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Clerk’s office can be great source for finding pieces of genealogy puzzle

Schenectady County Clerk John Woodward, a Rotterdam native, looks at an old Census register in his office.
Photographer: Bill Buell
Schenectady County Clerk John Woodward, a Rotterdam native, looks at an old Census register in his office.
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Recent history suggests that once you earn the position of county clerk in Schenectady County, you’re going to have it for a while, and that’s fine with John J. Woodward. He loves the job. “It doesn’t seem to be the case in other counties, so I don’t know why we have such longevity in Schenectady County,” said Woodward, who was appointed county clerk by Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994 and has been elected to five ...

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