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.
Randy Seaver is away this week, but he sent the following challenge to us
in his Genea Musings blog:
week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to: 1) I am away at the SCGS Genealogy
Jamboree this weekend, having too much fun (I hope!).
2) What was your best genealogy "research find" in May 2016?
It could be a record, it could be a photograph, etc. Whatever you
judge to be your "best."
of my work in May has been collecting information from some published sources and
getting them arranged properly in my database along with a little bit of work
with documenting gravestones on Find A Grave.
at the New York State Library in Albany at the first of the month, I did look
in one book, which gave me no information on my family. However, one line from
that book might have been the greatest find for me. Published by a historical
society that has done much research in the area (part of Columbia County, New
York), their opinion of the records helps support conclusions I have come to:
few descendants of the early settlers are still found in the area and because
of the loss of early records it is impossible to tell where they lived…” 
of those apparent early settlers is a man named Ebenezer Wooster and his family.
This quote offers up a good explanation of why we can find him in early census
records and little else in the area. Other mentions of early settlers on this
page state they came from Milford, Connecticut. Ebenezer came from one side or
the other of the Housatonic River, having appeared in both the towns of Milford
is just a few lines on one page of a book and they don’t even mention my family’s
name. However, this further supports some theories that I have been developing
on the family and helps complete the explanation of lack of records on them.
Therefore, it is probably the greatest find of May 2016 for me.
Jansen Historical Society, A history of
the Roeliff Jansen area : Ancram-Copake-Gallatin-Hillsdale, Columbia County,
New York, ([Place of publication not identified] : Roeliff Jansen
Historical Society, 1975.), p. 70.