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  • Albany County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 13, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American Indian lands, [one of 12 original Counties], 01-Nov-1883.
    Established:  03-Mar-1888
    County Seat:  Albany, NewYork

    County history - Albany County is named in honor of the title and person of the "Duke of York and Albany", who became James II of England.

    Albany Courthouse

    Capitol history - Spanning four decades, the finished Capitol took 32 years to build, from 1867 to 1899. It is the "People s Chamber," the home of the New York State Assembly and a historical and architectural treasure. Designed in a Moorish-Gothic style  a trademark of its renowned American architect, Leopold Eidlitz, it was dedicated on January 1, 1879 to national acclaim.

    New York State Capitol

    GHLL Albany County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Albany County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Albany County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Berne Historical Society / Berne, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historic Albany Foundation / Albany, NY)
    7. US/NYGenWeb site - Albany County Archives
    8. US/NYGenWeb - Albany County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Albany County Clerk, Albany County Hall of Records, 95 Tivoli Street, Albany, NY 12207
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Saratoga County (north), Rensselaer County (East), Columbia County (southeast),
             Greene County (south), Schoharie County (west), Schenectady County (north-
             west).

        Albany County - Berne Historical Project
        Albany County and City - 1720 List of the Freeholders
        Province of New York - Cumberland County Historic note, from Albany County.
        United States Daughters of the War of 1812 - The Hampton Roads Chapter

    Census Information:
        1790 Census - Freehold Township
        1790 Census - Renselaerville
        1900 Census - Albany Orphan Asylum (names)

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  • Allegany County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Genesee County.
    Established:  07-Apr-1806
    County Seat:  Belmont, New York

    County history - Allegany County is named for the Allegheny River. The spelling of the name is a spelling variation of the River's name.

    Allegany Courthouse
    1. Allegany County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Allegany County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Allegany County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Allegany County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Allegany County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Allegany County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Allegany County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Allegany County Vital Records - Allegany County Clerk, Courthouse, Belmont, NY 14813.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Almond Historical Society (Almond, NY)

      Census Information:
    10. Allegany County - 1810 Census, Alfred Twp.


  • Bronx County, New York —
    (Borough of Bronx, New York City)  
    Information Updated for:  Mar 5, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of New York County, 1898.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1914
    County Seat:  New York City, New York

    County history - Bronx County name: There are, apparently, two stories on the name of the county. The two may or may not be related. One story has it that the county is named for a Swedish sea captain, John (or Jonas) Bronck (1600C 1643), who settled in the area in 1639 and established a farm. The other story has it that the area that encompasses Bronx County was a farm owned by the Bronck family. Many of the wealthy of Manhattan would come to visit their friends who owned the farm, and would simply say that they were going to the Broncks'. If that is true, then the name most certainly stuck.



    Bronx Courthouse



    New York City Area - New York City consists of five boroughs (1. Manhattan,
    2. Brooklyn, 3. Queens, 4. The Bronx and  5. Staten Island).

    New York City
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    GHLL Bronx County Package:
    1. New York Genealogy Project - Bronx County NYGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. All about the Bronx:  - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bronx County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bronx County Historical Society and Museum / The Bronx, NY)
    6. US/NYGenWeb site - Bronx County Archives
    7. US/NYGenWeb - Bronx County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Bronx County Clerk, 1780 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10457.
               Birth and Death records are filed with the Clerk of the city, town or village in which the event occurred and, normally,
               with the New York State Bureau of Vital Records.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Westchester County (north), Queens County, (Queens Borough, NYC) (south),
             New York County, (Manhattan Borough, NYC) (southwest), Bergen County, New
                Jersey
    (west).

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  • Broome County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 15, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Tioga County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1806
    County Seat:  Binghamton, New York

    County history - Broome County is named in honor of John Broome (1738 1810), fourth Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1806 when the county was established.

