Reference Materials

Heritage Quest, may be available through your local library. Can check Federal Censuses, books, PERSI and other document types.

Making of America, a Cornell University web site. This has many articles, books and journals on line. These can be searched after the item you are interested in is found.

Sanborn Insurance Maps: Insurance maps of many locales covering 1867 to 1947 depending on the specific area. These were revised as villages and cities grew. Changes to buildings were also shown. Heating, lighting, equipment housed, purpose of the building and construction materials are often noted as is the presence of a night watchman. The earlier the map the less area is likely to be shown. Microfilm is often available at you local library, a regional library or through a college or university library.

Land Ownership maps: Printed in the mid 1800’s, these maps can help identify a land owner at a specific point in time for a given property. A deed search going forward or backwards for the date the map is published can help to establish the ownership chain. The map will sometimes show the original break down of the land into the townships, sections, and ranges, it will also often identify tracts of land. An example would be the Triangle Tract in NW Monroe county and the 40,000 acre tract in Livingston County. These can be found at Historical Societies, County Clerks offices and libraries.

Online websites for books and newspapers should be checked often as these sites are always adding material. Especially Google Books, PERSI, Internet Archives to highlight a few.

Geological Information Systems (G.I.S.)  By state and county. Software text and maps for a given area, used by Assessors mainly, but will hold a wealth of information regarding parcel number, original lot numbers usually referred to as Great Lot Numbers.

NYS archives collection B-0950: A microfilm collection held by the state for those counties that existed in the period 1799-1804. Lists non resident land owners as well as resident land holders. Will also list land on by early land holders for the purpose of improving and attracting settlers. Will allow you to find those missing on the 1800 Federal Census and show part of the migration pattern for your ancestors.

NYS archives collection A1108: Pulteney Land Office records and collection of deeds, surveys and letters relating to the Estate. Covers the land area between the Phelps and Gorham Purchase and the Holland Land Company

Balloting Book– NY State’s establishment and administration of a large portion of central NY as payment in land in lieu of money to those eligible soldiers who served the state during the Revolutionary War. Digitized copies may be found at the State’s Library on line digital collections site, and on the Tompkins County Public library site under local history.

Daughters of the Revolution– a lesser known and now defunct group that served along the same line as “the Daughters of the American Revolution”, records held by the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead NY.

Family Search.org –LDS site many records state and international. Well worth exploring.

Book: American Migrations 1765-1799. Peter Wilson Coldham. Very detailed book, well worth the research if your genealogy pursuits cover the years listed and have a pro British connection. The Revolutionary War and the time leading up to it spurred many to migrate to Canada or return to other British controlled areas.

Library of Congress– excellent collection of maps, books and other antiquities. Another site worth a look.

Pierce’s Register-DAR compilation in 1913-14 of paymaster Generals book of certificates issued after the American Revolution.Single item look ups available

American Migrations 17765-1799 by Peter Wilson Coldham. British subjects forced or otherwise made to leave before, during and after the American Civil War Single item look ups available.

Direct look up request or general research questions to research@fingerlakeshousehistories.com

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