The estate files for Herkimer County do not have their own index. Rather, they are indexed in the index books to letters of administration film and wills film The number of the estate file is interlined above the name of the deceased. Finding a given estate file at familysearch. Search repeatedly for the first letter of the deceased's surname followed by a comma, and this will successively bring up all the films which cover that letter of the alphabet, along with the estate file numbers that they cover.
In , 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. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub. Henry B. These petitions are often found in the estate files and can be obtained from the county Surrogate Court. To access these records, click Historical Records below, then click "Browse through 1,, images".
Then select the county name, and then the probate records and time of interest. Probate records found at Historical Records and described in Online Probate Records above are also found on microfilm as follows:. Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Herkimer County, New York Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:. At various libraries ; FHL Book Includes index. Includes references to some family histories and genealogies. James M. 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. The Herkimer County Clerk's office has marriage, divorce, court and land records. The Surrogate Court has probate records. For further information about where the records for Herkimer County are held, see the Herkimer County Courthouse page.
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. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research. Town records in New York may include early births, marriages, deaths, divorces, local histories, selected military records, and town meeting minutes. For further details, try the links to individual town Wiki pages found in Places.
See also:. The County Archives has the following records:. 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 the heading Places on this wiki page for links to local community wiki pages and their available records.
Use substitute records for birth, marriage, and death information. Early births were recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. Births were not recorded on the county level. Early marriages were sometimes recorded on the town level and the years vary by town. In , 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. The marriages in this county were recorded by the county clerk from until All divorces were granted by the court of chancery.
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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 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. Saranac Lake. Neil Surprenant. Sand Lake. Mary D.
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