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The Records of New Amsterdam: From 1653 to 1674 Anno Domini
by Berthold Fernow
Hardcover (01 December, 1976)
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Isbn: 0806307153
Sales Rank: 2396555
Subjects:  1. Education   


Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, New York, 1683-1809: Marriages, Baptisms, Members, Etc.
by Louis Duermyer
Paperback (01 March, 1999)
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Isbn: 0806308087
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Subjects:  1. Genealogy    2. Reference   


Fort Orange Records, 1656-1678 (New Netherland Documents.)
by Fort Orange (N.Y.), Charles T. Gehring
Hardcover (01 December, 1999)
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Isbn: 0815628218
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Subjects:  1. Albany    2. Albany (N.Y.)    3. Court records    4. Dutch Americans    5. Genealogy    6. History    7. History - General History    8. History: American    9. New York (State)    10. Reference    11. U.S. History - Colonial Period (1607-1775)    12. United States - Colonial Period    13. United States - State & Local - General   


Deacons' Account, 1652-1674: 1st Dutch Reformed Church of Beverwyck-Albany New York (Monographs in International Studies)
by Janny Venema
Paperback (01 July, 1998)
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Isbn: 0897253426
Sales Rank: 2155093
Subjects:  1. Christianity - History - General    2. History    3. History: American    4. United States - State & Local - General   


Mohawk Frontier: The Dutch Community of Schenectady, New York, 1661-1710
by Thomas E. Burke
Hardcover (01 December, 1991)
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Isbn: 0801425417
Sales Rank: 1398264
Subjects:  1. Dutch Americans    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: American    5. New York (State)    6. New York - Local History    7. Schenectady    8. Schenectady (N.Y.)    9. United States - State & Local - General   


New Netherland Roots
by Gwenn F. Epperson
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 June, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Guide for New Netherland Records!
In this book, Gwen F. Epperson has provided researchers of 17th Century New Netherland (present day New York) with an invaluable learning tool.Mrs. Epperson shares her familiarty with available records, her experience inusing European records, and her knowledge of how and where one mightdetermine the place of origin of a New Netherland family.Mrs. Epperson explains what New Netherland records exist in the Family History Library and how any researcher can use these resources effectively . She also clearly lists records , such as the microfilmed Amsterdam church records (in Dutch), which she believes can be tackled by researchers whose only language is English. With her guidance those who have been afraid to venture into the realm of non-English records can feel more confident about beginning. Every genealogist with a family line in New Netherland will want to consult Mrs. Epperson's small, but valuable guide. ... Read more

Isbn: 0806314001
Sales Rank: 1357686
Subjects:  1. Dutch Americans    2. Genealogy    3. New Netherland    4. New York (State)    5. Reference   

Fort Orange Court Minutes: 1652-1660 (New Netherland Project)
by Charles T. Gehring
Hardcover (01 March, 1989)
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Isbn: 0815624689
Sales Rank: 1692215
Subjects:  1. Albany    2. Albany (N.Y.)    3. Civil Procedure    4. Court records    5. History    6. History: American    7. Legal Reference / Law Profession    8. New York (State)    9. U.S. History - Colonial Period (1607-1775)   


Settlers of Rensselaesrswyck, 1630-1658
by A. J. F. Van Laer
Paperback (01 January, 1998)
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Isbn: 080630359X
Sales Rank: 2018466
Subjects:  1. Genealogy    2. Reference    3. Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775    4. History    5. New York (State)    6. New York State Library    7. Rensselaerswyck (New York : Colony)    8. Sources   

The Historical Atlas of New York City : A Visual Celebration of Nearly 400 Years of New York City's History
by Eric Homberger, Alice Hudson
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (15 May, 1998)
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Eric Homberger's The Historical Atlas of New York City shows what can be achieved within a very narrow frame of discussion. With just one city to depict, Homberger explores the rich variety of details in the city's 400-year history with vivid drawings and illustrations as well as beautifully rendered maps. The atlas takes on the geologic history of New York, major eras (Indian, Dutch, and British), and the formative 19th century, as well as the consolidation of Greater New York, neighborhood histories of Coney Island and Greenwich Village, and the Big Apple exploits of 1945 through 1996. But there's room for the small stuff, too, such as the political and cultural role of New York's taverns in the late 1700s. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I agree
I agree with Timothy Durkin's December 1999 customer review that this book contains a number of errors and inconsistencies, but my judgment is not as harsh.I also believe a great deal of information that should appear in a historical atlas about the city is inexcusably omitted.However, this is an appealling, informative book and makes for enjoyable reading and reference.

