New York Genealogy and History Guide

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New York History and Genealogy Guide

This is a locality guide to help you with your research in New York.


Statehood: 26 July 1788
State Capital: Albany
State Nickname: The Empire State
State Bird: Eastern Bluebird
State Song: I Love New York
State Flower: Rose
State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Motto: Excelsior Ever Upward
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1498 - Italian explorer John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) explores the coast for the English.
1604 - Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635), French explorer and navigator, maps the coast.
1606 - James I grants a charter to Plymouth Company (also called Virginia Company of Plymouth, organized 1606 by King James I of England to establish colonies in America.
1609 - Henry Hudson (1565-1611), English explorer and navigator, discovers Newark Bay and establishes the Dutch colony of New Netherland.
1614 - Captain John Smith (1580-1631) maps the coast.
1638 - Swedish settlement led by Peter Minuet starting the New Sweden Colony.
1646 - Peter Stuyvesant (1602-1672) becomes the Dutch Governor of New Netherlands.
1655 - The Dutch defeat the Swedes on the Delaware and Stuyvesant took possession of the New Sweden Colony.
1664 - King Charles II ignores any Dutch claims and gives the entire area to his brother James, Duke of York.
1664’ - The Dutch lose New Amsterdam to The British and it is re-named as New York, after the Duke of York.
1675/1677 - King Philip's War so named after Metacomet of the Wampanoag tribe, who was called Philip by the English. The war was bloody and bitterly fought by the colonists against the Native Indians. During King Philip's War, up to one third of America's white population was wiped out. This war proved to be the final struggle by the Native Americans of New York.
1756/1763 - The Seven Years War (French and Indian War), due to disputes over land, is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.
1775/1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washington led the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence).
1776, 4 July - United States Declaration of Independence.
1778, 10 July - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces.
1783, 3 September - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain.
1788 - Statehood - The Date that New York was admitted to the Union - July 26, 1788. Constitution - New York was the 11th State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - " Crescit eundo " the State Motto is translated as "It Grows as it Goes.”
1812/1815 - The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence.
1861/1865 - The American Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.

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I found a source that is proving to be quite helpful to me that lists the history of the counties, towns and cities of New York that I thought might be helpful to others. I'm not sure of the best place to post it!

A TERCENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE TOWNS AND CITIES OF NEW YORK; THEIR ORIGIN, DATES AND NAMES 1614-1914 Author(s): JOEL N. ENO Source: Proceedings of the New York State Historical Association, 1916, Vol. 15 (1916), pp. 225-264 Published by: Fenimore Art Museum Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/42889532

posted by Kate McCollough
I know I am a day late and a dollar short, but I just saw this message. I created a space page for the source and added it to the NY resources page. I also added it to the directory of Sources by Name and NY Resources so that other people will find it!