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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New York]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New York Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Brooklyn_Historical_Society|Brooklyn Historical Society]]'' <br>  
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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:'''<ref name="S1">[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/contact.html Contact the Brooklyn Historical Society] at Brooklyn Historical Society] (accessed 3 April 2012).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html] <br>
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'''E-mail:'''<ref name="S1">[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/contact.html Contact the Brooklyn Historical Society] at Brooklyn Historical Society] (accessed 3 April 2012).</ref> &nbsp;[mailto:http://www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html] <br>  
  
'''Address:'''<ref name="S1" />  
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'''Address:'''</ref>
  
 
:128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street<br>Brooklyn, NY 11201
 
:128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street<br>Brooklyn, NY 11201
  
'''Telephone:'''Tel: +1-718-222-4111<br>Fax: +1-718-222-3794<br>
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'''Telephone:'''Tel: +1-718-222-4111<br>Fax: +1-718-222-3794<br>  
  
 
'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="Hours">[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/visitors.html#2 Hours] at Brooklyn Historical Society] (accessed 17 September 2012).</ref> &nbsp;Wednesday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
 
'''Hours and holidays:'''<ref name="Hours">[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/visitors.html#2 Hours] at Brooklyn Historical Society] (accessed 17 September 2012).</ref> &nbsp;Wednesday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
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*'''Bicycles:''' There are designated bike lanes along Clinton and Henry Streets leading to the Brooklyn Historical Society. Public bicycle racks may be found along Montague Street, one block from BHS. <br><br>
 
*'''Bicycles:''' There are designated bike lanes along Clinton and Henry Streets leading to the Brooklyn Historical Society. Public bicycle racks may be found along Montague Street, one block from BHS. <br><br>
  
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>
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'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
  
 
*[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/ Brooklyn Historical Society Internet site-Home]: Museum, Library, Blog, Public Programs, Calendar, Contact Us, Online Store, Exhibits, Current BHS Projects, Professional Development Workshops, Donations, Books, Publications, Newsletter.  
 
*[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/ Brooklyn Historical Society Internet site-Home]: Museum, Library, Blog, Public Programs, Calendar, Contact Us, Online Store, Exhibits, Current BHS Projects, Professional Development Workshops, Donations, Books, Publications, Newsletter.  
*[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/contact.html Contact Us]<br>
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*[http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/contact.html Contact Us]<br>  
 
*[http://bobcat.library.nyu.edu/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=1&dstmp=1335477452142&vid=BHS&fromLogin=true/ Bobcat - online catalog.] Use this to search books, periodicals, and maps. Bobcat is found on a different website as it is a cooperative catalog hosted by NYU.  
 
*[http://bobcat.library.nyu.edu/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=1&dstmp=1335477452142&vid=BHS&fromLogin=true/ Bobcat - online catalog.] Use this to search books, periodicals, and maps. Bobcat is found on a different website as it is a cooperative catalog hosted by NYU.  
 
*[http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ NYU Finding Aid Portal:] Use this to search for finding aids to processed archival, manuscript, oral history, and photographic collections. This is found on a different website as it is a cooperative catalog hosted by NYU.  
 
