Research Resources

Rush History Office Collection:
Included in the various holdings in the Rush History Office Collection are the following:

  • Census Records from 1800-1865 — Most are currently not alphabetized and are written in long hand and are very hard to read.
  • Assessment Rolls from 1818, 1820, 1918 and 1977
  • 1872 Beers Atlas
  • Cemetery Records for Maplewood Cemetery (in Henrietta), Pine Hill Cemetery (old records only), Pioneer Hill Cemetery, North Rush Cemetery, West Rush Cemetery, East Rush Cemetery (also known as Webster, Crosby or German), Thomas cemetery, and the No. 6 Cemetery (also known as McFarlan or Palmer).
  • Genealogy Information on older families of Rush — The majority of these records are not organized. Most records are from people who have done research on their own and sent copies. Some records are handwritten letters/documents that have been given to us.
  • Photos — We have new and old photographs available of area town buildings, barns, bridges, celebrations, cemeteries, churches, clubs, the Rush dam, dedications, disasters, events, farming, holidays, Rush homes, parades, parks, people, the railroad, reenactments, the reservoir, road crews, roads, schools and students, and veterans.
  • Pamphlets on area towns, genealogy, etc.
  • Maps of Rush dating back to early 1800’s
  • The books “Landmarks of Monroe County”, with an index by name and “History of Monroe County NY”, with illustrations and an index by name.
  • Many other books are also located in our office.

Rush Public Library Collection:

  • Hallock, Bessie A. (1962). Rush in the Early Wars
  • Hallock, Bessie A. (1963). Your Folks and Mine: Reminiscences and Anecdotes of and About the People of Rush
  • Hallock, Bessie A. (1968). Rush in Retrospect: Town of River, Reeds and Rushes 1788 – 1808, 1818-1968
  • Hallock, Bessie A. (2012). Here on This Hilltop
  • Mee, Susan Bittner. (2014). Rush, Images of America Series
  • Rush Senior Citizens. (2011). Rush Heritage Cookbook: Featuring Fall Festival Winners: A Collection of Recipes by Rush Seniors
  • Rush Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, 1920-1995: Seventy Five Years of Service: Diamond Jubilee. (1995)
  • Yawman, Jeanne. (1993). The Road to Yesterday

Online Resources:
More and more information is becoming available online.  The following resources can be very valuable aids in genealogical research.

Julia Wilbur Diaries: Lived in Rush, moved to Alexandria, VA during Civil War, She kept detailed diaries from the 1840s until her death in 1895.  Alexandria Archaeology  has transcribed the 1860-1866 originals from the Haverford College, PA Quaker collection.

Julia Wilbur: Abolitionist, Suffragist and Brave Person, blog by Paula Whitacre.

Fulton Postcards – Historical Newspapers from the USA and Canada.  This site contains nearly 30 million newspaper pages!

Monroe County Genealogical Resources: A lengthy and helpful list of resources including vital records, census records, genealogy resources, cemeteries, newspapers, etc.

New York State Historical Newspaper Collection:  This site includes many newspapers but of particular value to Rush related research is the Honeoye Falls Times (1882-1987) and the Rush Echo (local newspaper published from 1879-1881).

Military Resources:

Civil War Roster, Town of Rush, NY

Civil War Soldiers Research Guide, Rochester Public Library

Directory of the Grand Army of the Republic, Monroe County, New York.  Directory includes: GAR Posts, U.V.U. Commands, Women’s Relief Corps, Sons of Veterans, and Ladies Aids.

New York State Civil War Soldier Database – New York State Archives

New York State Military Museum

Rochester Civil War Veterans: Roster and Scrapbook, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of New York and Auxiliaries

World War 1 Service Record: Rochester and Monroe County (3 Volumes):
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

Social Media:

You Grew Up in Rush, NY, If You Remember….. (Facebook Group):

Rush History/Rush Bicentennial (Facebook Group):

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