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Surname File Search
Surname Files Available From The Society's Archives

The Minisink Valley Historical Society maintains surname files for researchers to use at the Society's Archives Room which is located on the second floor of the Port Jervis Free Library. Some files contain Ancestral charts, documented genealogy reports, photocopied pages from family bibles, a letter of inquiry from another researcher, or a single sheet containing an obituary or newspaper clipping.

If you are unable to visit our Archives in person, you may purchase a photocopy of the Surname File. The number of sheets per file determines the cost of each file. (See price chart below) We have to caution you that amateur family genealogists have donated these family files to the Society, therefore, the Society can not guarantee the accuracy of the information in these files. Nor can we give you a refund if the file does not contain the information you seek. Prepayment is required and the fee includes the cost of shipping and handling. For orders by regular mail, we accept payment by check or money order. We need your street or mailing address complete with zip code and a daytime phone number. Click Here to open a surname file order form in a new window for easy printing.

The Society also accepts online orders using PayPal. PayPal enables customers to safely and securely pay for items using all major credit cards, debit cards, echecks or PayPal accounts. Just click the "Add to Cart" button under the file size you wish to purchase and it will be added to your shopping cart. Once you are ready to check out, you will be sent to the PayPal website to securely enter your payment information. Using PayPal is free, fast and easy. During the check out process, please be sure to enter the surname file(s) you wish to purchase in the "Enter the Surnames Here" section. Click Here to visit the PayPal website.

You may mail your order with payment (check or money order) to:
Minisink Valley Historical Society
Surname Files
Post Office Box 659
Port Jervis, New York 12771

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery, due to possible backlogs and the availability of volunteers to photocopy files.

Fee Schedule:
S = Small
1-20 pages
M = Medium
20-50 Pages
L = Large
50-100 Pages
E = *Extensive
Over 100 Pages
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*Extensive files usually contain multiple file folders, which have been submitted by several different researchers. In this case we strongly recommend you visit our Archives to view the files in person.

Abbreviations For Surname File Contents:
A = Published Newspaper Article or Clipping
AC = Ancestral / Pedigree Charts, Family Group Sheets, Outlines, etc.
BA = Published Biography or Genealogy Article on an Individual or on this Family
CFF = Compiled Family File - Family Reports Donated to the Society
FB = Photocopied Family Bible Records
IL = Inquiry Letter(s) - Someone Else is Researching This Surname
MI = Microfilm Index (these files available on microfilm)
MVHS-AR = Visit our Archives in Person, We have A Book on This Family
MVHS-GS = Book Available For Sale in the Society's Gift Shop
OB = Obituary
Please Note:
1) MVHS has numerous published family genealogies in our Archive collection. These books are only available for in house research.
2) After browsing our surname file, please visit our Family History Page where you can view the Surnames some of our Society's members are researching. Perhaps someone else is researching the same surname you are!
Surname File Search:
To see what we have available for the surname you are researching, enter the name or the first few letters of the name into the search box below and click the search button. The results will be shown with details of the size and content available.
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Revised April 7, 2018