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Guide to Wyoming County, New York ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

This page describes sources of genealogical data about Wyoming County, New York Genealogy families, including links to smaller localities at the bottom of this page. New York-related pages show useful statewide sources. United States pages explain the terminology and contents of genealogical records.


Wyoming County, New York
Map of New York highlighting Wyoming County
Location in the state of New York
Map of the U.S. highlighting New York
Location of New York in the U.S.
Founded 1841
County Seat Warsaw
Wyoming County, New York Courthouse.jpg
Photo courtesy Jimmy Emerson
Address 147 North Main Street
Warsaw, NY 14569
Wyoming County Website

Wyoming County New York Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

19 May 1841: Wyoming County was created from southern part of Genesee County.[1]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Allegany · Cattaraugus · Erie · Genesee · Livingston[2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating New York County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation New York County Boundary Maps" (1683-1915) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

BenningtonAtticaMiddleburyCovingtonSheldonOrangevilleWarsawPerryJavaWethersfieldGainesvilleCastileArcadeEaglePikeGenesee FallsGenesee CountyErie CountyCattaraugus CountyAllegany CountyLivingston CountyNYWyomingCoTwnshps.png

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

For a list of record loss in New York Counties see: New York Counties with Burned Courthouses

Wyoming County New York Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1581–1917 New York, Family Bible Records at Ancestry– ($); Index. Database is a collection of genealogically important records taken from the Bibles of colony and state residents. Reveals the Bible's original owner, brief record of descendants,and a particular event such as birth or marriage as recorded in Bible.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories
Findagrave.com* Family History Library* Findagrave.com*
Interment.net* WorldCat* Tombstone Transcription Project*
Cemetery Site*   NYGenWeb Cemeteries*
New York Gravestones*   epodunk*
NYGenWeb Cemeteries*   Billion Graves*
Billion Graves*   Names in Stone*
Names in Stone*    
   *See the New York Cemeteries page for details about each site.

Census[edit | edit source]

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see New York Census.

Federal[edit | edit source]

U.S. Census Mortality Schedules for New York, 1850-1880:

  • Available online at Ancestry ($).
  • Deaths are included for the 12 months prior to the census, 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, and 1879-80 beginning 1 June and ending 31 May of the census year.[3]
  • Basic contents of the records include: Name, sex, age, color, marital status, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death. 1870 also has parents' birthplace. 1880 lists how long a resident of the county.
  • Also on FHL Films 1415128–42.
  • The 1890 Census is lost. For a substitute, see directories.
State[edit | edit source]
Source 1825 1835 1845 1855 1865 1875 1892 1905 1915 1925
Ancestry.com - - - - - Yes - - Yes Yes
Family History Library Films - - - - Lost Yes Lost Lost Yes Yes
FamilySearch Images - - - - Lost Yes Lost Lost Yes Yes
New York State Library Films - - - - Lost Yes Lost Lost Yes Yes

New York State 1865 and 1875 Census Marriage, Mortality; and 1865 Soldier Mortality records:

  • Images available online at New York State Census, 1865 and New York State Census, 1875. Click on the link to go to the page, then click on the ‘Browse through images’ link and select your county, then select an ancestor's town and browse to the end of the population schedule until you find the Marriage, Mortality, and 1865 soldier mortality schedules.
  • Includes marriages and deaths for the 12 months prior to the census, ending 1 June of the census year.
  • Marriage entry content: Husband's name, wife's name, ages and previous marital status, month and day and place of marriage, and church or civil ceremony.
  • Death entry content: Name, age, sex, color, marital status, month and day of death, native state or country, occupation and cause of death.
  • 1865 deaths of officers and enlisted men entry content: Name, age, marital status, citizenship status, enlistment date, original regiment, original rank, regiment at death, rank at death, promotions, death date and place, manner of death, surviving associates, and burial place.
  • Also on microfilm. See the Family History Library line in the above State Census Chart.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records are good substitutes for birth, marriage, and death information and are most often found on a local city/town or county level.  Published and manuscript church records can be found at public, university, and private libraries.

For a brief general history of denominations and a guide to finding various New York denomination's records, see New York Church Records Wiki page.

