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The Rockland County Archives is a state-of-the-art records storage facility located in Building S in the Pomona Health Complex. Under the direction of the Rockland County Clerk, the Archives Unit is responsible for the maintenance and storage of active and inactive records generated by over 50 county departments, as well as many historical records. For more information, review the Archives section of this website, or call (845) 364-3670.

 


Building S, Sanatorium Rd.
Pomona, NY 10970
Office Hours: 9:00 am — 5:00 pm
(845) 364-3670 Fax (845) 364-3671
  

Peter J. Scheibner
County Archivist
scheibnp@co.rockland.ny.us

 

LINKS

COLLECTION HOLDINGS

ABOUT ROCKLAND COUNTY

GUIDE TO ARCHIVES HOLDINGS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARCHIVES

IT’S ABOUT TIME
Archival Newsletter

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

Rockland Historical Society

NYSLibrary

Family Search

 

The Rockland County Archives, under the County Clerk, was established in June 1987 in an effort to meet the growing need for space in the county. The archives is responsible for developing and implementing policy and procedures related to retention and disposition of records, micro-graphics, filing and retrieval, vital records protection and security, system analysis, and historical document collection and preservation.

Rockland County completed construction of a 15,800 S.F. state- of-the-art records center/archives in August of 1998. The facility which houses over 33,000 cubic feet of records belonging to over 25 departments of County government meets all archival specifications related to temperature and humidity. It has a zoned sprinkler system for both the records center and archive vault. A comprehensive disaster recovery is in place in the event of a disaster or emergency.

 

Rockland County was the recipient of the 2000 Cheryl Steinbach Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management given by the New York State Regents.

The collection, managed by the Archivist's office for the past fourteen years, represents 1,573 c.f. of archival records consisting of 1250 bound volumes, over 18,000 maps and drawings, 500 photographs and over 2,000 rolls of microfilm. This collection contains information about the history of Rockland County from its creation in 1798. Research and reference databases and directories of our collections are available both online and in paper form at our facility thus making our collections accessible and available to educational institutions, researchers and the public.

 

Collection Holdings - These are collections that are on available in the Archives. If the record is microfilmed - we provide the microfilmed copy, thus protecting the original fragile document or book.

 

  • Census Records (1855-1925)
  • Naturalization Papers (1812-1991)
  • Marriage Records (1908-1935)
  • Orange County Deeds and Mortgages (1703-1800)
  • Rockland County Deeds (Microfilm) (1798-1921) Original books are located at the County Clerk’s Office in New City
  • Rockland County Mortgages 1798 - 1931
  • Tax and Assessment Rolls (Clarkstown 1857-1964,Ramapo 1855-1964,Haverstraw 1857-1964,Orangetown 1855-1964,Stony Point 1865-1964)
  • Atlas of Hudson Valley (1891)
  • Atlas of Rockland County 1876
  • Index to Maps (1798-1940)
  • Subdivision Maps
  • Right-of-Way Maps
  • Court Records (1798-2001)
  • Court of Common Pleas
  • General Sessions
  • Oyer & Terminer
  • Wills (1798-1965) (Genealogical purposes only)

Judgments (1847-1913)

  • Index to Court Papers (1847-1982)
  • State of the County Address (1985-1989)
  • Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors (1798-1969)
  • Proceedings of the Board of Legislators (1970-1999)
  • Discharge of Mortgages (1830-1982, Books 1-207)
  • Index to Assumed Business Names & Partnerships (1954-1960/1982)
  • Index to Certificates of Partnerships (9/1939-12/1953)
  • Index to Certificates of Incorporation (1798-1982)
  • Highway Department Road Surveys ( R1-382)
  • Rockland County Court House
  • Soil and Water District Maps
  • New York State Thruway
  • Palisades Parkway Maps

 

ABOUT ROCKLAND COUNTY

Population: 286,753

Land area: 176 square miles

Rockland County is (with the exception of the five boroughs of New York City) the smallest county in area in New York State. It began life in1686 as Orangetown, an English provincial township of Orange County. In 1798, as the infant New York State established external borders and internal divisions, it separated from Orange County and became Rockland County. Rockland's history, despite its proximity to New York City, is one of an essentially rural area until the 20th century.

When Henry Hudson happened upon the River in Rockland County, he thought he had found the fabled "Northwest Passage" and laid anchor in the Tappan Zee, off what is now the Village of Haverstraw. Encamped along the river's banks were groups of Native Americans; the Tappans, the Nyacks and the Naurashawns all belonging to the Monsey Tribe. Although the Dutch who benefited from his explorations were unsuccessful in maintaining west bank settlements early in the 17th century, the place names they chose stuck: Dunderberg, Sparkill and High Tor. By the first half of the 18th century, much of the good and accessible land had been cleared for farms, and saw and grist mills were springing up along the streams, and general stores did business in Haverstraw and Tappan Slote (Piermont).

Coastal marshes and the Ramapo/Highlands mountain chain that runs south-northeasterly through this area, made many parts difficult to reach. A single inland passage, the Ramapo Pass, was the only break in the mountains. Geography cut citizens off from county services and portended the eventual creation of separate counties. Court sessions in the Tappan Provincial Courthouse (built in 1691) were alternated between Tappan and Goshen after 1737, in response to complaints from freeholders who found it almost impossible to get there from parts of Orange County.

During the American Revolution Rockland had a proportionately large role for its size because of its proximity to New York City and position along the river at a vital ferrying point linking northern and southern states. Fortifications near King's Ferry at Stony Point, which connected with Dobbs Ferry in Westchester, were essential to both British and American forces and the focus of key battles — the taking of Fort Clinton near Bear Mountain in 1777 by the British, and the American victory at Stony Point by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in 1779 — during the conflict. Rockland also played a part in the tragic story of Benedict Arnold's failed plan to surrender West Point. His young co-conspiritor, Major John Andre, was brought to Tappan for his trial and eventual hanging.

On February 23, 1798, Rockland became a county in its own right. However, the physical landscape remained a major obstacle to overcome. Until the turnpike era and the coming of the railroads in the 19th century, trade and its partner, development, remained limited. It took seventeen years after legislative approval for the Nyack Turnpike to be completed, finally reaching Suffern and linking to the Orange Turnpike, the inland route to Albany.

Although agriculture remained a dominant economic factor into the 20th century, other industries began to grow with improvements in transport: quarries, brick-making, manufacturing of farm implements, tools, nails and cotton goods. Industry attracted immigrant workers and the county witnessed the development of ethnic communities around houses of worship. By the late 19th century, in neighborhoods near the churches of early Reformed Dutch and Presbyterian protestants, Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues were constructed to serve newer populations.

By the 1920s Rockland was becoming home to artists, sculptors, composers, actors and playwrights who were relocating from New York City. Improvements in road systems and a WWII army troop depot, Camp Shanks, brought millions more newcomers to and through Rockland. Isolation was no longer a problem. Construction of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, the New York State Thruway and the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge in 1955 have made this county an integral part of the metropolitan area. The 20th century saw the decline of farming and today only a handful of farms exist.

Rockland County is made up of 5 towns (Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point) and seventeen villages. The County is served by a County Executive and Legislators, the towns are served by a Town Supervisor and Councilpersons, the villages are served by a Mayor and Trustees.

