Kings (Brooklyn) County, New York Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png New York Gotoarrow.png Kings (Brooklyn) County

For Kings County see Brooklyn, New York.

1664 Yorkshire became the first large government unit (not actually a county) organized by New York after the English took control from the Netherlands. It was divided into three ridings including West Riding (now Richmond, Kings, and most of Queens).[1] [2]
1683 November 1 The Province of New York extinguished Yorkshire, creating Kings County from part of it.[1] [2]
1874 The West Bronx was annexed to New York City (that is, New York County).[2] [3]
1895 Areas east of the Bronx River were annexed to New York City (that is, New York County).[2] [3]
1898 January 21 The five boroughs were consolidated into New York City and her county governments were dissolved. The Borough of Bronx became a borough of Greater New York City.[3]
1912 April 19 (effective 1914 January 1) Bronx County, with the same boundaries as the borough, was separated from New York County.[2] [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia contributors, "York Shire (Province of New York)" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 16 December 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Kathryn Ford Thorne, New York Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993), 99. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 E7t.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wikipedia contributors , "The Bronx" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 4 January 2012).