An index to 6,198 death notices that were published in five different Troy, New York newspapers from 1797 to 1860 was created by staff at the Troy Public Library in 1938.
The Troy Irish Genealogy Society was allowed by the Troy Library to scan the Death Records book so these important records could be made available on-line for genealogy researchers.
To see these records go to the TIGS website – www.troyirish.com – click on PROJECTS and then under DEATH RECORDS click on DEATH NOTICES APPEARING IN TROY NEWSPAPERS.
The five different Troy newspapers mentioned in the introduction to the index were:
Troy Times (See Note)
Note: There were no records for the Troy Times in the index but there were some records for the Troy Post.
Under “RESOURCES” 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 all of these records predate New York’s 1880 law that required reporting of deaths. Outside of church death and burial records and newspaper accounts, you will not find these records anywhere else.
In addition to the name of the deceased, other 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 death notice in the appropriate newspaper.
If a former military veteran, the rank held may be shown. Separate files of these veterans identify Revolutionary War Veterans and Other Veterans. These military names are also shown under the MILITARY RECORDS section of the PROJECTS.
It is important to note that the residence for the deceased is not just Troy, but may cover all areas of New York State, other States and even foreign countries.
Hopefully you will find some of your ancestors in this new data base or in the various other data series of over 300,000 Irish AND Non-Irish names on the Troy Irish Genealogy website.