ALBANY & EASTERN NEW YORK GENEALOGY
Cliff Lamere Albany, NY
Genealogical Aids & Local History
Last updated 1 Nov 2005
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TABLE OF CONTENTS (anything in blue and underlined is a link)
2) SEARCH ENGINE (on Home page)
3) RECORDS - (access from Home page)
BIRTHS & BAPTISMS
DEATHS (cemetery records, obituaries)
MIXED VITAL RECORDS
(births, baptisms, marriages and deaths)
OTHER LISTS OF PEOPLE
(pastors are in Churches & Pastors)
4) GENEALOGICAL AIDS / LOCAL HISTORY (on this webpage)
CHURCHES & PASTORS (lists of churches, their histories, pastor information, etc.)
CEMETERIES (lists of cemeteries; tombstone graphics and abbreviations, etc.)
LANGUAGE & NAMES (includes Dutch and German systems of naming children)
HISTORY (NY state & local)
MAPS (many for Albany Co. name the property owners)
Reformed Churches in US & Canada (Cliff Lamere) Information for about 980 churches includes name,
address, phone number, email address, and website address. Lenghthy file. Takes awhile to load.
Reformed Church Websites in the US & Canada in the year 2000 (Cliff Lamere)
Brief History of the Methodist-Episcopal Church in America (Cliff Lamere)
Photos of Many Reformed Churches (Reformed Church in America) Use this search engine to get
information on any current Reformed Church. About 5-10% of the search results will be accompanied
by a photo of the church.
History of the Methodist Episcopal Church (5 volumes) (Nathan Bangs) Beliefs of the early M.E. Church.
NEW YORK STATE
Dutch Reformed Churches in NY 1850-1870 (Cliff Lamere) This is a table showing the number of these
churches in each NY county.
Contains information on churches in eight religions. Includes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
and Episcopal Diocese of Albany. Both have information on churches in all counties on this website.
Churches of New York State (churchangel) Contains contact information.
Catholic Parishes as Sources of Genealogical Information (Father Dennis Hughes)
Catholic Parishes (196) in the Albany Diocese (14 counties) (Roman Catholic Diocese) Location, phone no.
Episcopal Diocese of Albany (19 counties) (Albany Episcopal Diocese) Church information.
Reformed Dutch and Lutheran Churches in NY (Rebecca Rector) Extensive list of books available from the
New York State Library, the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and a book publisher.
Early Churches in Albany Co. (1642-1835) (Graham Louer / Cliff Lamere) A partial list.
Church Sunday Schools in the City of Albany in 1856 (Ernie Shea)
Cohoes Churches - Some History (Breea Willingham / Times Union)
Churches in the City of Albany before 1776 (NYS Museum)
Churches in the City of Albany in 1856 (Ernie Shea)
Churches in the City of Albany in 2003 (thecitiesof.com) Name, address, phone number.
Parishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (rcda) Contact parishes in 14 counties. Listed by county.
Parishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (evangelist) Alphabetical by city or town(ship) in a 14
Churches of Albany Co. (modern) (Debby Masterson) Addresses and phone numbers.
26, 1857, in the North Dutch Church by the Pastor Rev. E. P. Rogers, D. D.(1858) (MOA-Cornell)
Second Dutch Reformed Church of Berne (now Thompson Lake Reformed Church) - photo (bernehistory)
West Mountain Methodist-Episcopal Church (Town of Berne) (bernehistory) Includes recent photo of church
in ruins, plus some history.
Town of Berne Church Information & Photos (bernehistory) 20 churches.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church (NYS Museum)
St. Peter's Church (Episcopal) and Albany between 1900 and 1920 (St. Peter's Church) Postcard views.
Statistics for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (rcda) Begun in 1847.
Churches of Columbia Co. (Hudson Valley Network) Addresses, phone numbers.
Chatham Center Methodist Episcopal Church - Pastors 1875-1906 (Jane Williams Wood)
Churches of Greene County (1884) (J.B. Beers/ Arlene Goodwin) Excellent.
Fonda (Caughnawaga) Reformed Church (W.N.P. Dailey)
Caughnawaga Reformed Church (Herbert R. Groff)
Elijah and Calvin Herrick, Baptist Ministers (Richard L. Herrick) Family information.
Church Vital Records in Existence in 1942, and Where Located (Pat Connors) Excellent Resource.
Rensselaer Co. Churches (Debby Masterson) Addresses, phone numbers.
Amity Reformed Church in Vischer Ferry Celebrates 200 Years (John Scherer)
Churches of Schenectady Co. (Schenectady Co. Public Library) Dates of their records, and where kept.
Churches, Synagogues and Mosques in Schenectady Co. (Schenectady Co. Public Library) Names,
addresses, phone numbers.
NYS Division of Cemeteries (NY State) Download 78-page NY Cemetery Law Manual. Much more.
Headstone Abbreviations for Fraternal Organizations (Carol /geocities)
Gravestone Images and their Meanings (Lorine McGinnis Schulze)
Meanings of Gravestone Inscriptions (Pearl Wilson)
The Limited Encyclopedia of Grave Terminology (Joel G Azis)
Symbolism in Cemeteries (Gerald McGrane)
Gravestone Symbol Meanings (M.A. Leonard) Short, but interesting.
How to do Tombstone Rubbings (Richard Lupu)
How to do Gravestone Rubbings (Katie Karrick)
NEW YORK STATE
Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany (rcda) 14 counties including covered by this website.
Catholic Cemeteries (11) of the counties of Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady (rcda) These are only the
cemeteries managed by the St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.
Catholic Cemeteries in Albany Co. (Cliff Lamere) Includes information on how to contact.
Almshouse Cemetery - Albany (Judy Patrick) Article about moving graves to Albany Rural Cemetery.
Albany Co. Cemeteries (54) (USGS) Names.
Albany Co. Cemeteries (40) (GenExchange)
Albany Area Cemeteries (102) (NYGenWeb) Names of cemeteries. Not all are in Albany Co. Some have
links to records, but those are included in my links above.
