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     New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States.   Albany is the capital city of the U.S. state of New York, the seat of Albany County,  Both the state and New York City were named for the 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, future James II and VII of England and Scotland. The borders of the British colony, the Province of New York, were roughly similar to those of the present-day state.

     New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. The state has a maritime border with Rhode Island east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Ontario to the west and north, and Quebec to the north. The state of New York is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it from the city of New York.

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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this U.S. State. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families









Van der Voort


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

The world’s largest free genealogy search engine,, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web

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including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.

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Where in the World do These
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

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Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

Historical Changes in County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

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Where in the World

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Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties


The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our Ancestral Locations home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

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New York,  Queens,  Suffolk


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Gazetteer of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

US Home Town Locator

New York Cities - profiles of 7,284 New York cities, towns & neighborhoods

New York Schools search by city, county, or address

New York Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

New York Cultural Features such as parks, hospitals & airports

New York Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code


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* includes but not limited to Cemeteries, Churches, Locales,

Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Schools, Streams, and Trails

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Details | Resources | Counties | Cities | Cemeteries

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this State

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of State and County boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you may be looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, as well as people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.  The following link will take you to a list of all the boundary changes to this State and each county or equivalent within this U.S. State, as well as the date these changes occurred.  Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change.


View Interactive Map

Maps and text covering the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county, and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the first county through 31 December 2000. Choose a date (day, month, and year) to view historical county configurations against the modern county network. Use the toolbar to zoom, pan, measure, view descriptions and citations, or print a desired map. Use the Help button on top right of the interactive map frame to read full descriptions of how to use the layers and tools on the interactive map site.

View Index of Counties and Equivalents

Complete index of every county, county equivalent, or other area relevant to the evolution of evolution of state and county boundaries; includes extinct and proposed counties, non-county areas, and provides cross references for name changes, and hyperlinks to corresponding entries from the Individual County Chronologies. Also accessible from the County Index link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

View Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries

Organizes the historical data chronologically, combining all the county events into a single composite entry for each date. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

View Individual County Chronologies

Organizes the historical data alphabetically by county name with each entry covering all the changes to a single county or equivalent. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

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County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

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Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

Albany;   Allegany;   Bronx;   Broome;   Cattaraugus;   Cayuga;   Charlotte;   Chautauqua;   Chemung;   Chenango;   Clinton;   Columbia;   Cortland;   Delaware;   Dutchess;   Erie;   Essex;   Franklin;   Fulton;   Genesee;   Greene;   Hamilton;   Herkimer;   Jefferson;   Kings(Brooklyn);   Lewis;   Livingston;   Madison;   Monroe;   Montgomery;   Nassau;   New York City (Manhattan);   Niagara;   Oneida;   Onondaga;   Ontario;   Orange;   Orleans;   Oswego;   Otsego;   Putnam;   Queens;   Rensselaer;   Richmond (Staten Island);   Rockland;   St. Lawrence;   Saratoga;   Schenectady;   Schoharie;   Schuyler;   Seneca;   Steuben;   Suffolk;   Sullivan;   Tioga;   Tompkins;   Tryon;   Ulster;   Unknown County;   Warren;   Washington;   Wayne;   Westchester;   Wyoming;   Yates


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County Research  (General)

County Research


Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

Albany · Allegany · Bronx · Broome · Cattaraugus · Cayuga · Chautauqua · Chemung · Chenango · Clinton · Columbia · Cortland · Delaware · Dutchess · Erie · Essex · Franklin · Fulton · Genesee · Greene · Hamilton · Herkimer · Jefferson · Kings (Brooklyn) · Lewis · Livingston · Madison · Monroe · Montgomery · Nassau · New York (Manhattan) · Niagara · Oneida · Onondaga · Ontario · Orange · Orleans · Oswego · Otsego · Putnam · Queens · Rensselaer · Richmond (Staten Island) · Rockland · Saint Lawrence · Saratoga · Schenectady · Schoharie · Schuyler · Seneca · Steuben · Suffolk · Sullivan · Tioga · Tompkins · Ulster · Warren · Washington · Wayne · Westchester · Wyoming · Yates

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral state for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the State Archives; the State Library; and the State historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.


Most if not all of these links are to websites that do not require a subscription.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.



Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers



(History & Genealogical)



·         New York African American Cemeteries

·         New York Cemetery Directory

·         New York Cemetery Photos

·         New York Cemetery Records

·         New York Gravestone Photos

·         Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in NYS

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National Register of Historic Places listings in New York

·         The Empire State  A history of New York (1887)

·         A Geographical History of the State of N Y -1848

·         A Geographical History of the State of N Y - 1851

·         Geography of the state of New York  1847

·         Historical & Statistical Gazetteer of N Y State - 1860

·         Historical Collections of the State of New York  1842

·         History of New Netherland  Volume 1

·         History of New Netherland  Volume 2

·         A History of New Netherlands 

·         A history of New York  to the end of the Dutch Dynasty

·         History of Political Parties: Province of N Y  1760-76

·         History of the state of New York

·         In olde New York

·         New York History Review

·         New York State Lynchings, 1863-1918 

·         New York Town Histories

·         New York: 1524-1765

·         The old New York frontier 

·         The picturesque Hudson

·         This is New York State 

·         Churches  Gazetteer of the State of New York, 1860

·         Historical Sketch of New York Baptists  1881

·         Mennonites in New York

·         New York Baptist History Index

·         Quaker mission among the Indians of NY state

·         A Sketch of Early Primitive Baptist History in NY

·         State of New York

·         Earthquake History of New York 

·         New York Tornadoes 1950-1995 

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Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Historic House Museums & Historic Structures

·         Historic House Museums in New York 

·         Historical Museum Guide for New York 

·         New York Public Libraries

·         New York State Archives 

·         New York State Historical Literature Collection 

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Maps and gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers


·         Historic USGS maps of New York 

·         Historical Topographic Maps

·         New York Historical Maps and Atlases

·         New York Maps

·         New York State Historical Maps

·         New York State Map Pathfinder

·         New York State Maps

·         New York Towns and Cities 

·         New York  1794

·         State of New York  1795

·         New York  1796

·         State of New York  1796

·         State of New York  1796

·         A Map of the State Of New York  1804

·         New York  1811

·         State of New York  1814

·         Map Of The State Of New York  1817

·         State of N Y with part of the adjacent States  1818

·         Map of New York  1822

·         New York  1823

·         New York  1823

·         New York  1823

·         Map of the Western Part of the State Of N Y 1825

·         New York  1825

·         Map Of The State Of New York  1826

·         New York  1828

·         An atlas of the state of New York 1829

·         New York  1831

·         New York  1831

·         State of New York  1831

·         New-York State  1832

·         New York  1835

·         New Map Of New York  1836

·         New York  1838

·         Atlas of New York  1838

·         Map of New York  1839

·         New York  1840

·         New York  1841

·         An atlas of the state of New York  1841

·         A gazetteer of the state of New-York  1843

·         New York  1844

·         New York  1845

·         New Map Of New York  1846

·         New York  1850

·         New York  1856

·         New York  1860

·         Gazetteer of the State of New York  1860

·         State of NY Canals & Rail Roads 1868

·         New York (State)  1870

·         New topographical atlas & gazetteer of NY 1871

·         New York  1875

·         New York  1879

·         New York State  1880

·         NY Railroad Map - 1886

·         New York State  1890

·         New York 1895

·         NY rainfall, population, elevation, temperature 1895

·         New York Atlas -1895

·         N.Y. land grants, patents and purchases  1895

·         New York  1895

·         New York  1897

·         Map of New York -1922

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·         New York Genealogy Records

