New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index and browsable images of birth, marriage, and death information (vital records) for early settlers of New York and their descendants.


Frank L. Swann (1894-1987), was the Yates County Historian from 1956 to 1980 and his collection came from newspaper obituaries and marriage announcements, bible records, family registers, marriage certificates, and clergymen marriage records.


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What Can I Learn from this Vital Records Collection
The Swann Vital Records Collection for Yates County, New York may include:



  • Child’s full name
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child’s gender
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name



  • Groom’s full name
  • Bride’s full name
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Bride or Groom’s Titles (Mr., Mrs, Dr., etc)



  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial


How Can Vital Records Help Me Find Other Records?
With birth, marriage, and death information you can:

  • Look for an individual in the state or federal census and put an entire family together
  • Search for other church or civil registration records for this individual or family
  • Use names and residences to search for an individual or other family members in a local city directory
  • learn about the employment from a city directory search, and extract any other information (marital status, etc)
  • Use names and residences to search for land records
  • Use names and residences to search for any tax or court records
  • Use names and ages to estimate draft registration date and find draft registration records or military service records


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