Albany Rural Cemetery (L.C. Rogers) 15 photos of gravestones and monuments.
Columbia Co. Cemeteries (NYGenWeb) A list of some cemeteries and their locations.
Columbia Co. Cemeteries (359) and Their Locations (c. 1920-1940) (Cliff Lamere) Many are farm plots.
Montgomery Co. Private Cemeteries (NYGenWeb) Names and locations.
Rensselaer Co. Cemetery Directions (NYGenWeb) Directions for cemeteries in 7 Towns.
Schenectady Co. Cemetery Directory (15) (Schenectady Co. Public Library) Names, addresses, and some
Schenectady Co. Cemeteries (34) (USGS) Names.
Some Schoharie Co. Cemeteries (41) in 1932 (Gertrude A. Barber /USGenWeb) Names, some locations.
National Archives - Regional Offices (NARA) Addresses, phone numbers, email, etc.
Family History Centers of the Latter-Day-Saints (LDS) Find the location of Family History Centers in any
state or county.
County Courthouses of the US (genealogy.com) Click on a state in US map. Get list of county courthouses.
State Resources in the US (genealogy.com) Click on a state in the US map.
State Archives for Every US State, plus Territories (Georgia Sec. of State) Lists name, address, phone
number and website URL.
NEW YORK STATE
Eastern New York Genealogical Researchers (Cliff Lamere) People who do your research for a fee.
Lookups in "Upstate New York in the 1760s" (Florence Christoph / Jean Sanders) Tax and Militia Rolls for
Old Albany County which encompassed about 20 modern counties in eastern NY.
County Courthouses of NY (genealogy.com) Names, addresses and phone numbers.
County Clerks of NY (NYS Dept of State) Names, addresses and phone numbers.
Directory of Libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System (uhls) Websites for each.
***GUIDE TO ALBANY AREA GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES (Cliff Lamere)
44 facilities primarily in Albany Co., NY and some surrounding counties (Columbia, Rensselaer,
Schenectady, Greene, and Montgomery). I list the name, address, phone number, website & email
addresses, research fee, photocopy cost, and many of the records held by the facility. I also give some
advice on how to obtain NY vital records quickly (see Notes at the end).
NY State Library (nysl) Click on Login (top one).
Where to Look for Columbia Co. Records (Susan Mulvey) Many places are outside of the county.
Finding Records in New York State (Cliff Lamere) Covers Columbia Co. and other counties.
Rensselaer Co. - Town Clerk's Offices (Debby Masterson)
Finding Records in New York State (Cliff Lamere) Lists sources of NY information and important dates.
Regular and Delayed Birth Certificates in New York State (Cliff Lamere)
NY Vital Records Certificates - Understanding How the State Processes Them (Cliff Lamere) Information
probably not available elsewhere. Includes reasons why, after you wait 13 months, the State might tell
you that they don't have a certificate even though they do. And they keep your $22.
Delayed Vital Records Certificates (Cliff Lamere) Many certificates are issued decades after the event.
(Ruth Ann Messick)
Counties of the United States - complete list (Cliff Lamere) The majority of USGenWeb county
websites on RootsWeb have identical addresses except for the ending 2-letter state code followed by the
first six letters of the name of the county. You can guess at the address and it will usually work.
Abbreviations of the State Names of the US (Cliff Lamere) Standard and Postal Service.
Finding County Websites for Genealogical Research (Cliff Lamere)
County Seats of New York State (Cliff Lamere) Where most NY records are kept.
Books of Vital Records Available from Kinship (Cliff Lamere) Does not include books of cemetery records.
Social Security Death Indexes Online (Cliff Lamere) 6 sites, most inaccurate. Pick the best one to use.
(4 Nov 2005)
Birthdate Calculator (Cliff Lamere) Uses date of death and age at death. Accurate.
Calendar & Birthdate Calculator (Calisto) British. Accurate. Download a zip or self-extracting .exe file.
Has the advantage that you don't have to be online to use it. Excellent.
Perpetual Calendar (Herb Weiner) Click on non-Java Calendar.
Counties and County Seats of New York State (Fact Index)
Genealogy Terms (Sam Behling) Extensive.
Genealogy Abbreviations (Sam Behling) Extensive.
Steps that can be taken in Genealogical Research (Michael John Neill)
Genealogy Forms (familyeducation)
Genealogy Forms (Duane & Mary Bailey)
Genealogy Forms (Judith Haller) Includes many for Macintosh computers.
Genealogy Forms (gwinnetths)
Relationship Table (Michael Goad) How you are related to another person, alive or dead.
Archaic Diseases - Causes of Death (Genealogy Quest)
Glossary of Ancient Diseases (Lorine McGinnis Schulze)
Colonial Diseases and Cures (Sam Behling)
Glossary of Old Medical Terms (Pearl Wilson)
List of Old Medical Terms (Daniel H. Burrows) Includes links to six additional lists.
American & Worldwide Epidemics 1657-1918 (genealogy-quest)
Colonial Occupations (Sam Behling) Extensive.
List of Occupations (John Lacomb) Long.
List of Occupations (genealogy-quest)
Dutch Occupations (Willem Rabbelier) Very long. Author is Dutch.
Columbia Encyclopedia (bartleby) Excellent.
Encyclopaedia Britannica (britannica) Previous encyclopedia gives more complete answers. For this one,
before doing a search choose "Encyclopaedia Only" from drop-down menu.
Netherlands Telephone Directory You can search for a surname by region of the country. Given names are
not listed, but the initials are.
Roadside Historic Markers of NY (NYS Museum) Get complete list, or search by county.
Timeline For Your Ancestor (ourtimelines) Enter your ancestor's name and life dates to see what was
happening during his/her lifetime.
Asking for Genealogical Help in New York State (Cliff Lamere) Partially duplicates the previous entry.
