County Historian


Find online resources, request research assistance, and explore Livingston County history.

Color image of Lima baseball team from early 1900sJust Launched: New Photo Gallery

The Livingston County Historian's Office is pleased to present an improved photograph gallery to showcase just a few of the thousands of photographs held in the archives. 

Check it out and let us know what else you would like to see! View the photo albums here.

Announcing the improved


The County Historian's Record Index has a brand new look and improved features!

Now you can filter records, search keywords, and find more information than ever before.

The fully searchable database has thousands of entries from newspapers, gravestones, naturalizations, poorhouse records, church records, and more. After searching, contact us for more information and one-on-one research assistance. 

Get started with a search and send us any feedback!

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We are excited to help! 

  1. Search our Records Index for a name.
  2. Send us your specific questions or call us!
  3. Plan a visit to our research center for one-on-one assistance.
  4. Browse other digital resources and repositories to track down information.

Now Available:

Portraits of women bordering Women's Biographical Review book cover Opens in new window

The Women's Biographical Review is the County Historian's newest foundational reference book, published as part of Livingston County's bicentennial year. It features 200 women associated with Livingston County from the 18th-21st centuries.

Order your copy through the County Historian's Office!

Also available at Sundance Books in Geneseo and on

Once you've read it, please write a review on Google Books or Goodreads. Thank you!

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?

Madeline Friedler Appointed Deputy County Historian

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Brand-new Look for Historian's Record Index

June 2022

Now you can filter records, search keywords, and find more information than ever before!

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Get started and send us any feedback!

New county historian appointed

May 2022

On May 27, Amie Alden retired after over 25 years of public service. Deputy Historian Holly Watson was named to the position by the board of supervisors. Click here to read more.

Portraits of Amie Alden and Holly Watson

Poorhouse Cemeteries

June 2021

Just released: over 320 names of those known to be buried in the Old and New County Poorhouse Cemeteries.

Grave number 14 in County Poorhouse Cemetery

Gail McGuire: Rallyist

April 2021

Gail McGuire of Avon, New York talks about her 50-year career as a rally car driver and co-driver in North America. 

Local History Out Loud - Part 2

September 2020

This 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.

Women’s History Trail

March 2020

Explore some of the contributions women have made to Livingston County with this new STQRY tour, and check back for periodic additionsWomens History Trail image

Photographs from the Archives

Livingston Landmarks

Highlights from the County Bicentennial Year, 2021

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