Yorkshire County, New York Genealogy

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1664 Yorkshire became the first large government unit (not actually a county) organized by New York after the English took control from the Netherlands. Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan Island, and the east side of the Hudson River including modern Westchester County were in Yorkshire. It was divided into three ridings: East Riding (now Suffolk), West Riding (now Richmond, Kings, and most of Queens), and North Riding (now Westchester, the Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Nassau and the remainder of Queens counties).[1]

1683 November 1 The Province of New York extinguished Yorkshire, and her three ridings became Kings, New York, Queens (including modern Nassau), Richmond, Suffolk, and Westchester (including modern Bronx) counties.[1]

For records of Yorkshire, see Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, and Westchester counties. Additional records also may be available at the New York State Archives.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia contributors, "York Shire (Province of New York)" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Shire_(Province_of_New_York) (accessed 16 December 2011).