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Vital Records Extracted from The Yates County Chronicle

The Yates County Chronicle was the successor of The Penn-Yan Whig and the Yates County Republican of the 1840s and 1850s. The editor from 1854 on was Stafford C. Cleveland, who later, in 1873, published the History and Directory of Yates County, one of the best 19th-century county histories.

Cleveland was definitely what would today be called a "history buff" and besides being an early and enthusiastic member of the Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society (founded in 1860, one of the oldest in the country), published a great deal of historical matter in the pages of his weekly paper.

Mrs. Dianne Stenzel abstracted her two volumes of Genealogical Gleanings from the Chronicle and its predecessors, beginning in 1824 and running up through September, 1867. These are both still available from Heritage Books in CD-ROM format, and being copyrighted material (the royalties have been donated to the County Historian's Office) will not be reproduced here. The papers have been microfilmed, and the next roll after those Mrs. Stenzel abstracted begins in October 1867.

The table below displays links to the various pages that have been uploaded so far. There will at some point be a comprehensive index to these pages, but until then they will be indexed only through the search engine on the main page. Of course you may also run the search function in your browser to find a specific name.

Just a word about the format of the abstracts: they are verbatim, with ellipses (...) showing where a portion has been left out. Generally these consist of material irrelevant to genealogy. Nineteenth-century obituaries particularly are much more verbose than those of today, for example, and made much of the decedent's high moral qualities. Also, descriptions of such incidents as railway accidents were much more graphic than would ever be published nowadays; much of the blood and gore is represented by these ellipses. However, if a print from the microfilm of the original is desired, this can be provided; see the note below.


Oct-Dec 1867 Jan-Feb 1868 Mar-May 1868 Jun-Jul 1868 Aug-Oct 1868 Nov-Dec 1868
Jan-Feb 1869 Mar-Apr 1869 May-Jun 1869 Jul-Aug 1869 Sep-Oct 1869 Nov-Dec 1869
Jan-Apr 1870 May-Aug 1870 Sep-Dec 1870 Jan-Apr 1871 May-Aug 1871 Sep-Dec 1871
Jan-Apr 1872 May-Aug 1872 Sep-Dec 1872 Jan-Apr 1873 May-Aug 1873 Sep-Dec 1873
Jan-Apr 1874 May-Aug 1874 Sep-Dec 1874
Not on line - in progress
Jan-Apr 1875 May-Aug 1875 Sep-Dec 1875
Not on line - in progress


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