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Unfortunately, they may not exist. New York State did not require birth, death, or marriage records to be kept until about 1880 (with the exception of a brief time between 1847-1849; we do have these records indexed by name on our Online Records Database.) After 1880, birth and death records may be 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. If the location of these events is unknown, check Reclaim the Records to access an index.
For vital events before 1880, you can work with newspapers, published histories, church records, census records, and other resources to help fill in your family tree. Keep in mind that events prior to 1850 in this region of New York are poorly documented, and many times it is impossible to prove relationships or important dates. Contact us with your questions, hopefully we can help!
Church records are notoriously difficult to track down, but when you can access them, they can be a genealogical goldmine. Generally, if the church is still active, there is a chance they still hold their old sacramental records (barring destruction through disaster, which is common). Genealogists can contact the church, but keep in mind that not all records are accessible, nor can church staff necessarily do look-ups.
Some church records have been donated to local repositories like the County Historian's Office. Many registers in our archives have been indexed by name, so check for your ancestor on our Online Records Database. More coming soon!
We often refer those seeking to list their property on the National and State Register of Historic Places to the Landmark Society of Western New York, located in Rochester. Personal residences, municipal or commercial buildings, or properties owned by not-for-profit organizations may be eligible if they meet significance and integrity requirements. If the property is eligible, staff will often do site visits and work with property owners to develop the involved nomination form. While researching and documenting the property history, please contact us to see what resources we have.
Listing on the National Register does not constrain the property owner's activities and alterations, unless the property is also a designated national landmark or included in a local historic district. The benefits of listing a property include access to federal 20% tax credits and New York State grants for municipal or not-for-profit properties.
It is difficult to determine the exact year a house was built, particularly before towns had zoning and required builders to get permits. Unless the house has intrinsic significance - for example owned by a prominent individual or displaying unique architecture - then extensive research is usually necessary. This may involve searching deeds, tax records, newspapers, old maps and atlases, and various other sources.
This office may have an old photograph of your home, but generally speaking, you are more apt to find biographical information in the records here, especially if the owners were prominent citizens and stayed in the area for a significant amount of time. Starting with a map to locate your property and a lot number is a great way to start, then you can proceed with in-depth research on the land and people who owned it. Contact us for assistance!
Naturalization records c. 1821-1954 are housed at the County Historian's Office. Researchers seeking proof of a women's citizenship or naturalization of a person who arrived in the U.S. as a minor child may find themselves stuck. Here's a quick overview:
Nearly all naturalization paperwork before 1922 was completed by immigrant men. While it was not illegal for a single (spinster) or widowed immigrant women to petition a court for citizenship, there were few incentives. In New York State before 1918, no woman could vote, few held property, and there were unappealing court fees associated with citizenship proceedings. Between 1855 and 1922, married alien women would have been very unlikely to have been granted citizenship individually from a husband.
Therefore, women became citizens automatically upon the naturalization of their immigrant husbands, or upon marriage to a native-born or naturalized man. Likewise, minor children born outside the U.S. would automatically become citizens when their father was naturalized. If this did not occur before a boy was of age, he could apply for himself. It would have been assumed that a foreign-born girl would achieve citizenship through marriage. Before 1906, immigrant wives and children's names were almost never recorded in the naturalization paperwork. After 1906, the required forms became more detailed.
In 1922, all women, married, single, or widowed, could complete naturalization paperwork independently.
To read more about this subject, check out the National Archives' page on women and naturalization.
The New York State Historic Marker program was first launched in 1927-1932 by the State Education Department to inform motorists about the rich cultural heritage of the state. There were a few more initiatives over the years sponsored by the state, but no funds were set aside to maintain or replace the signs. Therefore, old signs may be replicated and/or new signs mounted along roadsides or on a private residence, but New York State will not fund the project. Permission to erect the signs must be obtained from the property owners if on private land. If the sign is placed in a public right-of-way or along a road, then requests to install the sign must be approved by the governmental authority that maintains the highway. Don’t forget to check with zoning and be sure to report a theft to the local police - occasionally these signs do resurface.
Grant funds for new signs may be obtained through the William G. Pomeroy Foundation Historic Roadside Marker Program; some restrictions apply.
Most newspapers, particularly those after the 1870s, were printed on very poor quality paper with a high acid content and are very fragile, crumbling when unfolded. Additionally, the majority of local newspapers published have been digitized and are available online at www.fultonhistory.com and hard copies of most runs are already preserved in the County Historian's collections. Therefore, the clippings themselves may not be of much relevance to preserve. However, newspapers printed with rag linen, usually predating the 1860s, are generally in excellent shape and are definitely worth preserving. If they are free of mold, they are readily accepted for donation to the office. Furthermore, items like scrapbooks are often made up of clippings, and can illuminate a person's family and community. Items like this give a valuable snapshot into what was important in that person's life and at that time in history.
