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The Capital Region Of New York State
The Capital District lies along the Hudson River in Upstate New York.
It consists of three major cities: Albany, Schenectady and Troy, but also several smaller surrounding cities and towns.

SPECIAL Bundle of FOUR CDs (32 Text) Covering "The Capital Region of New York"

    The Capital District of New York is the area lying along the Hudson River in Upstate New York.  It consists of three major cities: Albany, Schenectady and Troy, but also several smaller surrounding cities and towns.  The first recorded exploration of the area was in 1609 by Henry Hudson in the Half Moon.  The first recorded settlement followed in 1614, when agents of the Dutch West India Company built a small fort that was occupied as a trading post for three years. Permanent settlement was begun by a group of Dutch from New Amsterdam abt 1621.  They settled near the present state capitol and named their community Beverwyck.  The Capital District, then known as Fort Orange became a trading post in the colony of New Netherlands. 
    In 1629, the Dutch government granted an Amsterdam diamond merchant named Kilaean van Rensselaer a tract of land on both sides of the Hudson which he called Rensselaerswyck. Fort Orange was included in the grant along with Beverwyck. An ongoing dispute with Rensselaerswyck prompted Peter Stuyvesant to make Beverwyck an independent village in 1652. When Fort Orange was surrendered to the British in 1654 Beverwyck became Albany.

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CD 1,
"Genealogy and History of ALBANY, New York"

