Genealogical Guide
to
Monroe County, New York

by

Richard T. Halsey

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Introduction

Monroe County

This will hopefully help locate some of the genealogical resources of Monroe County. The genealogist should have some basic knowledge of finding family records before using this guide. This guide is specifically for use in finding out more about ancestors and other "cousins" who lived in Monroe County. In the past, many people lived in the area for a short time before moving to new open lands to the west. Other families have lived in the area for many generations.

This page links to chapters that are PDF files that can be viewed online or downloaded. Those chapters are include links to many other websites where the genealogical records are located. Each of those websites vary on how to find records within their website. You should take some time to learn how to navigate those websites.

Not all genealogical records are now, nor ever will be, online. The genealogy researcher should try to visit the Rochester Public Library. Located in the old Rundel building (115 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14604) is located the Local History & Genealogy Division. they have a collection of genealogies. they also have city and suburban directories, school yearbooks, old newspapers on microfilm, tombstone records and many other items of local interest.

The Monroe County Clerk’s Office (39 W. Main St., Rochester, NY 14614) and Monroe County Surrogate (probate) Court (99 Exchange Blvd., Rochester, NY 14614) are also located in downtown Rochester.

For books indicated in some chapters, if the book is online then the title to the book will have a link to the book. For newer books or old books that haven't been digitized then there is a link to WorldCat. If you put in your zip-code in WorldCat it will show the library with the book that is closest to you.

You will notice that all chapters have not been completed. Hopefully they will be completed in the next few months.

Please notify the author via email if you find any errors in the information in the chapters or even grammar or spelling errors.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Latest Update
VITAL RECORDS Aug. 1, 2016
DIVORCE RECORDS Aug. 1, 2016
CEMETERY RECORDS AND TOMBSTONE TRANSCRIPTIONS Aug. 3, 2016
CENSUS RECORDS Aug. 5, 2016
RELIGIOUS RECORDS Jan. 13, 2017
SURROGATE COURT RECORDS Aug. 21, 2016
ADOPTION RECORDS Feb. 1, 2017
FORMATION OF MONROE COUNTY Aug. 3, 2016
FORMATION OF THE TOWNS OF MONROE COUNTY Aug. 5, 2016
FORMATION OF THE VILLAGES OF MONROE COUNTY Aug. 3, 2016
PLACE NAMES Aug. 6, 2016
MAPS AND ATLASES Nov. 12, 2016
LAND RECORDS Dec. 23, 2016
NEWSPAPERS Jan. 10, 2017
DIRECTORIES Sept. 3, 2016
TRANSPORTATION ROUTES Aug. 3, 2016
MILITARY AND VETERAN RECORDS May 14, 2017
NATURALIZATION RECORDS Not Yet Completed
PICTURES Not Yet Completed
ROCHESTER AND MONROE COUNTY HISTORIES Not Yet Completed
TOWN AND VILLAGE HISTORIES Not Yet Completed
ETHNIC HISTORIES April 30, 2017

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