The Seneca County, NY Hardenbrook family's brick wall came down with the advent of the www.fultonhistory.com website. This invaluable source continues to scan millions of newspaper articles, mostly from Upstate New York. This site allows genealogists to find obituaries, society notes, probate notices, and much more to fill out ancestors' lives. I was able to locate my g-g-grandfather's second family in the early 1900s where they were living in Auburn, and to fill in much of their social history.
Enoch Hardenbrook, Sr., b: 1852 married first Emma Brown Higgins. Enoch, Jr. was born in May 1882; Emma died July 1, 1882 of phlebitis. Enoch, Jr. was given to Emma's sister, Mary Simpson to raise. Nathaniel and Mary Simpson moved to Jacksonville, NY and raised Enoch Hardenbrook.
Enoch, Sr. then married Florence Kerry and they moved to Auburn, Cayuga County, NY. Cayuga County has its early probate files in PDF format, extremely easy to search. We are very impressed with the availability of records and the helpful, caring staff of Cayuga County.