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Kings County, NY History

Kings County NY History

We are happy to offer our first items of genealogy and local history from Kings County, NY, one of New York State's original counties -- people today know the county as Brooklyn -- and we plan to offer additional items of historical interest soon.


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The Kings 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

 Albany County Chapter


The Kings County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).  Here is a look at Kings County a few years after Mather & Brockett's chapter.  Today, of course, Brooklyn is more or less synonymous with Kings County, but at the time of this volume, Kings County consisted of six towns (italicized in this list) and numerous localities:  Brooklyn, Williamsburgh, Green Point, Wallabout, Bedford, New Brooklyn, Bushwick Cross Roads, Bushwick Green, Gowanus, South Brooklyn, Flatbush, Greenfield, Flatlands, Canarsie, Gravesend, Unionville, The Cove, New Lots, East New York, Cypress Hills, New Utrecht, Fort Hamilton, Bath, and Bay Ridge.  9+ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.50.

 Kings County from French's Gazetteer


Charity in Kings County, NY in 1906.  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 Kings County, as well as public charities in Queens County (public charity in those counties was at the time under the direction of the Department of Public Charities for the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens) in 1906 that were registered with the State Board of Charities. 90++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.00.

 Charity in Kings County NY in 1906


Antiquities of Long Island by Gabriel Furman (1874).  This item is a classic compendium of the colonial history of Long Island (including today's Brooklyn) -- its Dutch Reformed, Puritan, Anglican religious traditions; its time as a part of Connecticut; dealings with Native Americans; a little genealogy -- it's all here.  While Long Island is a melting pot today, this volume reveals how long the history of cultures meeting and mixing on Long Island has been a way of life.  274 pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.25.

Antiquities of Long Island, by Gabriel Furman




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