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WPA Historical Records Survey -- New York

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WPA Historical Records Survey -- New York

This page provides information about the works created as part of the Historical Records Survey for New York State as part of the Work Progress Administration (WPA) of the New Deal. For information and background about the federal Historical Records Survey, see the main source page.

The Historical Records Survey for New York State produced inventories and documents from repositories and archives around the state. Many of these are available with subscription through the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, who provide some background and a list.

Some of the works produced are inventories. These can be of tremendous use to genealogists for tracking down sources, but they would not themselves be cited as sources of genealogical information.

Other works are transcriptions and indexes that may be cited as sources. Below is a list of these works, with links to copies on the World Wide Web as they are known, a sample source list template, and a reference note template. The latter are for convenience and can be copied and pasted.

Town Minutes of Newtown

[From the preface to Part 1 of Volume 2]

The Town Minutes of Newtown, Vol. 2, 1653-1734 is the third publication of the New York City Historical Records Survey in the field of records transcription, being a companion volume to Town Minutes of Newtown, Vol. 1, 1656-1686 and to the Minutes of the Town Courts of Newtown, 1656-1690. These volumes represent a line-by-line transcription of the three earliest libers of original Newtown records, numbered 286A, 286B, and 287, respectively, located in bin 25 of the vault in Room 517, Comptroller's Office, Municipal Building, Manhattan.

(The preface goes on to provide many more interesting details about these volumes.)

Available from Family Search and Hathitrust

  • Source List Example (for Town Minutes of Newtown, 1656-1688, Volume 1)
* <span id='NewtownMinutes1'></span>''Town Minutes of Newtown, 1656-1688, Volume 1'', (NYC, N.Y.: [[Space:WPA Historical Records Survey -- New York|WPA Historical Records Survey, New York City, June 1940]]).
  • Inline Citation Example:
<ref>[[#NewtownMinutes1|Town Minutes of Newtown, 1656-1688]]: Vol.1, Page 10</ref>
  • Source List Example (for Town Minutes of Newtown, 1653-1674, Volume 2)
* <span id='NewtownMinutes2'></span>''Town Minutes of Newtown, 1653-1674, Volume 2'', (NYC, N.Y.: [[Space:WPA Historical Records Survey -- New York|WPA Historical Records Survey, New York City, February 1941]]).
  • Inline Citation Example:
<ref>[[#NewtownMinutes2|Town Minutes of Newtown, 1653-1674]]: Vol. 2, Page 10</ref>

Court Minutes of Newtown — George Griffiths transcription

Available from Family Search and Google books

  • Source List Example
* <span id='NewtownCourt'></span>''Minutes of the Town Courts of Newtown, 1656-1690'', (NYC, N.Y.: [[Space:WPA Historical Records Survey -- New York|WPA Historical Records Survey, New York City, August 1940]]).
  • Inline Citation Example:
<ref>[[#NewtownCourt|Minutes of the Town Courts of Newtown, 1656-1690]]: Page 10</ref>

Court Minutes of Newtown — Leland Fielder transcription

Available from FamilySearch.





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Thanks for starting this, Barry. As this will grow, maybe add some headings for each county? I can see these individual records getting cross-added to Sources-New York as well.
posted by H Husted