    Broome Courthouse
    1. Broome County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Broome County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Broome County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Broome County Historical Society / Binghamton, NY)
    4. Broome County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Broome County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Broome County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Broome County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Broome County Vital Records - Broome County Clerk, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902.

    9. Broome County - Early Families

      Census Information:
    10. 1910 Census (T) - Federal Census Broome County, New York (ED 40: 4 pages)


  • Cattaraugus County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 8, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Genesee County.
    Established:  11-Mar-1808
    County Seat:  Little Valley (Village), New York

    County history - Cattaraugus County for a Seneca [Indian] word meaning "bad smelling banks," referring to the odor of natural gas which leaked from local rock formations.

    Cattaraugus Courthouse
    GHLL Cattaraugus County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Cattaraugus County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cattaraugus County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Brooklin County Historical Society and Museum / Brooklyn, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Painted Hills Genealogy Society / Cattaraugus, NY)
    7. US/NYGenWeb site - Cattaraugus County Archives
    8. US/NYGenWeb - Cattaraugus County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Cattaraugus County Clerk, 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY 14755-1028.
               Birth and Death records are filed with the Clerk of the city, town or village in which the event occurred and, normally, with the New York State Bureau of Vital Records.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Erie County (north), Wyoming County (northeast), Allegany County (east),
             McKean County, Pennsylvania (southeast), Warren County, Pennsylvania
             (southwest), Chautauqua County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1820 Census (I) - Federal Census, Town of Great Valley (Index: Heads of Family, Great Valley, NY).
        1855 Census (I) - Federal Census, Town of Lyndon (Index: Heads of Family, Lyndon, NY).

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  • Cayuga County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 15, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Onondaga County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1799
    County Seat:  Auburn, New York

    County history - Cayuga County is named in honor of The Cayuga tribe of Native Americans.

    Cayuga Courthouse
    1. Cayuga County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Cayuga County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Cayuga County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Cayuga County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Cayuga County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Cayuga County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Cayuga County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Cayuga County Vital Records - Cayuga County Clerk, 12 Court Street, Auburn, NY 13021.

    9. Central New York NYGenWeb - Serving counties in centeral New York
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cayuga County Historian's Office / Auburn, NY)
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society / Moravia, NY)
    12. Society/Museum/Assn - (Civic Heritage Historical Society / Cato, NY)
    13. Society/Museum/Assn - (Frontenac Historical Society & Museum / Union Springs, NY)
    14. Society/Museum/Assn - (Howland Stone Store Museum / Sherwood, NY)
    15. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lock 52 Historical Society of Port Byron, NY / Port Byron, NY)
    16. Society/Museum/Assn - (Old Brutus Historical Society / Weedsport, NY)
    17. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rural Life Museum & Genoa Historical Association / Genoa & King Ferry, NY)
    18. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sterling Historical Society & Museum / Sterling & Fair Haven, NY)

      Census Information:
    19. 1800 Census (T) - Federal Census Cayuga County, New York (6 files)


  • Chautauqua County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 8, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Genesee County, xx-Mar-1808.
    Established:  xx-Apr-1811
    County Seat:  Mayville, New York

    County history - Chautauqua County is named, using a Seneca Indian word of uncertain meaning. Its name may be a contraction of the Seneca word, meaning "bag tied in the middle". Chautauqua County was fully organized in 1811 when it was ascertained from the assessment rolls of 1810 that the county contained 500 voters.

    Chautauqua Courthouse
    GHLL Chautauqua County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Chautauqua County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Chautauqua County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chautauqua County Genealogical Society / Fredonia, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chautauqua County Historical Society / Westfield, NY)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chautauqua County Historical Society (Blog) / Westfield, NY)
    8. US/NYGenWeb site - Chautauqua County Archives
    9. US/NYGenWeb - Chautauqua County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Chautauqua County Clerk, P.O. Box 170, 1 North Erie Street, Mayville, NY 14757-0170
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lake Erie (northwest), Erie County (northeast), Cattaraugus County (east), Warren
                County, Pennsylvania
    (southeast), Erie County, Pennsylvania (southwest).
               Note:  County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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    Census Information:
        1810 Census (T) - Federal Census, Chautauqua County, Towns of Chatauqua and Pomfret (Text: 1 page).