*[http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ NYU Finding Aid Portal:] Use this to search for finding aids to processed archival, manuscript, oral history, and photographic collections. This is found on a different website as it is a cooperative catalog hosted by NYU.  
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[New York Public Library]] Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.  
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*[[New York Public Library]] Genealogy Division in Manhattan has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.<ref name="Milstein">[http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/milstein-division-us-history-local-history-genealogy Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy] in ''New York Public Library'' (accessed 16 October 2010).</ref> They also have the Holland Land Company deeds.*[http://www.nypl.org/locations New York Public Library Branches] over 90 in New York City.  
*[http://www.nypl.org/locations New York Public Library Branches] over 90 in New York City.  
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*[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]] (NEHGS), Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England and a good New York collection since the 1600s.<ref name="Wik">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society New England Historic Genealogical Society] in ''Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia''  (accessed 30 August 2010).</ref> <ref>[http://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/using-the-nehgs-library/ Using the NEHGS Library] in ''American Ancestors'' (accessed 21 September 2015).</ref> <ref name="DB55759">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 5, 57, and 59. {{WorldCat|39493985}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>
*[[New England Historic Genealogical Society]], Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England and New York since the 1600s.  
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*[[National Archives at New York City]], has Holland Land Company deeds, federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, New York port and shipping, naturalizations, inventions.<ref name=DB125>Dollarhide and Bremer, 125-26.</ref>
*[[National Archives Northeast Region (New York City)]], censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, New York port and shipping, naturalizations, inventions.  
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*[[Stadsarchief Amsterdam]] (Amsterdam Municipal Archives in the Netherlands) Some of the earliest New York City ([[New Netherland|New Netherland]]) records are also stored here. Also, the earliest European New York settlers often lived in Amsterdam before their move to the New World.<ref>Gwenn F. Epperson, ''New Netherland Roots'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1994), 37-43. {{WorldCat|29980509}}; {{FHL|651271|item|disp=FHL Book 974.7 D27e}}.</ref> Includes the Holland Land Company 1801-1840 deeds from western New York state, and northwestern Pennsylvania.<ref name="HLC">[http://www.fredonia.edu/library/collections/archives/holland.asp Holland Land Company] in ''SUNY Fredonia'' (accessed 22 November 2013).</ref>
*[[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]] (that is Waltham), censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, naturalizations, African Americans, Indians.  
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*[http://www.yadvashem.org/ Yad Vashem], Jerusalem, 85,000 volumes about the Jewish Holocaust, largest yizkor book collection.
*[[Stadsarchief Amsterdam]] (Amsterdam Municipal Archives) early Dutch notarial records of New York.
 
  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.
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*[[Bronx County Historical Society]] has a large manuscript collection, biographical files, family folders, obituaries, cemetery transcripts, city directories, and marriages.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.</ref>
*[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]], Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, and Canadians.  
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*[[Queens Historical Society]], Flushing, This large facility has many indexes to biographical and historical sources in their collection.</ref>
*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources
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*[[Staten Island Historical Society]] is the best place for Staten Island research. Because many immigrants settled there, they have a strong immigration collection.</ref>
*[[Newberry Library]], Chicago, genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, &amp; British Isles.  
 
*[[Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center]], Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers.
 
*[[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives I]], Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service &amp; pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons.  
 
*[http://www.yadvashem.org/ Yad Vashem], Jerusalem, 85,000 volumes about the Jewish Holocaust, largest yizkor book collection.
 