  • 1852-1867 Assumption Parish, Portageville (also includes St. Mary in Birdsall, Allegany County) FHL film 1324443 Microfilm of original records. Baptisms 1852-1917, confirmations 1880-1917, confirmations from Saint Mary Parish, Birdsall, New York 1885-1905, marriages 1852-1882, confirmations 1859-1874, deaths 1859-1863, marriages 1875-1916, deaths 1875-1917
  • "Baptist and Presbyterian Churches, Wyoming County," Early Settlers of New York State, Vol. II, courtesy: Ancestry ($).
  • Baptists Church at Italy Hill, N.Y. FHL film 860334 Item 5 These are part of the DAR collection and are a transcription.
  • Baptists Church at Italy Hollow, N.Y. FHL film 860334 Item 5 These are part of the DAR collection and are a transcription.

St. Cecilia's Church and Cemetery website includes a great deal of historical and genealogical information including maps, cemetery maps, church histories, cemetery transcriptions, and family histories.

Cornell University's Study Center for Early Religious Life in Western New York has an online guide to Wyoming County church records in their library.

Additional Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wyoming County, New York Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Ancestors may have also been involved in municipal, state, or federal court cases. See also New York Court Records and United States Court Records.

Crime and Criminals[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Wyoming County, New York Online Historical Didrectories  (Source: Online Historical Directories)

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • Rootsweb message board for Wyoming County, New York Genealogy has many information threads about families that resided in that county. There is a search engine that allows you to search by surname and topic.

History[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Wyoming County, New York
  • A complete name index to the History of Wyoming County, New York, with illustrations, 1841-1880. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library - free.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See New York Land and Property for more details, especially about the papers generated in New York State by large speculative land companies.

Original land records in Wyoming County, New York Genealogy began in [?dateyear?]. These records are housed at the [?repository?] in [?town?].




Additional land records can sometimes be found using these catalogs:

Additional resources

Additional resources for Wyoming County, New York Genealogy land records may be found in the Wyoming County, New York Genealogy – Land Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche may be available for viewing at various Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Catskill Turnpike.png
Migration routes for early European settlers to and from Wyoming County, New York Genealogy included:[4]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Town registers. The New York town clerks kept a bound register of all soldiers from their town serving in the Civil War 1861-1865. Registers are arranged by county, and town. Some town registers are missing. The registers include an index at the start of each town.

Content. Many register entries include full name, residence, date and place of birth, parents names, marital status, date of enlistment and muster and rank, discharges, death, or promotion.

Access. The original registers are at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. Microfilm copies are found at the Family History Library (FHL Film 1993401-37). They are also indexed and available at Ancestry.com ($).

Available towns. Registers are available for: Attica · Covington · Eagle · Genesee Falls · Java · Middlebury · Pike · Warsaw · Wethersfield.

Regiments. Service men in Wyoming County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county.[17]

- 2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles, Companies B C K L and M.
- 9th Regiment, New York Cavalry , Companies A G and H.
- 17th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company K.
- 21st Regiment, New York Infantry
- 100th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company B.
- 104th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies C and G.
- 105th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company A.
- 129th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies L and M.
- 130th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A B C D F G H and K.
- 136th Regiment, New York Infantry, Companies A D E H and I.
- 160th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company G.
- 179th Regiment, New York Infantry, Company F.

List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883   (Source: Internet Archive)

World War II Enlistments  (Source: USGenWeb New York Archives)

World War II Casualties Army and Air Force ( Source: Access Genealogy)

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Wyoming County, New York Declarations of Intent (after 1906) - (sampubco)

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Chronicling America Wyoming County  (Source: The Library of Congress)

Wyoming County  (Source: Newpaper Abstracts)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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. Prior to 1787, most are housed at the New York State Archives. See New York Probate Records for more information about using probate records.
Content:  Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types:  Wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distribution.

Probate Petitions

In 1830, state law required the Surrogate Court clerk to issue a probate petition for a deceased individual with property. This petition, unique to New York, usually lists the deceased's death date. It also lists the heirs, their relationship to the deceased, and their residence. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 479. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004. Henry B. Hoff, "Navigating New York Probate," American Ancestors 12 (Fall 2011): 57.

These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the county Surrogate Court.

The petitions for Wyoming County, New York Genealogy are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and its centers:

Online Probate Indexes

Online Probate Records

Original county-by-county New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 are available free online at FamilySearch. To access these records, click Historical Records below, then click "Browse through 1,630,900 images". Then select the county name, and then the probate records and time of interest.

