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== Brief History  ==
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=== Brief History  ===
  
 
The following important events in [[New York|New York]] history affected political boundaries, record-keeping, and family movements.  
 
The following important events in [[New York|New York]] history affected political boundaries, record-keeping, and family movements.  
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*'''1950–1953:''' Over 5.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.korean-war.com/ Korean War].  
 
*'''1950–1953:''' Over 5.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.korean-war.com/ Korean War].  
 
*'''1950's–1960's''' The building of [http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/nhs/ interstate highways] made it easier for people to move long distances.  
 
*'''1950's–1960's''' The building of [http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/nhs/ interstate highways] made it easier for people to move long distances.  
*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.vietnamwar.com/ Vietnam War].
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*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War Vietnam War].
 
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== Local Histories  ==
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=== Local Histories  ===
  
 
Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "[[United States History|History]]" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of New York.  
 
Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "[[United States History|History]]" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of New York.  
  
*''A Bibliography of New York State Communities'' is an excellent bibliography of New York local histories. <ref>Harold Nestler, compiler, ''A Bibliography of New York State Communities'', Third Edition. (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Incorporated, 1990; Family History Library book {{FHL|585203|title-id|disp=974.7 H23nh}} 1990). </ref>
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*Harold Nestler, compiler, ''A Bibliography of New York State Communities'', Third Edition. (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Incorporated, 1990) {{FHL|585203|item|disp=FHL book 974.7 H23nh}}
  
New York has officially appointed town and county historians who gather material about their locality and its people. They often have original and transcribed cemetery records, newspaper clippings, church records, and local histories. For their addresses, see ''The County Historians Association of New York State, 1991 Directory of New York State County and Municipal Historians'', <ref>''The County Historians Association of New York State, 1991 Directory of New York State County and Municipal Historians'' Fifth Edition. (Albany, New York: The New York State Education Department, Division of Research and Collections, 1991; Family History Library book {{FHL|618330|title-id|disp=974.7 N24v}} 1991). </ref>
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*New York has officially appointed town and county historians who gather material about their locality and its people. They often have original and transcribed cemetery records, newspaper clippings, church records, and local histories. For their addresses, see ''The County Historians Association of New York State, 1991 Directory of New York State County and Municipal Historians'' Fifth Edition. (Albany, New York: The New York State Education Department, Division of Research and Collections, 1991) {{FHL|618330|item|disp=FHL book 974.7 N24v}}
  
*''A Bibliography of American County Histories'' <ref>Filby, P. William. ''A Bibliography of American County Histories''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985. ({{FHL|A Bibliography of American County Histories|title|disp=FHL book 973 H23bi}})</ref> <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12356760&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref>
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*Filby, P. William. ''A Bibliography of American County Histories''. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985.) {{WorldCat|12356760|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|299450|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23bi}}
  
*''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress'' <ref>Kaminkow, Marion J. ''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress''. 5 vols. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76. ({{FHL|252458|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 A3ka}}.) </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=results_page Worldcat] </ref>
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*Kaminkow, Marion J. ''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress''. 5 vols. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76. {{WorldCat|315166|At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|252458|item|disp=FHL book 973 A3ka}}
  
[http://www.accessible.com/accessible/aboutAC2.jsp Accessible Archives] ($) has digitized dozens of New York county local histories.  
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*[http://www.accessible.com/accessible/aboutAC2.jsp Accessible Archives] ($) has digitized dozens of New York county local histories.
  
== Migration  ==
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=== Migration  ===
  
 
There were several paths of migration into, through, and out of New York. The original settlements were mostly along the Hudson River in southeastern New York and on Long Island.  
 
There were several paths of migration into, through, and out of New York. The original settlements were mostly along the Hudson River in southeastern New York and on Long Island.  
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The 1865 New York State Census has, scattered through it in various places, reports on the crops being grown and if the area was experiencing a drought. This and other similar situations also affected the movement of families.  
 
The 1865 New York State Census has, scattered through it in various places, reports on the crops being grown and if the area was experiencing a drought. This and other similar situations also affected the movement of families.  
  
