I knew this question would happen.
In New York State each county is divided into 10 "Towns" They are NOT
Townships. A Township is a definite size. In New York State the "Towns" may
be small or large according to the size of the county. Now is where
"genealogy" comes in to get records Birth, Death, Marriage you must go to
the "Town Clerk" and there are 10 per county. You must know the area
covered to go to the right one. THIS IS NOT ONLY CONFUSING, BUT GIVES
ANOTHER SET OF BUREAUCRATS POWER.
I visited a "Town Clerk" (I'm not going to say where, but I hear that she
retiring, Thanks God!)
I walked in to the counter, She had a newspaper in her face and did not put
it down "ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GENEALOGY?" I hadn't said a word. "YOU CAN
3 ITEMS ONLY" I still haven't said a thing. (SHE DOESN'T KNOW IF I WANT
FORMS FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION OR TO PUT IN A SEPTIC TANK) The ARROGANCE of
this woman set me off and I said "WAIT A MINUTE, I CAN HAVE 4 ITEMS" (I
don't know if its true, but, go for broke.) Would you believe it she looked
it up and I was right. I wanted 6 Items, I got 4 and paid $6 each and left.
(The Town decides how much, I guess, because I got a receipt) I also wanted
2 Death Certificates and she said I could come back the next day and she
would get them for me. Dream on, lady!
I had to go to the courthouse for Land Records (These can tell a lot, don't
over look them.) and thought to myself - what if there are wills? BINGO!
there were wills and there were Death Certificates. I copied the wills and
the Death Certificates (.25 per page) so, I saved myself $11.50 and did not
have to again visit the witch again!
This was an exception, most "Town Clerks" that I met were nice and helpful,
but, what they could give me varied and also the cost varied. I live in
California, the records are kept by the County Clerk at one location and
there is one cost AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HUNT FOR THE "TOWN".
HOW ABOUT CONTACTING THE "COUNTY CLERK" and get the addresses of the "Town
Orleans County Clerk,
Carol R. Lonnen
Court House Sq.
3 South Main Street
Albion, NY 14411
Phone (716) 589-5334
Fax (716) 589-0181
Genesse County Clerk,
Don M. Reed
County Building 1,
Batavia, NY 14021
Phone (716) 344-2550 x 2242
Fax (716) 344-8521
I hope this helps, I would like to know if you were successful
From: Bruce & Debbie Eddy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: 1820 census?
Murphy, Douglas J (Doug) wrote:
There is no census for Orleans County in 1820. You will need to
look at Genesee County. The towns will also be different. In 1820,
"Ridgeway" covered all of Yates and Carlton. (I forget whether it covered
Gaines too, or not.)
I'd like to see some type of reference that shows the difference between
the town boundaries in the early 1800s compared to what exists today. Is
there such a thing?
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