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Rockland County, NY History

Rockland County, New York

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


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Rockland County in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848).  We're often moved to compare Mather & Brockett's 1848 treatment of New York State counties with that of French a dozen years later.  Generally, French devotes a multiple of the number of pages that Mather & Brockett devoted to a county, but here is the exception:  Mather & Brockett gave little Rockland County four full pages -- only slightly less than average for an upstate county, and (see below) French gave it the same number.  In addition to those four pages, we also include Mather & Brockett's material on the land grants and patents underlying all New York State counties.  4++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $1.50.

 Rockland County, NY in Mather & Brockett


The Rockland County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Rockland County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's treatment of the subject.  The localities mentioned in this chapter in boldface type are:  Clarkstown, Rockland Lake, New City, Nanuet, Clarksville, Dutch Factory, Haverstraw, Tompkins Cove, Garnerville, North Haverstraw, Thiells Corner, Montville, Caldwells Landing, Grassy Point, Orangetown, Nyack, Piermont, Tappantown, Rockland, Orange Mills, Middletown, Blauveltville, Ramapo, Sufferns, Sloatsburgh, Spring Valley, Mechanicsville, Furmanville, and Monsey Depot.  At four pages, the chapter is very short but still an essential part of the record.  4+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $1.75.

Rockland County, NY in French's Gazetteer (1860)


Charity in New York State in 1906: State Institutions.  This chapter from volume II of the Annual Report of the State Board of Charities for the year 1906 contains a section about the New York State Hospital for the Care of Crippled and Deformed Children, located in West Haverstraw, Rockland County.   See our New York State Miscellany page for more information about this chapter.


Rockland County was separated from Orange County in 1798.  You may also want to consult our Orange County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.


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