An index to death notices of 9,682 names that were published
in ten different Lansingburgh, New York newspapers from
1787 to 1895 was created by staff at the Troy Public Library
in 1938 through 1939. A two Volume set of these death records
is in the Troy Room at the Troy Library.
The Troy Irish Genealogy Society was allowed to scan these
books so the records could be made available on-line for
genealogy researchers. A one Volume book of marriage records
from the same ten newspapers and for the same time period
was also indexed. Those marriage records also have been
scanned and will be added to the TIGS website.
With these 108 years of marriage and death records you
will be able to follow the family surnames and the major
events in their lives, with the marriages, followed by deaths
and in many cases a subsequent remarriage. For many of the
deceased married woman, the husband’s first name is
shown in parenthesis. The data base also shows 492 alternative
spellings of certain surnames.
Lansingburgh, by the way, for those not in the Capital
District Region, was the first chartered village in Rensselaer
County and was settled around 1763. In 1901 Lansingburgh
became part of the City of Troy, New York.
This indexing project was inspired by the previous work
done by the Philip Schuyler Chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution (DAR) in 1935 under a Works Project
Administration grant. Transcriptions from that project,
The Troy Newspaper Project, can also be found on the TIGS
The ten different
Lansingburgh newspapers were:
Lansingburgh Daily Gazette
on the TIGS website, www.troyirish.com
you will also find an informative article, Newspapering
in Rensselaer County, which identifies which of the
above newspapers are available, on microfilm or hard copy,
at the Troy Library.
These historical records are extremely important to genealogy
researchers as the bulk of the records predate New York’s
1880 law that required reporting of deaths. Outside of church
records or the newspaper account of these deaths, you will
most likely not find these records anywhere else.
In addition to the name of the deceased, most entries
show the age, date of death, names of newspapers that reported
the death along with the newspaper date, page and column
number where you will find the notice in the appropriate
It is important to note that the residence for the deceased
is not just Lansingburgh, but may cover all area of New
York State, other States and even foreign countries.
Index of 12,731 Death Records Appearing
in Lansingburgh Newspapers