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Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge from Waryas Park

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Historical Facts

Nicknamed Pokespsie and often listed as such in probate records.

Was the 2nd capital of New York because it was spared from the battles of American Revolution War. It was here the state ratification convention was held which included Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and George Clinton, to ratify the United States Constitution and with the ratification of it, New York entered the union as the 11th of original 13 states.

The city and town are considered one and the same.

Resources

Church Records

Church of England

  • The Records of Christ Church: Poughkeepsie, New York. 2 vols. Poughkeepsie N.Y.: F.B. Howard, 1911-1916. Digital version at Ancestry ($). History of Christ Church.

Dutch Reformed

  • 1746-1835 - "Record of Marriages in the First Reformed (Dutch) Church of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1746-1783: Vol. 73, No. 4 (Oct. 1942):228-245; 1783-1797: Vol. 74, No. 1 (Jan. 1943):32-37; 1798-1815: Vol. 75, No. 3 (Jul. 1944):103-107; 1815-1835: Vol. 75, No. 4 (Oct. 1944):161-168. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 73-75. Marriages from 1716 to 1745 are lost.

Presbyterian

  • 1749-1839 - "Presbyterian Church at Rumbout Baptisms," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1749-1761: Vol. 68, No. 3 (Jul. 1937):291-296; 1761-1839: Vol. 68, No. 4 (Oct. 1937):388-396. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 68.
  • 1750-1764 - "Poughkeepsie Presbyterian Church Baptisms Were in With the Records of the Rumbout Presbyterian Church," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 69, No. 1 (Jan. 1938):80-83. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 69.
  • 1750-1844 - "Record of Marriages of the Presbyterian Churches in Rumbout and Poughkeepsie," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1750-1763: Vol. 69, No. 3 (Jul. 1938):284-291; 1763-1770, 1822-1824: Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1938):379-385; 1825-1844: Vol. 70, No. 1 (Jan. 1939):76-82. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 69-70. Marriages from 1771 to 1821 are lost.

Newspapers

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the largest online collection of 400 New York 1795-2007 newspapers. The instructions for this quirky site are needed to get the most out of it.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards has the following Poughkeepsie, New York newspaper images:

  • Poughkeepsie Evening Star and Enterprise 1936-1941
  • Poughkeepsie NY Daily Eagle 1861-1937
  • Poughkeepsie NY New Yorker 1941

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Poughkeepsie Public Library District
Local History and Genealogy

Adriance Memorial Library
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 485-3445

Hours:
Mon - Thu: 9 am - 9 pm
Fri - Sat: 9 am - 5 pm
Sun: 2 pm - 5 pm

Arlington Branch Library
504 Haight Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: (845) 485-3445

Hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am - 8 pm
Tue, Thu: 9 am - 5 pm
Sat: 9 am - 5 pm

LaGrange Library
488 Freedom Plains Rd. (Rt.55)
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: (845) 452-3141
Fax: (845) 452-1974
E-mail: lagrangelib@hotmail.com


Hours:
Monday 2-8pm
Tuesday 9:30am-5pm
Wednesday 2-8pm
Thursday 9:30am-5pm
Friday 2-8pm
Saturday 9:30am-2pm

Societies

Dutchess County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 708
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602
(845) 462-4168
Genealogical Resources: Family History Center, vital records, local records, maps, compiled genealogies, censuses, military records, Palatine immigration records. Online library guide.
Dutchess County Historical Society
The Clinton House
549 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
(845) 471-1630
dchistorical@verizon.net
Genealogical Resources: Family Bibles, cemetery records, local and church histories, city directories, more than 125 family histories, genealogy surname files, maps, newspapers, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Year Books of the Holland Society of New York, Olde Ulster, probate records, school yearbooks.
Historical Societies of Dutchess County.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Poughkeepsie, NY

The Mahwenawasigh Chapter

Town Clerk

Sue Miller, Town Clerk[1]
Town Offices
1 Overocker Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845-485-3620
Email: smiller@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov

Town Historian

Town of Poughkeepsie's Historic Preservation Commission
1 Overocker Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845-485-3600
Fax: 845-485-3701
E-mail: qbee5@optonline.net

City/Town Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Poughkeepsie, New York check:

  • Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). American Ancestors online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists. The codes used under Church and Cemetery are defined in the link above the listing of towns, cities and villages.


Vital Records

References

  1. Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), 400. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.

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