Additions and Corrections: Peoples of New York

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African American

(page 133) While the act of February 22, 1788 (L. 1788, C.40) included a provision that current slaves and the children of female slaves were to be slaves for life, no penalties were levied on masters who freed a slave, and the practice of manumission continued. 

(page 134) The number of the Haitian-born New Yorkers in 2000 was 125,000, not 105,000.

(page 135) Before 1865 the Southern District also included what is now the Eastern District, comprised of Richmond, Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.

(page 136) When it was founded in 1808, the Abyssinian Baptist Church was located on Anthony (now Worth) Street in downtown Manhattan. In the 1920s the church moved uptown to Harlem.


American Indian

Further Reading

Amrhein, Cindy. A History of Native American Land Rights in Upstate New York. Charleston, S.C: History Press, 2016.



(page 166) Hoff, Henry B., ed. "English Origins of American Colonists: From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991.



Remeseira, Claudio Iván, ed. Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.



Further Reading

Stern, Malcolm H. First American Jewish Families, 600 Genealogies 1654–1988. Baltimore, MD: Ottenheimer Publishers, 1991. Includes genealogical charts of all families known to have arrived by 1840. Previous editions of this book were titled Americans of Jewish Descent. This essential volume is discussed in the following two articles.

Hoff, Henry B. “Book Review: First American Jewish Families, 600 Genealogies 1654–1988.” NYG&B Record, vol. 123, no. 2 (1992): 119. [NYG&B eLibrary]

Macy, Harry, Jr. “1654–2004: The 350th Anniversary of New York’s First Jewish Settlers.”  New York Researcher. Summer 2000. Also a Research Aid at [NYG&B eLibrary]



Swedish Ancestry Research Association (SARA)

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Further Reading

Hustvedt, Lloyd, Beulah Folkedahl, and Charlotte Jacobson. Guide to Manuscripts Collections of the Norwegian-American Historical Association. Northfield, MN: The Association, 2001.