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THE TROY NEWSPAPER PROJECT

The Troy Daily Whig - Death & Marriage Records, 1839 - 1848

Introduction

The Troy Daily Whig was first published in 1834 by James M. Stevenson and Alex. McCall. It was formed by the union of the Daily Troy Press and the Troy American.

These newspaper records will be of particular interest to Troy area genealogy researchers since the dates of death and marriages predate the 1880 N.Y.S. law on reporting of this information. A number of the 2,814 death records show the age of the individual at the time of death and for many of the married women, the first name of the husband is also shown. Military ranks (Gen., Lieut., Captain, Col., etc.) are indicated for a number of the names in both the death records and the marriage records. Any entry with a “col.” (small c) after the first name designates a person of color.

Most of the 4,486 marriage records show the residence of the bride and groom and for those records where the bride is identified as a “Mrs.” this is a clue that the marriage was a second one. In a number of cases you will be able to ascertain the maiden name of the bride.

While 927 of the marriage records showed no indication of residence, those records where the residence was reported are of interest as they show numerous cities and towns throughout New York State as well as 25 other states and 7 foreign countries.
The numbers shown for page/column identifies the page and column number in the Troy Daily Whig where the death or marriage notice was published. Death and marriage records published in newspapers for this time period were limited to very brief information such as the name, age and date of death or date of marriage. If the individual was of some prominence, then it is possible that there may be a further story in the paper.

 

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