New York: Bibliography and Sources

New York Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

John H. Long, Editor; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Associate Editor; Kathryn Ford Thorne, Historical Compiler; Douglas Knox, Book Digitizing Director; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist and Digital Compiler; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant

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Aber, Ted, and Stella King. History of Hamilton County. Lake Pleasant, N.Y.: Great Wilderness Books, 1965.

Andrews, Charles M. Colonial Period of American History. 4 vols. New Haven: Yale University Press, 19341938.

Armstrong, Edward, ed. "Record of the Court at Upland, in Pennsylvania, 1676 to 1681." Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania 7 (1860): 11203.

Averill, H. K., Jr. New Map of Clinton County, New York, from Original Surveys and Other Reliable Sources. 2d ed. Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1885.

Barnes, Viola Florence. Dominion of New England: A Study in British Colonial Policy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1923.

Bowen, Clarence Winthrop. Boundary Disputes of Connecticut. Boston, 1882.

Burr, David H. Atlas of the State of New York Containing a Map of the State and of the Several Counties. Rev. ed. Ithaca, N.Y., 1839.

Cappon, Lester J., Barbara Bartz Petchenik, and John Hamilton Long, eds. Atlas of Early American History: The Revolutionary Era, 17601790. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1976. Section on boundaries is thoroughly documented.

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and the Peopling of Its Towns. Portland, Me.: Bond Wheelwright Co., 1955.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department. County Formations and Minor Civil Divisions of the State of New York. Ser. B, no. 4. Salt Lake City, 1978.

Cockburn, James, and Jacob Trumpbour, Jr. "State Land Tract, Greene County [N.Y.]." 1805 and 1809. Copied by William H. Sanger. Blueprint of MS., Land Ownership Map 499. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Microfiche.

Comfort, Randall, Charles D. Steurer, and Charles A. D. Meyerhoff, comps. History of Bronx Borough, City of New York. New York: North Side News Press, 1906.

Conference between the Commissaries of Massachusetts-Bay and the Commissaries of New-York at New Haven in the Colony of Connecticut, 1767. Boston, 1768. A journal of boundary negotiations.

Connecticut. Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut. Vols. 13 edited by J. H. Trumbull; vols. 415 edited by C. J. Hoadly. Hartford, 18501890. Cited as Conn. Col. Recs.

Craven, Wesley Frank. Colonies in Transition, 16601713. New York: Harper and Row, 1968.

Daniels, Bruce C. Connecticut Town: Growth and Development, 16351790. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1979.

De Witt, Simeon. Map of Land Patents from Original Surveys [in Orange County, N.Y.]. N.p., n.d. Land Ownership Map 535. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Microfiche. Library of Congress estimates the date of this map to be in the first decade of the nineteenth century.

Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York. Vols. 111edited by E. B. O'Callaghan; vols. 1215 edited by B. Fernow. Albany, 18531887. Cited as Docs. of N.Y.

Douglas, Marilyn, and Melinda Yates, comps. New York State Census Records, 17901925. Bibliography Bulletin no. 88. Albany: New York State Library, 1981.

Doty, William J., et al. Historic Annals of Southwestern New York. 3 vols. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1940.

Dubester, Henry J. State Censuses: An Annotated Bibliography of Censuses of Population Taken after the Year 1790 by States and Territories of the United States. 1948. Reprint. New York: Burt Franklin, 1969. The standard guide for its subject.

Ellis, David M., and others. Short History of New York State. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1957.

Farnham, Mary Frances, comp. Farnham Papers [16031688]. Vols. 7 and 8 of Documentary History of the State of Maine. Collections of the Maine Historical Society, 2d ser. Portland, 19011902. These documents are concerned chiefly with territorial changes.

Flick, Alexander C., ed. History of the State of New York. 10 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 19331937.

Fox, Dixon Ryan. Yankees and Yorkers. New York: New York University Press, 1940.

French, John Homer. Gazetteer of the State of New York: Embracing a Comprehensive View of the Geography, Geology, and General History of the State, and a Complete History and Description of Every County, City, Town, Village, and Locality. 1860. Reprint. Interlaken, N.Y.: Heart of the Lakes Publishing, 1980.

Gates, C., and B. C. Gates. Map of Otsego County, New York, from Actual Surveys. Philadelphia, 1856.

