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Friday, September 13, 2013

Church Records (Part III), "Vosburgh Collection"

Part I of the set of files from the William B. Bogardus Collection, categorized as Church Records, briefly mentioned files noted as "From the Vosburgh Collection." This post will group the remaining files in the collection with the exception of those covering church records from New York City churches, which will be grouped separately.

Again, the "Vosburgh Collection" refers to a series of many transcriptions of church records ( of various denominations) that were transcribed by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and edited by Royden Woodward Vosburgh. I have not counted the exact number of works found in this collection, but it is large, and covers churches from all parts of New York State. Many, although I don't believe all, are available in digital version to members of the NYG&B Society online at their website. (An individual membership is $60 annually and is worth it if you have an interest in or are actively researching New York families). Many (perhaps all) of the titles are also available on microfilm through the Family History Library. Here is a search of their online Catalog using "Royden Woodward Vosburgh" in the author field. Here is a description at American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. And, here is a catalog of the numerous church records that were transcribed from the City of Carlsbad Genealogy and Local History Collection.

The files below, only include those persons named Brouwer, Brower or Brewer, found in volumes that were searched and transcribed by William B. Bogardus some years ago. As always, researchers and users of the files are advised to seek out the original source material, to both confirm the accuracy of the transcriptions, and to become familiar, first hand, with the vast array of reference material that is out there and available for Brouwer, and New York, researchers, genealogists and family historians to utilize. New York State did not require civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths until 1881. Even then, compliance with the requirement was sporadic. Odds are, that if you were born at home in the late 19th century, or even through the first decades of the 20th century (as many people were) your birth was not registered in New York State. The "Vosburgh Collection" is an important source as a substitute for the lack of vital records in New York.

Records of the Reformed Dutch Church at Fort Plain in the Town of Minden, Montgomery County, New York, formerly known as the Reformed Calvinist Church of Canajohary. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (April 1918).

Records of the First United Presbyterian Congregation in Cambridge in the Village of Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. March 1917.

Records of the First Presbyterian Church, Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., New York. May 1920.

Records of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown in Otsego Co., New York. July 1920

Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Catskill in the town of Catskill, Greene Co., New York. December 1919.

Records of the Congregational Church and Society of New Canaan at Canaan Four Corners in the town of Canaan, Columbia Co., New York. October 1919.

Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in the Town of Easton, Washington Co., New York. July 1917.

Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Greenwich, New York (formerly) the Reformed Dutch Church of Union Village in the Town of Greenwich, Washington Co., New York. July 1917.

Records of Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Ghent, Columbia Co., New York. July 1913.

Records of the Presbyterian Church of Johnstown in Fulton County, New York. December 1916.

Records of the Presbyterian Church in New Hartford (Formerly the First Religious Society of Whitestown) in the Town of New Hartford, Oneida Co., New York. June 1921.

Records of the Second Street Presbyterian Church in the City of Troy, Rensselaer Co., New York. April 1915.

Records of the First Presbyterian Church of Utica in Oneida Co., New York. July 1920.

So, if I counted right, above we have thirteen more files from the William B. Bogardus Collection.

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