County Clerk Speaks to Genealogical Society about county records

Recently Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore spoke to the members of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society at the Barker Library in Fredonia. Barmore explained to those who are doing genealogical research the kinds of records available through his office. He said his job there is to help people, and this he wants to do. Records such as civil records, criminal court records, property records, mortgage records, military discharge records, if they are on file as well as some census records are available to help with genealogical research. Barmore said there are 12,000 cases of records, and his staff will help people get on the computer there to do research.

Barmore said, “We have lots of maps, since over the last two hundred years, township boundaries were changed and towns were formed.” It helps to know the historical area where you are doing research he said. Some census records are kept there as well.

Barmore began doing family genealogical research about 1987, and spent three months recording the Barmore names and addresses from all over the nation by looking through telephone books. Now, he said, with the age of the computer, he can do this work and print it in an hour. Barmore said that his family came to the Villenova area to settle in 1823.

Ruth Nichols, who serves as president of the genealogical society, opened the business meeting with a welcome, and then followed the agenda. She also serves as the town of Arkwright historian. Vice president Walter Sedlmayer recorded the minutes of the meeting in the absence of secretary Gail Dash, and treasurer Deborah Kotar gave the financial report. Membership chairman Wayne Leamer reported on the new members.

The next meeting of the genealogical society will be held on Tuesday Aug. 19 in the Steele Room of the Barker Library promptly at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.