Albany County, NY History
|We are happy to offer several items of genealogy and
local history from Albany
County, NY, and we have a number of additional items from the Albany area that we plan to offer soon.
|Now Available for Download
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School:
Memoirs of 1964
If there was a
golden era in the United States for large central schools – like this
one – the early 1960s probably were it, and this yearbook reflects it.
The societal change that came with the Vietnam War and Woodstock had not
yet hit, the Korean War was far enough in the past not to be clouding
people’s view of the future, and while parents certainly remembered the
Great Depression, the students who graduated in 1964 – World War II
babies – were sufficiently far removed from it that it did not factor
much in their world view. Yes, there were national traumas (the
assassination of President Kennedy while this senior class was in their
penultimate semester was certainly high on this list for them) but for
the most part these were good times in America. However, change was
already on the horizon. The RCS 7th graders pictured in this
volume would graduate in a far different culture. 175+ pages, in
PDF format, download now for $4.50.
Albany County (and the City of Albany), from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).
Authoritative for the period just preceding the Civil War. Locales
mentioned include: Albany City, Bern, Bernville, East Bern, South Bern,
Reidsville, Peoria, Bethlehem, Groesbeck, Kenwood, Upper Hollow, Adamsville,
Normanskill, Bethlehem Center, Beckers Corners, Cedar Hill, South Bethlehem,
Callahans Corners, Coeymans, Coeymans Landing, Indian Fields, Coeymans Hollow,
Stephensville, Keefers Corners, Guilderland, Hamiltonville, Guilderland Center,
Dunnsville, Knowersville, French's Mills, Knox, Knoxville, West Township, East
Township, Clarksville, New Salem, New Scotland, Unionville,
Feuribush, Oniskethau, Rensselaerville, Williamsburgh, Preston Hollow, Medusa,
Potters Hollow, Cooksburg, Watervliet, West Troy, Green Island, Cohoes, Boght,
Lishas Kil, Newtonville, Ireland Corners, Loudonville, Tivoli Hollow, North
Albany, Spencerville, West Albany, Shaker Settlement, Town House Corners,
Watervliet Center, Westerlo, Chesterville, Dormansville, South Westerlo, Lambs
Corners, and Van Leuvens Corners. 14+ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.75.
Albany County in the Civil War
Chapter, from The Landmarks of Albany
County, New York by Amasa J. Parker (1897). There is more to
Albany County than the city of Albany, and there was more to the era of
the Civil War than the actual war years. This chapter of Parker’s
volume includes some of the history leading up to the Civil War and
material about those years and events following it. Needless to say,
however, most of the chapter consists of units raised in Albany County,
their officers and NCOs, their casualties, and their campaigns.
19+ pages, PDF format. Download now for $3.75.
The Town of Westerlo
Chapter, from The Landmarks of Albany County, New York, by Amasa
J. Parker (1897). On the southern border of the county, the
township of Westerlo, established in the 19th century, was
“off the beaten track” historically, and one finds few incidents of
historical note reported to have occurred within its borders. The
chapter recounts its origin, its settlement, its industries, and its
churches. To those with an interest in the people who settled there,
this chapter will be of considerable interest. 9+ pages, PDF
format, download now for $2.25.
The Albany County chapter
in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York
(1848). We have grouped the counties and provided several in a
download according to their sequence in this historic volume.
Included in this grouping are Albany County, New York County, Kings
County, Queens County, Richmond County, and Suffolk County. 50+
pages, PDF format, download now for $3.75
Charity in New York State in 1906: Albany
We are in the process of
republishing sections of volume II of the Annual Report of the State
Board of Charities for the year 1906. The material will be of
interest to local historians who wish a better picture of charitable
institutions in their locale a century ago, to genealogists and family
historians interested in the people who administered charity back then
as well as how any unfortunates housed in these facilities may have
lived, and to those who have questions about the now-politicized "safety
net" for the unfortunates in our society back in those years. This
section addresses the public and private charities in Albany County in
1906 that were registered with the State Board of Charities. 21++ pages, in PDF format,
download now for $2.25.
The Old Post Road,
by C. G. Hine (1905) -- “The Publick Common General Road and
Highway from King’s Bridge to the Ferry at Crawlier over against the
City of Albany”. See our
New York State Miscellany page for more information.
|Albany County items
currently awaiting publication:
Amasa J. Parker's Landmarks of
(1897). A three part book of local history
about a section of New York State with plenty of it to recount. The
first part, consisting of around 550 pages, is a more or less traditional county history,
including history of all the townships (and the City of Albany) that make up the county. We
have begun to publish individual chapters of this book as a series of downloads.
The second part consists of 200 pages of biography of then-eminent
personages in the county. The third part is family history, and runs
about 376 pages. We'll address the second and third parts once we've
got the first part available.
Albany and Rensselaer Directory
With well over 1200 pages, the
Albany & Rensselaer Directory will either be a CD-ROM by itself or will be a series of
downloads of various sections of it. If we do the series
of downloads, some will be quite large. Perhaps we'll do
both, but your input will help us decide.
We have some
additional Mohawk Valley material as well as material from the
Capital Region that we will be publish eventually.
Please let us know of your interest in this area so we can
prioritize them accordingly.
|As one of the original counties of New York
State, many other counties over time were taken from Albany County
to form new counties (many of which were, in turn, the parents of
additional new counties). The following were counties directly
removed from Albany County. Each links to our page on that
(created in 1766,
transferred to Vermont
Gloucester (created in 1770,
Vermont in 1790),
created as Tryon County, name changed),
Washington (created as
Charlotte County, name changed in 1784, parts transferred to
Vermont in 1790).
|See also: W. Max Reid's
Mohawk Valley: Its Legends and Its History (1907) listed on our
Montgomery County page
See also: relevant material in the
NYS Canal Commissioners Report for 1878 on our
New York State Miscellany page.
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