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Family Research

Montezuma Family History Project

FamilyTreePage-CollageGenealogy…. a journey of many lifetimes woven together from the past, the present and potentially for the future.

Genealogy helps satisfy a deeper need to understand how we fit into the broader world around us. From this perspective, genealogy is more than just a collection of single family threads that go through time.. Genealogy is a popular pastime, and it is important because ultimately it lies at the heart of the human condition. Dedicated genealogists spend hours researching their family’s history.

Kathy_ZuriHistorical Society board trustee, Kathy Decker, has traced and thoroughly documented her family and that of her husband’s, Jim’s family. She has an amazing ability and knowledge to navigate name changes, to find relatives as they appear and disappear in the written record, and to untangle family myths from historical truths. She has provided valuable resources through her work not only for her own family history, but for the county and town. Now Kathy has completed a very large portion of an ongoing database to serve family researchers.

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Visit the database site here.

Kathy has a passion for providing free access to family records, and has spent countless hours on this project as an ongoing service to our community. The site includes indexes, photos, maps, timeline and a canal slide show.  You can also find locations of Town Cemeteries and links to burial listings.

Kathy invites families to contribute non-copyrighted photos or documented biological information. We would also like to thank Bill Hecht for permission to post Montezuma photos and maps from his online collection. If you would like to make a donation to the Montezuma Historical Society to help support our preservation efforts, your tax-deductible contribution can be made here on the link to download the Membership Form and mail it to us.

The County Historian’s office has compiled a County Surnames 2018  list to aid in researching family histories in Cayuga County. By using this as a cross-reference, additional family information might be found in letters, or artifacts, that provide added insight.

Another great resource has been made possible by one of our members, Bernie Cocoran, at http://www.cayugagenealogy.org/. This index provides links to websites that contain information to assist you with genealogy and family history research in Cayuga County, NY. The information provided is intended as a secondary-source research tool for personal genealogy and local history research.

Along with sharing online family records, an effort is underway to start collecting stories and impressions of life in Montezuma. You can learn more about our Oral History Project plans, and the importance of sharing your stories.