Rochester New York Online Indexes

  1. Rochester Churches Indexing Project
    http://www.rcipp.info/churches.html
    36 Churches in the Rochester Churches Indexing Project:

This index includes marriages from several Roman Catholic Parishes in Rochester, New York: St Joseph (1836 – 1910), SS Peter Paul (1843 – 1910), St Boniface (1861 – 1919), Holy Family (1864 – 1910), Holy Redeemer (1868 – 1880), St Michael (1874 – 1910), St John the Evangelist, Greece (1876 – 1910), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1905 – 1910), St Augustine (1899 – 1910), Holy Trinity, Webster (1861 – 1910), St Bridget (1854 – 1880), Our Lady of Victory (1848 – 1910), St Francis Xavier (1888 – 1910), Mother of Sorrows , Greece (1849 – 1908), St Monica (1898 – 1910), St Joseph, Penfield (1876 – 1908), St Mary (1843 – 1880), St Stanislaus (1890 – 1910), St Patrick (1833 – 1842), Holy Cross, Charlotte (1877 – 1910), Immaculate Conception (1849 – 1910), Our Lady of Mt Carmel (1906 – 1910), St George (1908 – 1910), Church of the Nativity, Brockport (1852 – 1910), and St Anthony of Padua (1896 – 1910).

Also indexed are marriages from three Evangelical Churches in Rochester, New York: Trinity (1842 – 1880), Salem (1874 – 1962), and St Paul (1862 – 1962).

Three Episcopal Churches are indexed: St Luke (1820 – 1850), St Paul (1829 – 1850), and Trinity (1846 – 1850).

Three Lutheran Churches are indexed: Zion (1835 – 1880), Concordia (1877 – 1962), and Immanuel (1860 – 1950).
One Reformed Church is indexed: Brighton (1930 – 1951).
One Evangelical & Reformed Church is indexed: Dewy Ave (1940 – 1957).

Rising, Marsha Hoffman, “New York Marriages in Bennington Vermont, 1809-1828,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 118: 92-93.

2. Rochester Newspaper Index is a project of the Rochester Public Library. The database references  articles that appeared in Rochester newspapers, 1818-1897. The indexing was done in two time periods: 1818 – 1850 and 1851 – 1897. Newspapers indexed and abbreviations used:

First series,1818-1850
__LA, Liberal Advocate
__MR, Monroe Republican
__RDA, Rochester Daily Advertiser
__RDAT, Rochester Daily Advertiser and telegraph
__RDD, Rochester Daily Democrat
__RDS, Rochester Daily Sun
__RDT, Rochester Daily Telegraph
__RGLA, Rochester Gem and Ladies Amulet
__RO, Rochester Observer
__RR, Rochester Republican
__RT Rochester Telegraph
__WA or WM, Working Man’s Advocate

Second series, 1851-1897
__RDA, Rochester Daily Advertiser
__RDD, Rochester Daily Democrat
__RDU, Rochester Daily Union
__RR, Rochester Republican
__UA, Union and Advertiser

The kinds of information reported varied from time period to time period throughout the 1800’s. In general, there were no birth notices; marriage and death notices might contain only the names of the persons involved. Death notices rarely list survivors. Longer obituary articles were usually written only for public figures. Remember that the information indexed in this database was taken from the Rochester newspapers exactly as originally printed.
Newspapers from 1898-1903 have been indexed in a card catalog file available in the Local History Division. This portion of the index has not been digitized, and is not available online. To order a copy of the newspaper article, contact:

Rochester Public Library, Local History Division
Attn.: Newspaper Indexing
115 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Rochester was the principal city in central New York and notices of marriages and deaths from all over the western part of the state were reported in the newspapers printed here.

Be careful of mistaken and hidden identities as you check the index cards for your surnames of interest. You can match marriages and deaths with the corresponding entries in church records and compare both with the census records–federal and state to ensure that you have the right ancestors. Your favorite New York genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com

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