I have been to the Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead, New York before and have found some great info. I know that they have original copies of the local newspapers. While many of the local newspapers are online through Live-brary I have found some gaps. I was looking for some obituaries that I was not able to find online so I decided in July while back there to go to the Suffolk County Historical Society to look for them.
I was very fortunate to find Wendy Polhemus-Annibell working on the day I went. Wendy was a tremendous find! Many times when we go looking for records we don’t know what to look for because we don’t know what is available. Wendy was able to tell me about a variety of different types of records or files that they possess. I was able to find the obituary records I was looking for and I found a lot more.
Wendy told me about a man named Ackerly who, long before the County began keeping land records, etc. took it upon himself to travel around the County to individual homes and copy land records into ledgers. I am amazed and so very grateful to this gentleman (need to find out more about who he was) for taking it upon himself to record all the deeds of the times so that I, and other family historians can find records back in the early 1800s. One of the documents I found in the Ackerly Records (as they are referred to) Book 12 pages 191-192 was a record of the land purchase (1841) by my paternal great-great grandfather Daniel Warner III.
Ackerly Book 12 Pages 191-192
Suffolk County Historical Society
Riverhead, Suffolk, New York
I think it’s interesting to see that Daniel bought the land from his father and mother, Daniel Warner II and Jeminia Benjamin Warner. Daniel bought the land in December and 10 months later on October 19, 1841 Daniel Warner III married Eleanor Howell. This past Wednesday would have been their 175th Anniversary. I wonder, was Daniel a young man of 22 already thinking of marriage when he purchased the land or just a young man ready to be a land owner? Daniel and Jemina had a total of 3 sons, including Daniel III, who all are listed as land owners on a local map. Think I’ll need to see when the other brothers Lewis and Goldsmith purchased their land, from whom and at what cost also. Check out my post entitled Using Tax Records and Maps-Warner Family for a map of where the property most likely was and another find from the Suffolk County Historical Society.
So the lesson I learned that day was that the local Historical Society held some really interesting information I wouldn’t have been able to find online. In future posts I’ll show some additional finds. I also recommend you join a local Historical Society so they can continue to manage these great, unusual records that are housed there. You never know what you may find.