Assorted Useful Links
- Census of Agriculture - a useful tool for exploring agricultural statistics through census reports by state, county, and even town.
- Census Reporter - a great resource for current demographic data from the census.
- City of Rochester Directories, 1820s-1940s - these great directories can help locate people in a place and time within the Rochester city limits.
- Genesee County Home / Poorhouse records - check these indexes for names of Livingston County people or others who were residents at the County Home in Bethany, NY.
- Genesee Valley Canal:
- Government Appointed Historians of Western NY (GAHWNY) - an organization helping to network public historians from the 11 counties of WNY; get involved for annual conferences, a scholarship for history students, and more.
- William G. Pomeroy Foundation - those municipalities and not-for-profit organizations looking for funding for a historical marker may apply here for a grant.
- 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.
- Rochester Mt. Hope and Riverside Cemeteries Records - original images are available through this search engine.
- Temple Hill Cemetery - Geneseo’s large historic cemetery has a searchable database with many gravestone photos.
- 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.
- 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 and women and naturalization.
- National Archives immigrant passenger lists; browse them here.
Livingston County Highlights
- 1868 Livingston County Directory
- American Agriculturist. Farm and Rural Directory and for Monroe and Livingston Counties, 1917.
- Biographical Review...of Leading Citizens of Livingston and Wyoming Counties. Boston, 1895.
- Index to Biographical Review
- Doty, Lockwood L. A History of Livingston County, New York, 1876.
- Index to Doty’s history
- Doty, Lockwood R. History of the Genesee Country, 1925.
- Index to History of the Genesee Country, vols. 3 and 4 (biographical)
- Smith, James H. History of Livingston County, New York: 1687 to 1881, 1881.
- Index to Smith’s history
- Turner, Orsamus. Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase. 1850.
- Wilson, Henry. The Life, Travels, and Adventures of Henry Wilson, the Murderer. 1866.
- 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.
- Livingston County Historical Society and Museum - an organization known for its programming and massive collection of historical artifacts related to Livingston County.
Livingston County Towns
- Genealogical Records of the Pioneer Families of Avon, NY, 1871.
- Index to Genealogical Records of Avon
- Boyd, William P. History of the Town of Conesus, 1887.
- Bunnell, A. O. Dansville: Historical, Biographical, Descriptive, 1789 to 1902, 1902.
- Index to Bunnell’s Dansville history
- Hand, H. Wells. A Centennial History of the Town of Nunda, 1808 to 1908, 1908.
- Parsons, Rev. Levi and Samuel L. Rockfellow. 1794 to 1894, Centennial Celebration of Mt. Morris, NY, 1894.
- Peabody Diary Collection, 1849-1937 Index.
- Walbridge, Orson. Early History of Springwater, Livingston County, NY. 1887.
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.
- Early western New York maps:
- 1852 Livingston County map and 1858 Livingston County map
- 1872 Livingston County Atlas
- 1902 Livingston County Atlas
- US Geological Survey maps, as early as 1901 for parts of Livingston County to present
- Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War - preview the book published by the County Historian; includes excellent information on the Sullivan Campaign of 1779 in Livingston County.
- New York State Military Museum and Veteran’s Research Center - find military rosters from the Adjutant General’s Report, information on flags and forts, and much more.
- National Archives - a database packed with military-related information as well as many other resources. Full military records may be available by submitted request.
- 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.
- FamilySearch.org - an old favorite with tons of resources and free access content always being added. Some highlights include:
- Passport Applications and passenger lists
- County marriages, 1847 to 1848 and 1908 to 1936
- Births and christenings
- Land records
- Original images of all census schedules 1790-1940, including:
- NYS census 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892
- 1890 US Census of Veterans and Widows of the Civil War
- 1915 and 1925 schedule transcriptions (see below to access these in full via through Ancestry.com New York)
- Much more!
- 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:
- New York State Library - another database of material on every topic of New York State history, especially State governmental information and documentation.
- 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.
- 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 May 2020