  • Historical Records - Wyoming County: Administration bonds, Petitions, 1841-1858; Administration orders, 1871-1904; Administrations, 1882-1959; Bonds, Petitions, 1841-1900; Dower records, 1841-1871; Dower records, Hierships, 1841-1900; Guardianship bonds & petitions, 1841-1912; Guardianship letters & orders, 1841-1884; Guardianship records, 1857-1903; Inventories, 1841-1900; Letters of administration, 1841-1908; Letters of guardianship, 1869-1884; Letters of testamentary, 1841-1901; Miscellaneous records, 1841-1902; Petitions, Probate records, 1841-1900; Real estate records, 1842–1899; Settlement decrees, 1800–1900; Settlements, 1841–1900; Surrogate record index, 1886-1906; Tax records, 1887–1899; Testamentary orders, 1869-1905; Wills, 1841-1901.

Probate Records on Microfilm

The probate records described above also may be among those on microfilm including:

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wyoming County, New York Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Cornell University, Guide to Historical Resources in Wyoming County, New York Repositories. ([Ithaca, New York]: New York Historical Resources Center, Olin Library, Cornell University, 1983). At various libraries; FHL Book 974.793 A3g. Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies.

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Cordelia A. Greene Library
P.O.Box 208
11 South Main Street
Castile, NY 14427
Phone: 1-585-493-5466
Call for hours.

Town of Gainesville Public Library
10 Church Street
Silver Springs, NY 14550
Phone: 1-585-427-4300
Call for hours.

Pike Library
65 West Main Street
Pike, NY 14130
Phone: 1-585-493-5900
Call for hours.

Warsaw Public Library
130 N Main St.
Warsaw, NY 28398
Phone: 1-585-786-5606
Website: http://warsawpubliclibraryhome.blogspot.com
Call for hours


School House Museum
3859 Main Street
Strykersville, NY 14145
Phone: (585) 457-7033

County Historian's Office[edit | edit source]

Doris Bannister, Historian
26 Linwood Ave
Warsaw, NY 14569
Phone: 585-786-8818

Genealogical Resources: -Wyoming County Collection: [18]

  • Over 70 Genealogies.
  • Over 4 file cabinets (4 drawers each) with Genealogical Queries, etc., dating back to about 1950.
  • Material on each of the 16 towns within the County - which includes data from the Federal census' (which we have on microfilm and also we have read the census' form 1850 - 1880 and compiled a typed, indexed book for each town - the 1900 census is a work in progress) the above mentioned book also contains all known cemeteries for each town and the information compiled form the actual headstones ca. 1950's.
  • Numerous reference books; including Beer's 1880 History of Wyoming County, the 1870 Wyoming County Directory, various church histories, Civil War Regimental Histories - including many Adjutant General's Reports, etc., Photo's of approximately 200 Civil War Veterans - Roster of 2,758 Wyoming County C.W. Vets., plus other veterans.
  • Microfilm collection - Newspapers: Western New Yorker, Perry Herald, Arcade Herald (various years); Federal census - 1800 to 1920.
  • Our expanding collection of scrapbooks.
  • Over 45 years of Historical Wyoming which is a publication covering the history of the county. this magazine is still being published four times per year at $7.50 annually. We do have many back issues available.
Courthouses[edit | edit source]

The Wyoming County Clerk's office has divorce, court, land and state census records. The Surrogate Court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Wyoming County are held, see the Wyoming County Courthouses page.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Wyoming County, New York Genealogy is the Warsaw New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Sheldon Historical Society
P.O. Box 122
Strykersville,NY 14145
Phone: (585) 457-7033
Online Contact

Located in the School House Museum
3859 Main Street
Strykersville, NY 14145

Museum Hours: June thru October - Tuesdays 11am-4pm or by appointment

Central New York Genealogical Society[19]
Box 104, Calvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205
E-mail: CNYSG@yahoo.com

Member queries; surname research list; online resources; six meetings/year; publishes Tree Talks (At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 B2t) quarterly with annual index.
Counties served: Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Oreleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

Western New York Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 338
Hamburg, New York 14075-0338
Email: info@wnygs.org

Focus is on eight Western New York counties - Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany - which comprise the area of the original Holland Land Company purchase.

