New York Family History Societies(O-R)

This section lists associations from Orange to Rye giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Orange County Genealogical Society

Many resources are accessible in their Research Room, including The Elizabeth Horton, Helen Predmore, Myrtle Edwards and Florence Tate Collections, approximately 500 Family Genealogies and Index to Revolutionary War Service Records.

Resources available also include:

  • 34 Volumes of Mayflower Descendant
  • 1850 Maps of the area
  • DAR Patriot Index
  • Deeds
  • English Origins of New England Families
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Genealogies of Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsvlvania and Rhode Island Families
  • Genealogy and Family History of Connecticut
  • Marriages 1908-1932

In addition, archives also comprise:

  • Mayflower Source Records
  • Mexican War Pension Files (Index)
  • New England Marriages
  • New York Soldiers in the Civil War
  • Newspapers
  • NJ Marriages 1665-1800
  • NJ Newspaper Extracts 1704-1782
  • Pennsylvania Church Registers
  • Revolutionary War Pension Records Abstracts
  • Roll of Honour from Civil War
  • State Census Returns
  • Tax Assessment Rolls NY State
  • Town Clerk Civil War Reports for NY State
  • Will Abstracts 1670-1817 for New Jersey

Resources also include many books which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Listings
  • Church Records
  • City Directories 1899-1956
  • Early Will Abstracts 1787-1830
  • Whig Press Marriages and Deaths 1851-1865

Numerous publications are also available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1702 List of Orange Co. Inhabitants
  • 1714 List of Dutchess Co. Inhabitants
  • 1720 Schedule of Freeholders of Albany
  • Death Records
  • Early Wills 1731-1830
  • Genealogical History of Blacks in Orange County
  • Goshen Independent Republican Marriage Notices 1866-1903
  • Jury Lists
  • Marriages and Deaths from the New York State 1865 and 1875 Censuses
  • Orange Co. Maps
  • Tombstone Inscriptions
  • Whig Press Marriage and Death Notices 1851-1865

Rochester Genealogical Society

Numerous digital images of church records are accessible on their website.

These images include St Paul's Episcopal, St Stephen's Episcopal, Episcopal Archives, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran, Christ Lutheran, Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran and Grace Lutheran.

Digital Images of Church Registers also include St Mark's Lutheran, St Paul's Lutheran, Parkminster Presbyterian, Brighton Reformed, Salem United Church of Christ, Penfield United Methodist and Wesley United Methodist.

Indexes to Church Registers are available, which include St Luke's Episcopal, St Paul's Episcopal and Trinity Episcopal Churches. 

The association also publishes a quarterly newsletter entitled Hear Ye, Hear Ye.  Back Issues of this publication can be downloaded from their website.

Numerous publications are available for sale, including:

  • Location of Monroe Co. Cemeteries and Cemetery Records
  • Marriage Records of Rev. George Washington Montgomery 1846-1879
  • Monroe Co. Genealogical Guide
  • Mount Hope Cemetery Interment Records 1837-1906

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.


Rockland County Genealogical Society

The association was organised in 1985.  Rockland County Archives is located at Building S, 50 Sanatorium Road, Pomona, NY 10970 and many archives are available, which incorporate:

  • Court Records 1798-2001
  • Deeds 1798-1908
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Licence Affidavits 1908-1918
  • Maps
  • Marriages 1908-1926
  • Mortgages 1830 to date
  • Naturalisation Oaths 1836-1896
  • Naturalisation Papers 1812-1991
  • Orange Co. Deeds and Mortgages 1703-1798
  • State Census Returns
  • Will Indexes 1798-1957 and 1957-1985

Information for people conducting family tree research is available on their site, which comprise:

  • A W Dutcher's Sons Funeral Home Books
  • Cemeteries List
  • Census Returns
  • Court Records
  • Genealogies in New City Library
  • George M. Holt Funeral Home Books
  • LDS Film Numbers
  • Newsletters
  • Rockland Children's Homes
  • Rockland County Cemeteries
  • Rockland Images Project

Rye Historical Society

The association was established in 1964.  The Knapp House Archives hold over 25000 items relating to Local History, which include:

  • Books
  • Census Returns
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs

The Parsons Family Papers, which are Papers from Herbert Parsons (US Congressman), his wife Elsie Clews Parsons (Prominent Anthropologist) and John Parsons, are also held at the Archives. 

It is also possible to peruse the following finding aids on their site:

  • Gilbert Merritt Papers Finding Aid
  • Gilbert Miller Papers Finding Aid
  • Guion Family Finding Aid
  • G. Sherwood Papers Finding Aid
  • Photographic Collection Finding Aid

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