Friday, July 16, 2010


Last fall Rensselaerville Historical Society started a pilot project to scan and upload their genealogy books to RHS Genealogy Files on the Helderberg Hilltowns wiki site. Half of the books have now been scanned and the pages are ready to upload. We need about 25 volunteers to help us. This can be done from your home computer whenever you have an extra hour or so to help us. No time pressure, no deadlines. Please contact [[mailto: Hal Miller]] if you can help. Eventually we would like to upload all Hilltown Historical Societies files to the site.
The Hilltowns Genealogy on the Berne Historical Project site has recently been updated recently. There are about 80,000 individuals. If you or your ancestor is from the Hilltowns and should be included but is not, let me know. Also, the files have much more information than what is posted on line. I will be glad to run off an ancestor or descendant report.
Many thanks to Betty Fink for researching and creating biographies of Hilltown families from information in Landmarks of Albany County. Recent biographies include the families of:
  • Jacob Hochstrasser (1730) of Germany who was the first supervisor of both the towns of Rensselaerville in 1790, and of Berne when it was broke off Rensselaerville in 1795.
  • Alexander Mackey of New Paltz who was in the Revolutionary War who with his brother William were among the early settlers of the town of Rensselaerville.

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