 

From "History Keepers' Companion: Guide to Sites & Sources of the Lower Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut"

Edited by Joyce Ghee

 

GUIDE TO THE ARCHIVES

This is a Collections Guide of archival records located at the Rockland County Archives, Bldg S, Sanatorium Road, Pomona, New York 10970. Records in the Guide are organized administratively, functionally and alphabetically. The Guide is arranged in sections, by government. A table of contents and series descriptions is included for easy reference.

The descriptions are intended to provide information on archival records at the series level. Additional finding aids may be available at the Archives.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS RECORDS

Assumed Business Names & Partnerships

Certificates of Incorporation

Certificates of Incorporation

Certificates of Partnership

Certificates of Partnership

Register of Hotel and Motel Names

CENSUS RECORDS

New York State Census

U.S. Census

COURT RECORDS

Abstracts of Supreme Court Judgments

Assignment of Judgment

Bail Register

Cases on Appeal

Children’s Court Minutes and Proceedings

Circuit Court Minutes

County Court Minutes and Papers

Court and Trust Fund Register

Court of Common Pleas Papers

Court of General Sessions Papers

Court of Oyer and Terminer Papers

Court Orders

Judgment Docket

Court Records (General Index)

Grand Jury Reports

Index of Judgments

Justice Returns

Lis Pendens

Miscellaneous Records Index

Record of Judgment

Release of Judgment

Satisfaction of Judgment

Supreme Court Judgment

Supreme Court Minutes

Trial Court Transcripts

ELECTION RECORDS

Election and Canvasses Records

Election Ballot of 1943

FISCAL RECORDS

Accounts of the County Treasurer

Special Audit Report

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT RECORDS

Road Survey Maps

LAND RECORDS

Chattel Mortgage and Conditional Sale Contract Index

Consolidated Liens Index

Deed Certificate of Title

Deeds

Discharge of Mortgages

Grantee Index

Grantor Index

Deeds Index

Discharge of Mortgages

Land Claims for development of Camp Shanks

Deeds, Lost or Misplaced

Mortgagee Index

Mortgage Index

Mortgages

Mortgagor Index

Mortgage Tax Recording Books

New York State Transfer Tax

Farm Names Register

Sheriff’s Certificates of Sale

LEGISLATIVE RECORDS

Appointments, Oaths and Consents

Local Laws

Oaths and Bonds of Elected Officials

Board of Supervisors Proceedings

Proceedings of the County Legislature

Resolutions for Clarkstown, Orangetown, Ramapo and Stony Point

MAPS

Hudson Valley Atlas

County Taking Maps

Map Index

New York State Thruway Taking Maps

Palisades Interstate Park Taking Maps

Palisades Interstate Parkway Taking Maps

Property Tax Maps

Ramapo Relief Project Maps

Rockland Light and Power Maps

Subdivision Map Index

Subdivision Maps

MARRIAGE RECORDS

Marriage Records

Marriage License Affidavit

Marriage License Index

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Records Index

NATURALIZATION RECORDS

Declaration of Intention

Naturalization Final Papers

Naturalization Records Index

Petition and Record

Petitions Index

Naturalization Certificates Receipts

Repatriation Applications

ORANGE COUNTY

Orange County Deeds

Orange County Mortgages

PLANNING BOARD RECORDS

Planning Board Minutes

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Yeager Oral History

"It’s About Time" Newsletter

Tidbits Gleaned from the Minutes of the Board of Supervisors

REVOLVER AND PISTOL RECORDS

Revolver and Pistol Applications

SCHOOL RECORDS

School Reports

School District #3 Tax Rolls

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Battle of Stony Point Reference Materials

Courthouse Plans and Papers

Joyce Kilmer Poem about Suffern, NY

Revolutionary War Soldiers Depositions

Rockland County Community College Papers

Spring Valley Collection

War Casualty Lists and Correspondence

SPECIAL REPORTS

Report to the Nyack Water Works Company

Ramapo Valley Airport Plan

SURROGATE COURT

Guardianship Bond Records

Estate Records

Estate Settlements

Surrogate Court Records-General index

Accounting Decrees (Index)

Letters of Testamentary (Index)

Wills Index

Surrogate Court Minutes

Surrogate Court and Trust Fund Register

Wills

Wills of Rockland Residents Filed in Orange County

TAX AND ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Unpaid Accounts

Returned Taxes

TAX AND ASSESSMENT RECORDS

Accounts of Unpaid Taxes

Tax and Assessment Records

Control # Assumed Names & Partnerships Index 1900-1982

12 C.F. Alphabetical

Rockland County Clerk

Index of persons filing certificates with the County Clerk’s Office for the use of an assumed business name or designation.

Assumed Names and Partnerships Index includes date of filing, individual’s name and address, name and location of business, nature of business, date of certificate.

Control # 192 Incorporation Certificates 1845-1982

78 C.F. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Certificates of Incorporation may include Certificates of Dissolution and Payment of Capital Stock. Includes but is not limited to, name and address of corporation, names of officers and trustees, date of incorporation.

Control # 192 Incorporation Certificates (Index) 1798-1982

2 C.F. Alphabetical by Corporation

Rockland County Clerk

Certificates of Incorporation Index includes name of corporation, description of papers, number and date of filing, volume and page where entry appears and remarks.

Control # 192 Partnership Certificates 1935-1949

.2 C.F. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

After 1952 Certificates of Partnership were renamed Assumed Names and Partnerships.

Certificates of Partnership may include name and address of parties, description of partnership, address of business, date of certificate and date discontinued.

Control # 192 Partnership Certificates (Index) 1939-1953

.4 C.F. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

After 1953 Certificates of Partnership were renamed Certificate of Assumed Names and Partnerships.

The Certificate of Partnership Index is divided into two sections. Section I: Partnerships includes name of partnership, place of business, date of certification, names of individuals, filing date and when discontinued. Section II: Partners includes name of partners, addresses, name of partnership, filing date, when discontinued and remarks.

Control # Register of Hotel and Motel Names 1943-1963

.3 C.F. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Hotel and Motel Names had to be registered with the State of New York, Department of State and filed with the County Clerk.

Register of Hotel and Motel Names includes but is not limited to name of hotel or motel, location, name and address of person or corporation owning or operating the business

Control # 186 New York State Censuses of Rockland County 1835;1855;1865;1875

1892;1905;1915;1925

19 C.F. Geographical/alphabetical by town

State of New York

Censuses were taken in the State of New York usually at 10-year intervals.

The 1835 Census contains statistics only. It includes number of males and females and handicapped persons (deaf, dumb, blind).

The 1855 Census consists of seven sections: population (names, ages, sex, race); Agriculture and Domestic Manufacturers; Industry other than Agriculture; Marriages and Deaths; Churches, schools, etc.; Newspapers and Periodicals; Number of Inns, Stores and Groceries.

The 1865 Census consists of five sections: free inhabitants (names, ages, sex, race, occupation, value or estate owned); persons who died during the year; productions of agriculture; products of industry; population.

The 1875 Census consists of five sections: population; marriages; deaths; agriculture statistics; industry other than agriculture.

The 1892 Census contains the following information only: name, age, sex, race, occupation, birthplace, citizenship.

The 1905, 1915 and 1925 Census contain names and relationship of occupants within the household, place of residence, race, sex, age, birthplace, citizenship, occupation and people in institutions.

