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Suffolk County

New York, USA




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     Suffolk County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York on the eastern portion of Long Island.  It was named for the county of Suffolk in England, from which its earliest settlers came. The county seat is Riverhead, though many county offices are in Hauppauge on the west side of the county where most of the population lives. There are also offices in Smithtown, for the legislature, Yaphank, and Farmingville.

Suffolk and Nassau counties together are generally referred to as "Long Island" by area residents — as distinct from the New York City boroughs of Queens (Queens County) and Brooklyn (Kings County), which geographically make up the island's western end.

     Suffolk County was an original county of New York State, one of twelve created in 1683.  It was known for a time as East Riding of Yorkshire. Its boundaries were essentially the same as at present, with only minor changes in the boundary with its western neighbor, which was originally Queens County but since 1899 has been Nassau County.

     The counties that lie adjacent to Suffolk are:  Nassau County, New York – west;  Fairfield County, Connecticut - northwest, water boundary only, across Long Island Sound;  New Haven County, Connecticut - north, water boundary only, across Long Island Sound;  Middlesex County, Connecticut - north, water boundary only, across Long Island Sound;  New London County, Connecticut - north, water boundary only, across Fishers Island Sound;  and Washington County, Rhode Island - northeast, water boundary only, across Block Island Sound.



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 The Suffolk County Courthouse is located at H. Lee Dennison Bldg., 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy., P. O. Box 6100, Hauppauge , NY 11788-4818; 631-853-4000 and the Official County Website is located at


Suffolk County Clerk has Land & Court Records from 1683 and is located at County Center, Riverhead, NY 11901; Phone: (631) 852-2001, Fax: (631) 852-2004.


Marriages Prior to 1784 couples intending to marry were required to obtain licenses from and file bonds with the provincial secretary, if the impending marriage was not announced in a church. These Marriage Bonds were mostly destroyed in the 1911 Capitol fire. Published abstracts are available in Names of persons for whom marriage licenses were issued by the secretary of the province of New York, previous to 1784. (Albany: 1860; repr. with supplements 1984); and in New York Marriage Bonds, 1753-1783, comp. Kenneth Scott (New York: 1972).


Suffolk County Surrogate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1787 and is located at County Center Building, 320 Center Dr., Riverhead, NY 11901; phone:(631) 852-1745 .


Suffolk County Historian is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Box 0605, Centerport, NY 11721.In New York State, every municipality (town, city, village, county) must have an appointed historian. Most of the towns have their own historians as well and each can be contacted. A county historian may be appointed for each county, check for availability.


Libraries, Museums & Archives

Archives & Special Collections  Dowling College Library, Oakdale
Babylon Public Library  Digital Collection
Blydenburgh Farm & the New Mill 
Brookhaven Volunteer Firefighters Museum 
Caumsett State Historic Park      (Source: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory  Library and Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum 
Deep Hollow Guest & Cattle Ranch at Third House 
Deepwells Farm  St. James, New York
Diocese of Rockville Centre Archives Home Page  Family History Library Holdings      (Source: Family History Library)
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve 
Genealogical Censuses at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System 
Guild Hall of East Hampton 
Hallockville  Museum Farm and Folklife Center
Hampton Bays Public Library  Long Island Collection
Hawkins House  Yaphank, New York
Historic Documents Library  Clerk's Office, Suffolk County
Home Sweet Home Museum  East Hampton
Huntington Town Clerk's Archives 
Joseph Lloyd Manor  Lloyd Harbor, New York
Kings Park Heritage Museum 
Kings Park Central School District
Local History  Northport-East Northport Public Library
Local History Resources  Patchogue-Medford Library
Long Island Digital Books Collection 
Long Island History Room 
John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor
Long Island Jewish Discovery Museum  Commack, N Y
Long Island Maritime Museum 
Long Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages
Long Island Museums 
Long Island Room 
Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton

Long Island Telephone Pioneers Museum  Commack, NY    

Meadow Edge  West Sayville, New York

Meadowcroft Estate  Sayville, New York
Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum 

New York State Resources  Suffolk Co. Jewish Genealogical Society
Northport Historical Society and Museum 
Old Village Hall Museum & Historical Society  Lindenhurst, NY
Pennypacker Long Island Collection  East Hampton Library
PERiodical Source Index Search  Suffolk County, New York    
Rediscovering New York History and Culture 

The Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana  Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum 
Sagtikos Manor  West Bay Shore, New York
Sagtikos Manor  Bay Shore, New York
Southampton Historical Museum 
Southold Indian Museum 
Special Collections & University Archives 
Stony Brook University
Special Collections, Callahan Library 

Suffolk County Libraries     

Suffolk County Museums 
Suffolk County Police Historical Society Musem 
Yaphank, N Y
The Thomas R. Bayles Local History Room  Town of Huntington Historian 
Tuthill House Museum  Westhampton Beach, New York
USGenWeb Archives      (Source: USGenWeb)
Vanderbilt Museum 
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site      
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center  Huntington Station, New York
Water Mill Museum 
West Neck Farm/Coindre Hall  Huntington, New York
Whitaker Historical Collection  at Southold Free Library


