Queens, Queens Borough, 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 The Netherlands. It was divided into three ridings including West Riding (Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Elmhurst part of Queens), and North Riding (Westchester, Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Nassau and the rest of Queens counties).[1] [2]
1683 New York extinguished Yorkshire, creating Queens County (including later Nassau County) from part of Yorkshire.[1] [2]
1898 What became the five boroughs were consolidated into New York City, and her county governments were dissolved. Queens joined New York City as the Borough of Queens.[3]
1899 Part of Queens was used to create Nassau County.[2] [3]

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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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kathryn Ford Thorne, New York Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993), 153-55. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.7 E7t.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wikipedia contributors, "Queens" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queens (accessed 6 January 2012).