Control # 186 U.S. Census of Rockland County

1800; 1810;1820;1830;1840;1860;1880;1900;1910;1920

.4 C.F. Geographical

United States Bureau of the Census

The taking of a national population census is mandated in the United State Constitution, Article 1, Section 2. The census determines how many seats each state will have in the House of Representatives. Over the decades, questions have been added and subtracted to reflect changes in society and changes in the need for information.

The 1830 Census contains population statistics.

The 1840 Census used the household as a unit of enumeration and only the names of the heads of households, age, race, and sex appear. This is a compendium of the enumeration of the inhabitants and statistics based on the returns of the 1840 census.

The 1860 Census expanded the information gathered by adding social statistics such as name of all family members, age, sex, race, occupation, value of real and personal property, and districts were subdivided into counties, wards and townships.

The 1880 Census is not a true census. It is an alphabetical listing of persons residing in each town in Rockland County.

Control # 20410 Abstracts of Supreme Court Judgments 1848-1958

40 C.F. Chronological

Rockland County Supreme Court Clerk

Abstracts are brief summaries of the essential points of lawsuits that come before the Rockland County Supreme Court and are transcribed by the Court Clerk.

Abstracts of Supreme Court Judgments includes name of litigant, court date and amount of judgment.

Control # 20670 Assignment of Judgment 1855-1951

2 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

An Assignment of Judgment is a judgment awarded in a court proceeding and sold or transferred to a third party for collection. After June 27, 1951, Assignments of Judgment were filed with the County Clerk. They are no longer recorded.

Assignment of Judgment was hand-copied, later typed into ledger books by the County Clerk. Entries include names of the plaintiff and defendant, their addresses, amount of judgment and name of third party to whom the judgment was assigned.

Control # Bail Register 1798-1826

.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Court System

 

Bail Register includes names of defendant and plaintiff, nature of complaint and date filed.

Control # 20550 Cases on Appeal 1844-1933

40 c.f. Chronological by court date

Supreme Court of Rockland County

Cases on appeal are transcripts of the Supreme Court’s proceedings for cases on appeal in Rockland County for both civil and criminal cases. They include, but are not limited to, testimony and cross-examination, date of case, plaintiff, defendant and case number.

Control # 20960 Children’s Court Minutes and Proceedings 1849-1882;1922-1934

3.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Children’s Court

The Children’s Court was abolished in 1962 and was replaced by the Family Court. Children convicted of juvenile delinquency were sentenced to probation, or sent to Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY or the State Agricultural & Industrial School, Industry, NY.

Children’s Court Minutes and Proceedings includes court documents such as petitions, order, commitment, warrants and proceedings (1849-1882). Include name of minor (under 16 years of age) defendant, complaint, verdict and sentence. Common complaints were truancy, juvenile delinquency and lack of child support.

Control # 30630 Circuit Court Minutes 1802-1848

Chronological

Rockland County Circuit Court

Circuit Courts were the county-level trial terms of the Supreme Court until 1896, after which the Supreme Court Justices continued to preside over trial terms of the Supreme Court in each county.

Circuit Court Minutes is the record of the proceedings maintained by the court clerk. Includes, but is not limited to, defendant’s name, date, charge, clerk, judge, names of jurors, witnesses and disposition.

Control # 30330 County Court Minutes and Papers 1842-1983

30 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Court

County Court Minutes and Papers includes the record of the court proceedings maintained by the Court Clerk, orders, judgment records and affidavits. The minutes include but are not limited to, date, name of defendant, charges, judge, jurors names, witnesses and disposition.

Three volumes of criminal minutes are the cases heard by the Hon. Harry Edelstein between 12/1980 and 3/1983.

Two volumes of criminal minutes are the cases heard by the Hon. Howard Miller between 1/5/1981 and 11/4/1982.

One volume of criminal minutes are the cases heard by the Hon. John Gallucci and the Hon. Robert Meehan between 12/1980 and 1/1984.

Control # 20720 Court and Trust Fund Register 1910-1935

.5 c.f. Alphabetical by surname

Rockland County Clerk

By order of the State of New York Comptroller’s Office: County Clerk shall maintain a register of monies paid or ordered paid into the court. The monies are forwarded to the County Treasurer.

The Court and Trust Fund Register is the record of payment and disposition of funds paid to the County Clerk. It includes the date of filing, title of action, name of attorney or court, amount recorded, book and page, nature of deposit, by whom deposited, when payable and remarks.

Control # 30630 Court of Common Pleas 1798-1847

6.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Court of Common Pleas

After 1824, the Court of Common Pleas became the Court of Special Sessions. In 1896, the Court of Special Sessions was absorbed by the County Courts.

The Court of Common Pleas records consist of orders, warrants for arrest and complaints, judgments and minutes, the record of the proceedings maintained by the court clerk and judgments. The minutes include name of defendant, filing date, charge, clerk, judges, names of jurors and disposition.

Judgments include name of defendant, filing date, disposition of case, amount of damages, court costs and name of attorney.

Control # 30630 Court of General Sessions 1799-1899

1.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Court of General Sessions

The Court of General Sessions was absorbed by the County Court in 1896.

Court of General Sessions records include minutes, calendars, panels of jurors, subpoenas, arrest-warrants and depositions. The minutes are the record of the court proceedings maintained by the Court Clerk. Includes, but is not limited to, name of defendant, bill of indictment, names of justices, attorneys, jurors and disposition.

Control # 33330A Court of Oyer and Terminer 1799-1891

1 c.f. Chronological by file date

Rockland County Court of Oyer and Terminer

The Court of Oyer and Terminer was a New York State criminal court in which grand juries returned indictments against suspects who were then tried in the Supreme Court. The Court of Oyer and Terminer was in existence from 1683 to 1894. Oyer and Terminer means "hear and determine."

Court of Oyer and Terminer records consist of the Record of Cases, 1849-1882, Court Minutes 1883-1891, panels of jurors, jail inspector reports and affidavits. The Record of Cases contain indictments and inquisitions and includes the names of judges, justices, grand jurors, petit jurors, plaintiffs, defendants and witnesses, and a brief account of the proceedings.

The Court Minutes include all indictment charges to be heard at the session; the names of the parties involved, the court’s charge to the jury, the verdict and the sentence.

Control # 30120 Court Orders 1864-1913

28 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Supreme Court and County Court

After 1913 court orders became part of the case file and were filed with the case papers and documents.

Court Orders are a legal call for an action. They are filed with the County Clerk. Included are orders to dismiss an action, sell real property, appoint a legal guardian, cancel a mechanic’s lien, deny a motion. It is not unusual for Orders, Motions, Consents, etc., to be bundled together if they relate to the same case.

Control # 20750 Judgment Docket 1787-1988

80 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Court System

Rockland County Clerk

A docket is a list or register of cases before a tribunal, kept by the County Clerk, identifying the cases with entries of action taken. Docket books of Court Judgments are filed with the County Clerk.

Docket of Judgments includes, but is not limited to, the names of the judgment debtor and creditor, court date, court where judgment was entered, the amount of the judgment and whether or not the judgment was satisfied.

Control # Court Records (General Index) 1847-1982

2 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

No court is named in the index but it is thought to be the papers of the Supreme Court.