== State Histories Useful to Genealogists  ==
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=== State Histories Useful to Genealogists  ===
  
 
Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of New York are:  
 
Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of New York are:  
  
*''A History of New York State, 1957'' is probably the best one-volume history of New York. <ref>David M. Ellis, et al., ''A History of New York State, 1957'', revised (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1983;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;book {{FHL|321493|title-id|disp=974.7 H2e}}). One of the best multi-volume histories is Alexander C. Flick, ed., ''The History of the State of New York'', Ten Volumes. (1933; reprint, Port Washington, New York: Ira J. Friedman Incorporated, 1962; Family History Library book .{{FHL|179427|title-id|disp=7974 H2f}}). </ref>
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*David M. Ellis, et al., ''A History of New York State, 1957'', revised (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1983) {{FHL|321493|item|disp=FHL book 974.7 H2e}}
  
Some published collections of historical documents essential for early New York genealogical research include:  
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*One of the best multi-volume histories is Alexander C. Flick, ed., ''The History of the State of New York'', Ten Volumes. (1933; reprint, Port Washington, New York: Ira J. Friedman Incorporated, 1962) {{FHL|179427|item|disp=FHL book 974.7 H2f}}
  
*''Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Procured in Holland, England and France'' <ref>Brodhead, John Romeyn, compiler; O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, and Berthold Fernow, translator and Editor. ''Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Procured in Holland, England and France'', by John Romeyn Brodhead, Esquire, Agent. 15 Volumes. Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons, and Co., 1853–1887. (Family History Library book {{FHL|196658|title-id|disp=974.7 H2d; films 824380–91}}.) </ref>Biographical sketches drawn from official records of governors, courts, and petitions.
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*Brodhead, John Romeyn, compiler; O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, and Berthold Fernow, translator and Editor. ''Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Procured in Holland, England and France'', by John Romeyn Brodhead, Esquire, Agent. 15 Volumes. (Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons, and Co., 1853–1887.) {{FHL|196658|item|disp=FHL films 824380–91; 974.7 H2d; }} Biographical sketches drawn from official records of governors, courts, and petitions.
  
*''Documentary History of the State of New York''. <ref>''Documentary History of the State of New York''. Four Volumes in eight parts. Albany, New York: Weed, Parson and Company, 1849–51 (octavo edition); 1850–51 (quarto edition). (FHL book {{FHL|199371|title-id|disp=974.7 H2o; films 986504–07; fiche 6051121}}; subject index on film 017137 item 10.) </ref>Biographical information drawn from official records of governors, courts, and petitions.
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*''Documentary History of the State of New York''. Four Volumes in eight parts. (Albany, New York: Weed, Parson and Company, 1849–51 [octavo edition]; 1850–51 [quarto edition].) {{FHL|199371|item|disp=FHL films 986504–07; fiche 6051121; book 974.7 H2o}} A subject index is on {{FHL|199371|item|disp=FHL film 017137 item 10.}} Digitized version available through FHL catalog entry. Biographical information drawn from official records of governors, courts, and petitions.
  
*''Calendar of Dutch (and English) Historical Manuscripts in the Office of Secretary of State'' <ref>O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, ed. ''Calendar of Dutch (and English) Historical Manuscripts in the Office of Secretary of State'', Albany, New York, Two Volumes. 1865–1866. Reprint, Ridgewood, New Jersey: The Gregg Press, 1968. (Family History Library book {{FHL|173759|title-id|disp=974.7 A3c; fiche 6051113}}.) </ref>Many of the documents described in this inventory were destroyed or damaged in the 1911 capital fire.
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*O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, ed. ''Calendar of Dutch (and English) Historical Manuscripts in the Office of Secretary of State'', (Albany, New York, Two Volumes. 1865–1866. Reprint, Ridgewood, New Jersey: The Gregg Press, 1968.) ({{FHL|173759|item|disp=FHL fiche 6051113; book 974.7 A3c}}Many of the documents described in this inventory were destroyed or damaged in the 1911 capital fire.
  
== United States History  ==
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=== United States History  ===
  
 
The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:  
 
The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:  
  
*''The Almanac of American History'', <ref>Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. ''The Almanac of American History.'' Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983. ({{FHL|The Almanac of American History.|title|disp=FHL book 973 H2alm}}) </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9392978&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref>This provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
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*Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. ''The Almanac of American History.'' (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) {{WorldCat|9392978|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|531408|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2alm}}This book provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
  
*''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed'' <ref>'' Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976. ({{FHL|76529|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 H2ad}}.)</ref> <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2507380&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref>This includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations. A snippet view is available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Lz9WC9EyF08C&q=9780684138565&dq=9780684138565&ei=F4GxSbisHpDMlQSW3Z36BQ&pgis=1 Google books].
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*''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) {{WorldCat|2507380|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|76529|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 H2ad}}Includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
  
