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Does New York state have a central depository for divorce records?

Some states (like Florida and California) provide an index to divorce records to the public, but New York State apparently is not one of them. I'll provide some links to the information I have found ...
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Are probate records typically only for males?

Yes, in the Unites States in the eighteenth century you will tend to find more probate records for males than females. In his study, "Underregistration and Bias in Probate Records: An Analysis of Data ...
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Minimum age to be mentioned in a will?

0 (i.e. born before 20 Mar 1824). Anyone can be left a bequest in a will regardless of age - 1 day old or 100 years old. They need not even be born yet to be left a legacy. A will may or may not ...
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Meaning of "Map" as birthplace on NY 1855 Census?

Historically, the letter "s" was often written more like a tall, looped "f", and a double "s" could look like "fs", or "p" if close together. So I'd guess this is "Mass", i.e. Massachusetts. It's ...
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Dixie Kiefer died on a mountain. Should I include the mountain's name in the place of death?

I just came across this, as the 70th anniversary of Dixie Kiefer's death is approaching this year. I am a reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal who is preparing a story about the crash. I also have ...
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Where can I find New York state probate records after the 1920s?

Probate records for New York State are kept by the Surrogate's Court in each county. The website of the New York State Unified Court System says: Genealogy Research Since 1787, probate records ...
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Locating ancestor's birth town in New York State?

Since the information you have so far is not helping, it might be better to try an indirect approach. Here are some things to try. Make a list of all the source material you have about your ...
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Finding 1920s Adoption Information in New York State?

Okay, so there's good news and there's bad news. The bad news first: At the moment (February 2019) all New York State adoptees' Original Birth Certificates (OBC's), and usually their adoption ...
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Who is (was) Gertrude Aubrey Barber, compiler of thousands of Grave inscriptions?

The best available answer to this question is provided in the 16 page document The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 142 (2011) pages 5 through 20 , that describes the Cowen sisters ...
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Are probate records typically only for males?

Here are some resources to supplement the answer already given. In The Hidden Half of the Family, Christina K. Schaefer gives the following timeline for New York Probate laws (I've excerpted the ...
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Meaning of "In Whose Lot Interred: Hugh Sellars" at Menands (Albany Rural Cemetery) in 1872?

I do research on Albany Rural Cemetery burials on a very frequent basis. The phrase "In whose lot interred" on the Albany Rural Cemetery burial index cards always refers to the person whose name is ...
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Finding information about employment at Remington c. 1917

Well, I don't have a full answer to my question, but I do have a partial answer thanks to some impressively fast research by a coworker. It turns out, Department 67 was the department that made ...
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Seeking additional genealogy resources for New York between 1775 and 1850?

The first of the five elements of the Board for Certification of Genealogist's Genealogical Proof Standard is to conduct a reasonably exhaustive search. The reasons why we want to do this are: ...
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Is there a place I can search specifically by birth date for a list of people born on that date?

Instead of looking at the search method you want to use, let's look at the characteristics of the single database or search portal that you are looking for: extensive coverage of New York and ...
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Finding death record for Sarah Jane Tompkins Furman in Washington, New York or another state after about 1910?

The difficulty with finding death records is that, unfortunately, people can die anywhere. There's no guarantee you'll find them in their hometown. They could die at a hospital across a city or ...
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Interpreting relationships to head of household in 1855 New York State Census?

With a nudge from @JanMurphy I went looking for and found Instructions For Taking the Census Of the State Of New York In the Year 1855; Issued By the Secretary of State, To the Officers Charged With ...
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What records document how African Americans received their Surname in early New York state?

For the Hudson Valley, what records you might find depends on what laws were in effect at the time; many historical records are generated as a direct result of some statute requiring that the ...
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How to identify individual family members / household size on early US Censuses Pre-1830 NY & PA?

I think it is important to remember that most of the historical records we use for genealogy today were created for other purposes (not for genealogy). To find records, we have to understand why and ...
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Finding record of Peter J Starrs in USA prior to 1870 Census?

This is not a direct answer to the question but hopefully contains a few useful bits of information. First, the reason why you probably cannot find Peter and his family in the 1865 or 1875 New York ...
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What churches in/near Ward 6, Albany, New York State might have baptized Scottish baby in 1854?

This answer includes some material which was originally left in comments and is incomplete. The question involves two different intertwined questions -- discovering what church the Sellars family ...
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What is the significance of the name at the end of this 1843 advertisement?

It seems that George White's New York firm is looking to make collateralized loans. Harden & Co. and Lyman J. Strong are working as agents and mortgage brokers in various cities, verifying deeds ...
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Would variety store in Albany, New York, USA (1862-1872) leave records and what would it sell?

What records were created? Some clues to what records might have been created can be found by looking at modern-day requirements for starting a business, then researching when that requirement was ...
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Did General Winfield Scott have any grandchildren?

Looking for information on the connection between Winfield S Burns and General Winfield Scott the first thing was to do a general search. The bit about taking the spouses name seemed strange, and the ...
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Adoption in New York 1927

As far as I'm aware, it was a criminal offence to falsify a birth certificate in New York in 1927. That is not to say that people didn't do it, as evidenced by the case of the notorious child-...
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Genealogical records from Rensselaer county?

The Troy (New York) Irish Genealogy Society has published an index to Marriage Notices Appearing in Lansingburgh Newspapers 1787 – 1895, according to Dick Eastman's blog EOGN (posted on March 24, 2015)...
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Genealogical records from Rensselaer county?

Records from New York state in the 1800s are very difficult to come by. The only good location is from the various churches in the area. There are a few places to find such records. Some of them are ...
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Is there a place I can search specifically by birth date for a list of people born on that date?

It sounds like you need a program that you can create your own SQL queries with. I've downloaded one as a 30 day trial recently, that may assist your search. If you are at all familiar with SQL ...
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What happens when a last will and testament enters probate?

Probate The New York State Archives' Probate Record Pathfinder says: Probate is the court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's ...
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Finding 1870 Federal Census image that corresponds to street address in Albany City, New York, USA?

I don't believe this is possible for US Fed. Census records prior to 1880. Before that census, the records don't indicate the addresses of the individuals. Beginning in 1880 they do start to include ...
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Meaning of "In Whose Lot Interred: Hugh Sellars" at Menands (Albany Rural Cemetery) in 1872?

I agree that there can be little doubt that "In Whose Lot Interred" refers to the proprietor of the lot. A search on the Albany Rural Cemetery website, entering only the section number 103 as my ...
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