County Historian

Welcome to the website of the County Historian! 

Browse around to find online resources, request research assistance, and explore Livingston County history.

* The County Historian's Research Room is closed to the public until further notice. *

Submit your request online or call us for prompt, contact-free research assistance. Stay well during the holiday season!

The Livingston County Bicentennial Year is Here!

In 2021 Livingston County is celebrating 200 years! Keep checking back here and on Livingston County social media for updates. Check out our schedule of events!
Livingston County Bicentennial Seal


Doing Research?

We are excited to help! Here are some ways you can start: 

  1. Search our online Records Index for a name.
  2. Send us your specific questions or call us!
  3. Plan a visit when we reopen - we have an extensive research center.
  4. Browse other recommended digital resources and repositories to track down information.


COVID-19 Documentation Project

The County Historian is requesting assistance from the public to help document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submit your experiences and/or images directly here:

What's New?

New Church Records

October 2020

Brooks Grove Sabbath School record book pageIn addition to our new Primary Sources page, where you can find a few digitized church records and much more, check out our new church records page!

Local History Out Loud - Part 2

September 2020

Image of railraod tracks winding along gorge in Letchworth state ParkThis video explores Livingston County's response to preserve the Union, massive changes in the post-Civil War era, the rise of industrialization, social reform, and the woman's rights movement in the mid- to late 19th century.  Included are several biographical segments on notable individuals who influenced local and national history.

Up and Down the Hemlock

August 2020

Written iUp and Down the Hemlock covern 1883, during Hemlock Lake's residential and tourism peak, this little book captures some history of the people and places around the lake. Discover sordid drownings, identify former cottages, and meet "Maloy the Hermit." Search the index here and view the digitized book here.

Groveland Town Clerk’s Book, 1797-1833

May 2020

Who were Hercules Williams, Valentine Stufflebeam, and Enoch Squibb? Groveland Town Clerk's Book, 1797-1833

The personalities of these and other early residents of Groveland can only be imagined, but we can learn just how many roles each person played to keep early Groveland functioning. Search our Online Records Index for your Groveland ancestors. 

Women’s History Trail

March 2020

Explore some of the contributions women have made to Livingston County with this new OnCell tour, and check back for periodic additions!

Womens History Trail image
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Photographs from the Archives