*''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium'' <ref>'' Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium''. Springfield, Mass.: G&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;C Merriam, 1971. ({{FHL|Webster%27s Guide to American History%3A A Chronological%2C Geographical%2C and Biographical Survey and Compendium|title|disp=FHL book 973 H2v}}) </ref><ref>Limited view at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MVU6DS6Re8gC&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;dq=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History:+A+Chronological,+Geographical,+and+Biographical+Survey+and+Compendium%27&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;ei=Vn-xSeS6FJDUlQSby81v#PPP13,M1 Google Books] </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search Worldcat] </ref>This includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
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*Van Doren, Charles Lincoln; Robert McHenry, ''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium''. (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) {{WorldCat|142893|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|280192|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2v}} Includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
  
*''Writings on American History'' <ref>''Writings on American History'' By American Historical Association, Library of Congress, United States National Historical Publications Commission, Published by KTO Press, 1921 {{FHL|244514|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 H23w}} </ref><ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Writings+on+American+History&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search Worldcat] </ref>Has the full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=mgEPAAAAYAAJ&dq=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&ei=N3yxSd6pI4K0kATC-qRu Google Books]
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*American Historical Association, ''Writings on American History'' (Washington, D.C.:American Historical Association,1960-1960) {{WorldCat|1770230|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|244514|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23w}}Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=mgEPAAAAYAAJ& Google Books]
  
To find more books and articles about New York 's history use the Internet [http://www.google.com/ Google] search for phases like "New York history." [[Family History Library Catalog Surname Search|Family History Library Catalog Surname Search]] lists many more histories under topics like:
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=== Family History Library ===
  
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To access histories available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-names Search for:  
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*[http://iloveny.com/kids/history_pre_1900.asp History of New York State] before 1900  
 
*[http://iloveny.com/kids/history_pre_1900.asp History of New York State] before 1900  
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*[http://www.tenement.org/ Tenement Museum]
 
*[http://www.tenement.org/ Tenement Museum]
  
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*[http://www.crookedlakereview.com/ Crooked Lake Review Magazine] (1988-2008)  
*Crooked Lake Review (2008 - present) now published as a [http://www.crookedlakereview.blogspot.com/ Blog ]  
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*Crooked Lake Review (2008 - present) now published as a [http://www.crookedlakereview.blogspot.com/ Blog]  
 
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Contents

Brief History

The following important events in New York history affected political boundaries, record-keeping, and family movements.

  • 1609: Henry Hudson, sailing for the Dutch, established Holland's claim to the New York region.
  • 1624–1626: The Dutch West India Company established established the colony of New Netherland. Its chief settlements were at New Amsterdam, on the lower tip of Manhattan Island, and at Fort Orange, the present site of Albany.
  • 1629: The Dutch introduced the patroonship (manorial) system, which established a landholding aristocracy in the Hudson Valley.
  • 1664: New Netherland surrendered to the English, who separated it into the colonies of New York and New Jersey.
  • 1672: New York employed Indians to carry mail from city to Albany because of the extreme hardships involved.
  • 1673–1674: The Dutch briefly reconquered New York. 1674
  • 1683: The twelve original counties were formed (Albany, Cornwall [Maine], Dukes [Massachusetts], Dutchess, Kings, New York, Queens, Orange, Richmond, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester).
  • 1700: Tuscarora tribe of North Carolina migrated to New York and joined the Iroquois Confederacy.
  • 1731: The boundary between New York and Connecticut was settled.
  • 1768: Fort Stanwick Treaty, the Iroquois Confederacy ceded 1/2 its land to U.S.
  • 1769: After long conflicts, the present border with New Jersey was agreed upon. The line was surveyed and marked in 1774.
  • 1773: The New York-Massachusetts boundary dispute was finally resolved.
  • 1776: New York declared independence from Britain and Vermont declared its independence from New York. At the end of the Revolutionary War, in 1783, the British evacuated Loyalists to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the British West Indies.
  • 1786: The Hartford Treaty gave Massachusetts the title to the land in western New York west of the "Preemption Line" (a line running north and south between Seneca and Keuka Lakes) but reserved political governance to New York.
  • 1788: ( July 26,)New York ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the eleventh state of the Union.
  • 1791: New York's eastern boundary was finally determined when Vermont was admitted as a state.
  • 1796: The state capital moved from New York City to Albany.
  • 1825: The Erie Canal (between Albany and the Great Lakes) was completed, stimulating settlement of the midwestern U.S. By 1842, rail lines connected Albany and Buffalo.
  • 1839–1845: The Anti-Rent War led to the end of the manorial system.
  • 1898: Brooklyn (Kings) established 1683, New York (Manhattan) established 1683, Queens established 1683, and Staten Island (Richmond) established 1683 were incorporated as boroughs of New York City.
  • 1898: Over 300,000 men were involved in the Spanish-American War which was fought mainly in Cuba and the Philippines.
  • 1914: Bronx was incorporated as the fifth borough of New York City.
  • 1917–1918: More than 26 million men from the United States ages 18 through 45 registered with the Selective Service. World War I over 4.7 million American men and women served during the war.
  • 1930's: The Great Depression closed many factories and mills. Many small farms were abandoned, and many families moved to cities.
  • 1940–1945: Over 50.6 million men ages 18 to 65 registered with the Selective Service. Over 16.3 million American men and women served in the armed forces during World War II.
  • 1950–1953: Over 5.7 million American men and women served in the Korean War.
  • 1950's–1960's The building of interstate highways made it easier for people to move long distances.
  • 1964–1972: Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the Vietnam War.

