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Nassau County, NY History

Nassau County, New York history

Nassau County was taken from Queens County in 1898 - 1899.  Much of the material that we publish predates this division, so many locations that today fall in Nassau County are included in the Queens County material we publish.  Such material is listed in both locations for your convenience.

Please see our Queens County, NY page for more information.


Nassau County history (and Long Island and Queens County material that includes present-day Nassau County information):

Antiquities of Long Island by Gabriel Furman (1874).  This item is a classic compendium of the colonial history of Long Island -- 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


Genealogies from the Annals of Newtown by James Riker (1852). While Newtown today is the name of a neighborhood in Queens County, at the time Riker published his work the locale was considered to cover a considerably wider area that included portions of what today is Nassau County.  Considered a classic source of Long Island genealogical material.   148+ pages, PDF format, download for $4.50.

Newtown Genealogies


The Queens County chapter from French's Gazetteer of New York (1860).  The following localities in Queens County appear boldfaced in this chapter: Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Marathon, Wilkins Point, Hempstead, Jerusalem South, Bridge Haven, Merrick, Greenwich Point, Freeport, Milburn, Baldwinsville, Christian Hook, Rockville Center, Near Rockaway, Far Rockaway, Valley Stream, Fosters Meadow, New Bridge, Washington Square, Brookfield, Jamaica, Woodhaven, Cypress Avenue, Unionville, Clarenceville, Centerville, Hopedale, Jamaica Heights, Willow Tree, Queens, Springfield, Newtown, Astoria, Ravenswood, Hunters Point, Penny Bridge, Winfield West Flushing, Maspeth, Melvina, Columbusville, Winantsville, Lawrenceville, Middletown, Locust Grove, Linden Hills, New Astoria, Middle Village, South Williamsburgh, Dutch Kills, St. Ronans Well, Calvary Cemetery, The Cemetery of the Evergreens, Cypress Hills Cemetery, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Lutheran Cemetery, North Hempstead, Manhasset, Roslyn, Hempstead, Mineola, Flower Hill, Montrose, Westbury, Carl Place, Hyde Park, Lakeville, Farmers Village, Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Glen Cove, South Oyster Bay, Farmingdale, Hicksville, Syosset, Norwich, Cedar Swamp, Locust Valley, Jericho, Woodbury, Lloyds Neck, Bethphage, Brookville, Fort Neck, Dosoris, Lattingtown, and Matinicock.   Many are still well-known locations, and some are now little known.  8+ pages, PDF format, download for $1.75.   

Queens County, NY from French's Gazetteer


The Queens County chapter in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  We have grouped some 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.  Remember that Queens County at that time included present-day Nassau County.  50+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.75

 Queens County NY


Charities in Nassau County in 1906.  This chapter, taken from volume II of a three volume report of the State Board of Charities, identifies and provides some information about Nassau County charities that were substantial enough to be registered with the State Board.  The material will be of interest to local historians who wish a better picture of charitable institutions in Nassau County 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.  6++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.50.

 Charities in Nassau County, NY in 1906


Nassau/Queens County items currently awaiting publication:

We're contemplating adding the historical section from Annals of Newtown as a download.  What do you think?

And we're always on the lookout for more material to publish.  Check back often to see what we've found!


Nassau County, as indicated above, was separated from Queens County in 1899.  You will certainly want also to consult our Queens County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

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