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HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON (Village)


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History

Hastings-on-Hudson is a village within the town of Greenburgh and was part of Philipsburgh Manor.

The following paragraph, however, came from page 65 of Richard Lederer's "The Place-Names of Westchester County..." :
    "A village between the Hudson and Saw Mill Rivers, north of Yonkers in the town of Greenburgh. The name Hastings appears as early as 1839 since the residents thought the village resembled Hastings, England. It was Hastings-upon-Hudson when the post office opened in 1849 and when the village was incorporated in 1879. The "upon" became "on" in 1935."


     "The history of Hastings, as connected with its present name and development, may be said to have commenced between forty and fifty years ago. A mill was erected nor far from the spot where the Hudson River Railroad depot now stands, and by it the little stream was converted to a useful purpose as a water-power. Owing to the steep ascent of the hill, there was a difficulty in going to and fro between the river-shore and the country on the plateau behind it. But a roadway was at length graded down, which gave access to the water-front and led to the opening of transport communications on the river...." [Source: Excerpt from Scharf's History of Westchester County,..., Volume 2, Chapter II, Greenburgh, page 183; published in 1886.]

The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson's web site also shows a History.

Vital Records

Besides checking at the State level, you should also check to see what may be available within the town of Greenburgh

Also, see if there is any additional information on the Vital Records page at this site.

Historical Society

Hastings Historical Society

Don't overlook the many resources held at the Westchester County Historical Society.

Churches and Synagogues

Roman Catholic
Roman catholic churches in Westchester county are under the juridiction of the Archdiocese of New York. You can search their parish listing at the following web page: http://www.ny-archdiocese.org/pastoral/parishes.cfm
Episcopal Churches -- New York
See a list of Episcopal Churches in New Yorkhttp://www.episcopalchurch.org/webpages/p2.html#NewYork or use their Parish Finder search engine.

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Cemeteries

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Cemetery
400 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Mount Hope Cemetery
Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

Carretta, Katherine A., compiler. A Guide to Listings of Old Cemetery Inscriptions and other Genealogical Aids for Westchester County, New York. [Westchester County Historical Society, 1977]

Horton, William P. Cemetery Inscriptions of Westchester County, NY. [Peekskill, NY: 1928] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Manville, Margaret. Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Cemeteries in Westchester County, New York. [White Plains, NY: 1966] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Perry, William Graves. The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow in North Tarrytown, New York. [Boston, MA: Rand Press] c.1953.

Rankin, Rebecca. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Cemetery. Person (sic) buried in the cemetery on Ashford Avenue, opposite Mohican Park Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., property of the South Presbyterian Church in Greenburgh.... [Dobbs Ferry, NY: 1956] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copied from gravestones in West Chester County yards with genealogical notes. Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

The Westchester County Historical Society also has extensive manuscripts giving inventories of many old cemeteries located throughout the County. Also check with the local historical society for information about the above cemeteries.

Have you looked at the cemetery listings here at the Westchester NYGenWeb site?

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Maps

The Sanborn Map Company has issued Insurance maps of the town of Greenburgh, New York (including Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Greenville, and Hartsdale) , copies of which are available in the Map Division of the New York Public Library. Volume 2 includes Irvington, East Irvington, Elmsford, Glenville, and Tarrytown in the town of Greenburgh, also North Tarrytown and Philipse Manor in the town of Mt. Pleasant. Insurance maps were detailed to the point of showing each building on each street so that insurance compaines knew what to pay the insurer in the event of fire or destruction.

Many town historical societies hold maps of their vicinities, including copies of the Sanborn insurance maps. Be sure to inquire at such institutions as well as at local libraries.

Also, see additional information on the Maps page at this Westchester site.

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Library

Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library

Village Web Sites

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Census Information

New York State Census

The only NY State censuses which survived are for the years 1905, 1915, and 1925. Check at your local LDS Family History Center for these films.

Federal Census

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Look under Greenburgh for any 1790 Federal census info.

Some census information for Westchester county can be found at the Census page.

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Directories

Directories and Newspapers

City Directories
Richmond's Directory of Tarrytown, North Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Hastings [Yonkers, NY: W.L. Richmond, 1914]. Copy available at NYPL; Years Available: 1914-1915 and 1918-1919.
Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.
Newspapers
Microfilmed copies of The Dobbs Ferry Sentinel can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available.
Microfilmed copies of the Greenburgh Register can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available.
Microfilmed copies of The Hastings Echo can be found at the New York Public Research Library. Check their on-line catalog to determine the years available.

Annotated Bibliography

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Hastings Historical ... Hastings Centennial Chronicle: 1879-1979

Pelletreau, William S., Am. M. Early Wills of Westchester County, New York 1664-1784 Pub. 1898. Cornell University Library has scanned this book and placed it on the web at the following address: http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/bookp.html

Zion Church. 1834-1884. Whitsuntie. Semi-Centennial. Zion Church, Dobbs Ferry. ..... [New York: Rufus Adams & Co., 1884] Copy available at The New York Public Research Library's Genealogies and Local History Room.

For other books with information relating to this village but covering a county-wide level, see the County section of the Bibliography page.

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Cultural and/or Historical sites

If you have any such information relating to this location, please contact the county coordinator for this web site.

Renowned Residents

If you know of any notable residents from this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding them to this section and please identify when the person resided here as well as why you consider them to be notable.

Other Institutions of Genealogical Interest

Westchester County Genealogical Society

The Westchester County Genealogical Society has been publishing a series of articles in their monthly newsletter for some time which gives an overview of each town within the county. This Focus on (town name) [WCGS Newsletter, ] series includes a brief history of the town, a listing of some houses of worship, some cemeteries and often a bibliography. See the information about ordering back issues of the newsletter.

If you know any additional information relating to this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding it to this page.

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Military Info

See the Military & War Links page for more information.

As we find information relating specifically to this town, we'll post it here. If you have any such information or know of other web pages to link to, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Loyalist Info

Have you a Loyalist in your family tree? If so, the Loyalist page may be of interest to you. If you have any specific information relating to this town and loyalists, please contact the county coordinator for this web site. about adding the information to this page.

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Picture Gallery

If you have a scanned picture relating to any location within Westchester and would like to add it to this site, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Some Surnames associated with this village

See the Surname Web Pages for links to web pages of researchers in Westchester but not specifically associated with this town.

Query & Message Boards

Rootsweb.com has Some Query boards where you can post a query for others to view. Or join the Westchester mailing list and correspond with other Westchester researchers.

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