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Will of Christopher Smith of Covert, NY Transcription provided by Lynn Stevenson Fisher May 2007

First Baptist Church of Seneca Falls Transcription provided by Rick White. April 2007

Ovid Center Baptist Church. Transcription provided by Rick White. April 2007

Ovid Baptist Church. Transcription provided by Rick White. April 2007

First Baptist Church of Romulus. Transcription provided by Rick White. April 2007

Elijah Kinne will Ovid, 1815. Provided by Georgia Kinney Bopp. March 2007

February 14, 1908 Seneca Falls Reveille newspaper Feb. 2007

Year Book and Church Directory of Memorial Congregational Church, Seneca Falls, NY ca. 1924-1925 Provided by Martha Magill. Feb. 2007

Interlaken Cookbook, undated, ca. 1910-1915 Provided by Martha Magill. Jan. 2007

Partial listing of burials in Bethel Cemetery, Covert Provided by Lynn Stevenson Fisher. Jan. 2007

Updated and new links at Links and Military Index Jan. 2007

Daniel Murphy will Provided by Nina Mack. Dec. 2006

List of Women Voters of Seneca Co. in the first state election, 1918. Transcription provided by Linda Simone York. Dec. 2006

First Baptist Church of Farmer Transcription provided by Rick White. Dec. 2006

Biography of Rev. Merritt Howell Coleman, Farmer Baptist Church Transcription provided by Rick White. Dec. 2006

Covert Baptish Church Transcription provided by Rick White.Nov. 2006

Biography of Rev. J. A. Rich., Covert Baptist Church Transription provided by Rock White. Nov. 2006

Wills and Letters of Administration reorganized and names added. Nov. 2006

Memorial of James Russell Webster of Waterloo. Mr. Webster was born in CT, grew up in Phelps, moved to Perry and then Waterloo. He was active in politics and the militia. His memorial pamphlet presents a very interesting look at life in the 1800s. Contributed by Jerry Withers. Oct. 2006

The Great fire of Ovid This fire was in Oct., 1874 in the business district of Ovid. Contributed by Martha Magill. Oct. 2006

Stark Street Cemetery, Village of Waterloo This cemetery listing is from Seneca County History published four times a year by the late Seneca County Historian, Betty Auten. The subscription publication was in the 1980s. Transcription provided by Rick White. Oct. 2006

Sheldrake Cemetery, Ovid Transcription provided by Rick White. Oct. 2006

The Great 1890 Fire in Seneca Falls Contributed by Martha Magill. Oct. 2006

Abram Covert Farm Cemetery Sept. 2006

New names, addresses and links for Historians and Clerks and Genealogical Societies.Sept. 2006

Names added to Springbook CemeterySept. 2006

Samuel Bear Cemetery Sept. 2006 Transcription provided by Rick White.

Seneca County was formed March 29, 1804 from Cayuga County and comprised an area of 820 square miles. Over the next years, Seneca County gained and/or lost land to Tompkins, Wayne, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties. It now comprises 390 square miles, is 156 miles from Albany (the State Capital of New York), and lays between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region.

Sullivan's expedition, which passed along the banks of Seneca Lake in 1779, first brought the area to the attention of settlers. Many of the soldiers were so attracted by the beauty and fertility of the lands that they settled there after the war. The first settler, Job Smith, settled in Seneca Falls in 1787, and the second, Andrew Dunlap, settled in Ovid in 1789. After 1790, settlement progressed rapidly. The county was part of the extreme western portion of the Military Tract.

Seneca County is a half-shire with the county seats located at Ovid and Waterloo. Other towns in Seneca County are Covert, Fayette, Junius, Lodi, Romulus, Seneca Falls, Tyre, and Varick.

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