THE TROY NEWSPAPER PROJECT
A multi volume Index of Death and Marriage Records
transcribed from various Troy, NY newspapers
A. The Troy New York Daily Whig for the years 1839 to 1848 is the SEVENTH set of
newspapers recently added to the Troy Irish Genealogy Website. There are 2,814 reported
deaths and 4,486 names on the reported marriages during this period. These records will
be of great interest to genealogy researchers since the information in this data base
predates the 1880 New York State law requiring the reporting of death and marriage
records. These records may help with breaking down some of those "brick walls"
that you have been struggling with.
B. You can view these records by going to the Troy Irish Genealogy website at:
and click on PROJECTS and then click on THE TROY NEWSPAPER
PROJECT. It should be noted that these records, like most of the TIGS data series, cover
the general population in the area and are NOT restricted to Irish surnames.
C. The following age distribution of the 2,814 deaths will be of interest:
1. No age was reported for 692 names and in 19 cases "child" was reported as
the age while 33 cases were identified as "infant" and 10 cases were identified
2. A breakdown of deaths by age groups shows:
Under 1 year - 120 names.
Age 1 to 10 - 362 names.
Age 11 to 19 - 133 names.
Age 20 to 29 - 350 names.
Age 30 to 39 - 278 names.
Age 40 to 49 - 157 names.
Age 50 to 59 - 139 names.
Age 60 to 69 - 177 names.
Age 70 to 79 - 182 names.
Age 80 to 89 - 117 names.
Age 90 to 99 - 30 names.
Age 100 plus - 7 names.
D. While 927 of the 4,486 marriage records showed no indication of residence, those
records where the residence was reported are of interest to researchers outside of the
Troy Area as they show numerous cities and towns throughout New York State as well as 25
other states and even 7 foreign countries. Some specifics are:
1. While most of the records were for the Capital District Area, other areas throughout
New York State were reported. Some locations in New York State and the number of
records were: Albany-146, Albia-10, Argyle-8, Ballston-5, Ballston Spa-4, Berlin-35,
Brunswick-133, Buffalo-9, Cambridge-34, Clifton Park-8, Cohoes-12, Cohoesville-11,
Easton-15, Grafton-12, Granville-12, Greenbush-39, Green Island-4, Greenwich-10, Glens
Falls-7, Halfmoon-6, Hoosick-57, Hoosick Falls-15, Jackson-9, Kinderhook-6,
Lansingburgh-87, Mechanicville-11, Nassau-31, Petersburg-10, Pittstown-110,
Plattsburgh-7, Poestenkill-10, Poughkeepsie-8, Rochester-17, Salem-16, Sand Lake-53,
Saratoga-13, Schaghticoke-52, Stephentown-31, Schenectady-19, Schodack-9, Stillwater-8,
Syracuse-7, Troy-1,309, Utica-18, Waterford-30, Watervliet-24 and West Troy-91.
2. There were a sizable number of records from the neighboring states of Massachusetts,
Vermont, Connecticut and New
Jersey. Connecticut has 50 records including 8 from New Haven , Massachusetts had 118
records including 21 from Boston, 10 from North Adams, 7 from Springfield and 21 from
Pittsfield, Vermont had 77 including 5 records from Burlington and 7 from Bennington and
New Jersey had 12 records including 5 from Newark.
3. For the New York City area, there were 9 records for Brooklyn and 149 records for New
4. Residence was also indicated from the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri,
North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia,
Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
5. Foreign countries listed as the place of residence were Canada, Denmark, England,
Brazil, Italy, Scotland and Sweden.
6. At the time of the 1840 census, Troy, New York was the fourth wealthiest city in the
USA on a per capita basis. This may
account for the numerous individuals from across the United States coming to Troy to be
E. List members may be interested in two other transcription projects of the Troy Irish
Genealogy Society. Marriage and death records reported in 30 years of the Troy Daily Whig
for the years 1849 to 1878 will be added to the TIGS website in the next few months along
with over 4,000 records of interment in St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy.
TIGS Project Coordinator
Clifton Park, NY