  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[New York State Library]], Albany, has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church, cemetery (including DAR), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, censuses, passenger lists, and periodicals.  
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*[[New York City Department of Records]] has New York County '''Brooklyn''' births 1866-1909, marriages 1866-1937, deaths 1847-1853, 1877-1948, city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records.</ref><ref>[http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/archives/holdings.shtml List of Holdings] in ''NYC Department of Records'' (accessed 8 May 2016)</ref>
*[[New York State Archives]], Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, land grants, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses.  
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*[http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/services/birth-certificates.page NYC Health Department] has Kings County (Brooklyn) births 1910-present, and deaths 1949-present.<ref>[http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/services/birth-certificates.page Birth Records] in ''NYC Health'' (accessed 8 May 2016).</ref>
*[http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/index.php New York Genealogical and Biographical Society], New York City has censuses, city directories, church, cemetery, Bible, land, probates, genealogy, local history, and manuscripts.  
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*[http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/home/home.shtml The City of New York: Office of the City Clerk] has Kings County (Brooklyn) marriages 1930-present.<ref>[http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/home/home.shtml Office of the City Clerk] in ''The City of New York'' (accessed 8 May 2016).</ref>
*[https://www.nyhistory.org/web/ New York Historical Society] manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, histories, directories, maps, photos.  
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*[http://www.nycourts.gov/COURTS/2jd/KINGS/CIVIL/index.shtml Supreme Court, Civil Branch, Kings County Clerk] has Kings County (Brooklyn) divorces and other civil case records.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 489. {{WorldCat|50140092}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
*[http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/ Vital Records Section of the New York State Dept. of Health], Menands, NY, for '''''outside''''' New York City births and deaths (1881-present), and marriage licenses (1880-present). Also, all divorces since 1963.  
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*[http://nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/surrogates/index.shtml Kings County Surrogate's Court] has Kings County (Brooklyn) probate records.</ref>
*[http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/home.html Municipal Archives] has New York City birth, death, and marriage records; the 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records.  
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*[http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2266/property-deeds-and-other-documents NYC Office of the City Register] has New York County (Manhattan) land records.</ref>
*Courts: city, state, and federal.  
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*[[New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center]] can provide street name origins, city council minutes, serials, books, and 400,000 documents focused on the history of New York City.</ref>
*[http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/ Columbia University Libraries], history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents.  
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*[https://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/ U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York] has recent civil, criminal, and bankruptcy cases for Kings County (Brooklyn).</ref>
*[http://www.hollandsociety.com/library.html Holland Society] 7,000 New Netherland family and local history books, Dutch Reformed Church records.  
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*[[Brooklyn New York Family History Center]] has [[Family History Center Portal|premium online services]] for free, and offers research suggestions.<ref>[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]] in ''Family History Research Wiki'' (accessed 29 February 2016).</ref>
*[http://huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/?page=Library Huguenot Historical Society] open by appointment: history, settlement, genealogy, biography, theology.  
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*[[Children's Aid Society]], NYC, an institution which from 1853-1930 sent children on orphan trains to homes in other parts of America and Canada. The [[New-York Historical Society]] has most of the CAS archival records.<ref>[http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/nyhs/childrensaidsociety_at.html Guide to the Records of the Children's Aid Society 1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947) MS 111] at ''The New-York Historical Society'' (accessed 28 September 2012).</ref>
*[http://www.yivoinstitute.org/ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research] East European Jewish immigrant studies, gazetteers, yizkor books (Holocaust town memorial books), biographical directories, Landsmanshaft records.  
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*[[Holland Society of New York]], NYC, has 7,000 [[New Netherland]] family and local history books, Dutch Reformed Church records. Good collection for other ethnic groups along the Atlantic coast.</ref>
*[http://www.lbi.org/ Leo Baeck Insitiute] preserves family and community histories about Jews in German speaking countries.
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*[[Huguenot Society of America]], NYC, open by appointment: history, settlement, genealogy, biography, theology. They have the largest Huguenot collection outside London, including 1600s records of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and colonial America.</ref>
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*[[Leo Baeck Institute]], NYC, preserves family and community histories about Jews in German speaking countries.<ref>[https://www.lbi.org/ Home] in ''Leo Beck Institute'' (accessed 5 May 2016).</ref>
