The petitions for Jefferson County, New York Genealogy are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers: Online Probate Records Original county-by-county New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 are available free online at Family Search.To access these records, click Historical Records below, then click "Browse through 1,630,900 images".([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1985). Libraries Jefferson County Building175 Arsenal Street Watertown, NY 13601Phone: (315) 785-5149 The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals.Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.
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Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level. Online Additional resources Additional resources for Jefferson County, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Jefferson County, New York Genealogy – Land Records topic page of the Family Search Catalog . The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Registers are available for: Adams Probate records including original estates and wills for New York are held in the office of the county Surrogate Court beginning in 1787, or when the county was formed.
Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37) and can be ordered for viewing at your local Family History Center. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives.
New York-related pages show useful statewide sources.
United States pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.