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Our Genealogy Helper for Port Chester ...

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 Port Chester (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 Port Chester. 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.

Name Variations for Port Chester ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Another variation: Portchester.

  • A typical abbreviation for Port Chester: Prt. Chester

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Port Chester ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Port Chester.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Port Chester. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Port Chester and those printed in the larger area surrounding Port Chester.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> of Port Chester.

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 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 Port Chester:

  • 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 Port Chester ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Port Chester.

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 Port Chester covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • St. Marys Cemetery
  • Lyon - Rawson Cemetery
  • Greenwood Union Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Greenwood Union Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Greenwood Union Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood Union Cemetery
  • Water Baptist Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Water Baptist Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Water Baptist Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Water Baptist Cemetery
  • Water Baptist Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Water Baptist Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Water Baptist Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Water Baptist Cemetery
  • Brown Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Brown Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Brown Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brown Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Merritt Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Merritt Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Merritt Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merritt Cemetery
    • Haviland Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Haviland Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Haviland Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haviland Cemetery
    • Union Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Union Cemetery
      • Union Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Second Congregational Church Cemetery
      • Second Congregational Church Union Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #103772<2>
    • Christ Church Cemetery
    • Second Congregational Church Cemetery
    • Green Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Green Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Green Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Cemetery
    • Gedney Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Gedney Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Gedney Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gedney Cemetery
    • Rogers Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rogers Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rogers Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rogers Cemetery
    • Hebrew Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hebrew Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hebrew Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hebrew 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 Port Chester had a population of 5,274 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Port Chester had a population of 28,857 people.

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

  • Port Chester [Westchester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Chester
    • Port Chester [Westchester County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Port Chester
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 5,274 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,857 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Port Chester had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Chester
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Port Chester<5>
  • Rye [Westchester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rye
    • Rye [Westchester County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Chester
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 802 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,634 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rye had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rye
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rye<5>
  • Greenwich [Fairfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwich
    • Greenwich [Fairfield County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Port Chester
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,800 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Greenwich had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwich
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenwich<5>
  • Glenville [Fairfield County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenville
    • Glenville [Fairfield County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Port Chester
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 575 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenville
  • Purchase [Westchester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Purchase
    • Purchase [Westchester County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Chester
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 30 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Purchase had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Purchase
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Purchase<5>
  • Harrison [Westchester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrison
    • Harrison [Westchester County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Chester
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 109 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,959 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Harrison had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harrison have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrison
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harrison<5>
  • Continue List ...
    • Cos Cob [Fairfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cos Cob
      • Cos Cob [Fairfield County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 312 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Cos Cob had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cos Cob
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cos Cob<5>
    • Mianus [Fairfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mianus
      • Mianus [Fairfield County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 475 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Mianus had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mianus have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mianus
    • Mamaroneck [Westchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mamaroneck
      • Mamaroneck [Westchester County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,396 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,083 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Mamaroneck had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mamaroneck
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mamaroneck<5>
    • White Plains [Westchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Plains
      • White Plains [Westchester County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 4,042 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 58,286 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, White Plains had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Plains
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White Plains<5>
    • Scarsdale [Westchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scarsdale
      • Scarsdale [Westchester County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 349 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,785 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Scarsdale had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scarsdale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scarsdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scarsdale<5>
    • Larchmont [Westchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Larchmont
      • Larchmont [Westchester County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 77 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,114 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Larchmont had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Larchmont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Larchmont<5>
    • Stamford [Fairfield County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stamford
      • Stamford [Fairfield County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 7,500 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 131,397 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Stamford had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stamford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stamford<5>
    • Valhalla [Westchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valhalla
      • Valhalla [Westchester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Chester
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Valhalla had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valhalla
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Valhalla<5>
    • Hartsdale [Westchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartsdale
      • Hartsdale [Westchester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Port Chester
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 169 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Hartsdale had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartsdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hartsdale<5>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Port Chester ...

While our initial data about Port Chester came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Port Chester 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 Port Chester.

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 Port Chester:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

North American Railroad Atlas - Northeast
Written by: Walker, Mike
Published by RailfanDepot, 2020
(Available from Amazon.com)

Rand McNally Map of New York (1897)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in New York

About Westchester County

About New York

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Port Chester: www.portchesterny.com/

The official website for Westchester County: www.westchestergov.com/

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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Port Chester) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Port Chester. 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 Port ChesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Port Chester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0016, Longitude: -73.6659    
<2>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.
<3>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.
<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 Port Chester, 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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