In short, we never discourage donations or archival material - we are grateful to anyone who considers our archives when they are cleaning out attics and estates. If you have anything that needs a new home, contact us! We will be happy to discuss your collection.
The Livingston County Historical Society is an organization founded in 1876, in part due to national interest in documenting local history for the United States' Centennial Anniversary. Its mission is to discover, preserve, and educate the community about our rich shared history. The organization continues today as a private institution and operates the Livingston County Museum, opened in 1895. The Historical Society and Museum serves as a repository mainly for artifacts related to Livingston County and their supporting archival documentation. View their website here.
The County Historian's Office is a department of Livingston County Government, and was established in 1933 with the appointment of the first County Historian, Judge Lockwood R. Doty. The mission of the Office is to collect, preserve, and interpret local history, providing access to this information to the public and presenting information through programming and exhibitions. The County Historian's Office's collections provide researchers with excellent primary source materials for scholarly and genealogical inquiry.
If you need additional time to complete the Traffic Diversion Program, please contact the court. If you fail to contact them for an extension your driving privileges could be suspended.
You may obtain a copy of your driving abstract at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
No, you may take any 6-hour defensive driving course either online or in a classroom. Our only requirement is that it is 6-hours long.
No, you may take any 6-hour defensive driving course either online or in a classroom. Our only requirement is that it is 6 hours long.
No, you must submit the Traffic Diversion Program application by mail. We are only able to accept checks or money orders for payment options.
You must contact the court in order to obtain a copy of your traffic ticket. The District Attorney's office does not have access to traffic tickets.
Yes, you are eligible. You do not need to be a U.S. Resident to be enrolled in the program. You may take a defensive driving course in your Country.
In order to obtain a copy of your traffic ticket you must contact the Town or Village Court in which the ticket was received. The District Attorney's office does not have access to traffic tickets.
Yes, you may request a reduction of your traffic ticket by mailing our office a copy of the traffic ticket, a letter requesting a reduction, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Once received, your request will be reviewed and you should expect to receive a response in the mail within 7-10 business days. In the meantime, we recommend contacting the court to let them know you have sent a request to our office for a reduction by mail.
The District Attorney's office does not impose fines/surcharges. This is a duty of the court. For questions in regards to fines and surcharges, please contact the court directly.
The District Attorney's office does not have the ability to reschedule court dates. If you need an adornment, please contact the Town or Village court in which you received the ticket.
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Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday and Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm On Wednesdays Katie D., Courtney S., Josh W., and Rachel M. are here until 5pm. On Thursdays Michelle J., Deb M., and Kerrin C. are here until 5pm.
The Livingston County Probation Department accepts payments for DWI Supervision Fees, Electronic Home Monitoring Fees, Livingston County Court ordered Fines, and Restitution.
Payment must be in the form of cash (if payment is made in person), certified bank check or money order. Please do not send cash in the mail.
Payments may be sent to: Livingston County Probation Department, 6 Court St, Room 101, Geneseo, NY 14454.
Payments may also be made online at: www.GovPayNow.com
Here is a list* of possible organizations where you can request to complete your community service. *This list is not frequently updated*
Dansville Reporting days are suspended until further notice.
If you are interested in being an intern at the Livingston County Probation Department, you will need to be present at least two full days per week and for the ENTIRE semester; even if your required hours have been completed. Upon receipt of your application and a short writing sample, they will be reviewed; if it is determined appropriate, an interview will be scheduled to gather further information from you, and a final determination will be made. You must provide a picture ID and current college identification/transcripts. In addition, if you are interested in completing compliance checks on probationers in the field, you will need to provide proof of insurance coverage through your college institution.
Livingston County Probation Department receives numerous requests for internships. Space is limited; please start your application process in the semester prior to the semester you wish to begin your internship.
Information about Mediation between victim and defendant:
Information about Mediation for families:
Information about an alternative to PINS:
PINS Mediation Program
You may qualify to have your criminal conviction sealed if the following statements apply to you:
1. I was convicted of a crime or crimes in no more than two criminal transactions in New York State or elsewhere, and no more than one of those criminal convictions includes a conviction for a felony offense. (You are telling the court that you have not been convicted in more than two criminal cases, and that no more than one of those cases was a conviction for a felony charge).