Insofar as positive attributes, the book contains wonderful graphics and color reproductions; is printed on good quality, non-glare paper; and, for a paperback, is well bound.Insofar as flaws, they are both minor and major.Minor flaws consist of editorial oversights such as the misstatement on page 176 that the Broadway musical OKLAHOMA! was written by Rodgers & Hart when it was written by Rodgers & Hammerstein, and the photograph on page 146 reproduced in reverse. (Looking south toward the Flatiron Building, Madison Square Park should be on the left and the World Trade Center Towers should be on the right).Major flaws consist of omission of maps or other graphicspertaining to vanished landmarks such as Jones Wood, an open space on the upper East side once considered as the site for Central Park; Chelsea when it was a country estate; and the Five Points.I had hoped to see maps of large 18th and 19th century upper Manhattan tract holdings; of the boundaries of the Battery before and after Castle Clinton went from island fortification to part of the mainland; of the gradual expansion by landfill of the Manhattan shoreline; and of unique streets and alleys, long vacated.Those, too, are absent.

A conflict is presented by the maps of the DeLancey farms on pages 60-61.On page 60, Division St. is shown to traverse the property, but on page 61 it is absent.According to Burrows & Wallace's GOTHAM, Division St. was the boundary separating the DeLancey and Rutgers estates, hence the derivation of the name [see GOTHAM page 178].If Burrows & Wallace are correct, the presence of Division St. on page 60 is error.

Finally, although not mentioned by the author, the Dutch house appearing on page 30 reappears in subsequent renditions on pages 56 and 62.The house is readily identifiable by its facade numbering scheme.This may be a minor point, but one, I would have thought, worthy of note.

4-0 out of 5 stars So interesting...
Ever wonder why downtown NYC is a labrynthine maze which makes no sense?Blame it on the early settlers.Read tons of more interesting facts about our marvelous city.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not complete
I just finished the Historical Atlas and while the book does a great job of touching on so many subjects in such a small space, it leaves a little to be desired because it does not focus on any one point in the city's development enough.I would have enjoyed the book more if it had a little more detail on how landmarks came to be where they are, and what the political an social culture of the city was at different time points that influenced the way the city developed.I suppose that wasn't the book's intent, though.Also, it would be nice to get a follow up chapter on the city's continued development since 1994.Overall, I thought the book was a good intro to NYC history, but I think I'm going to try a more in-depth history to fill in some gaps. ... Read more

Isbn: 0805060049
Subjects:  1. Atlases - General    2. Atlases - Historical    3. Historical Atlases    4. History    5. History: American    6. New York - Local History    7. Reference    8. United States - Mid Atlantic - New York City    9. United States - State & Local - General    10. United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic    11. History / United States / State & Local   


Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (The History of NYC Series)
by Edwin G. Burrows, Mike Wallace
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 October, 2000)
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Like the city it celebrates, Gotham is massive and endlessly fascinating. This narrative of well over 1,000 pages, written after more than two decades of collaborative research by history professors Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace, copiously chronicles New York City from the primeval days of the Lenape Indians to the era when, with Teddy Roosevelt as police commissioner, the great American city became regarded as "Capital of the World." The sheer bulk of the book may be off- putting, but the reader can use a typically New York approach: Those who don't settle in for the entire history can easily "commute" in and out to read individual chapters, which stand alone nicely and cover the major themes of particular eras very well.

