Because of its central location, its status as county seat, and since the 1920s because of the location within its boundaries of the county's only hospital, Penn Yan has recorded far more than its share of the county's births and deaths. Nowadays, only town clerks may issue marriage licenses, but villages as well as towns recorded them prior to 1913, and Penn Yan has very many of these in its register .
The village's first book of vital records is indexed here. It contains thousands of records, as opposed to hundreds in each of the county's other municipalities. Because of the enormous size of the file, it was broken into alphabetical sections which may be accessed through the chart below.
The researcher should be aware that this index was created from a microfilm copy of the register. The register itself was the product of many clerks over its 20-year span, not all of whom had exemplary handwriting or spelling skills. The writing itself is in several colors of ink and some in pencil, not all of which reproduced well. The register covers a period during which immigrant populations with (to the clerks) odd-sounding names were moving into the village. The index was compiled as carefully as possible, but inevitable errors have undoubtedly occurred. Researchers are reminded to look up all possible spellings, particularly phonetic ones, and they are asked as well to be charitable when the name they are looking for is found in an unlikely place.
As with the other municipalities' records indexed at this site, the County
Historian will make an uncertified transcript of any vital record indexed here.
The procedure and the billing rate are explained on the main vital records page.