Each entry contains: year, file date, name of plaintiff, name of defendant, book and page number. Court papers include orders, warrants, affidavits and special proceedings,

Control # 90140 Grand Jury Reports 1922-1941

1 c.f. Random

Rockland County Grand Jury

Grand Jury Reports include a record of Grand Jury terms, names of Grand Jurors sworn in and how the Grand Jury voted on each case; i.e., for or against indictment.

Control # 20640 Judgments (Index) 1787-1914

.5 c.f. Alphabetical by plaintiff

Rockland County Court System

Index to Judgments for civil suits include name of plaintiff, name of defendant and date of filing.

Control # Justice Return 1815-1916

7 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Court System

Justice Returns are decisions made by the Justice Court and appealed to a higher court, i.e., the County Court or Supreme Court. Prior to 1896 the Court of Sessions and the Court of Oyer and Terminer). Documents include Notice of Appeal, Return on Appeal and Undertaking on Appeal and contain names of plaintiffs and defendants, date and court.

Control # 20430 Lis Pendens 1832-1965

26 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Lis Pendens is a notice of pendency of action against real property- in most cases foreclosure, submitted by the plaintiff’s attorney.

Lis Pendens records include name of plaintiff and defendant, amount of debt outstanding, when and where the mortgage was recorded and an in-depth description of the property.

Control # 20460 Miscellaneous Records Index 1798-1949

3 c.f. Alphabetical

Rockland County Clerk

This series contains logbooks or case papers maintained by the County Clerk to record/file a variety of activities and appointments including court activities.

Miscellaneous Records Index may include Lis Pendens, Collectors Bonds, Mechanics Liens, Sheriff’s Certificates of Sale. Each entry gives year, name, book and page where recorded.

Control # 20640 Record of Judgment 1787-1826;1847-1914

1 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Record of Judgment includes, but is not limited to, names of litigants, person posting bail, complaint and file date.

Control # 20640 Release of Judgment 1855-1962

4 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Court

This document releases the defendant when a judgment has been satisfied. After June 27, 1951, Release of Judgment was filed with the County Clerk. They are no longer recorded.

Releases of Judgment for liens, premises and land, includes litigants, court that heard the case, amount of judgment and date of release.

Control # 20600 Satisfaction of Judgment 1811-1901;1920-1933

1.4 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Courts

When a judgment was satisfied (paid in full) the plaintiff filed a Notice of Satisfaction with the court which was later filed with the County Clerk.

Satisfaction of Judgment includes litigants, name of court, date of judgment, amount of judgment, date of satisfaction. Some records may include information regarding payment schedule.

Control # Supreme Court Judgments 1852-1913

96 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Supreme Court

Judgments, generated by and for the Rockland County Supreme Court, are the records of lawsuits, usually for money owed or damages. Some are simple and consist of only a few pages. Others are more complex and may contain over 100 pages.

Supreme Court Judgments include, but are not limited to, names of plaintiff and defendant, date of complaint, details of complaint, disposition of judgment (amount to be paid or dismissal). The court documents may include: original complaint, summons, transcript of proceedings, ruling.

Control # 30300 Supreme Court Minutes 1808-1984

27 c.f. Chronological by file date

Supreme Court of Rockland County

Supreme Court Minutes consist of the minutes for criminal and civil cases, orders, judgments, affidavits and decisions of the general and special terms of the court. Minutes include the list of jurors called, jurors sworn, date of case, plaintiff, defendant, witnesses called and the verdict. Some transcripts are copies of the stenographer’s minutes.

Control # 20640 Trial Court Transcripts 1861-1967

17 c.f. Chronological

Court System of Rockland County

Trial Court Transcripts are records of trial proceedings conducted in various courts of Rockland County, such as County Court, Supreme Court and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. Cases include inquests, condemnations of land and incompetent person. Included is the 1882 case of New York West Shore & Buffalo Railroad to acquire title to certain lands.

Control # 168 Election and Canvass Records 1868-1912

.2 c.f. Chronological

Board of Elections

Elections and Canvass Records include title of elective officers, and official count of votes received by candidates for state and local elections.

Control # Election Ballot of 1943 Nov 2, 1943

The State of New York War Ballot Commission

The Election Ballot of 1943 was sent to all United States citizens serving in the foreign service. The ballot was for November 2, 1943 General Election.

Control # 277 Accounts of the County Treasurer 1876-1950

30 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Treasurer

Accounts of the County Treasurer are also called the General Ledger. It includes accounts of the County Supervisor, general fund of the county, poor fund, court fund, contingency fund, county bonds, courthouse fund, child welfare, fees collected and interest earned. There are accounts of the five towns (Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point) regarding roads, tax returns, dog licenses, lighting districts and the poor fund.

Control # Special Audit Report 1903-1907

1 c.f. Chronological-3 volumes

Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors ordered an audit of the books of the County Treasurer, William J. Randolph, after a Taxpayer’s Association of Rockland County claimed that the many accounts in the Board of Supervisor’s Reports did not agree with the reports on file. The Association asked the Board to investigate. The Board hired a CPA to carry out the audit. Randolph served as County Treasurer from 1900 until 1907 when he was removed from office.

Control # Road Survey Maps 1930-1943

150 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Highway Department

The Road Survey Maps Collection include name of town, right-of-way lines by street and boundaries for county roads.

Control # 169 Chattel Mortgage and Conditional Sale Contract Index 1851-1938; 1948-1953;

1962-1964

4 c.f. Alphabetical by surname of mortgagee

Rockland County Clerk

A chattel mortgage is a mortgage on personal property.

Chattel Mortgage and Conditional Sale Contract index includes names of mortgagee, mortgagor, date of filing, nature of instrument, when renewed, when satisfied and remarks.

Control # Consolidated Liens Index 1969-1982

3 c.f. Alphabetical by property owner

Rockland County Clerk

Consolidated Liens Index are liens against real property filed with the County Clerk. Includes name of property owner, type of lien, lienor, address of property, monetary amount of lien and discharge date.

Control # Deed Certificate of Title 1931-1939

4 c.f. Alphabetical

Rockland County Clerk

A title search is called a deed certificate of title.

Deed Certificate of Title contains name of titleholder, description of property, name of attorneys and date of ownership.

Control # Deeds 1798-1921

200 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Deeds are recorded by the County Clerk into books (libers). Each entry contains date of deed, name and address of grantor and grantee, location and description of property and price of sale.

Control # Discharge of Mortgages 1830-1982

50 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

 

Discharge of Mortgages includes, but is not limited to, names of mortgagor and mortgagee, date of mortgage, date and place recorded, date of satisfaction and amount of mortgage.

Control # Grantee Index 1797-1980

20c.f. Alphabetical

Rockland County Clerk

Grantee Index includes name of grantee, name of grantor, date deed was recorded and the book number and page location for each entry.

Control # Grantor Index 1797-1980

20 c.f. Alphabetical

Rockland County Clerk

Grantee Index includes name of grantor, name of grantee, date deed was recorded and the book number and page location for each entry.

Control # Deeds Index 1873-1925

3 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Index to Deeds includes name of grantor, name of grantee, when received and to whom delivered and date.

Control # Discharge of Mortgages 1955-1965

1 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Index to Discharge of Mortgages includes file date, name of mortgagee and mortgagor, book and page location where recorded.