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  • Chenango County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 5, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Tioga County and Herkimer Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1798
    County Seat:  Norwich, New York

    County history - Chenango County takes it's name from an Onondaga word meaning "large bull-thistle".

    Chenango Courthouse
    GHLL Chenango County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Chenango County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Chenango County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chenango County Historical Society / Norwich, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chenango County Historical Society Museum / Norwich, NY)
    7. US/NYGenWeb site - Chenango County Archives
    8. US/NYGenWeb - Chenango County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Chenango County Clerk, Chenango County Office Building, 5 Court Street, Norwich, NY 13815.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Madison County (north), Otsego County (northeast), Delaware County (southeast),
             Broome County (south), Cortland County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1800 Census (T) - Federal Census, Town of Cazenovia, (now Madison County) (Text: 1 page).

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  • Clinton County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 13, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1788
    County Seat:  Plattsburgh, New York

    County history - Clinton County is named in honor of George Clinton (July 26, 1739  April 20, 1812) was an American soldier and politician, considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was the first Governor of New York, and then the Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

    Clinton Courthouse
    GHLL Clinton County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Clinton County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clinton County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clinton County Genealogical Society / Plattsburgh, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clinton County Historical Association / Plattsburgh, NY)
    7. US/NYGenWeb site - Clinton County Archives
    8. US/NYGenWeb - Clinton County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Clinton County Clerk, 137 Margaret Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2933.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Grand Isle County, Vermont (east), Chittenden County, Vermont (southeast), Essex County (south),
             Franklin County (west), Quebec Province, Canada (north).

        Clinton County - 1798 Tax Assessment for northern New York

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  • Delaware County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 12, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Otsego County and Ulster Counties.
    Established:  10-Mar-1797
    County Seat:  Delhi, New York

    County history - Delaware County is named in honor of Thomas West, 3rd and 12th Baron De La Warr (9 July 1577  7 June 1618), who was the Englishman after whom the bay, the river, and consequently, an American Indian people and U.S. state, all later called "Delaware", were named. "De La Warr" is pronounced "Delaware".

    Delaware Courthouse
    GHLL Delaware County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Delaware County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Delaware County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Delaware County Historical Association / Delhi, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Delaware County Historical Association (FaceBook) / Delhi, NY)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of the Town of Middletown / Middletown, NY)
    8. US/NYGenWeb site - Delaware County Archives
    9. Independent web site - Delaware County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - (also) Delaware County Clerk, 3 Court Street, Delhi, NY 13753.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Otsego County (north), Schoharie County (northeast), Greene County (east), Ulster
                County
    (southeast), Sullivan County (south), Wayne County, Pennsylvania
             (southwest), Broome County (west), Chenango County (northwest).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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        New York Genealogy 101 - Delaware County

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  • Dutchess County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 1, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Wappani Indian, then New York Colony lands [original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1683
    County Seat:  Poughkeepsie, New York

    County history - Dutchess County is named in honor The Lady Anne Hyde (1637 1671), Duchess of York and wife of King James II of England.

    Dutchess Courthouse
    1. Dutchess County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Dutchess County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Dutchess County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Dutchess County Historical Society / Poughkeepsie, NY)
    4. Dutchess County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Dutchess County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Dutchess County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Dutchess County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Dutchess County Vital Records - Dutchess County Clerk, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

    9. Dutchess County - Ginny's History, Genealogy, Historical Preservation, & Poughkeepsie Hometown Page.
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Little Nine Partners Historical Society (township, NY)

      Census Information:
    11. 1820 Census (T) - Federal Census, Dutchess County (Text: 24 pages), enumerating townships of:  Amenia, Beckman,
               Clinton, Dover, Fishkill, Milan, North East, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Standord, and Washington..

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