2. I do not have any open or pending criminal charges against me.
3. I am not applying to seal any of the following offenses (check your Certificate of Disposition to verify that it does not include any of the following charges):
a. Sex offense defined in article one hundred thirty of the Penal Law (PL 130.20 Sexual Misconduct; PL 130.25 Rape 3°; PL 130.30 Rape 2°; PL 130.35 Rape 1°; PL 130.40 Criminal Sexual Act 3°; PL 130.45 Criminal Sexual Act 2°; PL 130.50 Criminal Sexual Act 1°; PL 130.52 Forcible Touching; PL 130.53 Persistent Sexual Abuse; PL 130.55 Sexual Abuse 3°; PL 130.60 Sexual Abuse 2°; PL 130.65 Sexual Abuse 1°; PL 130.65-a Aggravated Sexual Abuse 4°; PL 130.66 Aggravated Sexual Abuse 3°; PL 130.67 Aggravated Sexual Abuse 2°; PL 130.70 Aggravated Sexual Abuse 1°; PL 130.75 Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child 1°; PL 130.80 Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child 2°; PL 130.85 Female Genital Mutilation; PL 130.90 Facilitating a Sex Offense with a Controlled Substance; PL 130.91 Sexually Motivated Felony; PL 130.95 Predatory Sexual Assault; PL 130.96 Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child);
b. An offense defined in article two hundred sixty-three of the Penal Law (PL 263.05 Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance; PL 263.10 Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child; PL 263.11 Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child; PL 263.15 Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child; PL 263.16 Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child; PL 263.30 Facilitating a Sexual Performance by a Child with a Controlled Substance or Alcohol);
c. A felony offense defined in article one hundred twenty-five of the Penal Law (PL 125.10 Criminally Negligent Homicide; PL 125.11 Aggravated Criminally Negligent Homicide; PL 125.12 Vehicular Manslaughter 2°; PL 125.13 Vehicular Manslaughter 1°; PL 125.14 Aggravated Vehicular Homicide; PL 125.15 Manslaughter 2°; PL 125.20 Manslaughter 1°; PL 125.21 Aggravated Manslaughter 2°; PL 125.22 Aggravated Manslaughter 1°; PL 125.25 Murder 2°; PL 125.26 Aggravated Murder; PL 125.27 Murder 1°; PL 125.40 Abortion 2°; PL 125.45 Abortion 1°; PL 125.50 Self-Abortion 2°; PL 125.55 Self- Abortion 1°; PL 125.60 Issuing Abortion Articles);
d. A violent felony offense defined in section 70.02 of the Penal Law (CLASS B VIOLENT FELONY OFFENSES: PL 110/125.25 Attempted Murder 2°; PL 110/135.25 Attempted Kidnapping 1°; PL 110/150.20 Attempted Arson 1°; PL 125.20 Manslaughter 1°; PL 125.22 Aggravated Manslaughter 1°; PL 130.35 Rape 1°; PL 130.50 Criminal Sexual Act 1°; PL 130.70 Aggravated Sexual Abuse 1°; PL 130.75 Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child 1°; PL 120.10 Assault 1°; PL 135.20 Kidnapping 2°; PL 140.30 Burglary 1°; PL 150.15 Arson 2°; PL 160.15 Robbery 1°; PL 230.34(5)(a)&(b) Sex Trafficking; PL 255.27 Incest 1°; PL 265.04 Criminal Possession of a Weapon 1°; PL 265.09 Criminal Use of a Firearm 1°; PL 265.13 Criminal Sale of a Firearm 1°; PL 120.11 Aggravated Assault upon a Police Officer or a Peace Officer; PL 120.07 Gang Assault 1°; PL 215.17 Intimidating a Victim or Witness 1°; PL 490.35 Hindering Prosecution of Terrorism 1°; PL 490.40 Criminal Possession of a Chemical Weapon or Biological Weapon 2°; PL 490.47 Criminal Use of a Chemical Weapon or Biological Weapon 3°); (CLASS C VIOLENT FELONY OFFENSES: An attempt to commit any of the Class B violent felony offenses listed above; PL 125.11 Aggravated Criminally Negligent Homicide; PL 125.21 Aggravated Manslaughter 2°; PL 130.67 Aggravated Sexual Abuse 2°; PL 120.08 Assault on a Peace Officer, Police Officer, Fireman or Emergency Medical Services Professional; PL 120.09 Assault on a Judge; PL 120.06 Gang Assault 2°; PL 121.13 Strangulation 1°; PL 140.25 Burglary 2°; PL 160.10 Robbery 2°; PL 265.03 Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2°; PL 265.08 Criminal Use of a Firearm 2°; PL 265.12 Criminal Sale of a Firearm 2°; PL 265.14 Criminal Sale of a Firearm with the Aid of a Minor; PL 265.19 Aggravated Criminal Possession of a Weapon; PL 490.15 Soliciting or Providing Support for an Act of Terrorism 1°; PL 490.30 Hindering Prosecution of Terrorism 2°; PL 490.37 Criminal Possession of a Chemical Weapon or Biological Weapon 3°); (CLASS D VIOLENT FELONY OFFENSES: An attempt to commit any of the Class C violent felony offenses listed above; PL 120.02 Reckless Assault of a Child; PL 120.05 Assault 2°; PL 120.18 Menacing a Police Officer or Peace Officer; PL 120.60 Stalking 1°; PL 121.12 Strangulation 2°; PL 130.30 Rape 2°; PL 130.45 Criminal Sexual Act 2°; PL 130.65 Sexual abuse 1°; PL 130.80 Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child 2°; PL 130.66 Aggravated Sexual Abuse 3°; PL 130.90 Facilitating a Sex Offense with a Controlled Substance; PL 135.35 (3)(a)&(b) Labor Trafficking; PL 265.02 (5), (6), (7), (8), (9) or (10); PL 265.11 Criminal Sale of a Firearm 3°; PL 215.16 Intimidating a Victim or Witness 2°; PL 490.10 Soliciting or Providing Support for an Act of Terrorism 2°; PL 490.20 Making a Terroristic Threat; PL 240.60 Falsely Reporting an Incident 1°; PL 240.62 Placing a False Bomb or Hazardous Substance 1°; PL 240.63 Placing a False Bomb or Hazardous Substance in a Sports Stadium or Arena, Mass Transportation Facility or Enclosed Shopping Mall; PL 405.18 Aggravated Unpermitted Use of Indoor Pyrotechnics 1°) (CLASS E VIOLENT FELONY OFFENSES: PL 110/265.02 (5), (6), (7), or (8) Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3° as a lesser included offense of that section as defined in CPL 220.20; PL 130.53 Persistent Sexual Abuse; PL 130.65-a Aggravated Sexual Abuse 4°; PL 240.55 Falsely Reporting an Incident 2°; PL 240.61 Placing a False Bomb or Hazardous Substance 2°);
e. A class A felony offense defined in the Penal Law (abbreviated on your Certificate of Disposition as “AF”);
f. A felony offense defined in article one hundred five of the Penal Law where the underlying offense is not an eligible offense (PL 105.10 Conspiracy 4°; PL 105.13 Conspiracy 3°; PL 105.15 Conspiracy 2°; or PL 105.17 Conspiracy 1°; when the crime you conspired to commit is one of the charges listed in this section);
g. An attempt to commit an offense that is not an eligible offense if the attempt is a felony (An attempt to commit a crime is displayed on your Certificate of Disposition as “Attempted” and will have the number 110 displayed before the section and subsection (e.g., Attempted Robbery 2°; PL 110-160.10) If it is a felony level offense, the charge weight will be BF, CF, DF or EF); or,
h. An offense for which registration as a sex offender is required pursuant to article six-C of the correction law (A conviction that requires you to register as a sex offender).
4. It has been over 10 years since I was sentenced for my most recent case. I did not count any jail or prison time I served after being sentenced in calculating the 10-year period (Your most recent conviction and sentence must be more than ten years ago. However, if you were in jail or prison after you were sentenced, that time does not count. For example, your last conviction was 11 years ago and you served 2 years in state prison (11 – 2 = 9), that is only 9 years and you will not qualify for sealing for another year).
You may contact the New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) for a name-based check by visiting this website: OCA-CHRS
You may also request your own personal record at: New York State Department of Justice or Federal Bureau of Investigations
There are also a multitude of private entities that will provide individual and third party background/criminal history checks.
Probation Employment Liaison:
The Livingston County Probation Department recognizes the importance of sustained employment for individuals under community supervision. Employment provides individuals a means to self-sufficiency and the ability to support their families, as well as the capacity to structure their time in positive ways.
Probation also understands the needs of area employers and their ability to ask questions of probation officers about work schedules and other work environment related issues.
Accordingly, the Livingston County Probation Department has designated a single point of contact or Probation Employment Liaison officer to communicate with area employers.
Please feel free to contact Probation Director, Lynne Mignemi, at (585) 243-7190 or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are an area employer who has any general questions about probation conditions relating to employment, employment opportunities for individuals on probation, or if you have any other employment related questions or concerns.
On a related note, the NYS Department of Labor offers information for both job seekers and employers on some of the incentives and options available to individuals with known barriers to employment that include having a criminal history. With these links, please find fact sheets describing the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the Federal Bonding Program.
For more information please contact Social Services at (585) 243-7300.
Nine Computers with Internet access and MS applications, Mailing & Copies of job search related documents, Job listings, Local Print media with Job Listings, Free Telephones for job search related calls, Job Search Packets, Civil Service Study Guides, Local Training Provider Information, Brochures for other local support agencies, Employer Recruitments, weekly Job Search Workshops, Referrals to Support Services, Summer Youth Employment Program and a Year-round Young Adult Program, Funding for Vocational Training. Services by appointment include resume and cover letter creation or review, job application assistance, Mock Interviews, Career Exploration.