George, Staughton, Benjamin M. Nead, and Thomas McCamant, eds. Charter to William Penn, and Laws of the Province of Pennsylvania, Passed between the Years 1682 and 1700, Preceded by Duke of York's Laws in Force from the Year 1676 to the Year 1682, with an Appendix Containing Laws Relating to the Organization of the Provincial Courts and Historical Matter. Harrisburg, 1879.

Gordon, Thomas F. Gazetteer of the State of New York: Comprehending Its Colonial History, General Geography, Geology, and Internal Improvements, Its Political State, a Minute Description of Its Several Counties, Towns, and Villages, Statistical Tables Exhibiting the Area, Improved Lands, Population, Stock, Taxes, Manufactures, Schools, and Cost of Public Instruction, in Each Town. Philadelphia, 1836.

Historical Records Survey, City of New York. Bronx Borough. Inventory of Borough Archives in the City of New York, no. 1. New York: New York City Historical Records Survey, 1942.

Hooker, Roland Mather. Boundaries of Connecticut. Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut, Committee on Historical Publications, pamphlet 11. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1933.

Hough, Franklin B., comp. Census of the State of New-York, for 1855, Taken in Pursuance of Article Third of the Constitution of the State, and of Chapter Sixty-four of the Laws of 1855. Albany, 1857.

Hough, Franklin B., comp. Papers Relating to Pemaquid and Parts Adjacent to the Present State of Maine, Known as Cornwall County When under the Colony of New-York, Compiled from Official Records in the Office of the Secretary of State at Albany, N.Y. 1856. Reprint. Collections of the Maine Historical Society, [1st ser.], 5 (1857): 1138.

Hough, Franklin B., comp. Papers Relating to the Island of Nantucket, with Documents Relating to the Original Settlement of That Island, Martha's Vineyard, and Other Islands Adjacent, Known as Dukes County While under the Colony of New York. Albany, 1856.

Kammen, Michael. Colonial New York: A History. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975.

Kane, Joseph Nathan. American Counties: Origins of Names, Dates of Creation and Organization, Area, Population, Historical Data, and Published Sources. 3d ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972.

McCormick, Richard P. New Jersey from Colony to State, 16091789. New Jersey Historical Series, vol. 1. Princeton, N.J.: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1964.

MacCracken, Henry Noble. Old Dutchess Forever! The Story of an American County. New York: Hastings House, 1956.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Session Laws. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1936. Complemented by Pollack (below), this guide lists all state session laws through 1935.

MacDonald, Grace E., comp. Check-List of Statutes of States of the United States of America, Including Revisions, Compilations, Digests, Codes, and Indexes. Providence: Oxford Press, 1937. The most complete guide to state codes through 1937.

"Map of Ontario County, N.Y." Positive photocopy of MS., Land Ownership Map 531. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Microfiche. The Library of Congress estimates the date of this map, which bears no title, to be in the first decade of the nineteenth century.

"Map of the State of New York Showing the Location of the Original Land Grants Patents and Purchases." Frontispiece to Expansion in New York, with Especial Reference to the Eighteenth Century by Ruth L. Higgins. Columbus: Ohio State University, 1931.

"Map of the State of New York, with its Counties as Defined by Statute March 7th, 1788." Frontispiece to Proceedings of the Commissioners of Indian Affairs Appointed by Law for the Extinguishment of Indian Titles in the State of New York, 2 vols., edited by Franklin B. Hough. Albany, 1861.

Massachusetts. Acts and Resolves of Massachusetts. Boston, 1781. Cited as Mass. Acts.

Massachusetts. Acts and Resolves, Public and Private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, to Which Are Prefixed the Charters of the Province, with Historical and Explanatory Notes, and an Appendix. 21 vols. Boston, 18691922. Cited as Mass. Col. Acts.

Massachusetts. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff. 5 vols. in 6. Boston, 18531854. Cited as Mass. Recs.

Morris, Gerald E., and Richard D. Kelly, Jr., eds. Maine Bicentennial Atlas: An Historical Survey. Portland: Maine Historical Society, 1976.

Munroe, John A. Colonial Delaware: A History. Millwood, N.Y.: KTO Press, 1978.

Munroe, John A. History of Delaware. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 1979.

Nestler, Harold. Bibliography of New York State Communities: Counties, Towns, Villages. Empire State Historical Publications Series, no. 51. Port Washington, N.Y.: Ira J. Friedman, 1968.