Control # Land Claims for Development of Camp Shanks 1942-1946

Alphabetical

U.S. War Department

 

Camp Shanks, along with Camp Kilmer in New Jersey, was the U.S. Army’s largest port of embarkation on the east coast during World War II, shipping over 1.3 million troops to England and North Africa. To create Camp Shanks, the U.S. Army seized over 1,300 acres of tomato patch land in Orangeburg, New York, and evicted over 100 families. Camp Shanks was closed in July 1946 and the barracks were converted into a veteran’s housing complex.

 

Land Claims for Camp Shanks consists of copies of documents leading up to the land claims for the development of Camp Shanks. Includes original Camp Shanks staging area property maps; notice and petition of United States to claim lands for Camp Shanks; application of the United State for an order to close portions of highways in and about Camp Shanks in the Town of Orangetown; roads to be closed in Orangetown and which properties were included in the staging area; a report of lands taken by the United States for Camp Shanks; document for reimbursement of loss of revenues due to removal of properties from the tax rolls.

Control # Deeds, Lost or Misplaced 1812-1957

2 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

When original deeds were lost or misplaced the property owner was required to produce affidavits and statements from principals and third parties who had witnessed the original transaction in order to show or prove their right to convey the said property.

Lost or Misplaced Deeds includes but is not limited to, name of principals in original deed, date of original transaction, location and description of property, relationships of parties named and such papers as copies of wills, death certificates and Bible pages.

Control # Mortgagee Index 1798-1950

10 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

 

Mortgagee Index includes, but is not limited to, names of mortgagee and mortgagor, date recorded and date released.

Control # Mortgage Index 1798-1944, gaps

8 c.f. Alphabetical

 

Mortgage Index includes, but is not limited to, names of mortgagor and mortgagee, date received, book and page location where recorded and discharge date.

Control # Mortgages 1798-1996

328 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

 

Mortgages are the official copies of mortgages recorded by the County Clerk. Each entry includes names of principals, location and description of property, amount of the mortgage, recording and execution dates.

Control # Mortgagor Index 1798-1950

10c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

 

Mortgagor Index includes, but is not limited to, names of mortgagee and mortgagor, date recorded and date released.

Control # 200 Mortgage Tax Recording Books 1901-1949

8 c.f. Numerical by Serial Number

Rockland County Clerk

Mortgage Tax Recording Books includes serial number, date, book and page location of recorded mortgage, file date, tax district, names of mortgagee and mortgagor, amount of principal and amount of tax paid.

Control # 665 New York State Tax Transfer 1915-1982

3 c.f. Alphabetical by Property Owner

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

These books record the payment of New York State tax on the transfer (sale) of real estate.

New York State Transfer Tax records include name of property owner, address, amount of tax, amount of tax paid, by whom, date paid and file date. This series also contains some appraisals of property for tax purposes, statements by the New York State Comptroller and property owner that the tax was paid.

Control # Farm Names Register 1913-1960

.4 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

 

Register of Farm Names contains name of owner of farm, name of farm, description of land as detailed in the deed, book (liber) and page number where recorded.

Control # Sheriff’s Certificates of Sale 1820-1962

1 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Sheriff

These certificates of sale were recorded by the County Clerk. The early ones are handwritten, later ones are on preprinted forms.

Sheriff’s Certificates of Sale are records of the sale of goods, chattel lands and tenements by the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department. Entries include names of parties involved, the circumstances that resulted in the sale, detailed description of land, amount of bid, sheriff’s signature and date and may include description of property. In some cases, the notice that appeared in the newspaper is attached.

Control # 181 Appointments, Oaths and Consents 1875-1989

8 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Board of Supervisors and County Legislature

Appointments, Oaths and Consents includes the positions of Deputy Sheriff, Constable of the Court, Superintendent of Highways, Dog Catcher, Justice of the Peace, Coroner, Superintendent of the Poor, Poll Clerks, Deputy of Civil Defense and members to the Planning Board. Includes, but is not limited to, name of appointee, date of term of office,

signature on oath and consents.

Control # 5 Local Laws 1970-current

1 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Legislature

The County Legislature may act to adopt, amend or repeal a local law. The law may relate to property, affairs of government of the county or any other subject matter of county concern.

Local Laws are enacted by the County Legislature and includes a wide variety of laws. For example the salary of the County Medical Examiner, the sale/display of drug related paraphernalia, deceptive trade practices and adoption of the County Charter. In 1975 it established the Rockland County Stream Control Act; in 1977 it amended the Real Property Tax Law to require map designations for recording conveyances of real property; in 1984 it granted permanent competitive Civil Service Status to the position of Deputy Sheriff, in 1999 it amended the Highway Law in relation to designating a portion of state highway system in Rockland County as "The Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway."

Control # Oaths and Bonds of Elected Officials 1918-1978

7.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Oath to uphold the United States and New York Constitutions.

Oaths and Bonds of Elected Officials for all five Rockland County towns. Oaths include name of elected official, position, signature and notary’s stamp and signature. Bonds include name of bonding company, name of elected official, sum of the bond and signature of parties involved.

Control #1 Board Of Supervisors Proceedings 1798-1969

13 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Board of Supervisors

The first meeting of the Rockland County Board of Supervisors was held on May 29, 1798. It’s governing board was comprised of the Supervisors of the four towns of Rockland county; Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Hempstead and Orangetown. Stony Point became the fifth town in 1865 when it was created from Haverstraw. In 1830 Hempstead changed its name to Ramapo.

Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors are the published minutes of the County’s legislative body’s meetings. The proceedings include, but are not limited to, minutes, resolutions; reports from all the county departments, financial reports and adopted budgets. In 1901 allegations were brought against the County Treasurer, William J. Randolph relating to missing funds. The investigation lasted until 1910, three years after Mr. Randolph died.

Control #1 Proceedings of the County Legislature 1970-9999

8 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Legislature

Until 1969 Rockland County was governed by a Board of Supervisors. Beginning in 1970, as directed by the Supreme Court, the county adopted a reapportionment plan and had an elected legislature. In 1984, the voters approved a charter for the government of the county and in 1986, the county elected its first County Executive.

Proceedings of the County Legislature are the published minutes of the County’s Legislative body’s meetings. The proceedings include, but are not limited to, minutes, resolutions, reports from all the county departments, financial reports and adopted budgets.

In 1984 the Legislature approved a 2% sales tax on all goods and services in the county.

Control # Resolutions for Clarkstown, Orangetown, 1900-1964;

Ramapo and Stony Point 1969-1972

.25 c.f. Chronological

Town Boards of Clarkstown, Orangetown, Ramapo, Haverstraw and Stony Point

 

Town Resolutions are issued by the town boards of Clarkstown, Orangetown, Ramapo, Haverstraw and Stony Point and the villages within each town. The resolutions create, extend or deny action on issues such as fire, water and sewer districts, renaming streets and sale of surplus property.

Control # Hudson Valley Atlas 1891

1 c.f. Geographical by location

 

Atlas of the Hudson Valley consists of maps of the Hudson Valley as far north as Albany. Each section’s maps, numbered from 1 to 14, are arranged from south to north and both show sides of the Hudson River. Rockland County appears in Sections 6-10.

Control # County Taking Maps 1906-1939

7 c.f. Highway Project

Rockland County Highway Department

 

Taking Maps are maps of the lands taken to construct county projects. Maps include roadways, elevations, contours, features, adjoining property owner, engineer and filing date.

