Genesee County, New York

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Genesee County is a county located in Western New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 60,370.[1] Its name is from the Seneca Indian word Gen-nis'-hee-yo meaning "The Beautiful Valley."[2] Its county seat is Batavia.

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History

County pre-history of man goes back to the Ice Age 10,000 to 12,000 years ago at the Hiscock Site, in Byron, New York. Mastodon jaw, tusks and teeth, bones, tools, ceramics, metal and leather from this era has been unearthed there. This site in Genesee County is considered among North America’s most important for archaeological artifacts from the Ice Age.[3][4]

When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Genesee County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.

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