Card shows individuals name, date of event, date of newspaper, page number for referenced item and in some case the column number of the newspaper. Other libraries may have similar card files, so inquire when you are there. Microfilm copies of the Troy newspapers are located on the second floor of the library. These are great for the detailed information provided on the deceased and his family.
When looking at the microfilm for an obit, remember to look for three separate items. The formal obit which usually details occupation and work history, the small obit found on the bottom of the same paper and the write-up on the funeral which will be found in the paper published on the day of the funeral or a few days later.
Some relatives are mentioned in one obit and not the other. The funeral notice, in addition to giving the name of the organist and soloist, names of songs, etc. Other Microfilm Records — There is a large cabinet of microfilm records, census records, etc. The most important microfilm for researchers are the three rolls of microfilm on Troy Deaths and Burials. The three rolls of film in the library are:.
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The handwriting, for the most part, is beautiful to read but it may help to have some idea of what you are looking for. For example I was looking for my great grandmother Mary Carroll and her daughters Margaret and Catherine who were on Ida Street in the census and then disappear from all records. Based on the age shown for the child, I knew it was Margaret. I am still searching for Catherine and assume she also died of smallpox. By the way, no one in my family ever knew of the existence of Margaret and Catherine and I only found out about them through the census records.
These Death and Burial records are an important reference for Troy researchers since many of the entries predate the New York State law requiring the reporting of deaths. Individuals who died outside of Troy are listed IF they were buried in Troy. Some years of these records are now available on line. Check out the Rensselaer County NY Genweb site, coordinated by Debby Masterson, for these records as well as a fantastic amount of genealogy related information on Rensselaer County. These church records are a treasure trove of information of interest to genealogists.
There are 89, baptism records, 31, marriage records and 24, burial records just for these nine area Catholic churches. When you consider the various names listed in these records, brides and grooms names, parents of the bride and groom names as well as parents of the baby being baptized and the names for sponsors for both baptisms and marriages, you are talking over , names in these records books. There are literally hundreds of other reference book available in the Genealogy Room at the library.
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If in Troy, spend some time at the library looking at these various sources of information that may prove useful to you in your research. If you are researching relatives who died in Rensselaer County, the Surrogates Court in the Court House is a great source. They allow you to see the files in the basement on Rensselaer County Decedents. Records are either on 4 x 6 cards or in bound books as follows:. Books: One Book covers A to Z. Index cards are in drawers by years : Present.
Records on cards and in books have a Volume and page reference which directs you to copies of legal documents in bound books on the shelves. Assistance is required if you want photocopies.
Wear old clothes when researching these bound books since the leather covers are in bad shape and you get covered with a red powder. You also have to pass through a metal detector to access the building. Copies of birth and death records, if the event occurred in Troy, are available from:. In the case of a death certificate, it cannot be issued until 50 years after the event UNLESS you are a direct line descendant. Request to see the records in the basement and you will be granted access. There are shelves and shelves of immigration books, many of which have a photograph of the individual.
A number of these records have been rebound and the pages are covered in a plastic sleeve. Record series are:. Marriage Records — There are several volumes of a marriage index which over the period to The index has a reference number which will help you find a complete record in the marriage book which has a tremendous amount of useful information.
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Also available, using the same reference number, are the original signed marriage permits. A number of tools useful to genealogy researchers are available using the internet. Catskill, Reformed Dutch Church of Kiskatom, German Flatts, Reformed Protestant Dutch, Herkimer, Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, Seach vol. Minden, St.
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