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The Books, Manuscripts, Microfilms and Indexes listed here are part of the Interlaken Historical Society Maurice L. Patterson Genealogy Reference Room. This list is not a complete list of all titles or items in the collection; it is a suggestion for getting started with your research. Use this page to begin planning your visit to the Historical Society and Research Room. Remember, many of the works in the collection are copyrighted. Do not abuse that copyright.

Family Histories

The Interlaken Historical Society and the Interlaken Public Library have an extensive collection of Family Histories. These include published histories dating from the late 1800s to recently released histories giving information on families into the 1990s. Many of the surnames in the manuscript collection, may be researched on this page. There are also unpublished manuscripts available in the Research Room.

A word of caution in using these works: If you take notes from them, be sure to include any source notations for the information. With any published work dates can be correct in the first/primary source (i.e. Family Bible Records), but after transcribing, typesetting or other method of publishing, the date, location or some portion of the record may have changed and that change can effect the final outcome.

Newspapers, Microfilmed and Indexed

We have three area newspapers available on microfilm: Interlaken Review (originally the Farmer Review), 1887 to 1989; Ovid Independent and Gazette (1822-1964); and the Trumansburg Free Press and Sentinel (1827- present). On October 1, 1964 the Ovid Gazette and the Interlaken Review became the same paper. Beginning in 1990 the Trumansburg Free Press is the same newspaper as the Interlaken Review & Ovid Gazette, only the mast head is different. When you visit the Research Room you are welcome to search the database index for the Interlaken Review 1887—1989 and the Ovid Gazette 1822-1964. Not all issues were extinct when the films were made and occasionally a previous researcher removed an article of their interest. The index lists both family records and information on local events. You can also use the printed copy of Bernece B. Weitzel’s Index to Trumansburg Newspapers 1827-1940, (2003 edition).

For more information please email the Interlaken Historical Society here

Cemetery Records

Some Cemeteries Between the Lakes Fischer and Swick 3 Volumes.

West Lodi Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery, Ovid

Lake View Cemetery, Interlaken

Church Records

Interlaken Reformed Church 1830-1996 members, marriages & baptisms.

Pastors and Churches of Seneca County 1896. Lists Pastors & members.

Covert Baptist Church List of Members

Marriages and Funerals performed by Rev. Esterbrook

Lodi Reformed Church marriages and baptisms 1848-1884

Lodi Methodist Church members, marriages & baptisms 1848-1946

Townsendville Methodist Church Marriages 1865-1900

Indexes to microfilm and books without internal indexes

History of Seneca County

Index to Federal New York State Census 1790-1860 (Books)

Index to the Town of Covert Board Meeting Minutes

Seneca County Business Directory 1894

Vital Statistics of the Ovid Gazette (1822-1869)

Microfilms Please note: there is a microfilm reader printer on site for public use.

Interlaken Review 1887—1989.

Ovid Gazette 1822-1964

Trumansburg area newspapers include the Free Press and Sentinel

Seneca County Census records 1790-1920 (1790 & 1800 as Cayuga County)

Town of Covert Board Meeting Minutes 1822-1995, indexed

Village of Interlaken Board Meeting Minutes

Atlases and Maps

Seneca County 1852 and 1874

Schuyler County 1874

Tompkins County 1874

New York State


Gazetteers of New York State, Childs, 1824

Gazetteers of New York State, French 1860.

Gazetteer and Business Directory of Seneca County 1867.

Gazetteer and Business Directory of Tompkins County 1867.

Business Directory of Seneca County,  1894. Index available

Seneca County Area Histories

Between the Lakes, A History of South Seneca County Patterson.

History of Covert, Morrison.

History of Ovid, Morrison

History of Seneca County 1876, Everts, Eusign, Everts

History of Sheldrake, Robinson.

History of Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins and Schuyler Counties 1879

Portrait & Biographical Record of Seneca & Schuyler Counties, 1895

Seneca County History, Watros

Other Published Records

DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition 1990

Death and Marriage Notices, Tompkins County NY 1870-1890 Greene-Young

Genealogies of Long Island Families

Genealogies of New Jersey Families

Index to the Town of Covert Assessment Rolls 1855-1895, Nelson

Marriage and Death Notices from Schuyler County, NY Newspapers, Jackson

Marriage and Death Notices from Tompkins County, NY Newspapers, Jackson

Six Generation Ancestor Tables, Central NY Genealogical Society

Somerset County (NJ) Historical Quarterly 1912, 1913

Town and county histories from around New York State.

Genealogy Reference Books and Guides

Fundamentals of Genealogy Research in New York State.

Genealogy — A Practical Research Guide, Shirley B. Goerlick.

Researching American Genealogy, E. Kay Kirkham.

The Source — A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Eakle & Cerny

The Handybook for Genealogists, George B. Everton, Sr.

Searching for Your Ancestor’s Ancestors

Other published items are also listed at the Finger Lakes Library System http://flls.org/ipaccatalog.htm

Choose Interlaken Public Library to see what books we have available.


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