Historical Content

Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:

  • Parents' names
  • Maiden names of women
  • Place of birth, death, or marriage
  • Occupation
  • Migration
  • Military service
  • Descendants

Local Histories

Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the Family History Library, public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "History" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of New York.

  • Harold Nestler, compiler, A Bibliography of New York State Communities, Third Edition. (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Incorporated, 1990) FHL book 974.7 H23nh
  • New York has officially appointed town and county historians who gather material about their locality and its people. They often have original and transcribed cemetery records, newspaper clippings, church records, and local histories. For their addresses, see The County Historians Association of New York State, 1991 Directory of New York State County and Municipal Historians Fifth Edition. (Albany, New York: The New York State Education Department, Division of Research and Collections, 1991) FHL book 974.7 N24v
  • Kaminkow, Marion J. United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress. 5 vols. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76. WorldCat 315166; FHL book 973 A3ka

Migration

There were several paths of migration into, through, and out of New York. The original settlements were mostly along the Hudson River in southeastern New York and on Long Island.

Following the Revolution and War of 1812, settlements spread westward and northward. The early spread of such settlements were along the waterways -- The Hudson River, the Erie Canal, and others.

The 1865 New York State Census has, scattered through it in various places, reports on the crops being grown and if the area was experiencing a drought. This and other similar situations also affected the movement of families.

State Histories Useful to Genealogists

Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of New York are:

  • David M. Ellis, et al., A History of New York State, 1957, revised (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1983) FHL book 974.7 H2e
  • One of the best multi-volume histories is Alexander C. Flick, ed., The History of the State of New York, Ten Volumes. (1933; reprint, Port Washington, New York: Ira J. Friedman Incorporated, 1962) FHL book 974.7 H2f
  • Brodhead, John Romeyn, compiler; O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, and Berthold Fernow, translator and Editor. Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Procured in Holland, England and France, by John Romeyn Brodhead, Esquire, Agent. 15 Volumes. (Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons, and Co., 1853–1887.) FHL films 824380–91; 974.7 H2d; Biographical sketches drawn from official records of governors, courts, and petitions.
  • Documentary History of the State of New York. Four Volumes in eight parts. (Albany, New York: Weed, Parson and Company, 1849–51 [octavo edition]; 1850–51 [quarto edition].) FHL films 986504–07; fiche 6051121; book 974.7 H2o A subject index is on FHL film 017137 item 10. Digitized version available through FHL catalog entry. Biographical information drawn from official records of governors, courts, and petitions.
  • O'Callaghan, Edmund Bailey, ed. Calendar of Dutch (and English) Historical Manuscripts in the Office of Secretary of State, (Albany, New York, Two Volumes. 1865–1866. Reprint, Ridgewood, New Jersey: The Gregg Press, 1968.) (FHL fiche 6051113; book 974.7 A3cMany of the documents described in this inventory were destroyed or damaged in the 1911 capital fire.

United States History

The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:

  • Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. The Almanac of American History. (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2almThis book provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
  • Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2adIncludes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
  • Van Doren, Charles Lincoln; Robert McHenry, Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium. (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 973 H2v Includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.

Family History Library

To access histories available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-names Search for:

NEW YORK - HISTORY
NEW YORK, [COUNTY] - HISTORY
NEW YORK, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
NEW YORK, BIBLIOGRAPHY

Web Sites

Genealogical Resources: According to the website: "The Crooked Lake Review is a local history magazine for the Conhocton, Canisteo, Tioga, Chemung and Genesee river valleys, and for the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario regions of New York State.". This website deals with stories, histories and information dealing with people, events, and places (past and present) in relationship to the area.