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  • Nassau County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 15, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Queens County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    County Seat:  Mineola, New York

    County history - Nassau County is named in honor of William of Orange-Nassau (1650 1702), who became King William III of England.

    Nassau Courthouse
    1. Nassau County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Nassau County - All about the county:  From Wikipedia
    3. Nassau County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Nassau County Historical Society (Garden City, NY)
    4. Nassau County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Nassau County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Nassau County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Nassau County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Nassau County Vital Records - Nassau County Clerk, Surrogate's Court, 262 Old Country Road, Mineola, New York 11501.

    9. Nassau County - County History. Marriages and deaths also posted


  • New York County
    (Borough of Manhattan, New York City)
    Information Updated for:  Sep 11, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [an original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1683
    County Seat:  New York City, New York

    County history - New York County is named in honor of King James II of England (1633 1701), who was Duke of York and Albany before he ascended the throne of England, Duke of York being his English title. The island of Manhattan, still has its original Lenape Native American name. Although Native people such as the Lenape and Canarsees had lived there for many thousands of years, New York City was first explored by Europeans in the 1500's. Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano found the entrance to New York Harbor in the year 1524 and English explorer Henry Hudson named the Hudson River in 1609.

    New York 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).

    NYC, [click to enlarge]
    GHLL New York County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - New York County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Manhattan Borough - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - New York County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Holland Society of New York / New York City, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lower East Side Tenement Museum / New York City, NY)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (New York Genealogical / Biographical Society / New York City, NY)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (New York County Historical Society / New York City, NY)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (World Trade Center Memorial & Museum/ New York City, NY)
    10. US/NYGenWeb site - New York County Archives
    11. US/NYGenWeb - New York County Genealogy & History
    12. Vital Records - The City Clerk, Clerk of the Council, Executive Office, 141 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Bergen County, New Jersey (west/northwest), Hudson County, New Jersey
             (west/southwest), Bronx County (The Bronx northeast), Queens County (Queens
             east/southeast), Kings County (Brooklyn-south/southeast), Richmond County
             (Staten Island southwest).

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        Five Points Site - Named for the points created by the intersection of Park, Worth, and Baxter streets.
        New York City - Castle Gardens, Immigrant Processing Center.
        New York City - The Irish in Nineteenth Century New York City and Beyond.
        New York City - Immigrant Neighbors; some of NYC's roughest neighborhoods.
        New York Public Library - The Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy.
        New York Times - death notices from 1929.
        September 11, 2001 - LIFE MAGAZINE, The Pictures We Remember, (Caution: Some photos may not be suitable for
             some viewers)
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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Niagara County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 27, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Genesee County, 1808.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1865
    County Seat:  Lockport, New York

    County history - Niagara County is named, using an Iroquoian word, Onguiaahra, perhaps meaning "a neck" between two bodies of water, "thunder of waters," or "bisected bottom land". It is the location of Niagara Falls and Fort Niagara, and has many parks and lake shore recreation communities.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Niagara County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Niagara County Vital Records - Niagara County Clerk, Courthouse, Lockport, NY 14094.

    9. Niagara County - History WebSite


  • Oneida County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Herkimer County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1798
    County Seat:  Utica, New York

    County history - Oneida County is named in honor of the Oneida, an Iroquoian tribe that formerly occupied the region.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Oneida County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Oneida County Vital Records - Oneida County Clerk, 109 Mary Street, Utica, NY 13350-1921.
               local towns have town clerks which keep records (birth, death and marriage) of their respective town. Most records
               start in the mid 1880's for each town but some records are available from 1847 - 1850.

    9. Oneida County - 1,000 Vital Records from 1865 State Census
    10. Oneida County - 1875 vital records (marriages and deaths)
    11. Oneida County - 1854 Utica City Directory Partial


  • Onondaga County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Herkimer County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1794
    County Seat:  Syracuse, New York

    County history - Onondaga County is named in honor of the Native American people who lived here, who called themselves Onoda'gega, sometimes spelled Onontakeka. The word means "People of the Hills." Sometimes the term was Onondagaono ("The People of the Hills"). Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people continue to reside in a separate nation within Onondaga County.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Onondaga County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Onondaga County Vital Records - Office of Vital Statisics, 421 Montgomery St, Room 20, Civic Center Basement Level, Syracuse, NY 13202.


