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 Post for the years 1846 to 1851 is the FIFTH set of newspapers
recently added to the Troy Irish Genealogy Website. There are 2,343 reported deaths and
2,143 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. One of the interesting deaths reported is the one for John Jacob Astor. Johann Jacob
Astor was born July 17, 1763 in Walldorf, Palatinate, Germany and died March 29, 1848 in
New York City. At the time of his death he was one of the wealthiest people in America
with a fortune of 20 million dollars which is equivalent to 110 billion dollars in 2006
dollars. He is buried in Trinity Churchyard in New York City.
D. While 1,339 of the marriage records showed no indication of residence, those records
where the residence was reported are of interest as they show numerous cities and towns
throughout New York State as well as other states and even foreign countries. Some
1. Most of the records were for the Capital District Area. Areas with the greatest
number were Albany-51 records, Troy-888
records, Lansingburgh-29 records, Watervliet-12 records, Waterford-17 records,
Schaghticoke-15 records, Sand Lake-40
records, Pittstown-20 records, Greenbush-15 records, Brunswick-41 records, Cohoes-9
records, West Troy-53 records, Berlin-16
records, Grafton-15 records, Hoosick-23 records, Schenectady-7 records, and
2. There were a sizable number of records from the neighboring states of Massachusetts,
Vermont and Connecticut.
Connecticut has 14 records, Massachusetts had 58 records including 11 from Boston and
Vermont had 59 records including
32 from Bennington.
3. For the New York City area, there were 5 records for Brooklyn and 43 records for New
4. Residence was also indicated from the following states and Washington, DC:
Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado, Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey, New
Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Of interest is the number of records for the state of
Wisconsin which had 13 records. Six of the
records were from the Wisconsin Territory which was prior to Wisconsin becoming a state
on May 29, 1848.
5. Foreign countries listed as the place of residence were Ireland, Scotland and
E. List members may be interested in two other transcription projects that are currently
being worked on by the Troy Irish Genealogy Society. One of the projects is another Troy
Newspaper, the Troy Daily Whig, covering the years 1834 through 1878. While the data
entry has already been completed on these 44 years of newspapers, the files have to be
analyzed and combined before they are posted to the website.
The other project being worked on is Book 1 of the interment records for St Mary's
Cemetery in Troy, NY. Data entry of these interments, covering the years 1900 to 1910,
is almost complete.
TIGS Project Coordinator
Clifton Park, NY