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Description[edit | edit source]

This task involves searching for vital records available on to be placed on county and town pages.

Instructions[edit | edit source]

1. In New York, very few vital records are kept on the county level. Most are kept on the town level. However, it is important to check for county and town records in the event there are original records or abstracts. As you find vital record sources, add the information about the collections using the format given on this page. You will use the same guidelines for the county as you will for town vital records.

2. To locate available records, go to AncestryInstitution or Ancestry and once on that linked page:

a. Find the Narrow by county on the right side.
b. Click on your county.
c. Find the heading entitled [Your County] Birth, Marriage and Death which should be the first heading.
d. If there is a "View Other" link under that heading, Click on that to reveal all their data collections for your county including one that may incorporate other counties as well.

Note: There are not many county or town records on Ancestry, so do not be concerned if nothing is found.

3. Review the entries and add any original records under the appropriate headings. Do not do the statewide entries for New York as they are covered in another task. The entry should be bulleted. The date should be bolded.Make sure to use the N–dash between the dates and anytime it is used in wiki text. The N–dash is made by holding the alt key and typing 0150. Put entries in Chronological order.
See the following example:

:*'''1888-1907''' Marriage records.
:*'''1908–1920''' Marriage records.

4. For substitute records, such as abstracts, transcriptions, and indexes, list them under the appropriate heading. Add a sub-heading Substitute [type of record] records in bold. For books use Chicago Manual of Style. Use these guidelines: Chicago Manual of Style footnote style (modified): Book:

a. Author(s), followed by a comma
b. Title (book titles in italics, with correct capitalization)
c. Publication data in parenthesis: Publication place, followed by a colon; Publisher; Year of publication.
d. Comma, and the page number(s) followed by a period

Access information: (To find the access information, you will need to check WorldCat, Internet archive, and Google books to learn if these books are located there)

e. Link to free online copy, if any, followed by a semi-colon.
f. WorldCat template {{WorldCat|#####|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}};
g. FHL template: {{FHL|####|item|disp=FHL Film ###; Fiche ###; Book ###}}.
h. Place a semi-colon between references. Add a period at the end.
i. Brief annotation explaining the content, or why, or how a reader would want to use the source.

5. Make sure beginning dates are listed in chronological order with all other databases listed.

Example[edit | edit source]


Substitute marriage records