County Historian's Office is open
Monday - Friday: 9 - noon and 1 - 5pm
Closed Holidays (2016)
9 Pearl St., Suite 3
Lyons, NY 14489
office at top of stairs, above DMV (Dept of Motor Vehicles)
clerk to the Historian: Jane Milem
April 11, 1823, by act of the NYS Legislature, Wayne County came into existence.
The last county to be “set off” from Ontario County
Along with parts of northern Seneca County
It is unique with lakeshore and fertile lake plain in the north
Undulating with 100s of Drumlins in the middle
Marshy with streams flowing easterly in the south
Info available at Historian Office:
Census; surname folders; subject files;
burial/cemetery data; wills/surrogates before 1900;
library with county, town, church, organization histories;
county maps 1853,1858,1874,1904,1937;
Hoffman Essays; microfilmed records
Research may be done on site at the Office of the County Historian without charge. If you can't come into the office you may request the Office of the County Historian to do research, using the Research Request Form.
State requests simply and clearly, giving pertinent information but excluding unnecessary detail.
Research Request Form and Deposit Must Accompany All Requests.
last updated September 26, 2016
2017: 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in NYS.
See local activist Lisette C. Hotchkiss Parshall
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