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Herkimer County New York Genealogy History

County seat: Herkimer

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Herkimer County New York History

In 1791, Herkimer County was created as one of three counties split off from Montgomery (the other two being Otsego and Tioga counties) as New York State was developed after the American Revolutionary War. Its area was much larger than the present county, however, and was reduced subsequently as more counties were organized.

Part of Herkimer County was included in the Macomb's Purchase of 1791, during the wide-scale sale of public lands after the state forced Iroquois tribes allied with the British during the war to cede their territory. Suddenly the state was selling 5 million acres (20,000 km2) of land in upstate, central and western New York.

In 1794, Onondaga County was split off from Herkimer County. This county was larger than the current Onondaga County, and included the present Cayuga, Cortland, and part of Oswego counties.

In 1798, portions of Herkimer and Tioga counties were taken to form Chenango County.

Another part of Herkimer was split off to form Oneida County. It was then larger than the current Oneida County, including the present Jefferson, Lewis, and part of Oswego counties.

In 1802, parts of Herkimer, Clinton and Montgomery counties were combined to form the new St. Lawrence County.

During the American Civil War, Herkimer contributed five companies to the 34th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, leading to the unit's nickname "The Herkimer Regiment".

Herkimer County Cities & Towns

Herkimer County Cities include: Little Falls.

Herkimer County Towns include: Columbia, Danube, Fairfield, Frankfort, German Flatts, Herkimer, Litchfield, Manheim, Newport, Norway, Ohio, Russia, Salisbury, Schuyler , Stark, Warren, Webb/Wilmurt and Winfield.

Herkimer County Villages include: Cold Brook, Dolgeville, Frankfort, Herkimer (county seat), Ilion, Middleville, Mohawk, Newport, Poland, West Winfield.

Herkimer County census-designated places include: Old Forge, Thendara.

Herkimer County Hamlets include: Beaver River, Eagle Bay, Jordanville, Newville.

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Genealogical Research in Herkimer County, New York

Herkimer County Clerk's Office
County Office Building
109 Mary Street Suite 1111
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 867-1129
County Clerk: Sylvia Rowan

Herkimer County Surrogate's Court
Herkimer County Office & Court Facility
301 N. Washington Street
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: 315-619-3400

Herkimer County Historical Society
400 North Main St.
Herkimer, New York
Phone: 315-866-6413
Website: Website

Herkimer County Historical Society's genealogical resources include: census records, city directories, Cemetery records to 1930, newspaper marriages and obituaries, township and village publications, family genealogies, history books, vertical files, gazatteers, Herkimer County atlases, and abstract of wills.

The Frank J. Basloe Library
245 North Main St.
Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: 315-866-1733

The Evelyn Dexter Arthur Collection is housed in the Basloe Genealogy Room. The collection consists of more than 600 genealogical research books, more than 100 three-ring binders of locality files, and various publications. Included in the collection are many New England Historical and Genealogical Registers, Palatine Immigrants, American Genealogists, National Genealogical Society Quarterlies, military registers, hand-indexed obituary and clipping books, and much more.