This book contains abstracted information from the first seventy-eight boxes in the Cattaraugus County Surrogate Court. These boxes all contain guardianship records from the early 1800s to the 1920s. All the genealogical information from each file is provided herein; however, not all files have the same amount of information. A person needed a guardian if he/she was under twenty-one years of age and was the beneficiary of money or other property. Not everyone on file lived in Cattaraugus County, nor where they all formally adopted by their guardian. Most of the records will have an actual birth date, or estimated birth date, for the person who needed a guardian. A full name index adds to the value of this work. Susan Stahley has been a professional genealogist since 2002. Her research has included several states and the National Archives. She has given lectures on family history, and private instruction for people wishing to research their own families. She has had more than 1,000 hours of courthouse research. This is her first book, but she is presently working on the second volume that continues the Cattaraugus County Surrogate Court records.
Susan E. Stahley
2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 416 pp.