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 Chemung County Libraries and Historical Societies and Other Resources

Chemung County Historical Society 415 E. Water Street, Elmira NY 14901

Horseheads Historical Society

Southport Historical Society P.O. Box 146 Pine City, NY 14871

Town and County Historians

Steel Memorial Library 101 East Church Street,  Elmira, New York 14901

June 2007 -- Joyce,

It pleases me to inform you that the Steele Memorial Library has the New York State Vital Statitics Index on microfiche. This resource provided by the New York State Department of Health, allows patrons to search an index of birth records 1880-1932, marriage & death records 1880-1957. Over time this collection will grow. Birth records are released after 75 years, marriage and death records after 50 years.

This collection can be accessed at the Steele Memorial Library's Genealogy Department. Details on Use guidelines can be found at:

Owen Frank, Head of Adult & Reference Services
Steele Memorial Library
101 East Church Street
Elmira, NY 14901
f: 607-733-9176

Chemung County Health Dept. Office of Vital Statistics Heritage Park John Street Elmira, New York 14901

New York State Dept. of Health Vital Records Section Albany, New York 12230

NYS Archives Cultural Education Center Albany, New York 12237

National Archives & Record Services General Services Administration Washington, D.C. 20408

Schuyler County Historical Society Museum, 108 Catharine Street, PO Box 651, Montour Falls, NY 14865 - 607-535-9741
Our Hours are:Tuesdays - Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturdays Noon - 4pm July - Sept
Our Email is,Thanks, John Potter, Director

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The main repositories for Chemung County research are:

1) Surrogate's Office, Lake Street, Elmira - Estate records (Wills, etc.)
2) County Clerk's Office, Lake Street, Elmira - deeds, mortgages, state census (1825, 1835, 1855, 1865, etc.); original deeds and mortgages were transfered from Tioga County when Chemung was part of Tioga
3) Chemung County Historical Society, Water Street, Elmira - many family files that contain some original records not found elsewhere and many other resources
4) Steele Library, Elmira - Elmira newspapers on microfilm, city directories, and a large reference section
5) Tri-Counties Online Research Library
6) Surrogate's Office, Owego, NY - Estate records (Wills, etc.) prior to 1836 for that portion of Tioga that became Chemung. These have never been transfered to Chemung County as were deeds and mortgages. Abstracts are online at however they have proven not to be complete and the original files should be consulted.
7) Tioga County Historical Society, Owego.

Also, the New York State Archives has records pertaining to Chemung such as early school records and other documents for Chemung County.

J. Kelsey Jones