Lists many sources of NY information and some important dates. Tells what information you should
include if you want someone to give you advice on where to look for your NY ancestor.
Newspaper Microfilms Can be Borrowed from the NYS Library (Cliff Lamere) Microfilms of NY
newspapers can be borrowed from anywhere in the US by using interlibrary loan.
1991 US Supreme Court Decision Concerning Copyright and Compilations of Facts (Cliff Lamere) Good
news for genealogists.
City Directories as a Research Tool (Cliff Lamere) They may contain death dates, the name of the new
spouse, and the city to which a person had moved.
Double Dates (W.H. Roll)
RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees (RootsWeb) 31 lessons for genealogists.
for Genealogists (genhelp)
Understanding Website Search Engines (Cliff Lamere)
Methods of Avoiding Spam (Cliff Lamere)
Virus Protection - 3 easy methods you haven't heard of before (Cliff Lamere) Your pre-installed
antivirus may NOT be set to check incoming emails and attachments ! You may have to set it. [A third
important method has been added since this webpage was first put online. It is method #2.]
Counters for RootsWeb Sites - The Basics, in Understandable Language (Cliff Lamere) The counter used
by RootsWeb is also used by many other service providers (because it is good, and it is free to service
providers). These instructions could apply to your non-RootsWeb site.
Hyperlinks - The Basics (Cliff Lamere) Much detail about the links that you use.
View a Webpage that has been Moved, Renamed or Deleted (Cliff Lamere) Find that lost webpage.
NYS Library Catalog - Access for users of AOL, Compuserve and Web TV (Cliff Lamere) If you cannot
reach this website, try this method.
NEW YORK STATE
1880 Soundex Index to the US Census for New York State
(Joan Gafney) LDS Microfilms.
1900 Soundex Index to the US Census for New York State (Joan Gafney) LDS Microfilms.
1920 Soundex Index to the US Census for New York State (Joan Gafney) LDS Microfilms.
Church Marriages and Baptisms for Most NY Counties (LDS) (Barb Baxter)
Censuses & Soundex Indexes for Albany Co. (1790-1925) (Joan Gafney) LDS Microfilms.
Troy City Directories 1829-1935 (LDS) Some years also list Lansingburgh, which became part of Troy in
1900 and is sometimes called N. Troy. Cohoes, West Troy (present city of Watervliet which formed in 1896)
and Green Island are in Albany Co. They are also listed for many years, even before the LDS titles show
them. Likewise for Waterford in Saratoga Co.
Historical and Genealogical Societies of the United States (obitlinkspage)
NEW YORK STATE
New York Historical and Genealogical Societies (obitlinkspage)
Genealogical Societies in New York State (Dick Halsey)
Genealogical Societies in New York State (NYGenWeb) A long list begins midpage.
Albany Co. Historical Organizations (Upper Hudson Library System)
Columbia County Clerks and Historians (NYGenWeb)
Montgomery Co. Historical Societies (NYGenWeb) Also Herkimer Co.
Rensselaer Co. Historical Societies (Debby Masterson) Names, addesses, and phone numbers.
Rensselaer Co. Historical Organizations (Upper Hudson Library System)
Saratoga Co. Historians & Town Clerks (Heritage Hunters of Saratoga Co. /NYGenWeb)
USGenWeb List of States (USGenWeb) Select a state, and then go to a county of interest.
NEW YORK STATE
Find Any NYGenWeb County Site (NYGenWeb)
USGenWeb Counties List for NY - Links to Data (USGenWeb) For the eight counties of this site, all
pertinent records have already had links made to them above. I include this link for those of you who are
interested in the remaining counties. If you click on "Up to higher level directory", you can get then
click on a state two letter code and get access to data for that state.
ROOTSWEB WEBSITES FOR VARIOUS COUNTIES
NY Mailing Lists (John Fuller)
SEARCH ENGINES FOR NYGENWEB & ROOTSWEB COUNTY SITES - search all records on each site
Columbia Co. NYGenWeb - no search engine
Greene Co. NYGenWeb - Search Engine This is a hybrid site; partly genealogical records and largely NY
genealogical and historical books for sale. The search engine looks through book indexes sold by the
sponsor, plus synopses of the books, plus the records on the site. The records that I saw were alphabetical
by surname. To do a search for Craig Winne, you will likely have better results by searching for
Winne, Craig . Or, just search for the surname.
Rensselaer Co. #2 (ALHN & AHGP) - no search engine
SEARCH ENGINES FOR OTHER SITES
RootsWeb Search Engines A powerful site consisting of many search engines. GREAT.
Google Search Engine (google) Outstanding for genealogy. Searches 2.6 billion webpages in less than 1
second. Enter a surname followed by the word genealogy or family and you may be surprised at the
result. Enter any given name and surname between quotation marks. Repeat this with names reversed.
Social Security Death Index (1935-present) (RootsWeb) Better than next.
Social Security Death Index (Ancestry.com) Use previous.
Burial Records (579,134 records in 2,108 cemeteries) - Search Engine (Cemetery Records Online)
WebWide Surname Locator (cribbswh)
Burial Records (2.5 million) - Search Engine (Find A Grave)
Palatines plus other German immigrants (Palatines to America) Incomplete database. Data not verified.
Genealogy Portal (Genealogy Portal) Searches many web sources.
Bureau Of Land Management (US Dept. of Interior) Search for ancestors who went west from NY.
Latter-Day Saints Website (LDS) A wonderful contribution to genealogical research as long as you
understand that much of the data was submitted by people doing their own family trees, and that LDS
cannot check such data for accuracy. What you often get is another person's opinion, and that should not
be accepted by you until you have been able to confirm the information in a more reliable source. The
LDS site is an excellent starting place for clues, but not for final answers.
WorldConnect at RootsWeb (RootsWeb) Searches for names in submitted gedcoms.
