The lands of what is now Fulton County have undergone many name changes, Fulton County is one of the youngest counties formed in New York State (only three other counties were formed after 1838). This land was originally Albany County. In 1772, Tryon County was formed from Albany County, which then included Herkimer and Montgomery Counties, too. After the Revolution, Tyron County was renamed Montgomery County in 1784. In 1838, the present day lands that are now called Fulton County were formed and broken off from Montgomery. The county was named after Robert Fulton, inventor, mainly renown as inventor of the steamship. The county seat is Johnstown.
"Birth of a County", By Fulton County Historian, William Loveday, Jr.
The first profile after separation from Montgomery County, Fulton County in 1841.
Special Celebration: 150th Anniversary of Tryon County - Johnstown, 1922; 3 parts
What brought so many people to Fulton County in the 1800's? In the early 1800's and well into the early 20th century, Fulton County was growing at rate that has yet to be matched. Towns were flourishing. It was the days of glory then, and the reigning industry was glove making, namesake of the city of Gloversville. As demand was growing for this new industry, everyone somehow had a hand in this growing industry. From skin dressers and dyers, to glove cutter and box manufacturers, to women sewing to the ever growing factories of all sizes, everyone contributed to its success. For a more thorough and detail history of glove making, go to: The Glove Industry
History of Gloversville
For help, this article on Tracing your Roots...conveys resources available at the Montgomery County Department of History & Archives.
When looking for records and Census research, you should be aware of past towns that no longer exist, changed names and town lines, etc. - For example, a person listed as listed in Revolutionary War papers as setting residence in Caughnawaga, Tryon County is today, the lands either known as Broadalbin or Johnstown (or Fonda, Montgomery County).
Also, of note, Caroga*** was established in 1842 from parts of Stratford, Bleecker and Johnstown. So, if you're looking for in the 1840 census of land now in Caroga even though it was still Fulton County then - beware - you should look in those other towns too.
Researching ancestors from Oppenheim** presents a problem as part of Oppenheim became St. Johnsville, Montgomery County when Fulton was formed.
Those researching in the area of Perth should look not only in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, but also in West Galway, Saratoga County, where much of the daily life centered there. Perth town lines changed again in 1842.
* For information on and in a particular town, check out Fulton's Town Pages where you will find more detail about local points of interest, town history, historical societies and other town information.
* There is no genealogical society in Fulton County itself. To aid in your efforts of research but there is the Capital District Genealogical Society, though headquarters are in Albany members are from all over the country and their material & speakers do cover the Mohawk Valley, including Fulton.
As people and researchers bring to light more "tricks" about researching in Fulton, they will be posted on this page. If you know of such an instance and would like to share your experience and/or knowledge, please send an email!
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