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Local History

Orange County, NY & Middletown, NY

Assessment Rolls for Orange County (1775)
Audio Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Middletown
Provided by Middletown Rotary Club in cooperation with Frontier Communications. Direct link to printable PDF (view with the free Adobe Reader).
Chester Historical Society
Includes exhibits, history of Chester, photos, videos, etc.
The Concise History of Orange County
D & H Canal Historical Society, High Falls
Erie Railway, Middletown Station Photographs
From the Library of Congress: a collection of seven public domain images documenting the railroad station (now the Thrall Library) as it was in 1971.
The Erie Railroad - "The Work of the Age"
Greater Hudson Heritage Network
The subtitle is "Guide to Sites and Sources of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network". Includes a brief history, historic sites, area historians, and libraries for the counties of the Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester and Western Connecticut.
History of Orange County by Russel Headley
A digitized book that was first published in 1908, located on Archive.org.
The History of Orange County, New York (1881) by Edward Manning Ruttenber and Lewis H. Clark
Published in 1881, and contributed to Archive.org by the Library of Congress. Available to read online or to download in a number of formats.
History of the Town of Wallkill
By Dorothy Hunt-Ingrassia, Historian
Making of America Journals Collection: A History of Deerpark
View entire Making of America collection at this link.
Middletown, A Photographic History
"Middletown: A Retrospect of the Years"
A concise history of Middletown, New York.
"Middletown Firsts"
Learn about when many things first came to be in Middletown, NY, such as the first school, first road, and first settler.
Middletown: Metropolis of Orange County
A booklet from 1960 created by the Business Men's Association of Middletown highlighting many of the prominant features of the city.
Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital (Middletown Psychiatric Center)
This page has a collection of digital documents relating to the history of the State Hospital in Middletown, New York.
Middletown Thrall Library, Local History
The 124th New York State Volunteers "Orange Blossoms"
Orange County Historic Sites and Attractions
An Outline History of Orange County by Samuel W. Eager
A digitized book originally published in 1846, located on Archive.org.
"Post Cards" - from the Centennial Celebration of Middletown, NY, 1888-1988
Scotchtown Highlander
Archived website (via archive.org). History, maps, news, government and other information concerning the area in the Town of Wallkill known as Scotchtown. Some of the site is still under construction.
State of New York State Hospital Bulletin" (on Google Books)
This collection of newsletters printed between 1912- 1915 contains a great deal about the cases and treatments involved in the Middletown State Hospital, including case histories that occurred prior to the newsletter's printing. To find specific information use the "Search in this book" bar. Information about specific individuals who were treated are only referred to by their initials rather than first name and can be searched by entering them in with a period and space after each letter; their identity can be confirmed if other information about their personal history is known and matches up with the case description. Information on Middletown State Hospital in general can be found by searching for "Middletown."
Sugar Loaf Historical
Includes photographs, one of which is a painting by Jasper Cropsey, of Sugar Loaf, postcards, history, maps, etc.
U.S. Military Academy Library Digital Collection
Warwick Valley Facts and History



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Hudson Valley

The Catskills Institute
Non-profit organization dedicated to understanding the past and perserving the record of Jewish life in the Catskills
DigitalHudson (Fordham University)
A repository of resources on the Hudson River
Historic River Towns
Historic Sites of the Hudson Valley
History Keepers' Companion
The subtitle is "Guide to Sites and Sources of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network". Includes a brief history, historic sites, area historians, and libraries for the counties of the Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester and Western Connecticut.
The History of Hudson River Ferry Service
Historic Hudson Valley
Historic Hudson Valley Manuscript Collections, 1585-1938
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
A federally funded program created by Congress in 1996.The mission of the Heritage Area is to recognize, preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the nation.
Hudson River - History
The Hudson River PCB Story
Hudson River Valley Heritage
The Hudson River Valley Institute (Marist College)
The digital library contains documents, lesson plans, and related links.
Hudson Valley Ruins
Local Newspapers
The Loyal American Regiment
New York Loyalists from lower Dutchess and Westchester counties.
Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project
History of antislavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley, with special emphasis on the Underground Railroad.
New Paltz History
Rockland Room at the New City Library
A Virtual Trip on the Historic Hudson River
Westchester County Archives



