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"Old Towns," 1663-1898 

Local government records of cities, towns and villages in areas of Westchester, Queens, Kings and Richmond Counties prior to consolidation with New York City.

Prior to 1898, localities that currently are part of the City of New York were independent entities. Each maintained records. This collection holds the governing and legislative, property, voter, coroner, health, relief, school district, criminal court, and financial records.The materials date from 1644 through 1898.