Making of America - at Cornell University (Cornell University) Has many complete books which were
published 1815-1926. A new feature allows you to choose to convert the graphic page images to text in
some of the books. The search engine will search only through the converted books. Be aware that many
mistakes have unavoidably resulted from the conversion process. As a result, many names that are
present in the book have been misspelled in ways you could never guess (with numbers or symbols rather
than letters). Nevertheless, the books are far more useable than before this feature was added.
The Netherlands (LDS)
The Netherlands (Willem Rabbelier) Nine historical maps at the bottom of the page.
Maps of Ireland (Thomas J. Archdeacon)
Select a year and type in a surname. A map will appear unless the spelling of the name was not part of
the top 50,000 names for that year. Censuses were used for the first three dates, phone books for 1990.
Below the map will be important information (first paragraph). Try the next year, and so on. Once you
see how it works, choose All Years. The maps will display one after the other so that you will be able to
get an impression of migration patterns, if any.
US Animated Map of the Changing Boundaries of the 48 Contiguous States 1790-1920 (Northeast Genealogy)
US Animated Map Showing Formation of the Counties (Ed Stephan)
USGenWeb Map of US Showing All States and Their Two Letter Codes (USGenWeb) Click on the
state and go to that state's USGenWeb site.
United States - 1895 County Maps for Each State (CFC Productions) Images from an 1895 US Atlas.
Drawings of US Cities ("Panoramic Maps") for 1847-1929 (Library of Congress) Has a zoom feature and a
Historical Maps of the United States (utexas)
US Historical City Maps (mostly early 1900s) (utexas) 146 maps from 1830 to 1952.
Map of Original 13 Colonies and Land Held by England (1763-1775) (utexas) Some states had a different
shape in 1775. NY had only about 60% of its present land, but it included most of Vermont.
Maps - Regional, Street Maps, Areal Photos (Mapquest) Includes roadtrip planner.
BERKSHIRE CO., MA
Berkshire Co. (modern) (BerkshireWeb)
1876 County Atlas of Berkshire, MA by F. W. Beers (Laurel O'Donnell /USGenWeb) Has 42 maps.
NEW YORK STATE
New York State - Every County Named (NY GenWeb) Great map. The same page will allow you to link to
the NYGenWeb county sites.
New York State - county maps 1895 (CFC Productions) Taken from an 1895 US Atlas.
*** New York Animated Map 1683-1915 (Northeast Genealogy) Changing county boundaries shown.
New York Maps (74) Showing Changes in the Counties 1683-1915 (Northeast Genealogy)
New York State 20th Century Togographical Maps (US Geological Survey)
New York State Historical Maps 1556-1895 (SUNY at Stony Brook) 20 maps plus links to others.
New York State 1868. Map Showing Canals and Railroads (University of Rochester) The canals are shown
with solid, dark black lines. The railroads are shown with dashed lines.
New York Relief Map With County Boundaries Superimposed on it (Ray Sterner /Johns Hopkins U.) This
map will give you an idea of the physical features in the area where your ancestors lived. To see the
same map without the county lines, click HERE.
Maps of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (djweaver) Many historical maps.
Hudson Valley Interactive Map (HV/Net) When the small map on the right appears, click anywhere on it
and a map of just that section will appear. Or, you can select from the drop-down list at the bottom of the
screen. Tourist attractions are included.
Map of the Present Counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga (Capital District Regional
Planning Commission) Shows Cities, Towns and Villages. 'Central City' represents county seat.
Yahoo! Maps of NY Communities (Yahoo!) Type the name of the community and NY .
Major Palatine Settlements in NY, NJ and PA (Kathryn Parker)
Counties Formed From Albany Co. (NYGenWeb) Has a colored map of New York State counties. Also
has a table showing the year each county was formed, each county seat, and gives the name of the
person who manages the county website (not entirely accurate). From here you can link to any NY
GenWeb county site in the state.
Albany (city) 1676 (NYS Museum) Earliest known drawing.
Albany Co. (ancient) 1755 - by Thomas Kitchen (NYS Museum)
Albany (city) 1770 - by Robert Yates (NYS Museum) Click on map for more text, and to enlarge it.
Albany Co. (ancient) 1771 - by Guy Johnson (NYS Museum)
Albany Co. (modern) (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Bethlehem (Town of) - modern (Tom Martin)
Bethlehem (Town of) - 1854 Gould map (Patricia Van Wagenen Harrison) Gives names of property owners,
but difficult to read some names. Adams Ville = Delmar.
Bethlehem (Town of) - 1866 Beers map (Patricia Van Wagenen Harrison) Gives names of property owners,
but difficult to read some names. Adamsville = Delmar.
Berne (Town of) 1866 - List of Property Owners only (Barbara Bolster-Barrett / Darin Flansburg) A list
of the 454 properties on the two maps that make up the complete Town.
Berne (Town of) 1866 - Map 1 (Darin Flansburg / Barbara Bolster-Barrett) Eastern 90% of the Town.
Includes a List of Property Owners.
Berne (Town of) 1866 - Map 2 (Darin Flansburg / Cliff Lamere) Western 10% of the Town. Does not include
the List of Property Owners.
New Scotland (Town of) 1866 (Darin Flansburg) Includes insets of Clarksville and New Salem. Large file.
New Scotland (Town of) 1866 - List of Property Owners only (Barbara Bolster-Barrett / Darin Flansburg)
A list of the 577 properties on the map.
Rensselaerville (Town of) 1866 (Barbara Bolster-Barrett / Janet Haseley / Cliff Lamere) Includes five
maps (Town and four hamlets) and a list of c. 660 property owners and businesses shown on the maps.
Rensselaerville (Town of) 1866 - List of Property Owners only (Barbara Bolster-Barrett / Janet Haseley / Cliff
Lamere) A list of c. 660 property owners and businesses shown on five maps.
Columbia Co. (modern) (Poughkeepsie Journal) Shows the town(ship)s and is in color.
Columbia Co. (modern) (unknown) Can be enlarged.