  • Ontario County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Montgomery County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1789
    County Seat:  Canandaigua, New York

    County history - Ontario County is named, using a Native American Iroquoian word meaning "beautiful lake". However, there does appear to be a difference of opinion regarding the meaning of the name. Some also subscribe to the meaning of, "Chosen Spot".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Ontario County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Ontario County Vital Records - Records and Archives Center, 3051 County Complex Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424.

    9. Canandaigua township - Births, Village of Canandaigua
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ontario County Historical Societies (multiple townships, NY)


  • Orange County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 28, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American Indian lands, one of 12 original Counties in the New York Colony).
    Established:  xx-xxx-1683
    County Seat:  Goshen, New York

    County history - Orange County is named in honor of William III & II (4 November 1650 - 8 March 1702) (Dutch: Willem III), who was a sovereign Prince of Orange by birth. From 1672 he governed as Stadtholder William III of Orange (Dutch: Willem III van Oranje) over Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, and Overijssel of the Dutch Republic. From 1689 he reigned as William III over England and Ireland. By coincidence, his regnal number (III) was the same for both Orange and England. As King of Scotland, he is known as William II. He is informally known in Northern Ireland and Scotland as "King Billy". A member of the House of Orange-Nassau, William won the English, Scottish, and Irish crowns following the Glorious Revolution, in which his uncle and father-in-law, James II & VII, was deposed. In the British Isles, William ruled jointly with his wife, Mary II, until her death on 28 December 1694. The period of their joint reign is often referred to as "William and Mary".



    Orange Courthouse

    GHLL Orange County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Orange County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Orange County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Orange County Genealogical Society / Goshen, NY)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Orange County Historical Society / Arden, NY)
    7. US/NYGenWeb site - Orange County Archives
    8. US/NYGenWeb - Orange County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Orange County Clerk, 255-275 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924-1621.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Ulster County (north), Dutchess County (northeast), Putnam County (east),
             Rockland County (southeast), Passaic County, New Jersey (south), Sussex County,
                New Jersey
    (south), Pike County, Pennsylvania (southwest), Sullivan County
             (northwest).



  • Orleans County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Genesee County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1824
    County Seat:  Albion, New York

    County history - Orleans County is named in honor of The French Royal House of Orleans.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Orleans County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Orleans County Vital Records - Orleans County Clerk, Courthouse Square, Albion, NY 14411-1449.


  • Ostego County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Montgomery County.
    Established:  16-Feb-1791
    County Seat:  Cooperstown, New York

    County history - Ostego County is named using a Native American word meaning "place of the rock".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Ostego County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Ostego County Vital Records - Ostego County Clerk, 197 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326-1129.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (New York State Historical Association (Cooperstown, NY)



  • Oswego County - Updated:  May 4, 2009
  • Formed:  01-Mar-1816 — Established:  01-Mar-1816
    (Formed from portions of Oneida and Onondaga Counties)

      County SeatOswego

    County Factoid - The county name was derived from the Iroquois word, "On-ti-ah-an-taque", meaning meaning "the outpouring," referring to the mouth of the Oswego River.

    County of Oswego Vital Records - Oswego City Hall,
             West Oneida Street, Oswego, NY 13126


    Oswego Courthouse
  • Oswego County - American History & Genealogy Project
  • Oswego County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
  • Oswego County - Genealogical/Historical Society
  • Oswego County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
  • Oswego County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
  • Oswego County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
  • Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
  • Return to: County Menu



  • Putnam County - Updated:  May 4, 2009
  • Formed:  xx-xxx-xxxx — Established:  xx-xxx-1812
    (Formed from portions of Dutchess County)

      County SeatCarmel

    County Factoid - named in honor of Israel Putnam, who was a hero in the French and Indian War and a general in the American Revolutionary War.

