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Rensselaer County, NY History

Rensselaer County, New York history

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


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The Rensselaer County chapter in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848)An important early gazetteer looks at the county where the city of Troy is located.  5++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $2.75.

Rensselaer County, NY from Mather & Brockett (1848)


The Rensselaer County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Rensselaer County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's treatment of the subject.  The localities mentioned in this chapter, most of which are still extant today, are:  Berlin, South Berlin, Center Berlin, West Berlin, Brunswick, Brunswick Center, East Brunswick, Millville, Cropseyville, East Greenbush, Grafton, East Grafton, Quackenkill, Greenbush, Hoosick, Hoosick Falls, North Hoosick, Buskirks Bridge, Hoosick Corners, Eagle Bridge, Walloomsac, West Hoosick, Potter Hill, Lansingburgh, Speigletown, Nassau, Hoags Corners, Alps, North Nassau, West Nassau, Millers Corners, Brainards, North Greenbush, Defriestville, Bath, Wynantskill, Petersburgh, Petersburgh Four Corners, Pittstown, Johnsonville, Tomhannock, Raymertown, Pittstown Corners, Boynton, Pittstown Station, North Pittstown, Cooksborough, Shermans Mills, Poestenkill, Barberville, East Poestenkill, Sand Lake, West Sand Lake, Silters Corners, Glass House, South Sand Lake, Schaghticoke, Schaghticoke Patent, Schaghticoke Hill, The Borough, Junction, Old Schaghticoke, Schodack, Castleton, Schodack Landing, muitzes Kill, Schodack Depot, East Schodack, Bunker Hill, Schodack Center, Stephentown, Stephentown Flats, North Stephentown, South Stephentown, West Stephentown, and Troy City.  Also included is an etching or woodcut of Troy City as seen from the Watervliet Arsenal.  12+ page, in PDF format, download now for $3.00.

 Rensselaer County NY from French's Gazetteer (1860)

Coming soon

Albany and Rensselaer Directory for 1919

With well over 1200 pages, this will either be a CD-ROM by itself or will be a series of downloads of various sections of it.  If we do the series of downloads, some will be quite large.  Perhaps we'll do both, but your input will help us decide.


Rensselaer County was separated from Albany County in 1791.  You may also want to consult our Albany County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.


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