Town of Ghent (1860s?) (Beers? / Jim Groat) Shows houses, and names the land owners.
Greene Co. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Greene Co. (Hope Farm Press)
Greene Co. locations 1867 (about 25 maps) (nygreen2)
Greene Co. - Towns of Athens and Coxsackie 1884 (nygreen2) Shows patents.
The Stone Arabia Patent 1723 or 1823 (djweaver) 1723 on map, 1823 flashing in title.
Montgomery Co. 1829 (David H. Burr)
Montgomery Co. 1895 (djweaver)
Schoharie Creek drainage area.
Mohawk River Valley.
Rensselaer Co. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Troy Maps (10) plus one Surrounding Map (Uncle Sam)
Saratoga Co. 2000 (Capital District Regional Planning Commission)
1866 Maps & Transcribed Names of Property Owners. (David Pane-Joyce) 16 Village, 4 Town(ship) Maps.
Clifton Park (Canastagione) 1866 (David Payne-Joyce)
Schoharie Co. 1866 (Joyce Riedinger) Includes maps of Towns and Villages.
Schoharie Co. 1895 (CFC Productions) Includes surrounding counties.
(Channon M. Moon) Shows names of some men killed in Indian Massacre. Names of captured or killed.
Schenectady Co. (1866 Beers Atlas) (Schenectady Co. Public Library ) Maps of Schenectady Co., Town of
Princetown and villages of Duanesburg, Bramans Corners, and Mariaville.
Schenectady Co. (c. 1750) (Schenectady Co. Public Library)
Schenectady (city) (1920) (utexas)
NY - Present-Day Populated Places (Nancy Dixon) Source: NYS Department of Transportation.
NY - Cities, Towns and Villages (NY State Library) All hamlets are missing. Previous link is better.
NY - County Highways (N. W. Perry)
USGS Geographic Names Information System for US and Territories (USGS) You can search for the names
of cemeteries, churches, parks, airports, cities, counties, townships, lakes, rivers, mountains, or just about
any physical feature named on a USGS map.
Geographic Names Information System (Peabody Museum, Yale)
Index of NY Cities, Villages, Towns in 1890 (NYGenWeb)
Index of NY Town(ship)s on USGS Topographical Maps (unh) 20th and late 19th centuries. The numbers
represent the number of different maps on which each Town appears.
US Gazetteer (US Census Bureau)
DUTCH NAMES AND NAMING PRACTICES
Dutch System of Naming Children (Cliff Lamere) Descendants of a Van Slyk/Van Valkenburgh marriage
are used as an example. Also, two Van Slyk/Gardenier families.
Patronymics, Surnames, and Dutch Naming of Children (Cliff Lamere)
Glossary of Some Dutch Given Names and Their English Translations (Cliff Lamere) 58 names.
English Equivalents of Dutch Names (Richard Frisbie /Hope Farm Press) About 150 names.
Dutch Names and their English Equivalents (unknown) About 150 names.
Lexicon of Dutch and Frisian baptismal names and their English equivalents (Annette Campbell)
Dutch Baptismal Names (Donna Speer Ristenbatt)
Dutch Names and Dutch Naming of Children (Lorine McGinnis Schulze)
Dutch Surnames Formed from Patronymics (Donna Speer Ristenbatt)
Dutch Patronymics (and Dutch Surnames) in the 1600s (Lorine McGinnis Schulze) This webpage is about
surnames as much as it is about patronymics. In the final list of names, each time the word "of" is used,
interpret it as meaning "is" or "was".
Some Dutch Surnames of Old Ulster County, NY (John Bodine Thompson)
Meanings of Dutch Surnames (MyFamily)
Old Dutch Handwriting (Willem Rabbelier) Shows upper case and lower case examples of each letter.
Learn Dutch (Chris Sonnemans) Online Dutch language course.
Integral Dutch Course (unknown)
Learning Dutch (Taalthuis) Includes pronunciation, using audio files.
Dutch-English On-line Dictionary (Travlang)
English-Dutch On-line Dictionary (Travlang)
On-line Dictionary. Dutch-English and English-Dutch (Taalthuis) Click on "On line Dutch dictionary"
History of the Dutch Language (NedWeb) Can be read in English, Dutch, or German.
NAMES & NAMING (non-Dutch)
Puritan Naming of Children in Massachusetts (David Hackett Fischer)
German System of Naming Children (Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.) Excellent description. Written about
Pennsylvania, it applies also to New York and elsewhere as well.
Palatine German Pattern of Naming Children (Kilts Family Newsletter /fortklock)
German Names in America (shea)
Importance of Given Names in Genealogical Research (Donna Przech). Includes a section on the standard
method of naming children in England 1700-1875. It was probably the same for English families in the US.
Most Popular US Given Names from 1880 to 1919 (Social Security Administration)
Most Popular US Given Names from 1920 to 1959 (Social Security Administration)
Most Popular US Given Names from 1960 to 1997 (Social Security Administration)
Given names - the etymology and history of first names (behindthename) Includes lists of names, the sources
from which names have been derived, and search engines.
American Surnames - Where They Come From (Elsdon C. Smith)
Surnames - How They Developed (John Bodine Thompson)
Spelling and Misspelling Names and Words (genealogy.com). Helps us understand the many spellings that
can exist for the surname spellings which descended from a single surname.
Surname Meanings (MyFamily) British, Celtic, Danish, Dutch, European, French, Gaelic, German, Greek,
Hebrew, Irish, Latin, Saxon, Scottish, Welsh.
DICTIONARIES AND TRANSLATORS (see above for Dutch)
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (brittanica)
Dictionary of Legal Terms (John Bouvier, 1856)
Language Translator (SDL International) Translates sentences from English into German, French,
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Norwegian (or vice versa).
Latin / English Dictionary (cuhk)
Latin / English Dictionary (Tufts)
Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid (U of Notre Dame)
List of Abbreviations (genealogy-quest)
Extended ASCII Characters (pcscomp) Foreign and other characters: ¼, ½ , £ , ö , é , ¢ , ÷ , æ , ¿ , Ñ , etc.
