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Dutchess County, NY History

Dutchess County, New York history, genealogy, and Americana

We are happy to offer our first item of genealogy and local history from Dutchess County, NY.  We plan to offer additional items soon, so please check back with us.


Now Available for Download

Dutchess County chapter, from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).  The following localities are named in boldface type:  Amenia, Ameniaville, The City, Wassaic, Amenia Union, South Amenia, Leedsville, Sharon Station, Beekman, Green Haven, Beekmanville, Poughquag, Beekman Furnace, Clinton, Clinton Hollow, Clinton Corners, Schultzville, Pleasant Plains, Bulls Head, Clinton Point, Hibernia, Dover, Dover Plains, South Dover, Chestnut Ridge, Wing Station, East Fishkill, Johnsville, Stormville, Fishkill Plains, Shenandoah Corners, Pecksville, Hopewell, Fishkill Furnace, Fishkill, Fishkill Landing, Matteawan, Wappingers Falls, Hughsonville, New Hackensack, Glenham, Carthage Landing, Myers Corners, Swartoutville, Brinkerhoffville, Hyde Park, Staatsburgh, Union Corners, Hyde Park Landing, La Grange, La Grangeville, Freedom Plains, Sprout Creek, Manchester Bridge, Arthursburgh, Milan, Jacksons Corners, Rock City, Milanville, La Fayetteville, Shookville, Thornville, Northeast, Northeast Center, Millerton, Spencers Corners, Coleman Station, Federal Store, Oblong, Pawling, Campbellville, Quaker Hill, Farmers Hill, Pine Plains, Hammertown, Pulvers Corners, Mount Ross, Pleasant Valley, Salt Point, Washington Hollow, Crum Elbow, Poughkeepsie, New Hamburgh, Channingsville, Manchester, Rochdale, Locust Glen, Redhook, Tivoli, Myersville, Barrytown, Upper Redhook, Cedar Hill, Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck Station, Monterey, Stanford, Stanfordville, Bangall, Attlebury, Stissingville, Old Attlebury, Union Vale, Verbank, Oswego Village, Clove, Crouse Store, Mansfield, Pleasant Ridge, Washington, Harts Village, Mabbetsville, Lithgow, Mechanic, Little Rest, Four Corners, and Washington Hollow.  12+ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.75.   

Dutchess County NY from French's Gazetteer

The Dutchess and Orange Counties chapters in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848)


Only a dozen years before French's Gazetteer, but a world of difference!  Treatment of these counties in the six pages allotted is fairly comprehensive in its treatment of the county's physical geography, somewhat weaker in terms of the history and definitely a little spotty in coverage of the towns that comprised it.  The two counties are grouped together by the authors.  We also include the two page summary of New York State land grants for background in this download.  6++ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.75

Dutchess and Orange Counties from Mather & Brockett

Charity in New York State in 1906:  Dutchess County.  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 Dutchess County in 1906 that were registered with the State Board of Charities.  8++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.00. 

Dutchess County Charity - 1906


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.


PHOIS -- The Yearbook for Poughkeepsie High School for 1934. 

We're very happy to bring you volume 26 of a long series of Phois yearbooks from Poughkeepsie High School.  Two interesting things to consider about this one.  First of all, the editors brought us line drawings of what they thought the Poughkeepsie skyline might look like in the future.  (They were very optimistic in that one.)  Secondly, we wondered if people during the Great Depression actually realized they were in a depression.  One ad in this volume shows that indeed they were very aware, and even advertised that they were successfully placing their graduates (it was an ad for a secretarial school) "even during this depression."  A total of 150+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.00.




Dutchess County items currently awaiting publication:

None are in the publication queue at this time


Did you know that eastern Dutchess County was an important part of an iron producing and refining industry from Colonial times until the early 20th Century?  We have material about this industry that may be of interest to you on our Iron page and our material about Litchfield County, CT?

Putnam County was separated from Dutchess County (one of New York State's original counties) in 1812.  You may also want to consult our Putnam County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.


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