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From: Cindy Amrhein <>
Subject: Re: Where would I find???
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 16:14:07 -0800
The death certificate would be filed in the town or city where the
hospital he died in was located. Death certificates are filed on a
local level not a county level.
As to the will, it would depend if he owned anything worth writing a
will. Not everyone writes one. If he owned property or anyhing of
value he should at least have a probate file. That is really what you
should be looking for.
Some people die before getting around to writing a will. In that
case, if he owned property or any thing of value the Surrogate Court
would appoint a administrator to handle the estate. That should be filed
in surragates court in the county which he resided. Sometimes a
duplicate will is filed in another county if he owned property in that
county besides the one he resided in.
So first find the town the Hospital is located in, in St.Lawrence
County. The death certificate should be with that town/village/city
clerk. Next look for a probate file in Onadaga County. You may need a
volunteer for this. Sampublco web site lists just the will indexes, by
the way. If he doesn't have a will, he could still have a probate
file. If he had no property, real or personal, of his own, then he
might not have a will or probate file.
Town of Alabama Historian
Genesee County, NY
(Abstractor by trade, which is a person who does title searches on
property. So I've probably read a gazillion probate files for work as
well as historical research ;-)
Spend some time in the town of Alabama, Genesee Co., NY. at
You will find tombstone inscriptions, 1830 & 1840 census records,
information on the Tonawanda Seneca Indians, the Iroquois National
Wildlife Refuge, our history past and present, and so much more!
Tips are provided on the "Searching Your Roots Page" to help you find
your ancestors in Genesee County.