While Gotham is fact-laden (with a critical apparatus that includes a bibliography and two indices--one for names, another for subjects), the prose admirably achieves both clarity and style."What is our take, our angle, our schtick?" ask the authors, setting a distinctly New York tone in their introduction. No matter what it's called, their method of weaving together countless stories works wonderfully. The startlingly detailed research and lively writing bring innumerable characters (from Peter Minuit to Boss Tweed) to life, and even those who think they know the history of New York City will no doubt find surprises on nearly every page. Gotham is a rarity, reigning as both authoritative history and page-turning story. --Robert McNamara ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Gotham Not Concerned with Accuracy
Perhaps the girth of this work makes it difficult to check all the facts, but I found gross inaccuracies throughout. The authors are biased and totally unconcerned with representing historical truthfulness. The references to Aaron Burr in this book are perfunctory, snide or downright malicious. The first mention of Burr I found was on page 241, regarding the Battle of Brooklyn, where the authors state, "Howe's dallying gave Putnam and the rest of the army, guided by Lieutenant Aaron Burr, time to slip out of New York...." They fail to mention that Burr, debating with General Knox as to the wisdom of remaining, took it upon himself to address the men and take charge. In the ensuing retreat, they met the enemy during which Burr distinguished himself with "coolness, deliberation and valor...His meritorious services to the army on that day, rendered him an object of peculiar respect from the troops..." (Wandell & Menningerode). Yet Burrows and Wallace merely accord him a perfunctory nod.
On page 279 they state, "Among the new assemblymen that year was Aaron Burr, making his political debut with no principles to speak of..." Snide and unnecessarily insulting.
Hamilton, on the other hand receives page after page of high eulogism and the authors take great pains to speak of him, wherever possible, with the greatest regard. In Chapter 19 they state, "Hamilton treated the convention to a remarkable five-hour lecture....."I wonder if the Philadelphia Convention felt that enduring a five hour diatribe was a treat, though I must admit Hamilton's ability to ramble on at such length is indeed remarkable. The authors' choose words for Hamilton which are positive; for Burr, negative.
They describe Burr when he was the front-runner for Jefferson's running mate as, "...too young, too pushy, too devious...," words they claim were said by "...many Democratic-Republicans...," though they fail to say who. They go on to say, "Burr even dammed Minetta Creek to create a grand ornamental pool by the main gate..." (of Richmond Hill.) By inserting the word, `even' they insinuate that he committed a heinous act rather than improved his property. Snide and misleading.
In the five paragraphs dedicated to the "Interview in Weehawken," they state that the impetus for the challenge was Hamilton's remark that he, "...looked upon Mr. Burr to be a dangerous man, and one who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government." While Hamilton certainly made this comment, it was not the one that Burr felt was demeaning to his honor. It was the "...still more despicable opinion..." statement that compelled Burr to demand an explanation.
Though several letters passed between Hamilton and Burr prior to the duel, the only reference this book acknowledges is, "Hamilton let it be known....that his remarks `turned wholly on political topics, and did not attribute to Col. Burr any instance of dishonorable conduct, nor relate to his private character.' Burr nevertheless demanded an `interview' on the field of honor." This cannily shifts the blame totally onto Burr, making Hamilton seem like an innocent victim, which he was not.
Furthermore, in describing the duel they state that Burr aimed and fired, Hamilton fell mortally wounded and Burr fled. They fail to mention that Hamilton not only fired, but probably fired first. Again, by misrepresenting Burr, they lionize Hamilton.
The section ends with, "...facing a murder indictment and fearing his house would be attacked by a mob, he slipped out of town into obloquy everlasting." This won a Pulitzer Prize? I think they wrote the passage just for the opportunity to use the word, `obloquy.' Indeed, if not for books and authors like these, Burr might get the recognition he deserves, rather than the kind of calumny they write.
In a passage on prostitution, they mention Madame Jumel saying, "She did, however, manage a short-lived marriage with the equally notorious Aaron Burr..." Malicious. I could cite more passages where he is mentioned either with contempt or disregard, but I think the point is made.
The bibliographical list for this book is so extensive, they can only list authors without titles or page references. I finally found Lomask (Milton) and Kline (Mary-Jo, I presume) mentioned, but I have to wonder if they actually read any books on Burr or took the time to study his papers. Surely learned people who do in-depth research should, at some point, come the conclusion that history has dealt unfairly with Aaron Burr and stop this ongoing character assassination. Burrows and Wallace seize every opportunity to denigrate Burr while neglecting to use a single accolade when fitting occasions arise. It is distressing that, in 1999, opinions of Aaron Burr remain this convoluted.I do not recommend anyone to buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Giant Tome for a Great Giant Town
Gotham is a significant achievement as a work of history. The beauty of this book is that, despite its length, it is engrossing and very readable all the way through. Indeed, the last 100 pages are as interesting if not more interesting than the first 100 pages. Rich with interesting anecdotes, and a cast of dozens of characters and true stories that are as colorful as the fiction in any Dickens novel, it is a rewarding read, albiet a somewhat challenging one if only because of its 1236 pages of text. Particularly interesting are the sections on the New Amsterdam period, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, including the Draft Riots, crime, the development of Wall Street and the Stock Exchange, Boss Tweed, the Brooklyn Bridge, transportation and the rail boom, electric lighting, the Astor Place riot, fire companies, immigration, the Astors, Teddy Roosevelt, Coney Island, the skyscraper and building booms,... and the list goes on and on. This is not just a history of New York, but also a history essential to understanding America's past. The book is an enriching read, and heartily recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Vast, but definitive?
Nobody can deny that this is a mammoth work of scholarship deserving of praise, but before you dive into this one with determination and zeal you should know a few things.First, despite what others are saying about the book, it does NOT read like a novel.It's narrative history to be sure, but it's also full of numbers, dates, figures, statistics and other analytical details which make the thing feel far more academic than is frequently suggested or expected.Also, the authors greatly emphasize the political and (especially) commercial history of the city, sometimes to the neglect of cultural matters.This huge and allegedly definitive book is largely and conspicuously absent of substantive references to Columbia University, for example.Are the authors suggesting that Columbia is not an institution deserving of our more focused attention?In this way, the book is quite different from Kevin Starr's treatment of California history, largely as a history of its institutions.Commercial and political institutions get many pages, but important cultural institutions are sadly neglected. ... Read more