·         Guide to Census Records for New York

·         New York Census Records 

·         New York Colonial and State Census Records 

·         New York State Census Transcription Project

·         1790 US Federal Census 

·         1790 Census Information

·         1840 New York Census of Pensioners 

·         Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Service 

·         United States Census, 1850  New York

·         United States Census, 1860  New York

·         New York State Census, 1865 

·         United States Census, 1870  New York

·         New York State Census, 1875 

·         United States Census, 1880  New York

·         1890 Census of Union Veterans & Widows of NY

·         New York State Census, 1892

·         United States Census, 1900  New York

·         New York State Census, 1905

·         United States Census, 1910 

·         United States Census, 1920 

·         1930 United States Census  New York

·         United States Census, 1930 

·         History of the bench and bar of New York

·         List of pardons, commutation & reprieves – NY, 1869

·         Livingston's Law Register, 1851  Statewide Lawyers

·         New York Court Records 

·         New York Lynchings  1863-1892

·         New York Counties Guardianships

·         New York Counties Letters of Administration

·         New York Counties Letters Testamentary

·         NY County Surrogate's, Estate & Probate Records

·         New York Counties Will Testators Indexes

·         The Boston States Migrations

·         Eastern District Naturalization Petitions  1865-1957

·         New York Counties Naturalization Records 

·         New York Immigration & Naturalization Project 

·         NY Naturalization;Citizenship Records;Substitutes

·         Online N Y Naturalization Indexes & Finding Aids

·         Ships to New Netherland & New York  1600-1649

·         New York Deed and Land Records 

·         New York Land Grant Project 

·         1813 Pension List  New York

·         1820 Pension List  New York

·         1840 New York Census of Pensioners 

·         Lt. Gov. Leisler's Military Commissions 1689 & 1690

·         Militia Officers in New York  1700

·         Muster rolls of New York provincial troops  1755-1764

·         New York Forts 

·         New York Medal of Honor Recipients 

·         New York Military Records

·         New York Wars, Battles and Conflicts

·         Officers of the Militia  Province of New York, 1700

·         Palatine Volunteers from NY Against Canada: 1711

·         Roster of Officers of Clinton's Army

·         156th NYSV  The Mountain Legion

·         9th NY Volunteer Inf. Regiment, Hawkins Zouaves

·         Civil War Treasures  from the New-York Historical Society

·         History of the 57th New York Volunteer Infantry

·         New York in the War of the Rebellion  1861 to 1865

·         New York State Civil War Soldier Database

·         New York State Military Records 

·         Registers of N Y Regiments: War of the Rebellion

·         N.Y. Civil War Regt. Histories: Library of Congress 

·         Korean War Casualty List 

·         King's Royal Regiment of NY & Butler's Rangers

·         Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in NY State

·         Vietnam Conflict Casualty List  New York

·         Table of the Killed and Wounded  in the War of 1812

·         World War II Casualty and POW Lists

·         New York Online Historical Newspapers 

·         Old New York Genealogy, History & News 

·         Directory of New York Funeral Homes 

·         Miscellaneous Early New York Obituaries

·         New York Funeral Homes 

·         New York Newspaper Obituaries

·         New York Obituaries Search 

·         New York Obituary Search 

·         History of Various Orphan Homes NY, 1870

·         New York Old High School & College Yearbooks

·         Vital Records Services  NY Dept. Of Health

·         Marriage Licenses: State of New York 1639-1786

·         New York Births and Christenings  1640-1962

·         New York Death Records

·         New York Deaths and Burials  1795-1952

·         New York Marriages  1686-1980

·         New York Marriages Project

·         New York State Vital Records Information

·         New York State Vital Records Links  1847-1849

·         New York Vital Records

·         New York, County Marriages  1908-1935

·         Online New York Death Records & Indexes 

·         United States Census (Mortality Schedule), 1850

·         Vital Records Extracted from NYS Census Records

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Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·         Association of Public Historians of New York State 

·         Museum Association of New York

·         N. Y. State Council of Genealogical Organizations 

·         Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims- New York Branch 

·         New York Correction History Society

·         New York Department – Daughters of Union Veterans

·         The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

·         New York State Auxiliary  Sons of Union Veterans

·         New York State Covered Bridge Society

·         The New York State Historical Association

·         New York State Organization   D.A.R

·         New York State Society  Daughters of Colonial Wars

·         New York State Society  N.S.C.A.R.

·         New York State Society  U.S. Daughters of 1812

·         The New-York Historical Society 

·         Palatines to America - German Genealogy Society 

·         Polish Genealogical Society of New York State 

·         Preservation League of New York State 

·         Society of Daughters of Holland Dames 

·         Society of Mayflower Descendants in State of N Y

·         The Society of the Second War with Great Britain 

·         Sons of the Revolution  - New York

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· - States and Capitals

·         United States Research Wiki – Family Search

·         Kindred

·         Genealogy Trails History Group

·         Family Search,  USA IGI Batches, Localities

·         Birth & Marriage Records Indexes for USA

·         Record Search - Family

· Resources by county

·         Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·         The USGenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·         Genealogy Forum: U.S. States

· – U.S. Message Boards

·         Cyndi's List – United States Index

·         USGenWeb Archives

·         Data Base Collections at$

·         USA Resources at RootsWeb


· – Collaborative Genealogy and History

·         Access Genealogy

· - archive of genealogy records

·         Searchable Death Indexes & Records

·         Census Finder –Free Census and other Records

·         StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

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Locality Specific Resources

·         Genealogy Links – New York

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·         Research Wiki - New York

·         Kindred – New York

·         Genealogy Trails History Group – New York

·         New York Genealogy Forum

·         Rootsweb Message Board – New York

·         Cyndi's List – New York

·         USGenWeb Archives – New York

·         New York Data Collection - $

·         New York Resources at RootsWeb

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All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

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