Resources

Livingston County Highlights


  • Livingston County Clerk - holds land transaction records and mortgages in Livingston County, 1821 to present. A visit in person is necessary to access deeds, mortgages, and civil records. They are also digitized on familysearch.org, but they are not indexed by name.
  • 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.


Livingston County Towns





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.

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.


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.


New York State & National Databases



    • 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
  • Find A Grave - represents user-added data and images of burials all over the world.
  • 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 New York State zip code (any one will work)
3. Search by name or browse specific databases.
  • New York State Library - another database of material on every topic of New York State history, especially State governmental information and documentation.

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.


Other Links



  • Census of Agriculture - a useful tool for exploring agricultural statistics through census reports by state, county, and even town.
  • William G. Pomeroy Foundation - those municipalities and not-for-profit organizations looking for funding for a historical marker may apply here for a grant.