Central New York Research. The eclectic ramblings of doing genealogy and growing up in that part of Upstate New York that is the central and Finger Lakes regions. With ancestors all over the northeast and beyond, there will be forays outside the area with trips and news on family history as well as local history.
Upon leaving the cemetery, don’t head directly
for the highway. If your ancestors are buried there, then very likely they
lived around here as well. Drive around slowly and look at the area. Sure,
things have changed in 100 years, but things have also stayed the same. The
terrain is likely the same. Some of the houses and public buildings will still
be standing. Maybe you can even find your ancestor’s home! Family stories, old
pictures or a search through the county land records can all lead you to where
your ancestors lived.
traveling one summer, I found an old church (actually a Quaker Meetinghouse) built
in 1764. Although the congregation ceased in 1885, it is still standing and
open to the public. I was the only person there as I quietly entered the
building and looked around. Looking at this simple building I felt a great
sense of welcoming as if the former members were there smiling and wanting to
say hello to their visitor. It felt calming and serene much like the reputation
of their form of worship.
to me was not only that this building still exists, but also some of the
records that are left from here. This is perhaps the most important part of
discovering this meetinghouse. I found out that in June 1793, a couple by the
name of Jane Hoag and Gilbert Titus were married there. Later this couple moved
to central New York and became the parents of my g-g-g-grandfather!
visiting the area, don’t forget to check out what research places there are in
the area. Even if you can’t stop now, you can add them to your list for future
investigation. I keep two lists on my computer in a file. The first one is a
sort of address book with information on research places. Besides the address
and phone numbers, I also list directions on how to get there, hours they are
open, and specific resources that are available. If I know there are good,
inexpensive places to stay or a place to eat nearby, I will list them as
reminders to myself as well.
Akin Library at Quaker Hill
list is a sort of “To Do” list arranged by repository and then surname. It
lists specific areas that I need to research, either by person or families. For
example, some of the entries are a reminder to look for somebody’s date of
birth; others are leads on where a family grouping may have lived. This I keep
in an Excel spreadsheet. As I find information I need to research, I add it to
the list. One of them is items that can be located using the Internet. When I
have some spare time, I will pick an item and start working on it to see if I
can solve the problem or at least get closer to the answer. The repository
pages are especially handy when I get an unexpected chance to go there. I look
to see what I have wanted to research, but maybe have forgotten about. I then
have a head start on creating a research plan for there!
especially useful if you have somebody like my husband in your life or perhaps
even yourself. He will suddenly decide that this weekend we should head to this
certain area and do some research. This is great, except that I haven’t thought
about my research in that particular area in awhile and when he decides it is
usually Thursday or even Friday evening and I have little to no time to
prepare! Luckily my spreadsheet notes give me a good start and I don’t waste