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Family History

Primary sources....secondary records....wills and probate packets....cemetery records....military records....SSDI....message boards....RootsWeb.com....Ancestry.com....the list goes on! The Internet has opened the door to an endless array of online databases and repositories. 

Today millions of Americans are searching for their ancestors.  Many have been tracing their family tree for more than a decade.  It can be exciting.  It can be frustrating.  And it can definitely uncover the expected! 

The Tottenville Historical Society has been helping family historians with their research for many years, sometimes providing new information or new direction.  Some of these families include:

Androvette Butler Cole Cooper Corson Doty Ellis Frerichs Friedrich Hamilton Harris
 Hill  Holm  Hudson  Manee  Mercilliott  Page  Palmer  Patten  Pepper  Murphy  Petersen
 Rossel  Riley  Schult  Siebert  Taber  Totten  Wadsworth  Woglom  Wood  Peterson  Russell
Taylor
Bedell
Shea
Kreischer
Kiefer
           

 

A check of our archives would include (1) all published Staten Island historical books (late 19th century-circa 1930) in our library, (2) indices search (newspapers, business, scrapbook collections), (3) historic maps, (4) family history folders and subject files including community folders once we can determine where they lived,  (5) any other relevant source available in our collection.

Family History Research Requests

IMPORTANT!  PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES AND COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW

Let us help you trace your family history! 

Step 1Please read these guidelines and complete the form below.  There is no obligation at this point.  Your initial request should include names, dates, specific information you are seeking and sources/information you have documented thus far.  We will assess your data and respond by email, usually within one week.  Resources for the 19th century are limited, but fortunately they are indexed. In many cases we are able to locate some information that can open a door for family historians to search a new path.  This has proven to be an exciting accomplishment for everyone!

Read more: Family History Research Requests

Family History Testimonials

"I want to give you a thousand thanks for the information you got for me re/my great grandfather!....."  Sita G.

"I was SO excited to get your letter today. The mailman came 4 hours later than usual and I stayed at home waiting for him. Oh, my - what a wonderful obit on my great-grandfather. As I told you, I had so very little information about him and this is great to learn about all his adventures. Who would have thought that he lived in New Orleans of all places before coming to Tottenville?? And now I have some leads to follow to try to get more info on him....thank you again for these precious bits of information."  Ingrid P.

"Thank you so much for your helpful information.  I never noticed the 1840 census with Anne Morris.  I think possibly you may be correct here.  Will follow your links and keep you posted and thank you again for all your hard work!"  Carla B.

Read more: Family History Testimonials