The following was received from Bill McGrath, TIGS Project Coordinator for the Troy Irish Genealogy Society:
Announcing a New Database: West Troy Advocate Marriages, Deaths & Miscellany 1837 - 1860
A. The West Troy Advocate, a weekly newspaper, was published every Wednesday in the Village of West Troy, Albany County, from October, 1837 to 1865. The Village of West Troy, by the way, became part of what is now the city of Watervliet, New York in 1896. A data base of 380 pages of marriages, deaths and miscellany news stories transcripts from the newspaper has now been added to the Troy Irish Genealogy website. You can view these records by going to the Troy Irish Genealogy website at: www.troyirish.com and click on TIGS PROJECTS and then click on WEST TROY ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER.
B. The newspaper was founded by William Hollands, Sr. of Waterford and was the first newspaper published in the Village of West Troy. Upon the death of Mr. Hollands, Sr., on June 8, 1853, the paper was continued by the family under the editorship and management of his son, William Hollands, Jr.
C. In reviewing the 380 pages of transcripts, an index of “6,248 Surnames” was developed along with an index of “1,473 Subject” entries. In the “Subject” index, for instance, you will find numerous Canal Boats by names, Civil War Battles including deaths and battlefield injuries, numerous drowning deaths, industrial accidents, murders and suicides, train accidents along with many references to local factories, stores and companies.
D. After checking out the surnames you are researching and scanning the Subject index to see what item interest you, it is suggested that you read all 380 pages of these excerpts. These news stories provide a glimpse into life and customs in the mid 1800’s. One custom, for example, mentioned in many of the marriage notices, was that the newspaper reporter was provided with a slice of the wedding cake by the bride!
TIGS hopes you find this latest database interesting.