Contents - 20 Searchable Text as described
1.  The heroes of Albany : a memorial of the patriot-martyrs of the city and county of Albany who sacrificed their lives during the late war in defence of our nation, 1861-1865 : with a view of what was done in the county to sustain the United States government : and also brief histories of the Albany regiments Albany: S.R. Gray, 1866, Clark, Rufus W. 886  pgs. 
2.  The diverse backgrounds of old Albany : a concise history of nationality groups from Albany's beginnings to the time of the Erie Canal Albany, N.Y.: The Institute, 1964, Hotchkiss, Jacob I.  71  pgs. 
3.  "Albany illustrated" : illustrated souvenir of Albany and vicinity, commerce, trade and industries, historical, descriptive and biographical sketches, with views and portraits. Albany, N.Y: The Argus Co., 1892, 159  pgs. 
4.  Albany, past and present Albany: Works Progress Administration, State of New York, 1938, 32  pgs. 
5.  Collections on the history of Albany : from its discovery to the present time, with notices of its public institutions, and biographical sketches of citizens deceased. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 1865-71, 2198  pgs. 
6.  History of the First Presbyterian Church of Albany, N.Y. : lists of its officers, and a complete catalogue of its members from its organization Albany N.Y.: Jenkins & Johnston, 1877, Blayney, J. McClusky 126  pgs. 
7.  Albany bi-centennial : historical memoirs Albany: Banks & Bros., 1888, 483  pgs. 
8.  History of the Albany Penitentiary Albany: J. Munsell, 1867, Dyer, David 273  pgs. 
9.  Early Irish in old Albany, N.Y. : with special mention of Jan Andriessen, "De Iersman Van Dublingh" Boston, Mass.: American-Irish Historical Society, 1903, 45  pgs. 
10.  A hand book for the Albany Rural Cemetery : with an appendix on emblems Albany: Van Benthuysen Print. House, 1871, Fitzgerald, Edward 155  pgs.
11.  The Albany Rural Cemetery : its beauties, its memories Albany: Phelps and Kellogg, 1893, Phelps, Henry P 250  pgs. 
12.  The Negro population of Albany, New York : a survey New York City: 1928, 46  pgs.
13.  The history of the city of Albany, New York : from the discovery of the great river in 1524, by Verrazzano, to the present time Albany: E.H. Bender, 1884, Weise, Arthur James 569  pgs.
14.  History of the police service of Albany from 1609 to 1902 : from ancient and modern authoritative records, illustrating and describing the economy, equipment and effectiveness of the police department of to-day, with reminiscences of the past, biographies and accounts of leading criminal cases and trials Albany, N.Y.: Police Beneficiary Association of Albany, N.Y., 1902, Paddock, William Henry 210  pgs. 
15.  Members of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in the city of Albany, 1836 Albany, N.Y, 1836, 52  pgs. 
16.  A Copy of the grants to the Van Rensselaer and Livingston families : together with a history of the settlement of Albany Albany, N.Y: J. Priest, 1844, 32  pgs. 
17.  The settlement and early history of Albany Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 1864,  Barnes, William, 102  pgs. 
18.  Albany's historic street : a collection of some of the historic facts and interesting traditions relating to State Street & its neighborhood Albany, N.Y., 1918, 62  pgs.
19.  Proceedings of the Common Council, and the various religious corporations of the city of Albany, relative to the State Street burial grounds Albany, N.Y, 1869, 104  pgs.
20.  William James of Albany, N. Y. (1771-1832) and his descendants : with notes on some collateral lines New York, 1924, Hastings, Katharine Bagg 74  pgs. 
CD 2, "Minutes of the courts of Albany, Beverwyck, Fort Orange, Rensselaerswyck and Schenectady"
Contents - 2 Searchable Text as described
1.  Minutes of the court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck:  Albany,  The University of the State of New York, 1920-1923, 659 pgs. File Contains Vol I and Vol II  Vol I covers April 15, 1652 to December 12, 1656:  Vol II Covers 1657-1660  Vol II starts on page 328 of the pdf file.
2.  Minutes of the court of Albany, Rensselaerswyck and Schenectady : being a continuation of the Minutes of the court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck  Albany: The University of the State of New York, 1926-1932, 1480 pgs. - File Contains Vol I, Vol II and Vol III  - Vol I covers 1668-1673, Vol II covers 1675-1680, Vol III covers 1680-1685.  Vol II starts on page 353 and Vol III starts on page 877 of the pdf file.
CD 3, "Genealogy and History Rensselaer County New York"
Contents - 5 Searchable Text as described
1.  Abstracts of wills of Rensselaer County, New York : in the office of the Surrogate at Troy, New York, 1791-1850 Nassau, N.Y.,: Phillips, Ralph David., 1938, 475  pgs. 
2.  Some Rensselaer County, NY gravestone inscriptions:  Washington, D.C.: C. Shepard, 1923, 28  pgs. 
3.  Complete list of all gravestone inscriptions in Nassau-Schodack Cemetery at Nassau, Rensselaer County, N.Y. Phillips, Ralph David., 1935, 102  pgs. 
4.  The burial grounds of Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York Lansingburgh, N.Y.: F.D. Broderick, 1965, 174  pgs. 
5.  History of Rensselaer Co., New York : with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1880,  Sylvester, Nathaniel Bartlett, 718  pgs. 
CD 4, "Genealogy and History of Schenectady County, New York "
Contents - 5 Searchable Text as described
1.  A history of Schenectady during the Revolution : to which is appended a contribution to the individual records of the inhabitants of the Schenectady district during that period Interlaken, N.Y.: Heart of the Lakes Pub., 1988, Hanson, Willis T. 317  pgs.
2.  Abstracts of wills of Schenectady County, N.Y. : copied from the original records at the Surrogate's Office, Schenectady, N.Y.
unknown, 1941, Barber, Gertrude A. 152  pgs. 
3.  Index of mothers mentioned in baptisms of First Protestant Dutch Reformed Church of Schenectady, N.Y., 1943, Cormack, Marie Noll 105  pgs. 
4.  Schenectady County, New York : its history to the close of the nineteenth century, Yates, Austin A., New York History Co., 1902, 743  pgs. 
5.  Gazetteer and business directory of Albany & Schenectady Co., N.Y. for 1870-71, H. Child, 1870,  Child, Hamilton, 484  pgs.

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