Regarding the original post below, Central New York Genealogical Society is having a
program pre-1850 records:
Sent: Mon, January 25, 2010 7:14:13 PM
Subject: Re: [NYDELAWA] Any Records from 1800? -C J Sheldon:
Again--without joining Ancestry, I cannot post
tto PAT--who asked Ancestry for email private access.
Until after the Civil War--Doctors did not begin
to get certification of ANY variety--they "learned doctoring" as
lawyers "learned lawyering: They traveled around with an '
experienced ''doctor' or in his office when the doctor was at home,
but mostly rode horse or drove wagons to the patient's house . This
is sort of said tongue-in-cheek because there were barbers who pulled
teeth and other services who were often called doctors. There were
more--in rural areas who were more likely to be folk-doctors. These
were often women,too.Nothing at that time was known of "GERM
THEORY' ,of course, and unexplainable illnesses were often said to
be the result of a person's bad deeds / sins. Hence, a LOT of
superstitiom about illness was common.
..................Typhoid epidemics were feared because nobody had
figured out that tainted water,or milk was the cause until many years
later--and nearly everyone drank either water,or milk, or both. Often
the record show several in one family 'taken' by typhoid, Often,these
epidemics followed spring floods when creek-drinking water became
contaminated or cattle drank it.
So-- doctors' records would generally not have
existed and,if so, few would survive. Perhaps in the form of doctor's
diaries or Daily Journals? These kinds of records cccasionally HAVe
survived and make their way into a county historical,or ANY Library
where they might have landed by chance as much as anything.I read one
in the National Archives on-line once, for example.
IN NYS, 'TREE TALKS' published by the Central
New York Gen. Soc, DOES get hold of CHURCH RECORDS sometimes and
chooses to puplish them . For example, my EVERETT family who came
from CONN. around 1800 to Delaware CO. lived in Walton Township in
the area now called NOTRTHFIELD. BUT--in the beginning there was no
church there. So, they attended in WALTON Village at the 1st.
Congregational Church from about 1815 to about 1833.
"TreeTalks"published these [ with some gaps ] and I found BAPTISMAL
DATES for several EVERETT children.
Perhaps you could check out old issues ,or
contact that ORG. and inquire:..........www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
~nycnygs or CNYGS(a)yahoo.com
I lve in CALIF. so do not get back East often to research. BUT,one
year, I took an opportunity to drive 4 days in a row to
Cooperstown,NY to research at the NYS. Historical Society. They do
NOT have every Census--NYS.CENSUS, I mean --but for my purposes that
year--had nearly every one I happened to need,and federal as well.
They were at that time on film: BUT, that may have changed by now.I
used several Delaware Co. NYS-Census films that time. You would need
to know WHICH Census asked your birthplace. I would imagine that LDS
has these on film [NYS CENSUS.] as well.
Remember .also, that DEL. CO. was formed
only 3 years before the date you are researching--from Ulster and
Otsego Co'.s It is a good idea to know this because every record
could not conceiveably have instantly 'transposed' into the new
Delaware County and some number may be in those counties. C.J.Sheldon
On Jan 25, 2010, at 4:10 AM, gc-gateway(a)rootsweb.com wrote:
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C J, you also mentioned the 1800 Census for Delaware County - I
looked carefully at that, and did not find the name RALL/ROLL/RULL.
This family may have lived on a farm as helpers, so I wonder about
whether there are any existing records by Doctors in 1800, and/or any
Baptisms in a Delhi Church?
Catherine herself stated on her 1850 census record that she was born
in DelawareCo., and her son wrote the same in his c1888 diary. I
appreciate so much any suggestions about finding a record. Pat
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