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Our Genealogy Helper for New York ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about New York (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for New York. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of New York ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 2,869 newspapers that have been published in the area around New York.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of New York. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of New York and those printed in the larger area surrounding New York.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> of New York.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to New York:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Connecticut
    • Stories from New Jersey
    • Stories from New York

Cemeteries Near New York ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of New York.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for New York covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • First Shearith Israel Graveyard
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the First Shearith Israel Graveyard
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the First Shearith Israel Graveyard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on First Shearith Israel Graveyard
  • St. Paul's Churchyard Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Paul's Churchyard Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Paul's Churchyard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Paul's Churchyard Cemetery
  • Second Cemetery of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Second Cemetery of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Second Cemetery of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Second Cemetery of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
  • Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument
  • New York City Marble Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the New York City Marble Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the New York City Marble Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New York City Marble Cemetery
  • Trinity Churchyard Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity Churchyard Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Third Cemetery of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Third Cemetery of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Third Cemetery of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Third Cemetery of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue
    • Green - Wood Cemetery
    • Quaker Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Quaker Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Quaker Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Quaker Cemetery
    • Calvary Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Calvary Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Calvary Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calvary Cemetery
    • Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery
    • Bayview - New York Bay Cemetery
    • Flatbush Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery
    • Most Holy Trinity Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery
      • Most Holy Trinity Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Henicke Cemetery
      • Holy Trinity Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Most Holy Trinity Cemetery
    • Trinity Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Trinity Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Trinity Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that New York had a population of 1,515,301 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, New York had a population of 8,253,213 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from New York, with the one closest to New York listed first.

  • New York [New York County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New York
    • New York [New York County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of New York
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,515,301 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,253,213 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, New York had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New York
  • Williamsburg [Kings County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williamsburg
    • Williamsburg [Kings County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of New York
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Williamsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williamsburg
  • Greenpoint [Kings County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenpoint
    • Greenpoint [Kings County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of New York
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Greenpoint had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenpoint
  • Jersey City [Hudson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jersey City
    • Jersey City [Hudson County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of New York
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 163,003 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 262,664 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Jersey City had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jersey City
  • Brooklyn [Kings County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brooklyn
    • Brooklyn [Kings County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of New York
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 806,343 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Brooklyn had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brooklyn
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Brooklyn<5>
  • Blissville [Queens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blissville
    • Blissville [Queens County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of New York
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Blissville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blissville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blissville
  • Continue List ...
    • Long Island City [Queens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Island City
      • Long Island City [Queens County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of New York
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 30,506 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Long Island City had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Island City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Long Island City<5>
    • Hoboken [Hudson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoboken
      • Hoboken [Hudson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of New York
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 43,648 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,081 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Hoboken had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoboken
    • Communipaw [Hudson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Communipaw
      • Communipaw [Hudson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of New York
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Communipaw had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Communipaw
    • Weehawken [Hudson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weehawken
      • Weehawken [Hudson County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of New York
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 560 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Weehawken had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weehawken have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weehawken
    • Flatbush [Kings County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flatbush
      • Flatbush [Kings County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of New York
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,308 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Flatbush had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flatbush have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flatbush
    • Bushwick [Kings County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bushwick
      • Bushwick [Kings County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of New York
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bushwick had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bushwick
    • Ridgewood [Queens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgewood
      • Ridgewood [Queens County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of New York
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 103 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ridgewood had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgewood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ridgewood<5>
    • Fresh Pond [Queens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fresh Pond
      • Fresh Pond [Queens County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of New York
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Fresh Pond had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fresh Pond
    • Maspeth [Queens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maspeth
      • Maspeth [Queens County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of New York
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 705 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Maspeth had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maspeth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maspeth<5>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around New York. See our List of 1890's Communities around New York.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for New York ...

While our initial data about New York came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of New York in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about New York.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for New York:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Shell Oil Road Map for New York (1956)
Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found New York in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for New York for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for New York. See our Misc Page for New York for more information.

Railroad Mentions of New York:

The following mentioned New York as a scheduled stop:

Capitol Limited: From Baltimore & Ohio's timetable for the defunct Capitol Limited (train schedule from 1941). The Capitol Limited travelled between New York (IL) and Chicago (IL)

National Limited: From Baltimore & Ohio's timetable for the defunct National Limited (schedule from 1941). The National Limited travelled between New York (NY) and Saint Louis (MO)

Havana Special: From the timetable for the Havana Special (schedule from 1933). The defunct Havana Special travelled between New York (NY) and Key West (FL)

Orange Blossom Special: From Seaboard Air Line's timetable for the defunct Orange Blossom Special (schedule from 1941). The Orange Blossom Special travelled between New York (NY) and Saint Petersburg (FL)

Palmland: From Seaboard Air Line's timetable for the defunct Palmland (schedule from 1969). The Palmland travelled between Boston (MA) and Camden (SC)

Silver Comet: From Seaboard Air Line's timetable for the defunct Silver Comet (schedule from 1947). The Silver Comet travelled between New York (NY) and Birmingham (AL)

Silver Star: From Seaboard Air Line's timetable for the defunct Silver Star (schedule from 1969). The Silver Star travelled between New York (NY) and Saint Petersburg (FL)

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of New York

About New York County

About New York

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for New York: www.nyc.gov/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- New York) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for New York. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from New YorkOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in New York. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7097, Longitude: -73.9917    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<4>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about New York, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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