Research Room

     What is available within Orange County Genealogical Society’s research room:
     (*) identifies items which may be purchased in person or by mail

Equipment:   (no coins needed, pay 10 cents per page when you leave)
     Two copiers – all of which enlarge and reduce
     Two Minolta digitized microfilm/microfiche readers each with a laser printer
     One Windows 10 computer with Internet access (no online subscriptions)

     A master surname index of books and folders
     A Bibliography of our holdings

Orange County Reference Books
     Samuel Eager’s  History  of Orange County published 1847 (*)
     Ruttenber and Clark’s History publisfed 1881 and an index (*)
     Hadley’s History of Orangr County published 1908 and an index (*)
     Porait and Biographical Record of Orange County published 1895 (*)
     Pioneer Families of Orange County
     Genealogical History of Blacks in Orange County – this is a six volume series with a separate index (*)
     City Directories – Middletown and Port Jervis 1899 – 1952 incomplete
     City directories – Newburgh area 1899 – 1956 incomplete
     A directory of all directories – Dan Burrowes created a list of all directories (*)
     Orange County Jury Lists 2 volumes 1798 – 1825 & 1826 – 1837
     Orange County Vital Records 1847 – 1849 (*)
     Coleman’s Orange County Tombstones reprint of 1941 original (*) 
     EarlyTax Records

Published Genealogies:
      Family genealogies almost 500, with over unique surnames.
Vertical files: family folders filed by surname with information from many sources.

      The working papers of several ladies that did paid research. Elizabeth Hoorton, Helen Predmore, and Myrtle Edwards. Their research does not exist anywhere else. Florence Tate was  another researcher but ner papers are on microfilm.
The Dan Burrowes Collection.

     (over 3,000 unique surnames)
     The Elizabeth Horton collection (over 1,100 surnames)
     The Helen Predmore collection (almost 500 surnames)
    The Myrtle Edwards collection (over 2,000 folders now integrated into the family folders by surnames). The above 3 ladies were paid researchers; now deceased). Their working papers do not exist anywhere else in the world.
     The  Florence Tate collection (recently deceased historian) (on microfilm)
     The Dan Burrows collection (Dan’s still very much alive; a former key volunteer)

Well-known Quarterlies (OCGS has every issue):
     The American Genealogist (sorry, no master index)
     NY Genealogical & Biographical Record master index on CD-ROM
     New England Historical & Genealogical Register
            volumes 1-148 on microfilm, with printed index
     Connecticut Nutmegger + index of vol 1-28

    Index to Revolutionary War Service Records (set)
     Abstracts of  Revolutionary War Pension Records (set)
     New York in the Revolution as Colony and State
     DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition
     New York Soldiers in the Civil War (showing units)
     New York in the War of the Rebellion (set)
     Roll of Honor (set) (Civil War)
     Histories of several local Civil War Regiments
     Index to Mexican War Pension Files

     1850 maps of Orange County (in 4 quadrants) (*)
     These maps are large and very detailed, with names of farmers.
     14 other maps (*) (see publications for sale)

      All 34 volumes of “Mayflower Descendant”, indexed
      Mayflower Source Records
      Mayflower “Increasings”, “Births & Deaths”, “Marriages”, “Deeds”

New England:
      New England Marriages, by Torrey
      Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by Savage
      The Great Migration Begins
      English Origins of New England Families
      CT – Genealogies of Connecticut Families (3 vol)
      CT – Genealogy & Family History of Connecticut (4 vol; partial index)
      RI  – Genealogies of Rhode Island Families

Other states:
      NJ – Abstracts of Wills 1670-1817 (13 vol) (indexed in 3 vol)
      NJ – Genealogies of New Jersey Families (2 vol)
      NJ – Early Germans of New Jersey
      NJ – Marriage Records 1665-1800
      NJ – Newspaper Extracts 1704-1782
      PA – Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families
      PA – Pennsylvania Vital Records
      PA – Pennsylvania Church Records
      PA – Biographical Record of Northeast Pennsylvania, with new index

      New England Historical & Genealogical Report, volumes 1 to 148
             (with printed indexes)
      Federal censuses of Orange & adjacent counties, 1790 to 1880,
             (with printed indexes), 1900-1930
      1880 Soundex census of New York State
             (we also have the 1880 Census Index on CD-ROM)
      State censuses of Orange & adjacent counties 1825-1875,
             (by town, no index)
      Mortality schedules 1850-1880 NY & NJ
      Index of wills and probate records at Orange County Surrogate Court 1787-1941
      Town clerk civil war reports for most of NY state
      Tax assessment rolls for most of NY state, 1799-1804 era
      Orange County marriages 1908-1932, with index  
      Orange County court minutes 1727-1856
      Index of Naturalization/Citizenship:
            Declarations 1802-1900
            Petitions       1827-1903
      Index of Orange County deeds:
            Grantors 1703-1891
            Grantees 1703-1891
      Index of Orange County mortgages:
            Mortgagors 1703-1869
            Mortgagees 1703-1869
      Newspapers (microfilm on loan from County Historian)
            Goshen Independent Republican 1813-1957
            Goshen Democrat 1834-1933
            Walden Citizen Herald 1916-1925
            Cornwall Local/Reflector/Record 1880-1909
            Warwick Advertiser 1882-1981
            Warwick Valley Dispatch 1924-1930
            Newburgh Free Library Alsdorf scrapbook vol I-XV