in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York
(1848). Here is an early and brief look at Schenectady County.
While the four pages afforded the county, it was not that brief relative
to other upstate counties in this volume. In any event, it
represents a portion of the historical record of Schenectady, city and
county, and merits attention for that reason if for no other. In
addition to the four pages specifically about Schenectady County, we
have included the section of Mather & Brockett about land grants and
patents underlying all of New York State. 4++ pages, download now
The Schenectady County chapter
from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look
at Schenectady County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's
treatment of the subject. The localities mentioned in boldface
type in this
chapter are: Duanesburgh, Quaker Street, Mariaville, Bramans
Corners, Eatons Corners, Glenville, Scotia, Reeseville, High Falls,
Hoffmans Ferry, East Glenville, Niskayuna, Watervliet Center, Princetown,
Rotterdam, Mohawkville, Factoryville, and, of course, Schenectady City.
The chapter is only five pages long -- quite short, relative to most
county chapters in French's -- but still of considerable value as part
of the historical record, at a time when the City of Schenectady had
only around 9000 inhabitants. 5+ pages, in PDF format, download
now for $1.75.
W. Max Reid's The Mohawk Valley: Its
Legends and Its History, Schenectady County (chapter 4) (1907)
Reidís book, which was very popular in its early years, was initially
published in 1901 and reprinted at least five times (this is the 1907
reprint). Chapters 1 - 3 can be found under
Montgomery County, as that
is the most central locale of those that can be identified today. This
chapter, while likewise far-ranging, is identified, by title at least,
with Schenectady County. 21++ pages, with photographs, in PDF
format, download now for $2.50.
Terracian of Nott Terrace High School, Schenectady, NY for
June 1940 and January 1941. This
yearbook remembers a class that grew up in the Great Depression and
graduated high school into World War II -- not a start in life one would
wish on many. All in all, an interesting view of a point in time
in a city that was home to both General Electric and the American
Locomotive Company. 91+ pages, in PDF format, download now for
See also: relevant material in the NYS
Canal Commissioners Report for 1878 available for download on our
New York State Miscellany page.
See also: Native Americans: Herkimer County Historical Society.
Papers from Volume IV. 1. History
of Early Jesuit Missions in the Mohawk Valley, by the Rev. James H.
Halpin (1905) 2. The Iroquois Indian, by Dr. J. D.
Fitch (1907) on our Herkimer