Seneca County NYGenWeb managed by Daryl VerStreate, Jr.


Welcome to the Seneca County, NYGenWeb page where the coordinator is Daryl VerStreate, Jr.. You can email us if a link is not working properly, if you have any questions about the site, or if you have information to share pertaining to Seneca County, NY families.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Old Queries

Old queries are still available for viewing on the Surname Index to Queries page. Most of these queries were posted pre-2000. The old hand-placed queries page is no longer updated or maintained, but kept up as their contents may be useful to new researchers.


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Seneca County, NYGenWeb is a county site of NYGenWeb, and part of the USGenWeb Project!

County History

Seneca County was formed March 29, 1804 from Cayuga County and comprised an area of 820 square miles. Over the next years, Seneca County gained and/or lost land to Tompkins, Wayne, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties. It now comprises 390 square miles, is 156 miles from Albany (the State Capital of New York), and lays between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region.

  Sullivan's expedition, which passed along the banks of Seneca Lake in 1779, first brought the area to the attention of settlers. Many of the soldiers were so attracted by the beauty and fertility of the lands that they settled there after the war. The first settler, Job Smith, settled in Seneca Falls in 1787, and the second, Andrew Dunlap, settled in Ovid in 1789. After 1790, settlement progressed rapidly. The county was part of the extreme western portion of the Military Tract.

  Seneca County is a half-shire with the county seats located at Ovid and Waterloo. Other towns in Seneca County are Covert, Fayette, Junius, Lodi, Romulus, Seneca Falls, Tyre, and Varick.

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© 2019 Tanya Lee Warren and Daryl VerStreate, Jr.
© 2016-2019 Daryl Verstreate, Jr. and Francesco Premo.
© 1997-2015 Seneca County NYGenWeb and all contributors over the years
© 1997-2007 Diane Lerch Kurtz, former Seneca County NY coordinator, and Betty Auten, former Seneca County NY historian.