Sorry, I don't have a copy of what you're looking for, but you may be able
to find a copy locally by searching an on-line library catalog under
periodicals using "The Columbia" as the search term. I have yet to find an
individual who had a subscription.
Quite some time ago I found it at the NYC Library:
CALL # APR (Columbia Co., N.Y.) 87-2014.
TITLE Columbia (Rhinebeck, N.Y.)
TITLE The Columbia.
VOL./DATE Vol. 1, no. 1 (1st quarter 1985)-v. 14, no. 4 (Dec. 1998) ;
IMPRINT [Rhinebeck, NY : Valley Quarterlies, 1985-
SUBJECT Columbia County (N.Y.) -- Genealogy -- Periodicals.
So by way of what you might expect to find:
Arthur C. M. Kelly abstracted the Guardianship Papers held at the
Surrogate's office in the Hudson, Columbia County, courthouse and published
them serially in his quarterly publication. Usually, I'm not an expert here,
a legal guardian was only used when there was some property interest to be
guarded that devolved from a will bequest or intestacy. That was done even
if the other parent was still alive, and if not, there was still probably
another actual custodian of the child. Before a certain age, I can't
remember if it was 14 or 17, a guardian was usually appointed, and after
that, a child could then select their own representative. Anyway, in Kelly's
transcripts you can expect to find the age of a child as of a date, which is
not necessarily their birthdate but could be the filing date of the
paperwork, and the guardian and bondsman. The bondsman was financially
backing the guardian in case of mal- mis- feasence. The guardian could be
related. The deceased parent is usually mentioned and if you're really lucky
their date of demise is given. Though the abstract is very brief, it's
useful if you're stumped, less so if you already have an idea of what's
It is a tip-off though that either a will, or Letters of Administration,
might also be in existence at the courthouse. And if it was a guardianship
of real property a record would probably exist in the County Clerk's office
of the transfer of the property to the later adult child.
Sorry I can't be more specific.
From: Jim Groat [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 2:31 PM
Subject: [NYCOL] The Columbia, Guardianship Papers - Look-up request.
Anyone out there familiar with a publication "The Columbia" or "The
Papers"? Willing to do a brief look-up? I'm looking for details on the
Shufelt, Christopher - The Columbia, Guardianship Papers, Vol 7 :Page
Any help would be greatly appreciated.