Researching Your Roots in New York–Break Your Losing Streak!

Researching Your Roots in New York: An earlier guide book for New York research cautioned genealogists about the lack of vital records, gaps in the deeds and wills, and difficulty in finding church records. Then suggested that if you wanted research success you should skip New York and choose another pedigree line! Skip New York? NO!

If you have a New York lineage, you need our Researching Your Roots in New York series Bundle: 4 volumes for $70.00. Separate volumes, $25.00 each. Volume 5, brand NEW in 2008, $30.00. Add volume 5 to Bundle for only $15.00. Compiled by Arlene H. Eakle, PhD and Linda E. Brinkerhoff.

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Researching Your Roots in New York, 1. New York Cemeteries: Burial Records and Cemeteries, Manhattan. New York Church Records: Cornell University Collection, Ithaca–Inventory of Records gathered by the Institute of Early Religious Life in Western New York–ca. 600 congregations. The Lutherans of New York. The Palatines of New York State. List of Members of the Dutch Reformed Church in New York in 1686. The Belgians (Walloons): First Settlers in New York and Middle States. Round Robin Passenger List, July 1621. Delaware Papers: Passenger List of Colonists to the South River (Delaware River) Colony of New Netherland, 1661. New York Wills Before 1780. Patroonships, Manors, and Seigniories Recognized by the Order, 1630-1758. Tax List of New-Orange, 1674, during the Occupation by the Dutch. Card Index to the Winifred Lovering Holman Papers. Map Portfolio: Topographical Map of New York. Original Grants of Village Lots (Greater New York City). City of New York, 1728. City of New York, 1767. City of New York, 1890. Map of Lower Manhattan. Map of Upper Manhattan. Map of Brooklyn.

Researching Your Roots in New York, 2: Holland Land Purchase (whole issue), c 1991, Arlene H. Eakle, PhD. The Holland Land Company; Genesee County Mortgage Index, 1806 Census of Cazenovia, Map of Western New York Land Tracts. Records of the Holland Land Company and How to Use Them in Your Genealogy Research:
1. Records of the Holland Land Company, Amsterdam Archives: Descriptive List of microfilm reels with film numbers at the Family History Library and Libraries in New York State. 2. Records of the Holland Land Company, once in Private Hands, now in Public Archives in New York State: Lorenzo Collection, 1771-1956. Cataloged Mss, 1803-1970–Buffalo and Erie County Library . Holland Land Company Records, 1794-1863,–Buffalo and Erie Historical Society. Joseph Ellicott Papers, 1798-1937–Buffalo and Erie Historical Society, Survey Map of Morris’s Purchase of West Geneseo, Land Tables, 1801, Taxes, 1806-07. Holland Land Company Records, 1803-1870–Patterson Public Library. Sales Books, Cash Books, Plat Map, Ellington. William Peacock Collection, 1825–Chautauqua County Historical Society. Batavia Land Office Records, 1801-1863. Account Books. Map: Holland Land Company’s Preliminary Survey, 1797.

Researching Your Roots in New York, 3: Map: Phelps and Gorham’s Purchase, 1790. Map: Old Trails and Early Travel Routes of the Niagara Frontier and Regions Adjacent. The Genesee Tract; Return of Survey: Contents of Sundry Surveys made in the years 1791 and 1792, Ontario County NY; An Abstract of the Pulteney Title. Original Map: Phelps and Gorham Purchase. Pulteney Estate Deeds, 1793-1919. Phelps and Gorham Papers in the New York State Archives, Inventory. Boundary Map. New York Assessment Lists, Inventory. New York State Census Records, Inventory. Abstract of the Census Roll of Gen. Amos Hall, 1790, Western New York. Use of Censuses. Map: Important Waterways and Highways in the U.S.: 1850-60. Map: Railroads in the U.S.: 1850-60.

Researching Your Roots in New York, 4: Why Maps Are Important For New York Genealogical Research (whole issue), c 2004. Linda E. Brinkerhoff.
l. Physical and Political Barriers: Geological Map of New York; Physiographic Map of New York; Map of New York State in 1786; Guy Johnson’s Map of New York, 1771. 2. Historical Place Names: Map of Tyrone Township, Steuben County–T 5 R 5,1790; Gazetteers of New York State. 3. Genealogical Sources: Hatfields of Westchester, 1918; Map of the Original Grants of Village Lots from the Dutch West India Company, 1642; Early German Settlements in New York. 4. Local Jurisdictions Changes Over Time: Early Families of Herkimer County NY: Descendants of the Burnetsfield Patentees; Chronology of Herkimer, Omni Gazetteer; County and State Boundaries, 1790. 5. Natural Resources Where Occupations Cluster: Carte du Lac Champlain, 1748 showing French and English Grants; Adriaen Van Der Donck’s Map, 1656; Patroons and Lords of Manors of the Hudson, 1629-1758; State of New York, 1810; Historical Plan of State of New York with dates of counties; New York and the Lower Hudson; New York City and Vicinity; New York Expressways, Road Bridges, and Tunnels, 1955. 6. Evidence of Father-Son Relationships: Division of Bedford’s Largest Land Holding, 1738-1787; Subsequent distributions to third generation. 7. Immigrant Arrival and Reception Centers, Ethnic Neighborhoods: Actually…What is the YMCA? Manhattan Island with Castle Garden and The Battery. 8. Land Grant Locations: Land Tract Map of New York; A Map of the Military Lands and 20 Townships; Military Tract Lots; Map of the Holland Land Purchase in Western NY; Map of Holland Land Company’s Preliminary Survey, 1797. Guide to Map Resources; Omni Gazetteer; Map Bibliography; Commercial Map Sources; AniMapPlus, The Gold Bug Company; SiteFinder: U.S. Place Name Database, Gold Bug. Map: View of the Marckveldt and Water, 1652. 1703 Census Enumeration of New York City by Wards.

Volume 5 is underway and should be completed later this week. I’ll post the contents when it is ready. Your favorite New York genealogy expert, Arlene Eakle.

PS Of all our state series, these New York volumes are probably the most important. They introduce you to significant and essential record categories you may never consider for your New York ancestry. Took us years of study and several trips to New York archives and libraries from 1975 to 2005 to collect this information for you. We have also searched and studied the records we present here, so that we could tell you how to use them to their best advantage for hard-to-find ancestors. Break your losing streak! Purchase and use these volumes.

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