Useful Links

Assorted Useful Links


Cemetery Databases

  • Find A Grave - represents user-added data and images of burials all over the world.
  • Paintedhills.org - a local project to document burials in southern Livingston County; especially useful for the large cemeteries of Dansville, Livingston County.
  • Temple Hill Cemetery - Geneseo's large historic cemetery has a searchable database with many gravestone photos.


Church Records

  •  Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester - records are kept at the parish level where possible, but some Catholic church records from Livingston County may archived at the Diocese. Contact the archivist for more information.
  • Rochester Churches Indexing Project - church records on microfilm with the LDS Church are indexed here, mainly from churches covered by the Rochester Catholic Diocese but including some Protestant denominations as well. Over 190,000 records and counting have been indexed here.
  • American Baptist Historical Society - Some records from Livingston County are held at Mercer University, Atlanta, GA; Baptist records may not be extremely helpful for genealogists, but they may be worth checking out. See the website for more information.


Immigration

  • 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 immigrated to the USA.
  • NYS Archives helpful information on naturalizations in New York State.
  • National Archives immigrant passenger lists; browse them here.


Livingston County Highlights

  

Livingston County Towns

Avon

 Conesus

North Dansville

 Nunda

 Mt. Morris

Springwater

 

Livingston County: Early Records

  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  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.

  

Maps


Military


Newspapers

  • 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 within quotation marks for better results.
  • New York State Historic Newspapers - another great site with digitized NY newspapers; the Livingston Republican (1837 to 1979) can be searched here.


New York State & National Databases

  •  FamilySearch.org - an old favorite with tons of resources and free searching; new content always being added. Some highlights include: 
    • Passport Applications 
    • County Marriages, 1847 to 1848 and 1908 to 1936
    • Births and Christenings
    • Passenger Lists
    • Original images of census schedules, including NYS census 1855, 1865, and 1875 for free, and 1915 and 1925 schedules through Ancestry.com
  • Library of Congress - a massive national database of finding aids and scanned documents.
  • 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 a New York State zip code (any one will work)
    3. Search by name or browse specific database
  • New York State Library - another database of material on every topic of New York State history, especially State governmental information and documentation.

 

Vital Records

  • 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 the above link.
  • NEW: Reclaim the Records - Basic indexes to many birth, death, and marriage certificates in New York State are now accessible online! Browse the lists and get the information you need to seek a certificate.
  • City of Rochester Marriage Records, 1876-1943 - check this link for ancestors married in the City of Rochester. This page also links to the very useful records of the Mt. Hope Cemetery.  


Updated March 2019