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County Historian's Record Index

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

Index Field Guide

Birth: Information from early vital records and newspaper announcements. Some other series may also contain information on births. (Series complete.)

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: many 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. Deaths also contains entries from obits and vital records. For recent obituaries, also see the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 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, vital records, and newspapers. Some entries from the County Clerk's record may be from an index only with no other information 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 1956. Some before 1906 may be limited to the information visible in the Records Index. Please inquire for more information. (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.)

School Records: Comprised of school attendance registers and school tax listings from 1820s-1930s. Most names are of schoolchildren, though some records include parents or guardians. See the list of indexed school records here. 

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 2023