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*[[New York Foundling Hospital]], NYC, an orphan train sending institution, can do records research for close relatives only. NYHS houses some of their records.<ref name="Guide2">[http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/nyhs/foundling Guide to the Records of the New York Foundling Hospital 1869-2009 MS 347] at ''New-York Historical Society'' (accessed 28 September 2012).</ref>
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*[[New York Genealogical and Biographical Society]], NYC, has donated their collection to the [[New York Public Library]]. NYG{{amp}}BS now offers educational programs, publications, and digital communication.<ref>[http://newyorkfamilyhistory.org/global/about-us/history-nygb History of the NYG{{amp}}BS] in ''The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society'' (accessed 5 May 2016).</ref>
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*[[New-York Historical Society]], NYC, houses the Children's Aid Society archives, and some New York Foundling Hospital records, both orphan train sending institutions, as well as has the largest manuscript collection in New York State, many town records, colonial records, newspapers, periodicals, biographies, histories, directories, maps, photos.<ref>William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 81. {{WorldCat|39493985}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>
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*[http://www.yivoinstitute.org/ YIVO Institute for Jewish Research], NYC, East European Jewish immigrant studies, gazetteers, yizkor books (Holocaust town memorial books), biographical directories, Landsmanshaft records.<ref>[https://www.yivo.org/Research-Resources Research Resources] in ''YIVO Institute for Jewish Research'' (accessed 9 May 2016).</ref>
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*Repositories in '''''surrounding counties:''''' '''in New York State:''' [[New York County, New York Genealogy|New York]], [[Queens County, New York Genealogy|Queens]], [[Richmond (Staten Island) County, New York Genealogy|Richmond (Staten Island)]], and '''in New Jersey:''' [[Essex County, New Jersey Genealogy|Essex]], [[Hudson County, New Jersey Genealogy|Hudson]], and [[Union County, New Jersey Genealogy|Union]].
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*[[Albany Institute of History and Art]] with the best indexes and colonial Albany records of the 1600s.</ref>
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*[http://archnyarchives.org/ Archives of the Archdiocese of New York], Yonkers, includes parish register births, confirmations, marriages, and deaths, school records, and leadership papers.<ref>[http://archnyarchives.org/collections/ Collections] in ''Archives of the Archdiocese of New York'' (5 May 2016).</ref>
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*[[Buffalo and Erie County Public Library]] has a good collection with good indexes including biographies, family folders, county and local histories for all of New York.</ref>
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*[[Cornell University Library]], Ithaca, has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York as well as an excellent collection of histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses. Rare books and manuscripts are outstanding, and they publish the best research guides to New York counties.</ref>
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*[[Historic Hudson Valley Library]], Tarrytown, has unique early Hudson River migration sources such as steamboats, industries, and culture.</ref>
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*[[Montgomery County Department of History and Archives]], early Montgomery (formerly Tryon) County had jurisdiction over much of upstate New York. These archives have an extensive genealogy section.</ref>
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*[[New York State Archives]], Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, land grants, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses.</ref>
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*[[New York State Library]], Albany, has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church, cemetery (including DAR), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, censuses, passenger lists, periodicals, and copies of the [[New_York_Land_and_Property#Land_Companies|Holland Land Company]] deeds.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.</ref>
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*[[Onondaga Historical Association]], Syracuse, has the best collection of family folders (10,000) on the East Coast</ref>
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*[[SUNY Fredonia Reed Library]] preserves most of the original deeds of the [[New_York_Land_and_Property#Land_Companies|Holland Land Company]] in western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.</ref>
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*[[Steele Memorial Library]], Elmira, has a good collection of indexes to biographies, genealogies, family folders, books, periodicals, and manuscripts.</ref>
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*[[Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health]], Menands, NY, for '''''outside''''' New York City births and deaths (1881-present), and marriage licenses (1880-present). Also, all divorces since 1963.<ref>[http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/ Vital Records] in ''New York State Department of Health'' (accessed 6 May 2016).</ref>
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*Repositories in '''''surrounding states (or provinces):''''' [[Connecticut Archives and Libraries|Connecticut]], [[Massachusetts Archives and Libraries|Massachusetts]], [[New Jersey Archives and Libraries|New Jersey]], [[Ontario Archives and Libraries|Ontario]], [[Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries|Pennsylvania]], [[Quebec Archives and Libraries|Quebec]], and [[Vermont Archives and Libraries|Vermont]].
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*[[Library of Congress]], Washington, DC, the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North America and '''New York''' (such as the [[New_York_Land_and_Property#Land_Companies|Holland Land Company]] deeds), the British Isles, and German sources.<ref name=DB4>Dollarhide and Bremer, 4.</ref>
  