Acronyms (abbreviations) (acronymfinder) Has a search engine.
Deciphering Old Handwriting (Sabina J. Murray) A great aid for anyone looking at old censuses, deeds, wills,
etc. Shows examples of old handwriting.
Genealogy Dictionary (genealogy.com)
Genealogy Terms (genealogy-quest)
Latin Words in Church Records (genealogy-quest)
Dutch Barns in the New World (nwdb)
Garret Flansburgh / Kathrine Houghtaling Family Photos (c. 1840) (Darin Flansburg) Four photos include
11 children all of whom are named.
Garret Flansburgh / Kathrine Houghtaling Family Bible (Darin Flansburg) Begun in 1813.
Fort Nassau 1614 - Trading Post (early Albany) (lftantillo) Painting by Len Tantillo.
Fort Orange 1635 (early Albany) (lftantillo) Painting by Len Tantillo.
Albany City Hall Dock 1787 (lftantillo) Painting by Len Tantillo.
Albany - Historic Buildings (unknown)
Albany - Broadway about 1894 (Webshots) Shows an electric trolley.
Albany - 80 Views of the City (Ernie Shea /Webshots) Mostly old postcard views? Some dates.
Albany - 33 Views (Ernie Shea /Webshots)
Albany - 33 Views (Ernie Shea /Webshots)
Albany - 27 Views, including football teams from 1927 and 1942 (Ernie Shea /Webshots)
Albany - 31 Views of Washington Park (Ernie Shea /Webshots)
Albany - Schuyler Mansion (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Albany - City Hall (Mary Ann Sullivan) 12 views. Excellent photos.
Half Moon - a Replica of Henry Hudson's Ship (hudsonriver.com)
Half Moon - several photos and interior plan (New Netherland Museum)
Half Moon - Photo Tour (Times Union)
Albany - NY State Capitol Building (Mary Ann Sullivan) 4 views.
Albany - NY State Capitol Building (including view of 1879 building) (Dennis Mallory) Front (east side) is on
left; E mpire State Plaza in background
Albany - Empire State Plaza (Mary Ann Sullivan) 21 views. Excellent photos.
Views of Albany (Kevin Cummings) Very good photos, especially on later screens. Crane Mt. is not nearby.
Cohoes Falls (Kevin Cummings)
NY State University at Albany (Mary Ann Sullivan) 13 views.
Widow Sturtevant House, Pearl Street, Albany (Library of Congress) Dutch architecture. Click on photo.
Kinderhook Historic Houses (kinderhookconnection)
Columbia Co. Photos (Paul K. Bogausch) Click on 'Interesting Articles', then on the top statement.
Kinderhook and Valatie (unknown) Includes historic houses. Some southern Rensselaer Co.
Claverack and Kinderhook (unknown) Historic houses and markers.
Clermont and Livingston (unknown) Historic houses and markers.
Columbia County Alms House in Ghent (Linda Crannell)
Scenes of Nassau village and surroundings (John Chapman)
Hawley Home For Children, Saratoga Springs (Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County) In operation 1904 - 1965.
Schuylerville and Saratoga Monument (unknown)
The Dutch Declaration of Independence, 1581 (fordham) "This Calvinistic document served as a model for
the U.S. Declaration of Independence."
History of the Netherlands (aganse)
History of the Netherlands - A Timeline (Willem Rabbelier)
Short History of The Netherlands (Leo Akershoek) Copy this to an email or word processor in order to read.
Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History (Rick Gardiner) A massive number of
transcibed documents, books (including biographies, histories and bibles), collections of letters, and much
more, mainly arranged chronologically.
Founders of Early American Families - Emigrants from Europe 1607-1657 (Meredith B. Colket, Jr.)
Slavery and Religion in America: A Time Line 1440-1866 (Carrie Bickner /Internet Public Library)
NEW YORK STATE
Virtual Tour of New Netherland (New Netherland Project) Go to bottom and "Begin Virtual Tour".
Dutch and Swedish settlements in North America (Marco Ramerini)
History of New York State, 1523-1927 - Vol. 5 (Dr. James Sullivan /On-line Books)
Dutch West Indies Company (Willem Rabbelier)
200 ships and 900 foot wall found in Hudson River (Kirk Johnson) Wall may be over 3000 years old.
Many Albany references. Index of New York State Families.
NY History in the Hudson Valley (hudsonriver.com) Did you know that the Americans once put a chain across
the Hudson River to prevent the British from sailing up it? Each link weighed 140-180 pounds. Read
about it, and more (click on Virtual History Tour). Another article is about the "History of Hudson River
Pirates on the Hudson in the 1600s (E. Davis / Cliff Lamere)
Brickmaking Along the Hudson River (dutchdoorgenealogy) Includes a list of brickmaking companies.
Travel in the Hudson River Valley in 1851 - by boat or railroad (Bradbury & Guild) Lists cities and villages
along the Hudson, from south to north, and gives some information about each.
A Bit of Dutch History (Donna Speer Ristenbatt)
Discussion of Dutch Architecture (Wayne Franklin) Includes illustrations of three old houses.
New Netherland (George M. Welling)
New York State History (Book Look) Images of book pages. Authors or publication dates not given.
Includes "The Patroons of New Netherlands", "Indentured Servitude in Colonial New York", and
"Hudson River Stage Coaches".
The Hudson Valley Indians Through Dutch Eyes (Jack Campisi)
The Role of the Dutch in the Iroquois Wars (Peter Lowensteyn)
The Life and Times of Henry Hudson, Explorer and Adventurer (Ian Chadwick) Extensive, illustrated article
in six parts. Includes family tree.
Log of the Rensselaerswyck (1636-1637) (Bernadette Schaaf) Day by day log of events on this sailing ship.
Storm VanDerZee ("from the sea") was born aboard during a storm. Trip ended in Albany.
