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Almshouse Burial Permits
Record Series Bastardy Papers
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Dates 1813-1913
Location Warren County Records Storage & Archives
Format Handwritten records including affidavits, replies, testimony, recognizance, appeal and final orders
Arranged Chronological by File Date
Volume 0.5 cubic ft
Department County Clerk
Legal Restrictions Restricted - 100 yrs.
Use Restrictions Staff will access all records and must approve all requests for copies
Historical Background According to an act of legislature passed by New York State on 5 March 1801, municipalities were entitled to "secure relief from the maintenance of bastard children." Procedures were established and carried out before the Court of General Sessions, during which Overseers of the Poor introduced their claim for reimbursement from reputed fathers in anticipation of defraying the cost of the support of such children. Revised Statutes of 1829 (published 1836), Part I, Ch. XX, Title 6, Section 1-73 provide ample detail into the procedures used during the 19th century.
Description of Record Series Handwritten records including affidavits, replies, testimony, recognizance, appeal and final orders containing defendant name, information on maternity (including mother's name, confinement and birth information), and, within the final order, the amount of payment being sought from the father, as well as court, date and filing information. Also known as Orders of Filiation, Order of Affiliation, Overseer of Poor Bond (Warrant), Bond. OCA Schedule # 20180
Purpose of Record A record used by the court to establish the paternity of bastard children in an effort to relieve the counties of any undue burdens of support.
Other Formats None
Finding Aids Name index 1813-1913 (paper and computerized) available. Series locations on inventory database.
Related Series Recognizance 1814-1909, Almshouse Records, Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors. May also be found in town records.

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