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit source]

Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. Vital records from 1880/1882 are kept by town and village clerks, although some (Kent’s and Putnam Valley’s) are available in the County Historian’s Office. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places. See also:

The County Archives has the following records:

  • 031 Petitions, Licenses, and recognizance to sell liquor (Tavern licenses) 1813-1878
  • 139 Monthly Reports of Hunting and fishing licenses, 1908-1938
  • 165 Certificates of Qualifications as Examiner in Lunacy, 1883-1947

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records of birth, marriage or death were first recorded at the local level in the village clerk, town clerk, or city clerk’s ledger book. If you know where a birth, marriage or death took place, a copy of the certificate or record may be obtained by writing to the town, village or city clerk. See also How to order New York Vital Records or order electronically online.

See the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records. See New York Vital Records for a discussion about beginning dates and availability of vital records in New York.

Use substitute records for birth, marriage, and death information. These substitute records include Bible Records, Cemeteries, Church Records, Newspapers, and Probate Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Early births were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording births in 1881. Births were not recorded on the county level.

Birth Substitutes

  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for birth information.
Marriage[edit | edit source]

Early marriages were sometimes recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) In 1880, town clerks were to record the marriage and a copy was sent to the New York State Department of Health (state level). Town clerks continue to record marriages. Marriages were recorded by the Wyoming County clerk starting in 1908 and go until 1935.

Marriage Substitutes

  • 1800–1855 New York Marriage Notices at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage notices published in newspapers around the state. Contains name of bride and groom, marriage date, marriage location, residence, and newspaper found in.
  • 1874-5 See Marriage Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for marriage information for 1874-5.
Divorce[edit | edit source]


All divorces were granted by the governor or legislature and were very rare.


All divorces were granted by the court of chancery. These records are found in the New York State Archives or for the New York City area at the New York County Clerk's office.These divorces were granted only on the grounds of adultery.


All divorces are handled by the county Supreme Court where the divorce was granted. Divorce files in New York are sealed for 100 years. Contact the County Clerk for information about divorce records.

Divorce judgment papers often include date and place of the marriage and the names and birthdates of any children. Local newspapers may publish notices of divorce actions.

Death[edit | edit source]

Early deaths were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. (List of towns) The New York State Department of Health (state level) began recording deaths in 1881. Deaths were not recorded on the county level.

Death Substitutes

  • 1849-50, 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 See Mortality Schedule information in the Federal Census section of Census for death information.
  • See Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War in the Civil War section of Military for death information.
  • 1874-5 See Mortality Schedule information in the State Census section of Census for death information for 1874-5.

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Wyoming County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the New York, Wyoming– Vital Records topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Wyoming County New York Places[edit | edit source]

Wyoming County New York Genealogy Websites[edit | edit source]

Wyoming County New York Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 492. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook, 478.
  3. Arlene Eakle, and Johni Cerni, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1984), 103. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27ts.
  4. Handybook, 847-61.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 List of turnpikes in New York in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 6 November 2014). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "LOTNY" defined multiple times with different content
  6. Ancram Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Ancram Turnpike went from Springield, MA to Catskill, NY; and was called the Catskill Road.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Almira E Morgan, The Catskill Turnpike: A Wilderness Path (Ithaca, N.Y.: DeWitt Historical Society of Thompkins County, 1971), 5. Online digital copy.
  8. Catskill Turnpike in Routes in the Northeastern United States: Historic Trails, Roads and Migration Routes (accessed 6 November 2014). The Catskill Turnpike went west from Catskill, NY to Bath, NY; the east part was called the Susquehanna Turnpike.
  9. Huntting, 97-99.
  10. Anastassia Zinke, The Susquehanna Turnpike and America's Frontier History in Catskill Mountain Foundation (accessed 1 November 2014).
  11. Joan Odess, The Susquehanna Turnpike (pdf accessed 1 November 2014).
  12. Erie Canal in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 20 November 2014).
  13. Compare the more northerly route in Handybook, 849, with the more southerly route described in Wikipedia contributors, "New York State Route 5" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Route_5 (accessed 28 June 2011).
  14. Handybook, 849.
  15. Handybook, 850.
  16. Handybook, 850-51.
  17. Frederick Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. (Albany, N.Y.: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912). Internet Archive digital copy; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 1486494-96; Fiche 6083559-64; Book 974.7 M2p.
  18. Wyoming County, New York GenWeb at http://wyoming.bettysgenealogy.org/cty-hist.htm (accessed 10 December 2011).
  19. Central New York Genealogical Society at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/index.htm (accessed 1 November 2011).