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Wayne County, New York (Map It) was created on April 11, 1823 from Ontario County and Seneca County. The county was named in honor of General Anthony Wayne (1745–1796), the American Revolutionary War general .
Wayne County Cities and Towns include Arcadia, Butler, Galen, Huron, Lyons, Macedon, Marion, Ontario, Palmyra, Rose, Savannah, Sodus, Walworth, Williamson, Wolcott. Villages include Clyde, Lyons, Macedon, Newark, Palmyra, Red Creek, Sodus, Sodus Point, Wolcott. Hamlets include Alloway, Alton, Angells Corners, Bear Creek, Bonni Castle, Butler Center, Desbrough Park, East Bay Park, East Palmyra, East Williamson, Evans Corner, Fairville, Fairville Station, Fort Hill, Furnace Village, Furnaceville, Gananda, Glenmark, Huddle, Huron, Hydesville, Lake Bluff, Lakeside, Lincoln, Lock Berlin, Lummisville, Macedon Center, Marbletown, Marengo, Marion, Mud Mills, Noble Corner, North Huron, North Macedon, North Rose, North Wolcott, Ontario, Ontario Center, Ontario-on-the-Lake, Owls Nest, Pilgrimport, Pultneyville, Resort, Rice Mill, Rose, Savannah, Shephards Corner, Sodus Center, South Butler, South Sodus, Sunset View, Thorntons Corner, Union Hill, Wallington, Walworth, Wayne Center, Wayneport, West Butler, West Walworth, Westbury, Williamson, Yellow Mills, York, Zurich.
Wayne County, New York Courthouse Records
Wayne County, NY Courthouse
The Wayne County Courthouse is located in Lyons, New York. Also contact local Town Clerks. They are responsible for vast amounts of local information from deeds, property transfers, and genealogical materials. Research on place and road names, the history of property transfers and much more are available through your Town Clerk. They are a tremendous resources. Learn More About State of New York Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Wayne county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Wayne County Clerk has Land Records from 1823, Court Records from 1823 and Naturalization Records. State court naturalization records remain in custody of the county clerks. Older court naturalization records have been transferred to the National Archives--Northeast Region. The County Clerk is the keeper of most civil and criminal trial court records for Supreme Court and County Court, naturalizations, marriages (1908–35), censuses (Some county clerks' offices hold duplicate copies of some of the State censuses taken periodically between 1825 and 1925 and copies of the federal census), as well as deeds and mortgages.
- Wayne County Surrogate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1823. The County Surrogate Court Clerk maintain records of wills, letters testamentary, letters of administration, orders and decrees, and appointments of guardians; and filed papers, including original wills, petitions for probate (gives date of death and lists next of kin), performance bonds, property inventories (seldom found after ca. 1900), administrator's or executor's accountings, etc. Surrogate's Courts create comprehensive indexes to records and files.
- Wayne County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
- Municipal Historians: Includes all Town and Village Historians
- Wayne County Historian maintains archival holdings for virtually every facet of the county’s history. In New York State, every municipality (town, city, village, county) must have an appointed historian. Most of the towns have their own historians as well and each can be contacted. 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.
Wayne County, New York Census Records
- Learn More: State of New York Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820
- State Population Schedules: 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925
- Other State Census Schedules: Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1830-1920, Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880, Non-Population Schedules 1850-1880
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Wayne County, New York Vital Records
- Learn More: State of New York Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from 1880 to present
- Marriage Records: from 1880 to present
- Divorce Records: from January 1963 to present. Earlier Records are in the County Clerk's Office.
- Locations: New York State Dept of Health, Vital Records Section
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate, Genealogy Applications.
- In Person: New York State Dept of Health, Vital Records Section, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237; (518) 474-3077, (518) 474-3038 Information
Wayne County, New York Resources
- State of New York Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for New York
- West Wayne Genealogical Society
- Wayne County Historical Society
- Lyons Heritage Society
- Central New York Genealogical Society
- Lyons Public Library
- The Palmyra Kings Daughters Free Library
- Clyde Savannah Public Library
- Museum of Wayne County History
- Heritage Square Museum
- The Museums of Historic Palmyra
- New York Genealogy Research Community
- Wayne County, New York Message Boards
- Wayne County, New York Genealogy Forum
Wayne County, New York External Links
- Historical Newspapers from New York (1719 - 1992)
- Wayne County, New York Books - Amazon
- Marriages and deaths from the Wayne Sentinel
- Abstracts of wills of Wayne County, N.Y. : Surrogate's Office, Lyons, N.Y.
- Letters of administration : intestate records in the Surrogate's Office, Lyons, Wayne County, N.Y.
- Cemetery records from the Willow Avenue Cemetery, Newark, Wayne County, New York
- Wayne Co., New York - FindaGrave
- The Zion Episcopal Church records of Palmyra, Wayne County, N.Y. : part I : lists of communicants, 1826-1850, baptisms, 1823-18
- History of Macedon Academy, 1841-1891
- Pioneers of Macedon
- Wayne County, New York Links - Cyndi's List
- Wayne Co. NYGenweb
- Wayne County, New York Ancestry Database Collections
- Military history of Wayne County, N.Y.
- Wayne County, New York Military Records