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Maps - Historic Maps

From the Library of Congress:
...Part of Orange County..."
(177-?).
(Parts of) Orange and Rockland Counties (1779)
Orange County (before 1810)
Middletown (1874)
Middletown (1887)
Middletown (1921)
Middletown (1922)

Other Maps:
Minisink Valley Historical Society - Maps of the Minisink Region



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New York State

Albany Institute of Historical Art
Colonial Money of New York
Existing Railroad Stations in New York
Historical Newspapers From New York State
"Search Over 21,790,000 Old New York State Historical Newspaper Pages." Full text search with advanced options. Pages are presented as PDF files. An index of newspapers can be found at this link.
A History of Kingston
Local Histories by the New York State Library
Making of America
New York Heritage
"NewYorkHeritage.org is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and others who are interested in the Empire State's history."
New York History Net
New York State Archives
View digital copies of some photograghs, documents, and videos from the collections of the New York State Archives. Guides, fact sheets and finding aids to the records in the New York State Archives and other repositories can be found from here also.
New York State Hall of Governors
New York State Historical Literature
A collection of historical texts about New York, digitized by Cornell University Library.
Trolley Museum of NY
Kingston
Warwick Valley History (Town of Warwick & Sugar Loaf)
From the Albert Wisner Library
See also: New York State: History


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Historical Societies

Columbia County Historical Society
This website includes sections on collections, research,etc. with genealogical resources and an online index to cemetery books.
Drowned Lands Historical Society
History of the Black Dirt Region in the Hudson Valley.
Historical Society of Rockland County
The Historical Society of the Town of Warwick, NY
Includes Warwick history, photo gallery, archival materials.
Historical Society of Walden & the Wallkill Valley
The website includes a tour of Walden House, where the His. Soc. is located, and a reprint of a booklet on the history of Walden.
Huguenot Historical Society
Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz.
Middletown & New Jersey Railway Historical Society
Minisink Valley Historical Society
New York State Historical Association
North Jersey Highlands Historical Society
Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society
Sullivan County Historical Society
Sussex County Historical Society
Large collection of genealogical material related to families from Sussex County and the surrounding area)



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Museums / Historic Sites

Orange County

Bull Stone House
Bull Stone House is a living museum that has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Gomez Mill House Virtual Museum
Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame
History and other information on racing horses. The Museum is located in Goshen, NY.
History Keepers' Companion
The subtitle is "Guide to Sites and Sources of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network". Includes a brief history, historic sites, area historians, and libraries for the counties of the Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester and Western Connecticut.
Hoffman Lodge No. 412, F&AM, Free & Accepted Masons
This website includes "A History of the Hoffman Lodge No. 412 F & AM The First 150 Years" which was written to commemorate the sesquicentennial on April 21, 2007.
Museum Village (Monroe, NY)
New York State Museum
Albany, New York.
Neversink Valley Area Museum
O & W Museum
Orange County Firefighters Museum
The museum website includes firematic exhibits, a list of Orange County Fire Departments/Companies, stories and memories, and links to other fire museums.



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Hudson Valley

Columbia County, NY
Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Mount Gulian
Includes history of the Wappinger Indians and of the Dutch family Verplanck. Mount Gulian was used during the Revolutionary War by Gen. Von Steuben, who helped to create the Society of the Cincinnati.
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail Sites in the Hudson Valley
Roscoe O&W Railway Museum



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New York State

Empire State Railway Museum
Old Rhinebeck Museum
Antique Aeroplanes
Susan B. Anthony House
(Rochester, NY)
Women's Rights National Historical Park
(Seneca Falls, NY)