Control # Map Index 1841-1925

1 c.f. Alphabetical by name of property owner

Rockland County Clerk

 

Map Index of Rockland County includes title of map or owner of property, location, date map surveyed, surveyor and remarks.

Control # New York State Thruway Taking Maps 1953

5 c.f. Numerical

New York State

 

New York State Thruway Taking Maps are maps and descriptions of property deemed necessary to be acquired for purposes connected with the Thruway System of the State of New York. Maps include location of parcel, owner’s names and boundary descriptions.

Control # Palisades Interstate Park Taking Maps 1912

1 c.f. Geographical

Commissioners of the Palisades Interstate Park

 

Palisades Interstate Park Taking Maps are maps of certain lands in Orange and Rockland Counties proposed to be taken by the Commissioners of the Palisades Interstate Park. Each map contains roads, waterways, location of parcel of land, size of parcel and name of property owner.

Control # Palisades Interstate Parkway Taking Maps 1945-1959

1 c.f. Geographical

 

Palisades Interstate Parkway Taking Maps are maps of lands in Rockland County to be taken by the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Maps include description and location of land, boundaries, plot map, file date and name of owner.

Control # Property Tax Maps for Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Nyack,

Orangetown, and Ramapo 1992; 1996; 1999

2.5 c.f. Numerical by Lot/Block Number

Towns of Clarkstown, Haverstraw and Orangetown

The tax map designations were changed and redrawn as follows: Clarkstown-1999; Haverstraw-1992; Orangetown-1996. There are no dates available for tax maps for Nyack and Ramapo.

Property Tax Maps for Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Nyack, Orangetown and Ramapo include the following information: name of property owner, the prior lot and block number and the new lot and block number.

Control # Ramapo Relief Project Maps 1930s

Random

This was a WPA project. The WPA (Works Progress Administration, later called the Works Projects Administration), was a New Deal Agency established in 1935 to aid the unemployed during the Great Depression. It was disbanded in 1943.

Ramapo Relief Project Maps consist of 20 maps showing projects in the Town of Ramapo, including road and bridge construction and stream containment. Maps show roads, waterways, bridges, location and date.

Control # Rockland Light and Power Maps 1951

.5 c.f. Geographical

Rockland Light and Power

 

Rockland Light and Power Maps are surveys and maps of easements and lands to be taken by the power company for the erection of transmission lines. Entries include location of the power line, properties line crosses, roadways and names of property owners.

Control # Subdivision Map Index 1822-1987

1 c.f. Alphabetical by property owner

Rockland County Clerk

 

Subdivision Map Index is filed with the County Clerk and includes name of property owner, name of subdivision, location or property, book and page where map can be found.

Control # Subdivision Maps 1822-1987 gaps

56 c.f. Geographical

 

Subdivision Maps of the five towns of Rockland County: Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point, contain plot maps, subdivision maps, maps of roads, sewer easements, railroads and Orange & Rockland Utility Company easements. Includes but is not limited to, survey date, filing date, plot, lot number. Some maps are blueprints.

Control # 185 Marriage Records 1908-1926

5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Marriage records include names of bride and groom; race, town of residence, age, occupation, place of birth, names of parents and their birthplaces, previous marriages, date of license, name and title of person officiating, names of witnesses and certificate of consent for underage persons.

Control # 185 Marriage License Affidavit 1908-1918

2.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

 

Marriage License Affidavit is a form that is signed by the bride, groom and clerk. It includes, but is not limited to, for the groom and bride: name, color, place of residence, age, occupation, place of birth, father’s name and place of birth, mother’s maiden name and place of birth. On the reverse is the Certificate of Consent for minors. A separate document, filed with the Marriage License Affidavit is the signed statement by the person performing the ceremony and two witnesses.

Control # 185 Marriage License Index 1926-1935

1.3 c.f. Alphabetical by surname

Rockland County Clerk

 

Marriage License Index contains an entry for the bride and groom. Each entry includes name of bride and groom, license number, year of marriage and in most cases, the volume number and date.

Control # Marriage Licenses 1926-1935

3.5 c.f. Chronological by file date

Rockland County Clerk

A copy of the Marriage License and Marriage Certificate is filed in the Office of the County Clerk once a month. The original is filed with the New York State Department of Health.

Marriage Licenses include, but are not limited to, county, town, registration number, name, race, residence, age, date of birth, father’s name and place of birth, mother’s maiden name and place of birth.

Control # 185 Marriage Records Index 1908-1925

1 c.f. Alphabetical by surname

Rockland County Clerk

 

Marriage Records Index contains an entry for the bride and groom. It includes names of bride and groom, certificate number, year of marriage and, in most cases, volume number and date.

Control # 185 Declaration of Intention 1812-1985

5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Aliens wishing to become United States citizens are required to file a Declaration of Intention to Become a Citizen of the United States. This is the first document filed in the naturalization process.

Declaration of Intention consists of documents filed by aliens wishing to become United States citizens. Prior to 1906, the documents may include as little as only the alien’s name and nationality or as much as his name, residence, occupation, age, date and place of birth, date of arrival in United States, port of entry, name of witness. After 1906, additional information such as foreign address, name of ship, alien registration number and spouse’s name was included.

Control # 21000 Naturalization Final Papers 1836-1895

2 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America is the final step in the naturalization process before issuance of the Naturalization Certificate.

Final Papers contain the applicant’s name, residence, statement of witness and signed Oath of Allegiance by applicant.

Control # Naturalization Records Index 1896-1982

.5 c.f. Alphabetical by surname

Rockland County Clerk

All Petitions for Naturalization referred to in this series, and naturalization records filed on or after December 12, 1982 are indexed in the "General Index to Court Papers."

Index to Naturalization Records include name of petitioner, town of residence, date of hearing, book and number where recorded.

Control # 21000 Petition and Record 1880-1991

38 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Petition and Record (Declarations) is the second paper filed by an alien. The document is generated by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), previously called the Department of Commerce and Labor, Naturalization Service. It is filed with the County Court and asks that citizenship be granted and declares the petitioners allegiance to the United States. Affidavit of Witness attests that the witness knows the petitioner.

Petition and Record contains any or all of the following information on each form: name of alien applying for citizenship, residence, occupation, age, date of birth, physical description, place of birth, ship’s name, date and port of arrival, spouse’s name, date and place of birth, names and ages of children, name and address of witness, alien registration number and citizen certification. Witness of Affidavit contains the witness’ name, address, citizenship and length of acquaintance with the petitioner.

Control # 21000 Petitions Index 1929-1992

1.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

The Petition for Naturalization is filed a few years after the Declaration of Intention (first papers).

Petitions Index consists of list of petitions granted and not granted, numbered 1,696 through 10,690. Each entry contains petitioner’s name and the petition number.

Control # 21000 Naturalization Certificate Receipts 1907-1925

1 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

The receipt consists of two-parts; one part is retained by the County Clerk the other part is given to the Petitioner.

Receipts for Naturalization Certificates contain the following information: Certificate of Naturalization number, date of issuance, recipient’s name, name/age/address of wife, name/age of minor children.

Control # 21000 Repatriation Applications 1937-1950

.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

Repatriations are applied for by women of United States birth who lost their citizenship through marriage to a foreign national and wish to regain their citizenship.

