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We are happy to offer some items of genealogy and local history from Genesee County, NY -- one a CD-ROM with a collection of interesting material, while the others are a downloadable files.  We plan to offer additional Genesee County items soon, so please check back with us.


Now Available for Download

Genesee County, in Mather and Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  This early gazetteer leaves a bit to be desired, even considering its relatively early year of publication.  Genesee County is covered -- barely -- and perhaps its mention and its place in the historical record of the county justifies its republication today.  In addition to the three pages devoted to Genesee County, we have included the section from Mather and Brockett regarding land grants and patents in the state.  3++ pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $1.75.

 Genesee County, in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of NYS (1848)


Noted Women of the Genesee Country by Mary Hotchkin Hoag (undated).  The Hotchkin name has been linked to study of upstate New York history since the publication of Hotchkin’s History of Western New York, which we re-published some time ago.  In this pamphlet, which appears to have been the text of a talk she gave to an unknown audience on some unspecified date, she holds forth on a frequently-neglected historical topic: the place of women in local history.  Given the limitation of being a speech (and not an article or monograph) and the expanse of the geographical area included in “Genesee Country” (which extended far beyond the borders of current-day Genesee County) she provides a very valuable introduction to the topic. 8+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.25.

 Noted Women of the Genesee Country


Charity in New York State in 1906: State Institutions.  This chapter from volume II of the Annual Report of the State Board of Charities for the year 1906 contains a section about the New York State School for the Blind, located in Batavia, Genesee County.  See our New York State Miscellany page for more information about this chapter.


O-AT-KAN High School Yearbook for 1953 from LeRoy Central School.  Formerly included in our discontinued Cenesee County Collection CD-ROM, this yearbook is now available as a download.  In PDF format, download now for $4.00.


Genesee County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).   Most subsequent gazetteers of New York State locales borrowed heavily from French's, but we consider it a necessity for serious New York State research because there is so much information packed into a few pages.  This was formerly included in our Genesee County Collection CD-ROM, now discontinued. French's is considered authoritative for the period just before the Civil War.   The following localities in Genesee County are mentioned in boldface in this chapter:  Alabama, Wheatsville, Smithville, Alexander, Brookville, Batavia, Bushville, Bergen, Bergen Corners, Wardville, Stone Church, North Bergen, West Bergen, East Bergen, Bethany, Bethany Center, East Bethany, Linden, West Bethany Mills, Canada, Byron, South Byron, Pumpkin Hill, Darien, Darien Center, Darien City, Elba, Pine Hill, Transit, Langstons Corners, Mills Corners, Daws Corners, Le Roy, Fort Hill, Oakfield, Caryville, Mechanicsville, Pavilion, Pavilion Center, Union Corners, Pembroke, East Pembroke, Richville, Longs Corners, Mogadore, Prospect Hill, Stafford, Morganville, and Roanoke.  10 pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $3.00.



Official Directory and History of Genesee County Granges for 1934.  "The Grange" was a very important feature of agrarian life in America, back in the day.  That a family was involved in the "Patrons of Husbandry" (the real name of the organization) or not indicated whether a family viewed itself as a farm family or at least a family involved in agriculture or not.  These are both wonderful documents of a fading rural lifestyle in Genesee County during the Great Depression.  Historical articles about all Granges in the county, along with lots of lists of Masters, Past Masters, and other officers.  Lots of ads from businesses that would have dealt with the agricultural community are here as well.  Before dismissing these as purely a collection of farmers, remember that during those years families with roots "on the farm" often maintained their Grange memberships for a generation or perhaps even longer.  These are pretty specialized directories, and you're not likely to find them available elsewhere, we think.  68 pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $4.50.



Official Directory and History of Genesee County Granges for 1938.  (see our comments above on the 1934 Directory -- this one has roughly twice as many pages and obviously addresses a slightly later time.)

172 pages, in PDF format, download now for $5.00.




Sesquicentennial of Genesee County:  1802 - 1952.  This is a nicely done sesquientennial book; there's no question about that.  The County clearly organized thoroughly for the celebration, and committees were devised to deal with all the various aspects of such a multi-day event.  The book has a number of historical articles that are uniformly well-written and appear to be consistent with what we know of the history of the area.  The list of sponsors of the Sesquicentennial runs several pages, and with the listings of the committees, one senses that a fairly high percentage of the 1952 population got their name into this book in one form or another.  The pictures (black and white) are of good quality.  The advertisements -- as usual a useful glimpse of the local economy -- are numerous and well-produced.  If you have a historical or family interest in Genesee County, you will probably want to have this book.  150 pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $5.00.




Genesee County Business Directory and Gazetteer (1882).  Published by A. J. Craft, 455 pages.  While roughly 140 pages of this directory are dedicated to the legal practices and customs in business in those days (it also includes a lengthy article on James G. Garfield, the President who was assassinated in 1881 -- which the text calls "...the saddest history of the American Nation"), the remainder (and by far the largest part of the volume) is of great interest to genealogists and historians today.  Included are histories, including names of early settlers, of Genesee County (and the Holland Patent) and its constituent towns, Genesee County business by type, and perhaps most important, a directory of individuals and businesses in the county, arranged by town. 
The Post Office, occupation, and number of acres for farmers, are included.  This directory section is 230 pages long.  There is also a decent amount of advertising.  These items were heavily used in businesses and were rarely retained, so this is pretty much a rarity.  455 pages, in PDF format (we included all five files that made up this directory on the Genesee County Collection CD-ROM, where it originally appeared and combined them into a single download file, which is large).  $7.00.



CD-ROMs formerly available
The Genesee County Collection, a number of historical items from a variety of sources, but all of them are about Genesee County.  Lots of contents of interest to historians and genealogists!  We are migrating the contents of this CD to availability as downloads.  The page below will show you the status of this project.

See the Genesee County Collection page for more information.

See also: Hotchkin's History of Western New York State, formerly available on CD-ROM, now available as a download.

See also:  relevant material in the NYS Canal Commissioners Report for 1878 available for download on our New York State Miscellany page.


Genesee County items currently awaiting publication:

More information about charity in 1906 in Genesee County is forthcoming.

After that?  Let us know about your interests!  Would you like to see some of the items on the Genesee County Collection CD-ROM offered as individual downloads?  Tell us!


Genesee County was separated from Ontario County in 1802.  You may also want to consult our Ontario County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

Several counties were subsequently removed from Genesee County in whole or in part.  Please see our separate pages for the following counties:  Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.


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