Who was Henry Hudson Anyway? And What Happened to Him? (hudsonriver)
Introduction to Historical Interpretation of the Halve Maen (Half Moon) (HRMM) Instructions for crew
members. Very interesting. Includes photos.
History of early New York - by Theodore Roosevelt (1899) (bartleby) 14 chapters, scores of topics listed.
History of New York City, but deals with many colonial issues such as the Tea Act. Discusses slavery of
Indians and Africans, and much, much more.
Wine Making in the Hudson River Valley (Rebecca Haynes)
Palatine History (Lorine McGinnis Schulze)
History of the Palatine Emigration to America (Kathryn Parker) Excellent. Tragic.
Schenectady and Schoharie (David Kendall Martin /NYG&B) A wonderful presentation.
There is an error in the Rensselaer Co. table. It says "Rensselaerwyck (named Greenbush 1792)". After
communicating with the author, I believe that statement should read "Town of Greenbush, formed 1792 from
the East District of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck".
Dutch Barns (Don Rittner) Published 28 Nov 2000.
Early Albany Timeline, 1609-1683 (Cliff Lamere)
Colonial Albany and Rensselaerswyck - a brief history (Peter Christoph)
Albany - A Short History 1609-1890s (John W. Mangrum)
Formation of the City of Watervliet - Timeline 1788-1896 (Craig Carlson / Cliff Lamere)
New York Counties - Dates of Formation (Jack Jowett)
Fort Orange (NYS Museum) 1624 fur trading post at what is now Albany.
Archeology of Fort Orange and Beverwijck (Paul R. Huey)
Uncovering Fort Orange in Early 1970s (Don Rittner) Published 17 Oct 2000.
Beverwyck (NYS Museum) Albany before 1664.
Dutch Albany (Times Union) A series of 27 articles published 10 Apr 2002 as a special section of the
Times Union newspaper.
Rensselaerswyck (NYS Museum)
Albany Charter (NYS Museum)
Albany Congress (1754) (NYS Museum)
*** Districts of Albany County, New York (1700s) (David Kendall Martin /NYG&B) A wonderful presentation.
Includes very helpful maps for early locations. There are also tables. There is an error in the
Rensselaer Co. table. It says "Rensselaerwyck (named Greenbush 1792)". After communicating with
the author, I believe that statement should read "Town of Greenbush, formed 1792 from the East
District of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck".
Schuyler Flats (NYS Museum) 3 miles north of Albany at northern part of the village of Menands.
Biographies (300) of People in Colonial Albany (NYS Museum)
1911 NY State Library Fire And Its Effect On New York Genealogy (Harry Macy, Jr. /NYG&B)
Arthur H. Masten (MOA-Cornell) The book can be viewed as page images, or text which can be copied to
Labor and Industry in Troy and Cohoes: A Brief History (Gerald Zahavi / Susan McCormick)
Town of Coeymans - a short history (coeymans)
History of the Town and Village of Rensselaerville (Upper Hudson Library System)
(Upper Hudson Library System)
Palatines Settle the Town of Berne (Harold H. Miller)
German Refugees: First Settlers in the Helderberg "Mountains" of Albany Co. (Harold H. Miller)
Dietz Massacre (1781, Town of Berne) (Hal Miller)
Cohoes Falls (City of Cohoes)
Cohoes - General History (City of Cohoes)
Cohoes Mastodon (City of Cohoes) Skeleton on display at NYS Museum.
Cohoes - Van Schaick Mansion (City of Cohoes)
Albany area towns, cities and villages (Univ. of Minnesota) Using these tables you can figure about when
some places changed their names or became large enough to be cities, villages, etc.
Albany City and County Poor House - 1857 (Linda Crannell)
Valatie has Quite a History (Mindy Potts)
Stuyvesant: A Simple Town with a Grand History (Mindy Potts)
Brickmaking in Columbia Co., NY (Mindy Potts)
Claverack: A Trove of Hidden Treasures (Mindy Potts)
Niverville: From Wilderness to Thriving Community (Mindy Potts)
Historic Stottville and its Distinctive Businesses (Mindy Potts)
Adventist Mansion in Livingston (Mindy Potts)
Little Columbiaville and its Big History (Mindy Potts)
Historic Waters of Copake, NY (Mindy Potts)
Electric Park on Kinderhook Lake (Mindy Potts)
The British are Coming to Clermont (Mindy Potts)
Van Buren Historic Site (Mindy Potts)
How the Towns Developed (NYGenWeb) Nice tables that include dates. Background color is tiring to eyes.
Columbia Co. Names, Their Meanings and Historical Significance (Alton E. Skinkle)
Kinderhook and Martin Van Buren (kinderhookconnection)
Columbia Co. History (Gil Leach)
Columbia Co. Names, Their Meanings and Historical Significance (Alton E. Skinkle /NYGenWeb)
Excellent history of name changes, often including the earlier Indian name.
Some Kinderhook History (kinderhookconnection) With paintings of Martin Van Buren.
Hudson as a whaling village (Herbert K. Saxe) Founded by Quaker whalers, Hudson was a whaling village
1785-1845. Made candles from sperm oil. The oil was also burned in lamps until kerosene replaced it.
Whaling Fleets of the Hudson River (Carl Carmer) Chapter 15 from "The Hudson".
Greene County Town(ship)s - A Timeline (nygreen2)
Montgomery Co. History - 1869-1870 (Joan Veeder)
A Brief History of Rensselaer County (rensco)
Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY in 1869 (Andrew Boyd / Cliff Lamere)
Life in the Alleyways of Troy N.Y. During the 19th Century (Jeanne M. Keefe) Includes list of 132 people.
Metropolis on the Hudson [Troy] (Don Rittner) Published 28 Nov 2003.
Van Rensselaer Houses in Rensselaer Co. (Don Rittner) Published 4 Nov 2003.
Troy's Ground Water - Used by Beverage Companies in the Past (Don Rittner) Pub. 14 Oct 2003.
