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From: Pat Connors <>
Subject: [NY-TROY-IRISH-GENSOC] BIRNEY, SULLIVAN, COLLINS, CANON,
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:23:26 -0700
You didn't mention what censuses you searched and whether they were US
or NYS censuses. Before going, if you haven't searched them all, I
recommend it do so you have time lines for everyone you are searching.
The US censuses are all online at Ancestry and it would be worth a one
month subscription to be able to get your info in order before you go.
The 1865 NYS is online for free at the FamilySearch.org site. You have
to browse it page by page but if you go to the Troy section of my
website, you will find an index which will make your search easier (get
the ward, the dwelling & family numbers).
When you get to Troy, go first to the Troy Public Library and use all
the directories in their genealogy room. With the censuses as your
guide, you should be able to track the family as far as dates when they
first show up in the directories and then when they disappear. If they
died in Troy, if you are lucky, the directory for the following year
will give the death dates.
You can also search the NYS censuses for Troy at the library plus they
have many religious records. Then your objective would be to collect
birth, marriage and death certificates. You can get exact dates from
the indexes either at the state library or somewhere in Watervliet, just
across the river (someone on the list can help here).
It will be the certs that will give you place of birth and parents
names. Yes, it may just say born in Ireland but you never know, some of
mine give the county in Ireland. Don't forget brothers and sisters of
your people. That is where I got my best lead, from my great
grandfather's sister's death cert. Long story.
If you have the time, only about an hour's drive from Troy is Pittsfield
MA where they have a NARA office with federal censuses from NY, MA and
more. They also have the passenger records for NY and Boston.
Between Troy Public Library, the State Library (have all state censuses
and great newpaper archives for obits when you have dates) and NARA, you
should be able to unearth some good family information. My only
disappointment is that you cannot get the certs while you wait. Not
even at the Troy municipal office where they have all the records for
births, marriages and deaths that occurred in Troy. When I was in
Albany and Westchester County, they gave them right away while you
waited. Maybe Troy has changed, it would be nice when you live far away
and need the info on the certs to go further or to eliminate a lead.
> Any information is greatly appreciated! I am hoping to take a trip to Troy
> this summer to do some research and would like to have as much history
> filled in as I can before I go.
Pat Connors, Sacramento, CA
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