10,000 Vital Records of Western New York, 1809-1850, By the late Fred Q. Bowman, published 1985, reprinted 2008; 318 pp, Hardcover, ISBN: 9780806310992; Item #GPC643; $38.50
The vital records found extracted within the pages of this book were drawn from early New York newspapers. This volume focuses on the western arm of New York covering 17 counties.
Records in this volume are drawn from the marriage and death columns of five western New York newspapers published between 1809 and 1850 in the cities of Batavia, Bath, Geneva, Jamestown, and Palmyra. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1824–1850 appear in another volume, 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York: 1824–1850.
Bridegrooms and individuals who were the subject of death notices are listed alphabetically. Marriage officials are identified in the Appendix, while all others mentioned in the text, such as brides, parents and siblings, are listed in the index. In many instances, complete details have been abstracted--place and date of marriage or death, names of relatives, towns of residence, etc.
Like official records of a later date, the records abstracted here are "vital" in every sense of the term, the more so since vital records, as such, did not come into existence until very much later.