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Washington County, New York Historian’s Office Report

Upstate New York Genealogy recently received an email from Loretta Bates, Office Manager, of the Washington County, New York, Historian’s Office.
Part of which is as follows:

“Dick,
Did I mention to you that I have been putting info on our Washinton Co. official website? You might want to check it out, just Google Washington Co. NY and we’re the first one listed. I have so much more ready to enter… I’m trying to put on the oldest things I can find, so far it’s mostly the Goodspeed Index and some older church records.
Keep up the good work…. Loretta”

The following link will go directly to the Historian’s website:

http://www.co.washington.ny.us/Departments/His/His1.htm

At the present time this office is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Available for research in the Historian’s Office:
Published regional histories, plus histories of several towns in Washington County and nearby counties

Published and unpublished Washington County family histories

The Asa Fitch Papers on Washington County genealogy and history


The Gibson Collection of genealogical material


The Goodspeed Collection containing over 50 boxes of information collected by a local genealogist.
Aaron Goodspeed of Granville, Washington County, NY lived from 1862 to 1932. He made a hobby and a business of gathering genealogical data on local people of his area and Vermont. He collected newspaper articles, wrote hundreds of letters requesting information from families and spent a lifetime pursuing his love of genealogy. He was a “top notch” pharmacist owning a drug store which still stands today and houses a dry cleaning business. Much of Goodspeed’s collection is from the mid eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen hundreds, but some of his notes in his own handwriting might contain information relating to even earlier times. The following index has been prepared to advise researchers of the surnames in this collection. Some of the information found within is extensive, but in some cases it might contain a lone newspaper article.

Cemetery records for all 17 towns of Washington County


Washington County Poor House Records


The Morris-Rote-Rosen collection from his Granville Sentinel newspaper column on local history


The John Williams Papers


Over forty years of County Historian’s genealogical correspondence filed by family name


Church Records
(limited)


United Church of Kingsbury and Queensbury during the Ministry of Rev. Ravaud K. Rodgers and Rev. E.E. Seeley


Register of marriages
; Coila, Cambridge, Salem
Celebrated by John Dunlop, Minister of the Gospel
Original documents copied from the photostat of the Coila Church records in the State Library.

Also available is an assortment of
Family Bibles Veterans Records (limited)
Maps Newspapers (Microfilm only and limited)
School Records Business Ledgers
Quaker Records Civil War letters pertaining to Wash. Co.

Mail to: Washington County Historian
Washington County Municipal Center, Bldg. A
383 Broadway Fort Edward, New York 12828

Thanks for letting us know Loretta.

The church records and the Goodspeed collection are excellent, and I can’t wait for the important Col./Dr. John Williams papers. He was such an important part of the early Washington County history and we are fortunate that his papers survived.

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Seneca County Historian’s Website and the best description of the Military Tract

The Seneca County Historian, Walter Gable, explains in plain English, just what the Military Tract was, how it was formed, how the Townships were named, who some of the early settlers were, and a whole lot more than you ever thought you knew about it.

The Military Tract was a large portion of Central New York that the State’s Legislature purchased from the Indians and made available to soldiers that served in the American Revolution from New York, (only.)

Mr. Gable goes into an easy to understand explanation of how it was laid out, surveyed and settled. He explains that very few of the original Patentees actually settled on the Lots that they were awarded by ballot, and there was a very high degree of problems with fraudulent sales, squatters, unclear titles and so on.

You will find this excellent report and dozens of other very well written and documented articles written by Mr. Gable on the Seneca County Historian’s website at http://www.co.seneca.ny.us/dpt-genserv-historian.php.

Dick Hillenbrand
Upstate New York Genealogy
www.unyg.com

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