The information in this database was copied from a
file in the Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street,
Troy New York. These records, especially those prior to 1880, will
be of great interest to genealogy researchers.
For each name in the on-line index there is a Surrogate
Court Record folder that may contain various original source documents
such as Wills, Letters of Administration, Guardianship Papers, Invoices
of Property, Depositions concerning a person’s death, etc. Microfilm
copies of these original records are also available at the Rensselaer
County Court House.
Items included in this index are:
Last, first, middle name or initials if any, and titles like Dr.,
– Used to locate the files at the Rensselaer County Historical
Gives name of city, town or state of residence.
May be year of death or year of legal issue.
Indicates when there is an inventory of household goods in the record.
An invoice may be in the records EVEN if this column is not checked.
This column will have an interesting comment for each name. Some
comments may show marital status (bachelor, spinster, widow, widower),
while other comments may show maiden names, occupations, street
residence, relationships (wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter,
etc.) and number of children.
Some of the abbreviations used in the comment column
ABBREVIATION = STANDS FOR
adptd = adopted
agt = agent
bach = bachelor
bldg = building
bro = brother
bros = brothers
bus = business
ch = child/children
d. = died
dau = daughter/daughters
daua = daughter/daughters
div = divorced
dvrcd = divorced
grdau = granddaughter
grneice = grandniece
grnephew = grandnephew
grson = grandson
guard = guardian/guardianship
h = house/home
ins = insurance
m = married
mfr = manufacturer
mgr = manager
neph = nephew
nr = near
real est = real estate
sis = sister
sis-in-law = sister in law
spin = spinster
stepdau = stepdaughter
wf = wife
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