Welcome to the Wayne County NYGenWeb site. Wayne County is in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, in the center of New York State. We have the best of all worlds - the historic shores of Lake Ontario, streams and rivers, wetlands and farmlands, apples and wildflowers, cross-country skiing and sandy beaches, lighthouses and historic homes, and picturesque small towns with friendly residents. In the first half of the 19th century many of your ancestors decided to move on west from this paradise, especially to Michigan and Ohio. If your Michigan ancestor was born in "York State", please stay awhile and check out our online resources to see if they started their trek from here.
This site is run by volunteers who aren't professional researchers or historians, and who work on the site as a hobby and labor of love in our spare time. What Wayne County NYGenWeb has so far has been contributed since 1998 by the county historian's office and other historians, local residents and online researchers.
We wish we could directly help you in your research but can't. Many of your specific questions can be answered by contacting the Wayne County research resources listed in the menu bar under "Research Resources" or "Links". Many questions can be answered if you use a search engine. All questions about your family should be directed to the Office of the County Historian, or posted on the FingerLakes-L mailing list or the Rootsweb/Ancestry's Wayne County NY Message Board. If you'd like to have someone help you directly in Wayne County, the county historian's office will conduct a search for a reasonable hourly fee or be able to to give you a referral to a trusted professional familiar with using local records.