New Hampshire. Laws of New Hampshire, Including Public and Private Acts and Resolves, [16801835]. 10 vols. Concord, 19041922. Cited as N.H. Early Laws.

Newton, Earle. Vermont Story: A History of the People of the Green Mountain State, 17491949. Montpelier: Vermont Historical Society, 1949.

New York. Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Province of New-York, from 1691 to 1718. London, 1719.

New York. Laws of New York. Albany, 1777. Cited as N.Y. Laws.

New York. Laws of New-York, from the Year 1691 to 1773, Inclusive. Edited by Peter Van Schaack. New York, 1774.

New York. Revised Statutes of the State of New York, Passed during the Years 1827 and 1828. 3 vols. Albany, 1829. Cited as N.Y. Rev. Stat.

New York. Commissioners of Statutory Revision. Colonial Laws of New York from the Year 1664 to the Revolution, Including the Charters of the Duke of York, the Commissions and Instructions to Colonial Governors, the Duke's Laws, the Laws of the Dongan and Leisler Assemblies, the Charters of Albany and New York, and the Acts of the Colonial Legislatures from 1691 to 1775, Inclusive. Report to the Assembly no. 107, 1894. 5 vols. Albany, 18941896. Cited as N.Y. Col. Laws.

New York. Department of Transportation. New York State Atlas. Albany: New York State Department of Transportation, 1983.

New York. Secretary of State. Catalogue of Maps and Surveys in the Offices of the Secretary of State, of the State Engineer and Surveyor, and the New-York State Library. Albany, 1851.

O'Callaghan, E. B., comp. Documentary History of the State of New York. 4 vols. Albany, 18501851.

O'Connor, R. F. Map of Rockland County, New York. New York, 1854.

Onuf, Peter S. Origins of the Federal Republic: Jurisdictional Controversies in the United States, 17751787. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983.

Parry, Clive, ed. Consolidated Treaty Series. 231 vols. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 19691981.

Paterson, William, comp. Laws of the State of New-Jersey, Revised and Published under the Authority of the Legislature. New Brunswick, N.J., 1800.

Paullin, Charles O. Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. Edited by John K. Wright. Washington, D.C., and New York: Carnegie Institution of Washington and American Geographical Society of New York, 1932. Excellent section on international and interstate boundary disputes.

Pennsylvania Archives. 9 series, 109 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 18521935. Cited as Pa. Arch.

Pollack, Ervin H., comp. Supplement with Bibliographical Notes, Emendations, and Additions to the Check List of Session Laws, Compiled by Grace E. MacDonald. Preliminary ed. Boston: National Association of State Libraries, 1941. Fills gaps in MacDonald's 1935 compilation (above) to produce the most complete list of state session laws through 1935.

Pomfret, John E. Colonial New Jersey: A History. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973.

Pope, Franklin Leonard. Western Boundary of Massachusetts: A Study of Indian and Colonial History. Pittsfield, Mass., 1886.

Pratt, Daniel J. comp. Report of the Regents of the University on the Boundaries of the State of New York. N.Y. Sen. Doc. no. 108, 1873, and N.Y. Sen. Doc. no. 61, 1877. 2 vols. Albany, 18741884.

Preston, Richard Arthur. Gorges of Plymouth Fort: A Life of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, Captain of Plymouth Fort, Governor of New England, and Lord of the Province of Maine. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1953.

Rayback, Robert J., ed. Richards Atlas of New York State. Rev. ed., edited by Edward L. Towle. Phoenix, N.Y.: Frank E. Richards, 1965.

Reed, H. Clay. "Early New Castle Court." In Readings in Delaware History, edited by Carol E. Hoffecker, 1127. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 1973.

Reid, John G. Acadia, Maine, and New Scotland: Marginal Colonies in the Seventeenth Century. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.

Reid, John G. Maine, Charles II and Massachusetts: Governmental Relationships in Early Northern New England. Maine Historical Society Research Series, no. 1. Portland, Me., 1977.

Ritchie, Robert C. Duke's Province: A Study of New York Politics and Society, 16641691. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1977.

Royce, Charles C., comp. "Indian Land Cessions in the United States." Part 2 of Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, 18961897. Washington, D.C., 1899. The standard authority in its field; state maps detail all Indian land-cession treaties with the federal government.

