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County Historian's Record Index

New content is added periodically, so be sure to check back. See the field guide below.

Note: there are no uploaded images linked here; this is purely a database of references.

Census: an individual entry from a census schedule in Livingston County. Includes New York State Census of 1855, 1865 (partial), 1875 (very few), 1892 (Sparta only), 1915, and 1925. Images of original census pages from 1790 to 1940 are available on FamilySearch and the 1950 is available at the 1950 Census website (Series complete.)

Church: indexed names from church registers, minute books, and other documents. In some cases, more information or original images may be available; please inquire. (New content occasionally.) List of indexed church records. See also transcriptions of church records.

Death: most entries are from a survey of all legible Livingston County burial markers up to 1885, created by the County Historian's Office in 1945. All available information from this survey is online. All entries from other sources will cite the source in the References field and show a "N" in the Marked Graves field - it does not necessarily mean the individual is in an unmarked grave. To check for more obituaries from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, visit their website. (New content every week.)

Ledger: includes entries from various business, school, and organization ledgers, as well as scattered vital records. Questions? Please ask. List of indexed Ledgers. (New content occasionally.)

Marriage: entries from the Livingston County Clerk's Record of Marriages, 1918-1935. Some entries may be from an index only with no other information available. These will be identified in the Notes field. Others are from the actual marriage license, so upon request more information will be available. Click on the number linked in the record to find the spouse's name. Original images may be available from FamilySearch. (Series complete.)

Naturalization: an entry from naturalization or citizenship registers, 1818 to 1954. Most may be limited to the information visible in the Records Index. (Series complete.)

Newspapers: indexed names from a newspaper article or notice (usually between 1824 to 1911). Most newspapers are on microfilm in the Livingston County Historian's Office; some may also be found on Fulton History and NYS Historic Newspapers. (Series currently complete.)

Poorhouse: names were indexed from our extensive records from the Poorhouse (later the County Home), 1829-1964. Depending on the reference, the person could have been a resident at the Poorhouse located in Geneseo or was receiving relief at home in the community. (Series currently complete.)

Veteran: the person named has been identified as having served in the military via one or more sources. The Soldiers in Service reference covers 2001-present and consists of newspaper clippings. More information may be available upon request. (New content uploaded monthly.)

Updated June 2022