Isbn: 0195140494
Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: American    4. New York (N.Y.)    5. New York - Local History    6. United States - State & Local - General    7. American history    8. New York   


New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, the Register of Salomon Lachaire, Notary Public of New Amsterda, 1661-1662 (New York historical manuscripts)
by Edmund B. O Callaghan
Hardcover (01 June, 1978)
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Isbn: 0806307870
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The Register of New Netherland, 1626-1674
by Edmund B. O'Callaghan
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 December, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Has been helpful in researching early Dutch genealogy
This book completely met my expectations for two reasons so I gave it 5 stars.It's not exactly a "bestseller of the month" topic, so others may not be so generous.I don't find much about New Amsterdam and was excited to find a book hot off the presses that went into enough background information about early Dutch settlement. I was also quite pleased to find the names of several ancestors named as settlers prior to 1625.Quite readable. There is an occasional non-native English speaker grammatical error, but I actually like that and I thank the author for his hard work and a job well done! ... Read more

Isbn: 0806345284
Sales Rank: 1860330
Subjects:  1. Genealogy    2. Reference   

Laws and Writs of Appeal 1647-1663 (New Netherland Project)
by Charles T. Gehring
Hardcover (01 June, 1991)
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Isbn: 0815625227
Sales Rank: 1090161
Subjects:  1. Law    2. Law reports, digests, etc    3. Law reports, digests, etc.    4. Legal History    5. Legal Reference / Law Profession    6. New Netherland    7. New York (State)    8. Politics/International Relations    9. Reference   


Council Minutes 1655-1656 (New Netherland Project)
by Charles T. Gehring, New Netherland Council
Hardcover (01 February, 1995)
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Isbn: 0815626460
Sales Rank: 1787721
Subjects:  1. 17th century    2. Dutch    3. Dutch Americans    4. Genealogy    5. History    6. History: World    7. New York (State)    8. Politics and government    9. Sources    10. To 1775    11. U.S. History - Colonial Period (1607-1775)   


Correspondence, 1647-1653 (New Netherland Documents)
by Charles T. Gehring
Hardcover (01 December, 1998)
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Isbn: 0815627920
Sales Rank: 903519
Subjects:  1. 1592-1672    2. 17th century    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Colonial administrators    6. Correspondence    7. Dutch    8. Historical - General    9. History    10. History - General History    11. New York (State)    12. New York - Local History    13. Sources    14. Stuyvesant, Peter,    15. U.S. History - Colonial Period (1607-1775)    16. United States - State & Local - General    17. Western Europe - Benelux    18. Stuyvesant, Peter   


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