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Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York Genealogy

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Town of Oyster Bay

Resources[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1741-1791 - "Reformed Dutch Church of Wolver Hollow (Oyster Bay), Long Island," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1741-1765: Vol. 73, No. 1 (Jan. 1942):26-35; 1766-1791: Vol. 73, No. 2 (Apr. 1942):121-135; 1791-1808: Vol. 73, No. 3 (Jul. 1942):200-208; 1809-1833: Vol. 73, No. 4 (Oct. 1942):273-280. Digital version at New York Family History ($); FHL Book 974.7 B2n v. 73. Baptisms.
  • 1793-1855 - Gritman, Charles T. Marriage Records, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York: Register of Marriages Performed by the Rev. Marmaduke Earle, 1793-1855: at Stamford, Connecticut, 1793-1801, at Oyster Bay Long Island, 1802-1855, at New York City, in 1811. New York,: unknown, 1926. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

History[edit | edit source]

Oyster Bay was first settled in 1653.[1]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Glen Cove Public Library
4 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11542-2885
Phone: 516-676-2130
Genealogical Resources: The Robert R. Coles Long Island History Room contains books; periodical series; artifacts; pamphlets; maps; microfilmed documents; records and manuscripts, and microfilm of local newspapers for the local area. The room has limited hours. Digital collection. Email for history room:

Societies[edit | edit source]

Historical Society of the Massapequas[2]
Old Grace Church Complex 4755 Merrick Road P.O. Box 211
Massapequa, New York, 11758
Phone: 516-799-2023

Newsletter: bimonthly

Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street, PO Box 297
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

The official publication of the society is The Free-Holder and issues are available on their website.  There is a $1.50 cost to enter the Museum and Research Library.  Their Research Library includes subjects of military, maritime and religious history of Oyster Bay.  Collections include manuscripts, books, photographs and maps.

Townsend Society of America
21 West Main Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Phone: 516-558-7092
"Building Townsend family groups through research and DNA testing, surmounting brick walls, and expanding knowledge of ones ancestors is our speciality." Quarterly publication, The FreeholderGenealogy Assistance  Research Center

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

Town Clerk's Office
Town Hall North
54 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, New York 11771
Phone: 516-624-6332

Records Available:

  • Birth
  • Marriage
  • Death

Unincorporated Communities within the Town of Oyster Bay:
Bethpage; East Norwich; Glen Head; Hicksville; Jericho; Locust Grove; Locust Valley; Massapequa; Old Bethpage; Oyster Bay; Plainedge; Plainview; South Farmingdale; Syosset and Woodbury.

Incorporated Villages using Town of Oyster Bay Registrar:
Brookville; Centre Island; Cove Neck; Lattingtown; Laurel Hollow; Matinecock; Mill Neck; Muttontown; Old Brookville; Oyster Bay Cove and Upper Brookville.

Town Historian[edit | edit source]

Town of Oyster Bay[3]
Town Hall East
54 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, New York, 11771

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Early Oyster Bay town records have been published.[1]

1653 - 1690. Oyster Bay Town Records, Volume 1

v. 2. 1691-1704
v. 3. 1704-1720
v. 4. 1721-1732
v. 5. 1733-1749
v. 6. 1750-1763
v. 7. 1764-1795
v. 8. 1795-1876

To locate additional published and transcribed records for Oyster Bay, Nassau County, 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).; 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[edit | edit source]

  • 1802-1855 Earl Marmaduke, copied by George W. Cocks, Marriage Records, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York: Register of Marriages Performed by the Rev. Marmaduke Earle, 1793-1855. Manuscript on film. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1941). Ancestry edition($); HeritageQuest edition ($); WorldCat 181194481; FHL Film 17830 Item 3. Earlier 1893-1801 marriages listed in the title were only performed at Stamford, Connecticut. Oyster Bay is located in Nassau County.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  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), 436. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.
  3. Bentley, Genealogist's, 436. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D24ben 2009.

Places[edit | edit source]