Repatriation Applications include the following information: name of applicant, date and place of birth, date of marriage, husband’s name and nationality and date of return to the United States.

Control # Orange County Deeds 1756-1798

.5 c.f. Chronological

Orange County Clerk

Rockland County was part of Orange County until 1798.

 

Orange County Deeds include name of grantor and grantee, location and description of property, date of sale and witnesses present.

Control # Orange County Mortgages 1703-1855

.5 c.f. Alphabetical

Orange County Clerk

Rockland County was part of Orange County until 1798.

 

Orange County Mortgages include the names of all parties involved, location and description of property and amount of the mortgage.

Control # 1 Planning Board Minutes 1935-current

4 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Planning Department

Planning Board Minutes are the proceedings of meetings held by the Planning Board.

Control # Dr. Yeager Oral History July 1998

.5 c.f.

Rockland County Archives

Dr. Yeager was a pioneer in health care for the chronically ill. When it was discovered that he had tuberculosis, he was sent to a sanatorium in Saranac Lake, NY. It was there that he gained great knowledge in treating chest and pulmonary diseases. When the opportunity arose for Dr. Yeager to move to Rockland County and head the Summit Park Hospital, he gladly accepted the position. Under his tutelage Summit Park Hospital became a chronic-care facility for long-term illness patients. To honor Dr. Yeager, the Summit Park Hospital was renamed the Dr. Robert Yeager Health Center on February 22, 1987.

Dr. Yeager’s Oral History is a 13-page book compiled from an interview conducted by Lauren Filor on July 14, 1998. Dr. Yeager discusses his life from his birth in Mineral Springs, Texas to the realization of his dream in the creation of the Health Center.

Control # "It’s About Time" Newsletter 1989-2000

2.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Archive

The first issue of "It’s About Time", the newsletter of the Rockland County Archives, appeared in August 1989.

"It’s About Time" is the newsletter of the Rockland County Archives. It is devoted to the history of Rockland County, its people, culture and government. Articles include events leading up to Rockland’s split from Orange County (Issue #I), Rockland County 1990 Census and U.S. Supreme Court decision (Issue #II), a history of ferry service in Rockland County (Issue #III), the Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY (Issue #IV), Revolutionary War Pensions (Issue #IV), The Nyack Turnpike (Issue #V), Declarations of Intention (Issue #VI).

Control # Tidbits Gleaned from the Minutes of the Board of Supervisors 1998

1 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Archives

This research material was compiled by Frank Smith Schnell, Jr. in 1998 as an historical resource. It covers the Board of Supervisors meetings from the first meeting in 1798 through 1950. Mr. Schnell makes personal and historical observations throughout.

Tidbits Gleaned from the Minutes of the Board of Supervisor’s are notes and annotations from meetings compiled by Frank Smith Schnell, Jr. This three-volume set, entitled "Tidbits Gleaned from the Minutes of the Meetings, Board of Supervisors, Rockland County, NY 1798-1950," includes interesting historical facts relating to the members of the boards and their activities. There is a listing of the members serving on each Board.

Control # 592 Revolver and Pistol Applications 1922-1979

2 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

 

Revolver and Pistol Applications include applicant’s name, number, date of filing, and by whom license was issued.

Control # 364 School Reports 1852-1961

8 c.f. Chronological

School Districts of Rockland County

This series includes Annual Trustee Reports by district which are filed with the town clerks and Annual Reports to the NY State Department of Education.

The Trustee Reports are financial reports detailing the year’s school expenses by district including salaries of teachers. Includes, but is not limited to, number of students enrolled, number and names of teachers, monies received and paid out and length of school term. Reports to the NY State Department of Education include information about facilities, equipment and supplies, financial reports by school district. Some reports may include the names and ages of all school age children in the district with the names of their parents.

Control # 364 School District #3 Tax Rolls, Ledgers,

Financial Reports for Clarkstown 1885-1928

4 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Clerk

School District #3 was the Village of Congers. In 1949 the Clarkstown Unified School System was formed which included all the villages and hamlets in Clarkstown.

School District #3 Tax Rolls, Ledgers, Financial Reports for Clarkstown includes amount charged and paid for properties within the district, by section and lot, value and tax. (1912-1914).

Ledgers of unpaid taxes (1905-1928).

Financial reports (1888-1913, gaps).

Control # Battle of Stony Point Reference Materials

1.5 c.f. Subject

Rockland County Archives

The Battle of Stony Point, NY took place during the Revolutionary War on July 15, 1779. British General Sir Henry Clinton and 1000 men set up an encampment at Stony Point hoping to lure General George Washington from West Point. Washington sent General Anthony Wayne and his elite Corps of light Infantry to surprise attack Clinton. Wayne’s men overtook Clinton’s in 15 minutes of fierce fighting.

The Battle of Stony Point Reference Materials consists of several 8 x 10 envelopes containing photocopies of reference material relating to the Battle of Sony Point, Rockland County, NY. Each envelope is devoted to one military subject, i.e. maps and excerpts from publications: The Sandwich Papers, British Army Regiments, The History of the British Army. These materials were used by Frank Leonard for articles on British regiments fighting at Stony Point.

Control # Courthouse Plans and Papers 1926-1935

2 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Department of General Services/Facilities Management

At the May 11, 1926 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, an advisory committee was formed to investigate the condition of the courthouse. The committee found that the courthouse was antiquated and entirely inadequate, records were in constant danger of fire and the jail did not meet legal requirements. The committee recommended that a new courthouse be erected and the present courthouse be remodeled to accommodate the offices of the Sheriff, District Attorney and others. The plan was adopted and a new courthouse was built.

Courthouse Plans and Papers include minutes of the meetings of the advisory committee (1926-1930), correspondence (1926-1935), contractor bids and architectural drawings of the courthouse (1928).

Control # Joyce Kilmer Poem about Suffern, NY Oct 1924

Page Fence & Wire Products Association

"The Property Owner’s Magazine" was published by Page Fence Wire Products Association of Chicago, Illinois. The Association distributed wire link products made by Page Steel and Wire Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut and was part of the American Chain Company, Inc.

This issue of "The Property Owner’s Magazine" contains a poem written by Joyce Kilmer entitled, "The House With Nobody In It." Kilmer is referring to a house in Suffern along the railroad tracks. It is believed that Kilmer, who lived in Mahwah, NJ, often walked to Suffern.

Control # Revolutionary War Soldiers Depositions 1821

.3 c.f. Chronological

Court of Common Pleas

Revolutionary War soldiers were required to file depositions to qualify for a pension for their service.

Revolutionary War Soldiers Depositions consist of 23 documents containing soldier’s name, year of birth, date of enlistment, name of unit served in, an accounting of income and real and personal property owned.

Control # 70 Rockland County Community College Papers 1959-1995

Rockland County Community College

This collection documents the history of the college which was founded in 1959.

The Rockland County Community College Papers consist of newspapers of the College, Board of Trustees minutes and Senate minutes, reports, pictures, the first poster for RCC, press releases and photographs.

Control # Spring Valley Collection 1845-1985

2 c.f. Random

Donated by the Finkelstein Library

 

The Spring Valley Collection includes photographs, postcards, books, scrapbooks, albums, journals and newspaper articles touching a wide variety of subjects relating to Spring Valley. Of note is a large number of class and team pictures from Spring Valley High School, 1901-1929 and detailed photographs of Memorial Park from its construction through dedication in 1947.

