historians, Offices, and Organizations

Allegany County Historian - Nunda and Portage were part of Allegany County until 1846, and Ossian was part of Allegany County until 1857 when they were annexed to Livingston County. Contact this historian to see if any information is available if you're seeking early records.

Avon Preservation and Historical Society - general information on Avon is available, and the Society hosts several interesting programs every year on various local historical topics as well as curating a lovely small museum.

Genesee County Historian
- before Livingston County was formed in 1821, the towns of Caledonia, Leicester, Mt. Morris and York were part of Genesee County. When searching early records, it may be useful to contact this historian.

Livingston County Clerk - for land transaction records and mortgages in Livingston County, 1821 to present, look no further. Records are broadly indexed on the website; click on Land Records Search and create a free account to do a cursory search. A visit in person is necessary to research deeds, mortgages, and civil records more closely.

Livingston County Historical Society and Museum - an organization known for its programming and collections of historical artifacts related to Livingston County.

Ontario County Records and Archives Center - since a number of towns (Avon, Conesus, Geneseo, Groveland, Lima, Livonia, Sparta, and Springwater) were part of Ontario County until Livingston County was formed in 1821, it may be worth checking the Ontario County records, online or in person.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester - some Catholic church records from Livingston County are archived here. Contact the archivist for more information.

William G. Pomeroy Foundation - those municipalities and not-for-profit organizations looking for funding for a historical marker may apply here for a grant.


Books and Publications

Open Library - a wonderful database of digitized books and publications, including books on Livingston County history. Some references below can be found there, and other publications listed are digitized through other sites.

Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War - a preview of the book published by the County Historian and excellent information on the Sullivan Campaign of 1779 in Livingston County is available here.



Websites

Castle Garden (Immigration Center) - beginning about 1820 and running until about 1892, when Ellis Island became New York's official immigration center, this New York port kept records of immigrants. Search here for information on ancestors who emigrated to the USA.

Census of Agriculture - a useful tool for exploring agricultural statistics through census reports by state, county, and even town.

Census Reporter - a great resource for current demographic data from the census.

FamilySearch.org
- an old favorite with tons of resources and free searching; often is adding new content. Some highlights include:

  • Passport Applications
  • County Marriages, 1847-1848 and 1908-1936
  • Births and Christenings
  • Passenger Lists

Find A Grave - want to know where an ancestor is buried? Try searching this huge database, representing burials from cemeteries all over the world. Researchers can even help support the website by adding entries and photographs.

Fulton History - one of the largest searchable collections of digitized New York State newspapers from the early 1800s to present. Tip: try various specific search terms for better results.

Library of Congress - a massive national database of finding aids and scanned documents. A wonderful highlight includes high-resolution images of Livingston County maps from 1852 and 1858.

National Archives
 - a database packed with military-related information as well as many other resources. Full military records may be available by submitted request.
One useful series is the immigrant passenger lists; browse them here.

New York State Archives - a great website with many diverse resources for researchers.-

A highlight is the ability to search selected NY records for free on Ancestry.com:    
    1.    Under Quick Links, find Ancestry.com New York
    2.    Enter New York State zip code (any one will work)
    3.    Search by name or browse specific databases.

See also their information on naturalizations in New York State.

New York State Department of Health - after about 1880, birth and death records are available from the local registrar of the municipality where the event occurred. Marriage records are available from the Town Clerk where the marriage license was issued. These records may also be available through the New York State Department of Health through this link.

New York State Historic Newspapers - another great site with digitized NY newspapers; the long-standing Livingston Republican was recently added, including issues from 1837-1979.

New York State Military Museum and Veteran's Research Center - find military rosters from the Adjutant General's Report, information on flags and forts, and much more at this website.


Contact Us
Amie Alden
Historian
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Livingston County Historian's Office
5 Murray Hill Drive
Mt. Morris, NY 14510
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Ph: 585-243-7955
Ph: 585-335-1730
Fx: 585-243-7956

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1 - 4:30 p.m.

Closed on legal holidays

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