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Posted: 20 Jan 2013 1:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McGlynn
I'm hoping for some guidance to find out why my ancestor, John Harry McGlynn, of Rochester, was enumerated as a prisoner in Attica in the 1940 census. I have checked newspaper articles on the fultonhistory.com web site to see if I can find anything but haven't yet. Is there some other reference I should check?

Re: Court records

Posted: 20 Jan 2013 5:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Indexes to civil and criminal cases are in the Monroe County Clerk's office; those are not online. Attica is a state penitentiary. This is from: http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_topics_gen_guid..., which states that the NY state archives has some prison records.

The Rochester city archives has a large amount of police records, but the staff there has been cut by a huge extent and they might not answer your question quickly. See: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/records/.

Best of luck on finding this information!

Re: Court records

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 1:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the information. Do you know if these sources are able to be visited to be searched? I may be able to swing a trip to Rochester in the summer.

Re: Court records

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 5:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Any office that is open to the public can be visited in person. Call for their summer hours, as they may change from the winter. And the main library is literally just across the river (a 2 minute walk) from all those court records.

I used to work there (in the records building) but that was years and years ago. We had to search things by hand. Now I am told that they are computer searchable but NOT from the outside. The Roch Municipal Archives has a great collection of old police books (and the library has the police scrapbooks in the basement, which can be brought up for examination.)

So, yes, all the offices are available for a public visit. It's worth a call to find out the hours and fees, e..g. the Surrogate's Court records are free to search if you do it, and 90 (yes, ninety) dollars if they do it.

See: http://www.mcnygenealogy.com/links.htm, and
http://www.mcnygenealogy.com/resource.htm

Re: Court records

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 6:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks again for the info I appreciate it!
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