Elmhurst, Queens Borough, New York Genealogy

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United StatesGotoarrow.png New YorkGotoarrow.png Queens CountyGotoarrow.pngTown of Newtown and Village of Elmhurst

Newtown, originally Mespat or Maspeth also Maspeth Kills, was founded in 1642[1] in what was then the New Netherlands. The Rev. Francis Doughty was granted land at Mespat[2], comprising nearly all of the western half of Queens County[3], by Willem Kieft, the Dutch Governor. The original name was derived from the Indian name of Mespachtes by the Dutch[4]. This early settlement was attacked by the Siwanoy Indians lead by their Sachem Wampage. Anne Hutchins died in this attack[5]. The area is inhabited again by 1656[6].

Previously known as Newtown. First settled in 1652.[7]



  • 1698 - Gardner, Charles Carroll. "Census of Newtown, Long Island, August, 1698," The American Genealogist, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jul. 1948):133-137. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).

Church Records

  • 1709-1882 - "Records of the Presbyterian Church, Newtown (Now Elmhurst), Queens County, Long Island, N.Y.," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Ministers' List 1650s-1919, Membership Lists 1708-1882, Baptisms 1727-1730: Vol. 55, No. 2 (Apr. 1924):162-167; Baptisms 1731-1793: Vol. 55, No. 3 (Jul. 1924):281-291; Baptisms 1793-1846: Vol. 55, No. 4 (Oct. 1924):393-400; Baptisms 1847-1882, Marriages 1709-1747: Vol. 56, No. 1 (Jan. 1925):73-83; Marriages 1747-1881: Vol. 56, No. 2 (Apr. 1925):173-187; Deaths 1728-1882: Vol. 56, No. 4 (Oct. 1925):353-369. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 55-56.


Additional Resources:

Gazetteer of the State of New York - Queens County, NY

Genealogical Resources: Towns in Queens county, NY - Newton



Archives, Libraries and Museums

Archives at Queens Library
Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 990-0770

Genealogical Resources: Manuscripts, city directories, maps, photographs, newspapers.


Newtown Historical Society
1883 Stockholm Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Phone: 718-366-3715
E-mail: newtownhistory@gmail.com

Genealogical Resources: Collections

  • For Genealogical research it is suggested to contact the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society.

Queens Historical Society (QHS)
Kingsland Homestead
Weeping Beech Park
143-35 37th Avenue
Flushing, New York 11354
Phone: 718-939-0647 ext. 17
Fax: 718-539-9885
Email: info@queenshistoricalsociety.org or qhs@juno.com
Mary Cornell, Genealogy Research Analyst

Genealogical Resources: Their collection includes the history of Queens in photographs, manuscripts, maps and artworks. Family manuscript collections include(soon to be put online): the Mitchell Family Papers, the King Family Papers, the Clara Driscoll/Walcott Family Papers and the Diary of William King Murray. The Quarterly publication is the AHS Newsletter.

Town Clerk

Borough of Queens[8]
Queens Business Center
144-06 94th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435

Genealogical Resources:

  • Official record of real estate and personal property transfers, recording deeds and mortgages

City Clerk's Office
Dora Young, Deputy City Clerk[8]
Queens Office
Borough Hall Building
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Kew Gardens, New York 11424
Phone: 718-286-2846

Genealogical Resources:

  • Marriages from 1866 to 1907
  • After 1907 if bride's residence or licenses of nonresidents was obtained in Queens

Town Historian

Historian (Not Available)

Queens County Historian
Stanley Cogan[8]
35-37 211th Street
Bayside, New York 11361
Phone: 718-224-9592

Genealogical Resources: The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.

Town Records

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Elmhurst, Queens Borough, New York Genealogy check:

  • Gordon L. Remington, New York Towns, Villages, and Cities: A Guide to Genealogical Sources (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002). American Ancestors online edition; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 D27r. Alphabetical list including date founded, if a town history exists, church and cemetery sources, and if a Civil War register (TCR) exists. The codes used under Church and Cemetery are defined in the link above the listing of towns, cities and villages.

Vital Records


  1. Jessica Kross, The Evolution of an American Town: Newtown New York, 1642-1775, (Philadelpia: Temple University Press, 1983), p 12.
  2. Rev. Henry A. Parker, "Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts: Transactions," The Rev. Henry Doughty, 10 (1904-1906): 261-279, http://books.google.com/
  3. New Netherland Institute, "Maspeth | A Tour of New Netherland." Accessed August 25, 2013. http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/history-and-heritage/digital-exhibitions/a-tour-of-new-netherland/long-island/maspeth/.
  4. Riker, James, Jr. The annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New York containing its history from its first settlement, together with many interesting facts concerning the adjacent towns . New York: D Fanshaw, 1852. (http://www.archive.org/  : accessed August 11, 2013).
  5. John Denison Champlin, "Story of the Tragedy of Anne Hutchinson," The Journal of American History, 5, no. 3: 346-368, http://archive.org/stream/journalofamerica05natiuoft
  6. Connecticut Colonial Land Records, volume 3 (1646-1673), f 223 as cited in McCracken, George "The Case Family of Connecticut and Long Island," The American Genealogist, 34 (1958): 65-78, http://www.americanancestors.org/PageDetail.aspx?recordId=134800600
  7. Orville B. Ackerly, "Long Island Town Records," New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan. 1917):75-76. Digital versions at Internet Archive - free; New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 48.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogist's Address Book: State and Local Resources, with Special Resources Including Ethnic and Religious Organizations, 6th ed. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub., 2009), 459. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.