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       This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in the Genealogy, Culture and/or History related to the communities in Rensselaer County  which includes the towns of Berlin, Brunswick, East Greenbush, Grafton, Hoosick, Nassau, North Greenbush, Petersburgh, Pittstown, Poestenkill, Sand Lake, Schaghticoke, Schodack and Stephentown; the villages of Hoosick Falls, Nassau, Valley Falls, Schaghticoke, Castleton and Nassau; and the cities of Rensselaer and Troy.




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Fall in Rensselaer County 


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Try to keep quoting to a minimum. "Quoting" is repeating text of the message you are
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            Sending a list of the Surnames you are searching is okay but please try to limit them to one
       or two names at a time. Any more than that and many people just won't read them.  Try keeping several
       small lists and rotate them with each succeeding message.  By all means do not put "roll call"as
       the sole subject line.  List the surnames themselves in the subject line.  It is also helpful to list the
       time frame. 

  Lansingburg Train Station


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  Rensselaer Court House, Troy


             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 way too broad and most likely won't get you any results. 

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       regarding your ancestor. New people are joining the list all the time and they may have the info
       you need. 

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may  benefit from the data that you provide. 

Poestenkill Gorge



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


The American History & Genealogy Project
New York State History & Genealogy, Rensselaer County

Barbara's Genealogy Page

Rensselaer County Genweb page

Rensselaer County Surname Registry
Rensselaer County, NY, Surname Registry

1880 Fed Census for Troy


Cliff Lamere's Albany and Eastern New York Genealogy

NYS Genealogy Resources by County

Tina Ordone's Stephentown Website


If you have other links that you think will be
helpful for Rensselaer County researchers
sent them to: nymets11@pacbell.net

Burden Iron Works Waterwheel
on the Wynantskill