Control # War Casualty List and Correspondence 1917-1923,1946-1949

.8 c.f. Chronological

State of New York, Division of Veterans Affairs

World War II Casualty lists are comprised of the New York State Summary of U.S. Navy War Casualties, 1946; New York State Honor List of Dead and Missing, June 1946, lists of New York State European War Dead, Oct 1947-Dec. 1948, lists of New York State Pacific War Dead 1947-Feb. 1949.

World War I correspondence from the Rockland County Messenger, a Haverstraw, NY newspaper, includes letter and replies sent to the newspaper recounting local servicemen’s experiences during the war.

Control # Report to the Nyack Water Works Company Sept 1986

Joseph B. Rider, C.E., Norwalk, CT

Prior to the passage of the General Water Works Act, some residents of Nyack, for their own convenience, laid pipe from an adjoining spring or springs to their private residences and were supplied with water. The number of residents connecting kept increasing until it became necessary to enlarge the storage capacity at the springs; as a result, the Winterbottom Reservoir came into being. From this the Water Works System developed and by 1896 embraced 13 miles of pipelines, five reservoirs, a modern pumping station and a deep well. Water was supplied to nearly all the residents of the Nyacks for domestic and industrial purposes and fire protection.

The Report to the Nyack Water Works Company is a record of condemnation proceedings in the Village of Nyack vs. The Nyack Water Works Company, including an estimate of the value of the Water Works and descriptions of several reservoirs (Perry, High Service, Browning, Main Street). There is a "Table Showing Cost to Construct the Plant."

Control # Ramapo Valley Airport Plan Sept 1985

Ramapo Valley Airport Board

The Ramapo Valley Airport, a 72 acre facility located entirely within the Township of Clarkstown, existed as early as 1939. Through the 1950s and 1960s the airport experienced both the loss and addition of land. The airport withstood the gas crunch of the 1970s and expanded its charter service during the Air Controllers Strike in 1982. In the early 1980s, the FAA designated the airport as a Reliever in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. In 1984, the owners were awarded a $40,500 grant to have a comprehensive airport master plan prepared.

The Ramapo Valley Airport Plan includes inventory of existing airport facilities, local, and regional planning documents, statistics on land use and a map of the geographic area.

Control # Guardianship Bond Records 1887-1928

.5 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Surrogate Court

 

The Record of Bonds for Guardianship includes the name of the minor, the guardian’s name and the appointment of a guardian. In the case of a deceased person it includes the name and appointment of an administrator or executor. Also included are the names of the officer of the bonding company. The American Surety Company was frequently named as the bonding company.

Control # Estate Records 1798-1914 (See RC Surrogate Court for post-1914 records)

10 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Surrogate Court

 

Estate Records contain the documents relating to the settlement of an estate. The estate records for each named decedent includes but is not limited to, any combination of the following documents: Letters of Administration (1798-1994); Administrator’s Bond (1893-1967); Letter of Testamentary (1978-1994); Letter of Testamentary Trustee (1930-1998); Widow’s Dower (1834-1854): Real Estate Decree (1802-1989); Decree of Accounting (1830-1990); Release from Creditor (1909-1998); Letter of Guardianship (1883-1997); Guardian’s Bond (1890-1957); and Release of Guardians (1889-1936).

Control # Estate Settlements 1920-1933

.3 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Surrogate Court

 

Estate Settlements is an accounting of the proceedings of the administrator in the judicial settlement of an estate involving periodic payments. It includes name of the administrator, names of the decedent and/or heirs, date and amount of payment and the balance due.

Control # Surrogate Court Records General Index 1798-1985

1 c.f. Alphabetical

Surrogate Court

 

General Index to Surrogate Court Records include name of decedent/estate, date of death, date of probate, book (liber), and page number where will and other estate records are recorded.

Control # Accounting Decrees (Index) 1832-1927

.3 c.f. Alphabetical by surname

Rockland County Surrogate Court

 

Index to Decrees of Accounting includes name of deceased/estate, residence of deceased, book (liber) and page number, date of decree.

Control # Letters of Testamentary (Index) 1798-1927

.3 c.f. Alphabetical

Rockland County Surrogate Court

Index to Letters of Testamentary include name of deceased, residence of deceased, book (liber) and page number and date letters issued.

Control # Wills Index 1798-1966

Chronological

Rockland County Surrogate Court

 

Index to Wills includes name, age, relationship, service of citation and information such as probate date, date of death, letter of administration, letter of testamentary and special proceedings.

Control # Surrogate Court Minutes 1798-1990

Chronological

Rockland County Surrogate Court

 

Surrogate Court Minutes is a listing of the probate of an estate. It includes the name of deceased, date of death, person delivering will to court and relationship to deceased, name of person reporting intestate death, date will proved, name of executor(s) sworn by court.

Control # Surrogate Court and Trust Fund Register 1789-1907

.3 c.f. Alphabetical

Rockland County Surrogate Court

This is a register of the monies directed by the Surrogate Court to be deposited with the County Treasurer.

Surrogate Court and Trust Fund Register includes name of deceased/estate, decree number, date decree filed, name of person(s) to whom money is to be paid and amount of money.

Control # 50180 Wills 1798-1965 (See RC Surrogate Court for post-1965 records)

Chronological

Rockland County Surrogate’s Court

 

Wills are the original documents filed in the name of deceased, including name of person making the will, date and the body of the will.

Control # Wills of Rockland Residents Filed in Orange County 1781-1796

.3 c.f. Chronological

Rockland County Surrogate Court

 

Wills of Rockland Residents filed in Goshen, New York, are handwritten transcriptions of original wills.

Control # Unpaid Accounts 1876-1892

2 c.f. Geographical by Town

Rockland County Treasurer

 

Accounts of Unpaid Property Taxes for both resident and non-resident property owners and includes name of property owner, locations of property, number of acres, amount of tax due, when paid and by whom.

Control # Returned Taxes and Tax Ledgers for Clarkstown,

Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point 1933-1981

49 c.f. Chronological

Receiver of Taxes in Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point

Property Taxes are assessed by individual towns. Taxes that are not paid by May of the tax year are turned over to the County Finance Department as Returned Taxes. The County, in turn, pays the towns the uncollected taxes and then collects the taxes from the individuals. Payments are made directly to the County Department of finance.

Returned Taxes and Tax Ledgers for Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point are the records of each town’s unpaid property taxes (excluding school taxes). Information includes but is not limited to, name of property owner, description of property, amount of tax owed, amount of tax paid and by whom.

Control # Accounts of Unpaid Taxes 1876-1892

2 c.f. Geographical by Town

Rockland County Treasurer

 

Accounts of Unpaid Property Taxes for both resident and non-residents property owners and includes name of property owner, locations of property, number of acres, amount of tax due, when paid and by whom.

Control # 657 Tax & Assessment Records 1855-1964

300 c.f. Chronological

Town Assessor’s Office

Records from the five (5) towns that make up Rockland County: Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo, Stony Point.

Tax & Assessment Records contain information regarding the taxes collected from residents and non-residents of the five towns of Rockland County. Each volume is dedicated to one town for one calendar year beginning in 1855. The Stony Point volumes begin in 1865. Each entry includes name of property owner, description of property, assessed value of the property, amount of tax owed, when and by whom paid and date of payment.