Sauthier, Claude Joseph. Chorographical Map of the Province of New-York in North America, Divided into Counties, Manors, Patents and Townships, Exhibiting Likewise All the Private Grants of Land Made and Located in That Province, Compiled from Actual Surveys Deposited in the Patent Office at New York. London, 1779.

Schwarz, Philip J. Jarring Interests: New York's Boundary Makers, 16641776. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1979.

Sealock, Richard B., Margaret M. Sealock, and Margaret S. Powell. Bibliography of Place-Name Literature: United States and Canada. 3d ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1982.

Shaw, William H., comp. History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1884.

Shortt, Adam, and Arthur G. Doughty, eds. Documents Relating to the Constitutional History of Canada. Vol 1, 17591791. Canadian Archives, Sessional Paper no. 18. Ottawa, 1907. Contains full text of King George III's Proclamation of 1763, including boundary descriptions.

Silvernail, William H. Index to the Session Laws of the State of New York, with All Changes and Modifications Noted and under a Single Alphabet from Session of 1775 down to Session of 1897. New York, 1897.

Sinko, Peggy Tuck. Guide to Local and Family History at the Newberry Library. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1987.

Slade, William, Jr., comp. Vermont State Papers: Being a Collection of Records and Documents Connected with the Assumption and Establishment of Government by the People of Vermont, Together with the Journal of the Council of Safety, the First Constitution, the Early Journals of the General Assembly, and the Laws from the Year 1779 to 1786, Inclusive. Middlebury, 1823.

Snell, James P., comp. History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, 1881.

Snyder, John P. Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries, 16061968. New Jersey Bureau of Geology and Topography, Bulletin no. 67. Trenton, N.J.: Bureau of Geology and Topography, 1969. An outstanding compilation.

Spafford, Horatio Gates. Gazetteer of the State of New-York: Embracing an Ample Survey and Description of Its Counties, Towns, Cities, Villages, Canals, Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks, and Natural Topography. Albany, 1824. Includes a map of New York for 1 January 1824.

Stephenson, Richard W., comp. Land Ownership Maps: A Checklist of Nineteenth Century United States County Maps in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1967. Most of the maps listed here have been reproduced on microfiche by the Library of Congress.

Stiles, Henry R., ed. Civil, Political, Professional, and Ecclesiastical History and Commercial and Industrial Record of the County of Kings and the City of Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1683 to 1884. 3 vols. New York, 1884.

Susquehannah Company Papers. Vols. 14 edited by Julian P. Boyd; vols. 511 edited by Robert J. Taylor. Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Ithaca, N.Y., 19301971.

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Taylor, Robert J. Colonial Connecticut: A History. Millwood, N.Y.: KTO Press, 1979.

Thompson, Benjamin F. History of Long Island: Containing an Account of the Discovery and Settlement, with Other Important and Interesting Matters to the Present Time. New York, 1839.

Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 17901920. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987. An atlas of well-designed county outline maps for each state, accompanied by a bibliography and an explanation of methodology.

Thorne, Kathryn Ford. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: New York. Edited by John H. Long. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. 74 counties, 242 pages, 315 maps.

Turner, C. H. B., comp. Some Records of Sussex County, Delaware. Philadelphia: Allen, Lane and Scott, 1909.

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Wall, John P., and Harold E. Pickersgill. History of Middlesex County, New Jersey, 16641920. 3 vols. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1921.

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Wells, Robert V. "New York Census of 1731." New York Historical Society Quarterly 57 (1973): 255259.

Wells, Robert V. Population of the British Colonies in America before 1776: A Survey of Census Data. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Wenig, E., and W. Lorey. Map of Schoharie County, New York, from Actual Surveys. Philadelphia, 1856.

Williamson, Chilton. Vermont in Quandary: 17631825. Growth of Vermont series, no. 4. Montpelier: Vermont Historical Society, 1949.

Williamson, William D. History of the State of Maine, from Its First Discovery, A.D. 1602, to the Separation, A.D. 1820, Inclusive. 2 vols. Hallowell, Me., 1832.

York County, Maine. Register of Deeds. York Deeds [16421737]. 18 vols. in 19. Vols. 14 edited by H. W. Richardson; vols. 56 edited by W. M. Sargent; vols. 711 edited by L. B. Chapman. Portland, Me., et al., 18871910.