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Description:[edit | edit source]

This task involves searching for vital records available on Cyndi’s List to be placed on county and town pages.

Instruction[edit | edit source]

Please cite at least one source for each item you add. See Albany County for examples. See also

1. In New York, very few vital records are kept on the county level. Most are kept on the town level. However, it is important to check in the event there are original records or abstracts. Once on the town page, add the information about the collections using the format given on this page. You will use the same guidelines for the county as you will for town vital records.

2. To locate available records, go to and click on “Categories.” On the Categories page, select New York which is under the heading “United States.” Select “Counties” and then the appropriate County. Choose “Birth, Marriage, Death” from the “Category Index” on the County page.<br>

3. If there are any links to Linkpendium or USGenWeb, these links are included in separate tasks. You do not need to include these links twice.

4. Review the entries and add any original records under the appropriate headings on either the county or town level. Indent and bullet each entry. The date should be bolded. Make sure to use the N–dash between the dates and anytime it is used in wiki text. The N–dash is made by holding the alt key and typing 0150. Place your entry in Chronological order under the right heading as step 5 indicates. See the following examples:

See the following example:
:*'''1888-1907''' Marriage records.

:*'''1908–1920''' Marriage records.

5. For substitute records, such as abstracts, transcriptions, and indexes, list them under the appropriate heading of Birth, Marriage and Death. Add a sub-heading [type of record] Substitutes in italics if needed. See example at bottom of page.

For books use Chicago Manual of Style. Use these guidelines: Chicago Manual of Style footnote style (modified):
a. Author(s), followed by a comma
b. Title (book titles in italics, with correct capitalization)
c. Publication data in parenthesis: Publication place, followed by a colon; Publisher; Year of publication
d. Comma, and the page number(s) followed by a period Access information: (To find the access information, you will need to check WorldCat, Internet archive, and Google books to learn if these books are located there)
e. Link to free online copy, if any. IF a free online copy is available, list this first, then add:
f. WorldCat template {{WorldCat|#####|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
g. FHL template: {{FHL|####|item|disp=FHL Film ###; Fiche ###; Book ###}} .
h. Brief annotation explaining the content, or why, or how a reader would want to use the source.

Example[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

1875 Vital Records from the 1875 Oneida Co., NY Census Courtesy of Rootsweb. 471 marriages include names for the bride and groom, the date of marriage, the city or town where they were married, and the clergy officiating at the marriage.

Marriage Substitutes
1813–1850 Fred Q. Bowman,10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, (Balitimore,MD:Genealogical Pub. Co., 1986). Ancestry($); At various libraries; FHL Book 974.7 V2bf . Abstracted from newspaper marriage columns.

Death[edit | edit source]

1875 Vital Records from the 1875 Oneida Co., NY Census Courtesy of Rootsweb. 1,233 deaths in Oneida County include name, age, sex, color, marital status, death of death, native state or country, trade, occupation, cause of death, and census town.