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From: "Regina Atchinson" <>
Subject: [NYALBANY] Question About Wards of The County - Albany
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 15:34:38 -0400
It's Ginger again. Here is my next question and it's actually two-part. Today I went to the Hall of Records on Tivoli St. in Albany to see if I could find out when my grandfather and his two brother were sent to St. Vincent's Male Orphanage. I found out that they were sent there by the court (I don't know which one). They were committed to the orphanage March 5, 1908 before Magistrate McMahon. The reason was "Father absconded; leaving family destitute", mother alive in Watervliet. My questions are:
Do old court records still exist (1908)?
What court would have put the boys in an orphanage, Family Court, County Court, etc.? I looked for a Judge (Magistrate) McManoh in the 1908 Directory but he wasn't listed.
Back in 1908 there were no computer checks or Social Security checks. Did men that abandoned their family usually change their names or could they have just skipped town and not be found even if they used their own names? The reason I ask is because I am still trying to find the boys father, Luke G. Cranney. He does not show up in the 1920 census (his father Luke does but it's not the same person) and I searched death records in the NYS Archives and could find no record of a Luke G. Cranney dying prior to 1930. I ran out of time and could not check after 1930. The only Luke Cranney I found was in 1923 but that was his father.
Thanks again for your help
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