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Genealogy

Introduction to Genealogy & Genealogical Research

Bibliographies and Guides
"Guides to the genealogy collections of the Library of Congress, compiled by reference librarians and available in full text by selecting the desired link." From the Library of Congress. See also their main Genealogy page.
Cyndi's List: Genealogical Information for Beginners
Hints, tips, research topics, and more.
Family History and Genealogy Resources
"Find Census, immigration, and military records, and record-finding aids for genealogists and family historians." From USA.gov. See also their Vital Records / Documents page.
FamilySearch Learning Center
"Browse hundreds of online genealogy courses to help you discover your family history." Choose courses by geographical location and topic. Includes introductory/beginners courses as well as advanced video lessons. From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Genealogists/Family Historians - Start Your Genealogy Research
Information, documents, and tips and other information for both beginning and experienced genealogists. Provided by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Genealogy Research in Military Records
From the U.S. National Archives.
How Genealogy Works
From How Stuff Works.
Introduction to Genealogy
A free online class. From About.com.
Research Tips: First Steps in Family History
From The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS).



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New York State & Local

Census Online - New York
Cyndi's List: New York
Ellis Island: The American Family Immigration History Center
A free, searchable database of immigrants who came through the Port of New York from 1892-1924.
Goshen Public Library: Obituaries
Index to obituary listings of the Goshen Independent Republican from 1813 through the present.
Hints for Starting Your Family Tree
(NYSL)
Long Island Genealogy
The Making of America
"The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology."
Middletown Thrall Library: Family Genealogies
A bibliography of genealogical works available at Middletown Thrall Library's Local History Department. Adobe PDF format.
Middletown Thrall Library: Local Family Names
A list of local names of families maintained in our Local History Department's vertical file. Adobe PDF format.
New York Heritage
This site brings together accessible digital collections from libraries, museums and archives from all over NYS.
New York State Department of Health: Genealogy Records & Resources
Information about vital records (birth, death, marriage, divorce certificates).
New York State GenWeb
New York State Library's Genealogy Gollection
New York State Military Records
Civil War, Mexican Border Conflict, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam.
New York State Wills
Online New York Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries
A Genealogy Guide for New York City and State
The Poorhouse Story
Roots-L NY
Sullivan County, NY Genealogy Page
Vital Records: Where to Get Copies of Birth and Death Certificates in New York State
From the New York State Department of Health



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General Genealogical Sites

101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free
"Alternatives to Pay-For-Use Genealogy Sites on the Internet." From About.com.
AfriGeneas - African Ancestored Genealogy
Ancestry.com
Please click here to access the Library Edition if you using one of the computers in Middletown Thrall Library.
Cemetery Records Online
DAR Library
Daughters of the American Revolution
Deciphering Old Handwriting
Family Search
From the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints
Family Tree Maker
Genealogy.com
Includes genealogy classes and a directory containing over 72,000 genealogy websites.
The Genealogy Home Page
Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
International Society of Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry (ISDSA)
Their goal is to identify and preserve African American family history.
Jewish Genealogy: The Home of Jewish Genealogy
Kindred Trails
Library of Congress: Local History & Genealogy Reading Room
New England Historic Genealogical Society
The Olive Tree Genealogy
Free genealogical data online
RootsWeb.com
The Ships List
U. S. Gazetteer
U. S. GenWeb



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Genealogical Societies

Delaware County, NY Genealogical and History Site
Genealogical Societies in New York State
Genealogical Society of Rockland County
National Genealogy Society
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
Orange County Genealogical Society
Polish Genealogical Society of New York State
Ulster County Genealogy & History
Ulster County Genealogical Society
Westchester County Genealogical Society



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Preserving Family Treasures

Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell
From the Library of Congress.
Preserving Your Family History Records Digitally
A five part series from FamilySearch.org.
Family Treasures
Steps to take before a disaster happens to protect your family treasures. From the Library of Congress.


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Publishers & Bookstores

Genealogy Publishing Company - New York Books
Heritage Books
Major publisher of genealogical and historical books.
Higginson Book Company
Hope Farm Press & Bookshop
Excellent selection of local history books
Kinship
Publisher of NY genealogies









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