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Since New York State, and therefore Jefferson County, kept no official vital statistics until 1880 (except for a brief trial 1847-1849) we must turn to other souces for this information for the blank years. While these records we present are not all officially vital statistics, they are the best substitutions we can find, and some will be accepted by those societies demanding authoritative dates and places. As always, we advise you to see the originals, wherever possible, and keep in mind that whenever a record is copied, there is opportunity for mistakes, typos, and misreadings. Unfortunately, most of the sources quoted below have disappeared with time, and the best we can offer is copies of copies.
Jefferson County Vital Records 1847-1849
USGenWeb Archives - Jefferson County NY Archives Vital Records
1865 Census Special Schedule Vital Records
1875 Census Special Schedule Vital Records
Vital Records from War of 1812 Pension Applications, Surnames A - M
Jefferson County Bible Records
A Few Jefferson County Births from Crawford Co. PA
St Mary's Church - Clayton
St Mary's Church - Clayton
Guide to Guardian Papers Index
Letters of Administration Index
Letters Testamentary Index
Marriage Records Index Page
(Ab-Ad) (Ad-Al) (Al-An) (Ann-Az)
(Bab-Bal)(Bal-Bar)(Bar-Bel)(Bel-Ben) (Ben-Bes) (Bet-Bla) (Bla-Bod)
Index of Naturalization Records at Jefferson County Cerks Office
Some years are covered by more than one paper, researchers should check each paper for the year of interest,
Copies for crossed out years are not available.
1846, 1847,1848, 1849
1858, 1859, 1860, 1861
Frontier Patriot (formerly the Cape Vincent Gazette):
Clayton Indendent: 1872-1884
Watertown Re-Union Newspaper Errata
Errata from the Watertown Re-Union newspapers may include: obituaries, death notices not listed elsewhere, anniversaries, birthday parties, special testimonials of persons in Jefferson County, as well as other events that occurred in the county, state, national or international stage to bring into a timeframe what was occurring when ancestors lived in the county. Persons of note, such as Lillie Langtry, presidents, foreign dignitaries, and events such as warfare between Native Americans and the U. S. Army that were happening as late as the 1800ís, global warfare, technological advancements, farming highlights, industry news in fishing, boating, racing (both horse and boating), are sometimes included in Errata to give the visitor a better overview of the times. Articles are selected at random for inclusion in Errata. The political scene in Jefferson County was always lively and people from other states often contributed their views to the newspaper. From an historical perspective, the Watertown Re-Union did a remarkable amount of reporting and accessing the information has been made easy by the New York Historic Newspapers site. The technological advancement of the telegraph, which made news travel quickly, was a definite asset for the newspapers of the time and is reflected in the reporting process.
Obituary Index Page
To obtain paper copies of these records,
please contact the Jefferson county surrogate court.
History of the Surrogate Court
Surrogate Court News
Jefferson County Wills
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