    County of Putnam Vital Records - Putnam County Clerk,
             40 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 10512


    Putnam Courthouse
  • Putnam County - American History & Genealogy Project
  • Putnam County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
  • Putnam County - Genealogical/Historical Society (none found online)
        Town of Carmel Historical Society
        Old Town Hall, McAlpin Avenue
        Mahopac, NY 10541

  • Putnam County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
  • Putnam County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
  • Putnam County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
  • Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..

    Little Nine Partners Historical Society - Serving Columbia, Dutchess and Putnam Counties, NY,
  • Return to: County Menu


  • Queens County, New York —
    (Borough of Queens, New York City)
    Information Updated for:  May 4, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American lands in Long Island [an original county], 01-Nov-1683.
    Established:  01-Jan-1898
    County Seat:  New York City, New York

    County history - Queens County is named in honor of Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, England.

    Queens 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).

    NYC, [click to enlarge]
    1. Queens County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Queens County - County and Borough:  From Wikipedia
    3. Queens County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Queens Historical Society & Museum (Flushing, NY)
    4. Queens County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Queens County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Queens County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Queens County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Queens County Vital Records - Queens County Clerk, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11439. Some records may be held, in part, at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

    9. Genealogy Trails -
    10. The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - Records regarding the first Europeans or Africans who came to New Netherland, or the Native Americans who were already living here.


  • Rensselaer County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Albany County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1791
    County Seat:  Troy, New York

    County history - Rensselaer County is named in honor of the family of Kiliaen van Rensselaer (before 1596  after 1643), the early landholder in the Dutch New Amsterdam colony.

    Rensselaer Courthouse
    1. Rensselaer County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Rensselaer County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Rensselaer County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Rensselaer County Historical Society (Troy, NY)
    4. Rensselaer County - US/NYGenWeb site:  (Archives) Note: mislabeled as Orange by NY Archives
    5. Rensselaer County - US/NYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Rensselaer County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Rensselaer County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Rensselaer County Vital Records - City of Troy, Registrar, Troy City Hall, 1 Monument Square, Troy, NY 12180.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Troy Irish Genealogical Society (Troy, NY)


  • Richmond County, New York —
    (Borough of Staten Island, New York City)
    Information Updated for:  May 4, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial Indian Lands, [one of 12 Original Counties], 1671.
    Established:  01-Nov-1683
    County Seat:  New York City, New York

    County history - Richmond County name: In 1609, Henry Hudson established Dutch trade in the area and named the island Staten Eylandt after the Staten-General (the Dutch Parliament). Until 1975, the borough was officially named the Borough of Richmond, from Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond (1672 1723), the illegitimate son of King Charles II of England.

    Richmond 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).

    NYC, [click to enlarge]
    GHLL Richmond County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships, etc. - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Richmond County, NY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sandy Ground Historical Society & Museum / Staten Island, NY)
    6. US/NYGenWeb site - Richmond County Archives
    7. US/NYGenWeb - Richmond County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Richmond County Clerk, 130 Stuyvesant Place, 2nd Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301. Some records may be held, in part, at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             New York County [Manhattan Borough] (north), Hudson County, New Jersey (north),
             Union County, New Jersey (west), Middlesex County, New Jersey (west), Kings
                County [Brooklyn Borough]
    (east), Queens County [Queens Borough] (east),
             Monmouth County, New Jersey (south).

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    Census Information:
        1800 Census (I) and (T) - Entire County (known at the time)
        1820 Census (I) and (T) - State Census (entire County)


  • Rockland County, New York —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 30, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Orange County.
    Established:  23-Feb-1798
    County Seat:  New City, New York

    County history - Rockland County is named based upon early settlers' description of terrain as "rocky land".

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Rockland County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Rockland County Vital Records - Rockland County Clerk, 27 New Hempstead Road, New City, NY 10956.

    10. Rockland County, New York Naturalizations - A database of 24,332 declarations of intent. Able to be searched by
               surname, year, or county of origin


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