Troy's Urban Legends (Don Rittner) Published 21 Oct 2003.
Troy's Contribution to the Civil War (Don Rittner) Published 13 Jun 2000.
Meneely Bells in Troy (Don Rittner) Published 8 Jun 1999.
Amusement Park in Troy (1867-1917) (Don Rittner) Published 12 Apr 1999.
Troy - Birthplace of American Geology? [not genealogy] (Don Rittner) Published 13 Jul 1999.
Troy's Ferries - 1707-1911 or later (Don Rittner) Published 14 Sep 1999.
Troy's First Inhabitants - Native Americans (Don Rittner) Published 31 Jan 2000.
Types of Stone Used in Troy Buildings (Don Rittner) Published 7 Mar 2000.
Theft and Sale of Troy's Architecture (Don Rittner) Published 21 Mar 2000.
Troy's Ironworks Factories (Don Rittner) Published 25 Jul 2000.
Troy's Beginnings (Don Rittner) Published 2 Aug 2000.
Troy's Cemeteries (Don Rittner) Published 3 Oct 2000.
Bridges Across the Hudson River in Troy and Surrounding Area (Don Rittner) Published 12 Dec 2000.
Part IV (11 Sep 2001)
Middleburgh, a Village Between Troy and Lansinburgh (Don Rittner) Published 1 Oct 2002.
Other Article by Don Rittner (Don Rittner)
Labor and Industry in Troy and Cohoes: A Brief History (Gerald Zahavi / Susan McCormick)
Rensselaer Co. Towns & Villages - dates of formation (Debby Masterson) Click on a name to get an early
history of that Town(ship).
Troy area towns, cities and villages (Univ. of Minnesota) Using these tables you can figure about when
some places changed their names or became large enough to be cities, villages, etc.
A Brief History of the Village of Nassau, 1600-1953 (John Chapman)
Town of Hoosick 1900-2000 (Gilbert E. Wright)
Town of Hoosick (Gilbert E. Wright) Much history and many biographies are available at the bottom of the
left frame and at the bottom of the Home page.
Complete with illustrations.
Some History and People of Saratoga County Along the Mohawk River (John Scherer) Includes such areas
as Canastigione, Vischer Ferry, and Fort's Ferry.
Erie Canal was Grand With or Without a Mule Named Sal (John Scherer)
1880 - Reminiscences of Saratoga and Ballston by William L. Stone (NYGenWeb) 40 chapters, illustrations.
The Battles of Saratoga (Matt C. and Trey F.)
The Defeat and Surrender of General Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga (nycap) As told by the wife of
the Commander of the Hessian (German) troops in Burgoyne's army.
Schenectady - History of the City and County (pub. 1913) (Schenectady Co. Public Library) Lengthy.
Schenectady Timeline (1642-1917) (Schenectady Co. Public Library)
History of Schenectady County (pub. 1848) (Schenectady Co. Public Library)
History of Schenectady County - Links to Maps and Histories (Schenectady Co. Public Library)
The History of Education in Schenectady, 1661-62 -- 1961-62 (Schenectady Co. Public Library)
American-Canadian Genealogical Society Includes books of Catholic baptism, marriage and death records in
the counties of Schenectady, Rensselaer, Albany and Saratoga.
Berkshire Family History Association This Massachusetts group has created a large number of indexes
to 19th century histories that lacked an index. Many of New York's counties are included. Prices
include shipping at this writing.
Genealogical Publishing Co. (& Clearfield Co.) The soft cover on my Clearfield copy of the Albany
Dutch Reformed Church records is quite unsatisfactory. The pages began coming out after 2-3 months.
Higginson Books Company - American Local & County Histories $12 extra per hardbinding of paperbacks.
Books printed on acid-free paper.
Hope Farm Press & Bookshop Over 300 NY genealogy books for sale.
Kinship Eastern NY genealogy books by Arthur C.M. Kelly. These are an important contribution to genealogy.
Some of the new full-sized, softcover versions are not completely readable, however. The text or index is
often down inside the binding, sometimes even behind a very thick staple which cannot be removed without
ruining the pages. You should check before you order because they won't allow you to return anything despite
what they might say. A major researcher and I have both given up trying to get better copies or refunds or an
exchange for another item. CD versions of Kelly's previously published records were not always transferred
accurately by the transferring company. On a baptism CD by Ancestry, all Gardiniers are listed as Gordiniers,
unlike the spelling in the transcription of the Caughnawaga RDC records from which they were taken.
Therefore, you can't find them. On a Family Tree Maker CD, way too many people were erroneously assigned
to an Austerlitz, Columbia Co. cemetery (I have been told that that CD is no longer being sold).
"Names, Names & More Names - Locating Your Ancestors in Colonial America" by Mr. Kelly (1999) is one of
my favorite books. Published softbound by Ancestry, the center pages began falling out in 1-1½ years, and the
book is ready to break into two halves along the inadequate paper spine.
Purple Mountain Press Books about the history and people of New York State.
Ye Olde Directory Shoppe (Maureen Readey) Has CDs of directories, mostly 1859, for various cities in New
York and other states, including one directory each for Albany and Troy . The 2002 price is $9.50 for CD's.
Shipping is $2.25 first class for 1-2 CD's (before next postal rate increase). Hit Back button to view the
Pricing Guide which includes fees for other types of shipping. Check Monthly Sales.
15 Generation Pedigree Chart (Grant Misbach) This blank chart can be filled in with the dates and places
of birth, marriage and death. The blank spaces are labelled B, W, M, W, D, W. W may mean Where.
Diary of Ida Mae McIntosh Gardinier - 1893 (Mary Ann Gardinier Hoffmann) Canastota, Madison Co., NY
Corrections of Some Gardenier Message Board Posts (Cliff Lamere)
Humorous Genealogy Sayings (Linda Haas Davenport)
Genealogical Standards (National Genealogical Society)
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