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Queens County, NY history, genealogy and Americana

We are happy to offer our first items of genealogy and local history from Queens County, NY, (one of the five counties that make up New York City today, and one of New York State's original counties) and we plan to offer additional items of historical interest soon.

Note that present-day Nassau County was removed from Queens County in 1898 - 1899; thus many locations identified as being in Queens County in our publications that predate the division are today in Nassau County.  Please see our Nassau County page for more information.


Queens County material that's now available:

Genealogies from the Annals of Newtown by James Riker (1852). 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.  50+ pages, PDF format, download now for $3.75

 Queens County NY


Charity in Kings County, NY in 1906.  (Includes public charities in Queens 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 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. Note that a separate chapter, to be published later, covers private charity in Queens County.  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 modern Queens County) -- 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




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 looking for more material to publish.  Check back often to see what we've found!

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