About the Society:
The Rochester Genealogical Society began in 1938 when several people at a meeting of the Rochester Historical Society formed an informal group to preserve their family heritage. The Rochester Genealogical Society became an independent organization in 1977. Since that time, we have experienced steady growth and currently have over 200 members. Our members are researching families in all regions of the world. We sponsor regular educational activities and encourage member-to-member support. Our membership is comprised of people from all walks of life, who freely offer help or guidance to other members whenever asked. The Church Records Preservation Committee was formed to assist churches and archives with conservation of their non-replaceable records. The images were photographed or scanned and the end product presents the records as they appear in their original form and order.
About the individual collections:
Rochester Area Church Records
German Evangelical Lutheran Church (later Zion Lutheran Church), 70 Grove Street Rochester, NY 14605 is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in the Rochester NY area. It is especially valuable for research as it gives the exact place of origin for many of the early German immigrants to Rochester, and that information is extremely difficult to come by otherwise. The church’s years of operation were from 1836 to 1960.
Penfield United Methodist Church: Contains various records from the Penfield United Methodist Church. Originals are at the church. Contains various records from the Penfield United Methodist Church from 1886 to after 1940. These include a table of contents, a record of pastors 1885-1913, records of official members, records of members in full connection, (alphabetic listing), records of probationers, records of marriages 1885-1911, a record of baptisms 1886-1912, the builder’s diary and expense records, as well as directories of church members.
Rochester Area Cemetery Records
Most of the records in this collection are plot records showing the location of burial plots in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Mount Hope is American's first municipal, Victorian cemetery, dedicated in 1838 in Rochester, NY. The cemetery covers 196 acres of hills and valleys created by retreating glaciers, and is the final resting place of some notable figures in American History, including Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.
Each book contains a cemetery map and the applicable Section or Range map with guide information showing headstones located at outside borders. Maps and accessibility have been provided courtesy of Mount Hope Cemetery. Use of interment indexes to locate the burial location is recommended to use these records fully. They are available at the University of Rochester web site. There is also a way to search burials from 1838-1906 on the RGS web site. Further information about the cemetery is available on the City of Rochester website and the Rochester History list from the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County.
Rochester Area Historian's Holdings
Fairport Herald and Monroe County Mail, Alphabetical Index 1873-1898. This collection is a presentation of 15,601 cards indexing the newspapers named for the time period 1873-1898. It was compiled by the National Youth Administration.
Perinton Town Document Index 1813-1890. The cards index holdings in the possession of the town historian of Perinton NY. It was created by the National Youth Administration. The cards consist of 41,397 alphabetical index cards, 13,816 subject index cards, and 1,232 name index cards.
Fairport Village Marriages: Contains marriage information for people obtaining marriage licenses in the Village of Fairport, Monroe County, New York, and the Town of East Rochester, Monroe County, New York. It includes name, address, birthplace, occupation, father, father's birthplace, mother, mother's birthplace, and number of that marriage, among other data. Specific data are Fairport Village Marriage Records 14 Sept 1887-1 July 1908; East Rochester Marriage Records 15 May 1907-17 Dec 1907.
Perinton Town Marriages: Contains marriage information for people obtaining marriage licenses in the Town of Perinton, Monroe County, New York. It includes name, address, birthplace, occupation, father, father's birthplace, mother, mother's birthplace, and number of that marriage, among other data. Specific data are for the dates 9 January 1937-6 October 1942 Earlier marriages appear elsewhere in the RGS CRPC collection in NY Heritage; the LDS church has microfilmed and made available online marriages from 1908-1935. Later marriages were scanned and given to the town historian and a copy kept by the RGS. New York State privacy laws do not allow later marriages to be put online although they are available in person.