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Columbia County, NY History

Columbia County, NY history

We are happy to offer our first items of genealogy and local history from Columbia County, NY, and we plan to offer several additional items of historical interest soon.


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The Columbia County chapter in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848). An early look at the county in one of the earlier New York State gazetteers.   5++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.75.

 Columbia County History


 The Columbia County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Columbia County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's treatment of the subject.  The localities mentioned in this chapter, many of which are still extant today, are:  Ancram, Hot Ground, Boston Corner, Austerlitz, Spencertown, Upper Green River, Canaan, Canaan Four Corners, Flat Brook, Canaan Center, Queechy, Red Rock, Chatham, Chatham Four Corners, East Chatham, New Concord, Rayville, Chatham Center, Malden Bridge, Riders Mills, North Chatham, Claverack, Mellenville, Philmont, South Bend Mills, Martindale Depot, Humphreysville, Smoky Hollow, Churchtown, Clermont, Copake, Copake Station, Copake Flats, Baines Station, Gallatin, Gallatinville, Weaver Hollow, Jacksons Corners, Union Corners, Ghent, West Ghent, Pulvers Station, Greenport, Germantown, East Camp, Hillsdale, Harlemville, Green River, Hudson City, Kinderhook, Lindenwald, Valatie, Niverville, Livingston, Johnstown, Glencoe Mills, Bakers Mills, Elizaville, Blue Store, Linlithgo, New Lebanon, Lebanon Springs, Tildens, New Lebanon Center, Moffatts Store, New Britain, Stockport, Chittendens Falls, Stottsville, Columbiaville, Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Falls, Stuyvesant Landing, Coxsackie Station,  Taghkanick, West Taghkanick, and New Forge,  9+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.75.

Columbia County, NY from French's Gazetteer


Charity in New York State in 1906:  Columbia 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 Columbia County in 1906 that were registered with the State Board of Charities. (Note that the New York State Training School for Girls, a state institution, was also located in Columbia County.  Please see our publication on state charities for more information).  8++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.00. 

Columbia County Charity - 1906


Blue and Gold Yearbook of Hudson High School for 1936.  This yearbook gives us a glimpse of Hudson during the Great Depression.  The most tangible evidence is visible in the senior photographs.  A significant number of seniors, perhaps as many as ¼ of the class, do not have photographs.  One suspects that students had to pay to have their senior photo taken and included, and that for many this was not an option.  There are interesting vestiges of the past in this volume.  The humor section and the literary section are two that one does not see much in newer yearbooks.  Another bit of history is that each of the ads in the advertisements section has a dollar amount penciled in next to it.  We suspect that this book was used either as a sales tool for ads in subsequent years, where prospective advertisers could see what a particular ad size and placement might cost, or as a planning tool in determining how much ads would need to cost to be able to publish subsequent editions of this yearbook.  The fact that there is no owner’s name in the book, and not one single autograph, leads us to conclude that this particular copy had some purpose other than as a memento for a departing senior. Finally, an unanticipated bonus is the report card of one Ethel Glickman, which was found in the book when we acquired it.  Her name does not appear in the yearbook as far as we can tell, although there are other students with the same surname.  Possibly she was selling ads in the yearbook in a subsequent year, and misplaced her report card in the book as she carried it around.  We will never know the answer to that question, but the card itself is an interesting artifact of Hudson High School in that era.  100+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.25.

 Blue & Gold Yearbook of Hudson, NY High School for 1936


Civil War Centennial Commemoration - Columbia County, NY - 1862 – 1962  This program for the Columbia County’s American Legion Posts’ commemoration of the Civil War’s centennial (notably the 128th Infantry Regiment, drawn from Columbia County) was a relatively modest affairs, particularly when compared with other centennial activities in the former Confederate states.  The booklet provides a list of the officers and men of the 128th, and a drawing and some information about the Battle of Cedar Creek, in which the 128th played an important role.  Going forward, the document may be of equal interest to those who had some connection with the American Legion in Columbia County in the 1960, because the Legion posts in Columbia County are enumerated, along with the names of those who organized the activity.  12+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $1.75.

 Civil War Centennial - 128th Infantry


The Old Post Road, by C. G. Hine (1905) --  “The Publick Common General Road and Highway from King’s Bridge to the Ferry at Crawlier over against the City of Albany”.  See our New York State Miscellany page for more information.

Coming Soon

We've just acquired a copy of Columbia County in the World War.  It's a 958++ page compendium of the effort Columbia County made during World War I and includes several hundred pages of short articles about Columbia County people who served in the armed forces during that conflict, most with photographs.  Many counties around the nation produced books documenting their efforts during that war, but this is the most ambitious effort we've encountered to date.  We know that the information in it will be of great value to anyone with an interest in any of the hundreds of people who served.  We're thinking that this will become a series of downloads.  Come back for more information!


Columbia County was separated from Albany County in 1786.  You may also want to consult our Albany County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.


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