"View on Hudson River from Ruggle's House, Newburgh"
Painting by Currier and Ives
Middle 1800s


Welcome to the NY Hudson River Valley mailing list!  This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in the Genealogy or History related to counties bordering the Hudson River (Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Greene, Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester) and Schenectady.



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Updated 8/16/2019

NY-HudsonRV Mailing List Surname Registry, A to L


NY-HudsonRV Mailing List Surname Registry, M to Z



This list is for the discussion of the Genealogy, Culture and History of the Hudson River Valley area of  NY.  Discussion of migration patterns, immigration, heraldry, historical sketches, settlements, census data, wills, family Bibles, vital records, web sites, etc. is encouraged. 

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Try to keep quoting to a minimum. "Quoting" is repeating text of the message you are replying to.  Some quoting is necessary to remind other readers what the thread is about but do try to use good judgment. Quoting the previous writer's signature block or surname list is totally unnecessary.  

If you are on digest form of subscription, never quote the whole digest!  Also remember to change the subject to reflect what email you are replying to.

Sending a list of the Surnames you are searching is okay but please try to limit them to one or two names. Any more than that and many people just won't read them. 

Do not put "roll call" as a subject line.  Put your surname in the subject line.  It is also helpful to list the time frame.



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Please remember that it helps to put something in the "subject line".  Many people delete messages without any subject. 


Accuracy is important and sources are vital.  Ancestor lists are worthless if the information is wrong. 

All information need not be accompanied by source citations, but it is recommended that posts either include sources or a note stating that they are available on request. 

 If information is speculation then label it as such until it is proven or commonly accepted as fact. 

When posting your query try to give as much information as you know, i.e. dates and places of all vital events if known, along with enough other family members so that the reader can positively identify if they are researching the same family.  "Anyone out there researching SMITHs?" is too broad and most likely won't get you any results. 

When posting your query it is helpful to make the message as readable as possible.  One paragraph, a page long, full of names and dates, is too difficult to decipher and most people won't bother to take the time to do so. 

Write surnames in CAPITAL letters. They are much easier to read and are the generally accepted way to write surnames. 

Don't write your entire message in capital letters.  It is very difficult to read and is also considered "shouting."

When replying to the list (this also can apply to private replies) try to quote some portions of the previous message so that other readers are reminded what the "thread" is about. Make it clear what is quoted material and what you are adding. Most mail readers take care of this for you by inserting greater-than signs ">" at the beginning of each quoted line or possibly double brackets "<<" before and ">>" after the quoted piece.  Please don't include the whole message, just the relevant parts that you are replying to. 

Post your query frequently if you have not yet found the information you are seeking regarding your ancestor. New people are joining the list all the time and they may have the info you need. 

Please send all replies to the list, not just to the original poster. Other members may benefit from the data that you provide. 



See the following URL for information on Genealogy lists:


Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions, suggestions or problems you may have regarding the list.


The following links are those recommended by subbers to the list:

This site includes a huge family tree of the HAYNER family, that settled 
originally in East Camp, which was then in Albany County and is now in Columbia County.  You will find many other Palatine surnames in the tree and  many folks who lived all over the Hudson river valley area.

The Poughkeepsie Journal  has a good webpage

This site is devoted to Eleanor Roosevelt, the role she played at the United Nations  in adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the legacy she left in promoting human rights in the United States and throughout the world.  From BSA - Troop 25: Red Oaks Mill, NY 

The Little Nine Partners Patent was in the northern part of Dutchess County, New York, now part or all of the towns of Milan and Pine Plains. Several booklets published by the Society over the years have been uploaded, with more to come. Check it out:

Suggest that you look at the Early Maps on the Dutch Door website, in particular the one titled "Early Precincts...etc."  Yes, Orange County does extend to the Hudson River, and always has.  Rockland County was separated from Orange County in 1798.

I have extensive data bases on Dutchess County and posted the tax lists 
for Newberry several days ago on this site.  My work is mostly the Beekman Patent area but I have files on almost every surname in 18th century lower Dutchess County.  See my web site for names I am working on. 

Putnam County Local History

  Pearson's First families of Schenectady is on line at:
  Upper Hudson Library Service

Cemeteries of Westchester County, New York


Half Moon Press covering the Historic River Towns of the Hudson River


The Schuyler Flatts

The LeMay Family Of Cohoes New York

A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the genealogy, history, and migration patterns of the areas in New York and Vermont that surround Lake George and Lake Champlain, you can subscribe to the list on this site, at the bottom.

Historical sketches, biographical notices, and thrilling border incidents and adventures relating to those portions of the counties of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan lying in the Shawangunk region.

Ariel Bookstore, New Paltz

Hope Farm Press & Bookshop, Saugerties

The Information Resource for New York's Hudson Valley

NYS Genealogy Resources, by County

If you have links that others will find helpful, email me your suggestion.    Good luck and have fun with the list...


Don't forget, check out the HudsonRiver Surname Registry
January 18, 2019



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