New York County Histories

New York is in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. 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 north and west, and Quebec to the north.

New York is known for its historical role as a gateway for immigration to the United States. The state was named for the 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, future James II and VII of England and Scotland.

Flag of New YorkNew York was inhabited by the Algonquian, Iroquois, and Lenape Native American groups at the time Dutch settlers moved into the region in the early 17th century. In 1609, the region was first claimed by Henry Hudson for the Dutch. Fort Nassau was built near the site of the present-day capital of Albany in 1614. The Dutch soon also settled New Amsterdam and parts of the Hudson River Valley, establishing the colony of New Netherland. The British took over the colony by annexation in 1664.

The borders of the British colony, the Province of New York, were roughly similar to those of the present-day state. About one third of all 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 member of the United States.

Due to the size of New York we have subdivided the county history collection into four parts for the ease of researchers.

Collection Details

New York County Histories

  • THE CIVIL, POLITICAL, PROFESSIONAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY and commercial and industrial record of the county of Kings and the City of Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1683 to 1884.
  • HISTORY OF THE VALLEY OF THE HUDSON River of Destiny.
  • HISTORY OF ORANGE COUNTY with Illustrations and biographical sketches of many of its prominent men.
  • HISTORY OF PUTNAM COUNTY with biographical sketches of its Prominent Men.
  • HISTORY OF QUEENS COUNTY with illustrations, Portraits & Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals.
  • HISTORY OF RICHMOND COUNTY, (Staten Island) From its Discovery to the Present Time.
  • HISTORY OF ROCKLAND COUNTY.
  • HISTORY OF SULLIVAN COUNTY, Embracing an account of its geology, climate, aborigines, early settlement, organization; the formation of its towns, with biographical sketches of prominent residents, Etc., Etc.
  • HISTORY OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY, INCLUDING MORRISANIA, KINGS BRIDGE, AND WEST FARMS, WHICH HAVE BEEN ANNEXED TO NEW YORK CITY.

  • HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF ALBANY with Portraits, Biographies and Illustrations.
  • HISTORY OF BROOME COUNTY with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE, A HISTORY OF THE VALLEY AND COUNTY OF CHEMUNG. From the Closing Years of the Eighteenth Century.
  • HISTORY OF CHENANGO and MADISON COUNTIES with Illustrations an Biographical Sketches.
  • HISTORY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY with Illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
  • HISTORY OF CORTLAND COUNTY With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • DELAWARE COUNTY, NEW YORK, HISTORY OF THE CENTURY 1787-1797 Centennial Celebration June 9 and 10, 1897.
  • THE HISTORY OF DUTCHESS COUNTY.
  • HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY with biographical sketches of its prominent men.
  • HISTORY OF OTSEGO COUNTY with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches.
  • HISTORY OF SCHOHARIE COUNTY with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • HISTORY OF TIOGA, CHEMUNG, TOMPKINS AND SCHUYLER COUNTIES with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches.
  • HISTORY OF ULSTER COUNTY with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers..
  • LANDMARKS OF TOMPKINS COUNTY Including a History of Cornell University.

  • ALLEGANY COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE. A Centennial Memorial History of Allegany County, New York.
  • HISTORY OF CATTARAUGUS COUNTY Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • HISTORY OF CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY From its First Settlement to the Present Time; with Numerous Biographical and Family Sketches.
  • OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE, A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON ERIE COUNTY.
  • HISTORY OF LIVINGSTON COUNTY With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • HISTORY OF THE MONROE COUNTY, NEW YORKWith Illustrations Descriptive of its Scenery,.
  • HISTORY OF NIAGARA COUNTY with Illustrations Descriptive of its Scenery, Private Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories, Portraits of old Pioneers and Prominent Residents.
  • HISTORY OF WYOMING COUNTY With Illustrations, Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Some Pioneers and Prominent Residents.
  • HISTORY OF YATES COUNTY WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF THE PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
  • WAYNE COUNTY, NEW YORK Historical and biographical record of Wayne County, New York.
  • HISTORY OF NORTHWESTERN NEW YORK ERIE, NIAGARA, WYOMING, GENESEE AND ORLEANS COUNTIES.
  • HISTORY OF TIOGA, CHEMUNG, TOMPKINS AND SCHUYLER COUNTIES with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches.
  • HISTORY OF STEUBEN COUNTY, NEW YORK.
  • HISTORY OF THE PIONEER SETTLEMENT OF PHELP’S AND GORHAM’S PURCHASE AND MORRIS’ RESERVE. Embracing the counties of Monroe, Ontario, Livingston, Yates, Steuben, most of Wayne and Allegany, and parts of Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming.

  • HISTORY OF CAYUGA COUNTY Compiled from the Papers in the Archives of the Cayuga County Historical Society, with Special Chapters by Local Authors from 1775 to 1908.
  • HISTORY OF CLINTON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, NEW YORK, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • BESSBORO: A History of Westport, Essex Co., New York.
  • HISTORY OF HERKIMER COUNTY, Including the Upper Mohawk Valley from the Earliest Period to the Present Time…
  • OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE A Descriptive and Biographical Record of Madison County, New York.
  • HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY AND FULTON COUNTY, NEW YORK. With Illustrations Descriptive of Scenery, Private Residences Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories.
  • HISTORY OF ONONDAGA COUNTY, NEW YORK With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • HISTORY OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK.
  • HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY AND THE TOWN OF QUEENSBURY, NEW YORK. Historical Notes on the Various Towns.
  • HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF SCHENECTADY, FROM 1662 TO 1886.
  • THE NORTH COUNTRY A HISTORY, EMBRACING JEFFERSON, ST. LAWRENCE, OSWEGO, LEWIS AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, NEW YORK. (3 Volumes).
  • HISTORY OF ONEIDA COUNTY, NEW YORK With Prominent and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
  • HISTORY OF WARREN COUNTY, NEW YORK With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.