 
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Brooklyn Historical Society
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  www.brooklynhistory.org/library/ask.html

Address:</ref>

128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Telephone:Tel: +1-718-222-4111
Fax: +1-718-222-3794

Hours and holidays:[2]  Wednesday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Special Summer Hours:  the library and museum are open until 8 p.m. the last Thursday of the month.
  • Contact the library prior to visit. General admission provides access to all current exhibitions, public programs and the library area during Library hours.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[3]   Public transportation is recommended due to limited parking.

  • Map
  • Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, A,C,F to Jay St/Borough Hall, or M,R to Court St.
  • Bus:

North – South: B 38, B52, B25, B26, B41 to Montague/Court Street East – West: B 67, B65 to Jay Street From Manhattan: B51 City Hall to Court St. /Cadman Plaza WEEKDAY SERVICE ONLY

  • From Brooklyn: Take the Belt Parkway West., which becomes Brooklyn Queens Expressway/I-278 East, to Atlantic Avenue (exit 27). Turn slight right onto Atlantic Avenue. Turn left onto Clinton Street for seven blocks to Pierrepont Street.
  • From Manhattan: Take the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza West ramp. Go straight ahead onto Middagh Street. Turn left onto Henry Street for six blocks. Turn left onto Pierrepont Street.
  • Parking: There is limited on-street parking in the neighborhood as well as several garages: Manhattan Parking, 40 Clinton St., between Pierrepont and Cadman Plaza West; 300 Cadman Plaza West, between Clinton and Pierrepont; and Ultra on Montague between Clinton and Court.
  • Bicycles: There are designated bike lanes along Clinton and Henry Streets leading to the Brooklyn Historical Society. Public bicycle racks may be found along Montague Street, one block from BHS.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Brooklyn Historical Society Internet site-Home: Museum, Library, Blog, Public Programs, Calendar, Contact Us, Online Store, Exhibits, Current BHS Projects, Professional Development Workshops, Donations, Books, Publications, Newsletter.
  • Contact Us
  • Bobcat - online catalog. Use this to search books, periodicals, and maps. Bobcat is found on a different website as it is a cooperative catalog hosted by NYU.
  • NYU Finding Aid Portal: Use this to search for finding aids to processed archival, manuscript, oral history, and photographic collections. This is found on a different website as it is a cooperative catalog hosted by NYU.
  • Emma: Use this to search for archives, manuscripts, oral histories, photographs, library collections, and special collections.
  • Online Image Gallery: Use this to search for individual photographs. A small number of our images are currently available online, but more images are added regularly.

Collection Description

The Brooklyn Historical Society's (BHS) mission is to discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to general history, especially the natural, civil, literary, and ecclesiastical history of the United States, the State of New York, and more particularly of the counties, towns, and villages of Long Island. The collection includes finding aids and collections guides to archives, manuscripts, oral histories, photographs, paintings, oral history database, and maps which document property ownership and street expansion in central and southern Brooklyn.[4]

Tips

  • Finding Aids, Image and Oral History databases can be used anytime the library is open, no appointment necessary.[5]
  • New admission policy will be in effect throughout the duration of our remodeling project, from July 2012 through August 2013.[2]

Guides

  • Online Guide: Detailed listing of resources which are most frequently consulted by genealogists and family historians. Finding Aids, Image and Oral History databases can be used anytime the library is open, no appointment necessary.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Brooklyn Historical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • New York Public Library Genealogy Division in Manhattan has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.[6] They also have the Holland Land Company deeds.*New York Public Library Branches over 90 in New York City.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England and a good New York collection since the 1600s.[7] [8] [9]
  • National Archives at New York City, has Holland Land Company deeds, federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, New York port and shipping, naturalizations, inventions.[10]
  • Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam Municipal Archives in the Netherlands) Some of the earliest New York City (New Netherland) records are also stored here. Also, the earliest European New York settlers often lived in Amsterdam before their move to the New World.[11] Includes the Holland Land Company 1801-1840 deeds from western New York state, and northwestern Pennsylvania.[12]
  • Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, 85,000 volumes about the Jewish Holocaust, largest yizkor book collection.

Similar Collections

  • Bronx County Historical Society has a large manuscript collection, biographical files, family folders, obituaries, cemetery transcripts, city directories, and marriages.[13]
  • Queens Historical Society, Flushing, This large facility has many indexes to biographical and historical sources in their collection.</ref>
  • Staten Island Historical Society is the best place for Staten Island research. Because many immigrants settled there, they have a strong immigration collection.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

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