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NEW YORK

U.S.A.

An Introduction

Surnames

Ancestral Counties

County Research Links

Genealogy Information Websites

Contact Information

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NEW YORK

An Introduction

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New York is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States, and is the country's third most populous state. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and shares a water border with Rhode Island as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

New York City, which is both the largest city in the state and in the United States, is known for its history as a gateway for immigration to the United States and its status as a financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center. It was named after the 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, future James II and VII of England and Scotland.

New York was inhabited by the Algonquian, Iroquois, and Lenape Native American groups at the time Dutch and French nationals moved into the region in the early 17th century. First claimed by Henry Hudson in 1609, the region came to have Dutch forts in Fort Orange, near the site of the present-day capital of Albany in 1614 and was colonized by the Dutch in 1624, at both Albany and Manhattan; it later fell to British annexation in 1664. About one third of all of the battles of the Revolutionary War took place in New York. New York became an independent state on July 9, 1776 and enacted its constitution in 1777. The state ratified the United States Constitution on July 26, 1788 to become the 11th state. According to the US Department of Commerce, it is also the state of choice for foreign visitors, leading both Florida and California in tourism.

During the 17th century, Dutch trading posts established for the purchase of pelts from the Iroquois and other tribes expanded into the colony of New Netherlands. The first of these trading posts were Beverwyck (1614, now Albany); New Amsterdam, (1623, now NYC); and Esopus, (1653, now Kingston). The British captured the colony during the Second Anglo-Dutch War and governed it as the Province of New York.

 

Agitation for independence during the 1770s brought the American Revolution, which for New York was also a civil war.

New York declared itself an independent state on July 9, 1776. The New York state constitution was framed by a convention which assembled at White Plains, New York on July 10, 1776, and after repeated adjournments and changes of location, terminated its labors at Kingston, New York on Sunday evening, April 20, 1777, when the new constitution was adopted with but one dissenting vote. It was not submitted to the people for ratification. It was drafted by John Jay. On 30 July 1777, George Clinton was inaugurated as the first Governor of New York at Kingston.

During the revolution, four of the Iroquois nations fought on the side of the British. They were defeated in the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. Suffering privations, many members moved to Canada. Most, absent or present, lost their land after the war. Some of the land purchases are the subject of modern-day claims by the individual tribes.

New York state was one of the original thirteen colonies that became the United States. It was the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788.

Transportation in western New York was difficult before canals were built in the early part of the nineteenth century. The Hudson and Mohawk Rivers could be navigated only as far as Central New York. While the St. Lawrence River could be navigated to Lake Ontario, the way westward to the other Great Lakes was blocked by Niagara Falls, and so the only route to western New York was over land. Governor DeWitt Clinton strongly advocated building a canal to connect the Hudson River with Lake Erie, and thus all the Great Lakes. Work commenced in 1817, and the Erie Canal was finished in 1825. The canal opened up vast areas of New York to commerce and settlement, and enabled port cities such as Buffalo to grow and prosper.

 

NEW YORK

Surnames

 

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Abbott; Fay; Harlow; McKee; Valentine

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

McChesney

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

Surname Locator Resources

NEW YORK

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors. To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. 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.

 

Queens; Suffolk

To find out more about each county named above use the following LINK:

ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS

 

NEW YORK

County Research Links

The links below may assist you with your research within the various counties of this state.

Click on the image of this U.S. State to

View a map of all county locations. Source:50states.com

Genealogical County

Research Links

Source: USGenWeb

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

 

General County

Research Links

Source: Wikipedia

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

NEW YORK

Genealogy Information Websites

The following are links to websites that will provide you with specific genealogical

Information to assist with your research for this state.

 

Use the following LINKS to find more information that may pertain to this location.

 

 

Contact Information

Email

Pony Express:

Tom
27 Christopher Dr.
Burton, NB E2V3H4
Canada

Email

Snail mail:

Fred
889 Dante Ct.
Mantua, NJ 08051

USA