County Historian

Welcome to the website of the County Historian! 

Browse around to find online resources, request research assistance, and explore Livingston County history.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Research Room is closed to the public until further notice. However, the County Historian's Office remains operational. Thank you for your patience.

​COVID-19 Documentation Project

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

Please consider sharing firsthand experiences, images, and reactions on how COVID-19 has altered your life and community. All information gathered will become part of the County Historian's permanent archival collection and made accessible for researchers. Stories and images may also be used for future exhibits.

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Thank you for helping to share and preserve local history.

Women’s History Trail on OnCell

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

New: Geneseo Visiting Nurse Association

Formed in 1914 through the efforts of Mrs. Josephine G. BuckleyMrs. Josephine Buckley (pictured, 1933), the Geneseo Visiting Nurse Association’s purpose was to employ a registered nurse to make house calls for chronic cases as well as emergency situations and provide public health education. 

In 1919, after the "Spanish Flu" had mostly run its course in the area, the association secretary noted, "There is little doubt that the Village of Geneseo was saved from a serious epidemic during the time that the surrounding towns were in the throes of Influenza though the work of the Village Nurse." 

To read the full story, click here or visit

Craig Colony Training School for Nurses

Craig Colony School of Nursing was organized in 1897, operating until 1977 and boasting a total of approximately 750 graduates. The nurses’ clinical experience included chronic nervous disorders, and medical, surgical, orthopedic, pediatric and rehabilitative nursing. By the 1950s, the curriculum also included a block at the New York State Tuberculosis Hospital at Mt. Morris. To read the full story, click here or visit

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Photo: graduating class of Craig Colony Training School for Nurses, 1940

Jackson Sanitorium Training School for Nurses

The Jackson Sanatorium Training School for Nurses was established in Dansville in 1902 and operated successfully until about 1915. The school offered specialized training in massage, the care of convalescent and neurasthenic (fatigued and/or depressed) patients, and even in hydriatics (water cures). To read the full story, click here and or visit

Jackson Sanatorium Training School for Nurses

Photo: First graduating class of the Jackson Sanatorium Training School for Nurses, 1902. Middle row center is Mrs. Elizabeth Alsdorf, the first Superintendent of Nurses. Courtesy of the Town of North Dansville Historian’s Collection.

Livingston County Bicentennial

In 2021 Livingston County will celebrate 200 years! Keep checking back here and on Livingston County social media for updates and events leading up to the big year.

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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 - we have an extensive research center.
  4. Browse other recommended digital resources and repositories to track down information.

What's New?

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 as we continue to index this volume, we learn just how many roles each person played to keep early Groveland functioning. Search our Online Records Index for your Groveland ancestors. 

County Home Monthly Reports, 1926-1955

May 2020

County Home Monthly Report sheetBy the 1940s and 1950s, the County Home (formerly known as the Poorhouse) was acting as a shelter and a nursing home of sorts. These reports, covering admissions and discharges, represent some of the latest records we have for the County Home. Search names on our Online Records Index.

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!

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Alms House Register, 1877-1921

September 2019

Indexing of this massive register has just been completed and lists those seeking assistance at the Alms House (later County Home). Searching for that missing person? This book may help track them. Search for ancestors’ names on our Online Records Index.


Clip of Henry Wilson book coverLife of Henry Wilson

June 2019

Henry Wilson, alias William A. Carson, alias James Morgan, confessed to the murders of five people and was executed in Geneseo, NY in 1865 for the murder of Henry Devoe. This account, written by the man himself, tells of his travels and crimes, and is quite riveting.

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Coroner's Records, 1906-1936

November 2018

This series, the bulk from 1923-1936, primarily comprises detailed Coroner's Inquests and corresponding Coroner's Decisions. Because of the sensitive nature of these records, no index is published. Please contact us about a specific case.

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Photographs from the Archives