Historical & Genealogical Societies

Amityville Historical Society 
Anna Smith Strong Chapter  Setauket  DAR   
Bay Shore Historical Society 
The Bayport Aerodrome Society 
The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society 
Bridge Hampton Historical Society 
Colonel Gilbert Potter Chapter  Amityville DAR   
Computer Genealogy Society of Long Island 
Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society 
Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council 
East Hampton Historical Society 
The East Hampton Historical Society 
East Islip Historical Society 
Friends of Long Island Wireless History     
Genealogy Federation of Long Island 
Genealogy Research Group  Patchogue-Medford Library
Genealogy Workshop of the Huntington Historical Society 
The German Genealogy Group 
Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association 
Hampton Bays Historical & Preservation Society 
The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson 
Historical Society of Islip Hamlet 
The Huntington Historical Society 
Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island 
Ketewamoke Chapter  Huntington DAR   
Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society 
Lloyd Harbor Historical Society 
Long Island Museum Association 

Longwood Genealogy Group 
Manorville Historical Society 
Miller Place-Mount Sinai Historical Society 
Montauk Historical Society 

Northport Historical Society and Museum 
Ocaen Beach Historical Society 
Old Village Hall Museum & Historical Society 
Lindenhurst, NY
The Order of the Ancient and Honorable Huntington Militia 

Oysterponds Historical Society 
Sag Harbor Historical Society 
The Smithtown Historical Society 
Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities 
Southampton Colony Chapter     
Southampton Colony Chapter  Southampton DAR   

Southold Chapter    DAR
Southold Historical Society 
The Springs Historical Society  East Hampton, New York
Suffolk Chapter  Riverhead DAR   
Suffolk County Historical Society 
Suffolk County Historical Society 
Suffolk County Historical Society 
Suffolk County Police Historical Society 
The Three Village Historical Society 
Three Village Historical Society 
Village of Babylon Historical & Preservation Society 
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization 
Westhampton Beach Historical Society 


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National Historical Parks

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National Monuments


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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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Family History Notes

     James Abbott came to the Colonies from Somersetshire, England about 1690.  In 1721 James moved to Huntington, Suffolk County, Long Island where he and several of his sons owned adjoining tracts in the Half Hollow Hills section.  James probably continued to live here until the time of his death which occurred after 1754.

     Joseph Abbott, son of James Abbott, came to Suffolk prior to 1719.  His son Abdon was born Huntington around 1719.  In 1735, Joseph Abbott's brother Benjamin deeded to him 200 acres of the family tract at Half Hollow Hills, but he was perhaps already settled on part of this land, as a 1734 deed for another parcel of it mentions Joseph's land as a boundary. Half Hollow Hills is now located in the town of Dix Hills, Suffolk Co., NY.  Joseph Abbott may have relocated back to Queen’s County where he died in 1740.

     Abdon Abbott continued to live in Suffolk County until after the death of his father Joseph in 1740.  Abdon migrated to Salem County, New Jersey prior to 1747.  

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Half Hollow Hills;   Huntington

Half Hollow Hills

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: New York;   County: Suffolk;   Place: Dix Hills; Coordinates/Map: 40° 47′ 46″ N, 73° 20′ 4″ W

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DESCRIPTION:   Today Half Hollow Hills is a section located within the southern part of Dix Hills a hamlet located in western Suffolk County, New York on Long Island.   Dix Hills is part of the Town of Huntington.     Today the legacy of Half Hollow Hills lives on in the name of the Half Hollow School District, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, and Half Hollow Road. 

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:  In 1721 James Abbott moved to Huntington, Suffolk County, Long Island where he and several of his sons owned adjoining tracts in the Half Hollow Hills section.  In 1735, Joseph Abbott's brother Benjamin deeded to him 200 acres of the family tract at Half Hollow Hills.



LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: New York;   County: Suffolk;   Place: Town of Huntington; Coordinates/Map: 40° 52′ 5″ N, 73° 25′ 32″ W

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DESCRIPTION:  The Town of Huntington is a town located on the North Shore of Long Island, in northwestern Suffolk County,  New York. Just east of Nassau County, it was founded in 1653. Most of the early settlers were English people who came to Huntington by way of Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Huntington was formally recognized as a town on March 7, 1788

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   James Abbott died here after 1754.  His son Abdon was born here around 1719.  Both of these events may have occurred within the Half Hollow area of the town.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s): Town of Huntington, NY;   The records of Huntington, Suffolk County;  Huntington Public Library Local History and Genealogy Blog; 


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Profiles for 297 cities, towns and other populated places in Suffolk County New York

Map of Suffolk County New York

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·         Suffolk County, Genealogy Forum

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse, located in Montauk Point State Park at the easternmost point of Long Island


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