available in libraries, from used booksellers, on microfilm or in reprint
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Queens Co., (NY & Chi: Chapman Publishing Co, 1896, 1204 pages)
    Short biographical sketches composed by Chapman staff writers from material submitted by the individuals included in the volume (typically, businessmen and politicians).
    Can be found at Queens Central Library and in many genealogical libraries. Heritage Quest has this book on microfilm.
    It can also be rented from LDS catalog at local FHCs. FHL reel# 962528, and another filming on reel# 934847.

  • History of Queens County, New York: With Illustrations, Portraits, and Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals. (1882, New York : W. W. Munsell and Co., 576 pages, with illustrations and map)
    Can be found at Queens Central Library and several Queens branch libraries and in many genealogical libraries. Heritage Quest has on microfilm.
    FHL reel# 1425619 Item 2

  • History of the Town of Flushing, Long Island, New York, by Henry D. Waller. (1899. Index. 73 pages)
    Heritage Quest has on microfiche.

  • History of Long Island City: A Record of its Early Settlement & Corporate Progress, Sketches of the Villages that Were Absorbed...with Some Notice of the Men who Built the City. By J.S. Kelsey. (1896, Long Isl. Star; 202 pages, reprinted 1997 by Higginson Books
    Carried by Higginson Books ($29.00)

  • Annals of Newtown, Queen's County, Containing its History from its Settlement...with Many Interesting Facts Concerning the Adjacent Towns. With genealogies. By James Riker. (1852, 437 pages)
    1992 reprint available at Higginson Books ($47.00)

  • Description of private and family cemeteries in the Borough of Queens by Charles Underhill Powell (Topographical bureau) and Alice Henshaw Meigs (editor)
    (1932, Queensborough Public Library, 81 pages, including maps. This edition had a print-run of 500 copies). Surveys and gravestone transcriptions of Cemeteries that were still in existence at the time of the various surveys.
    Higginson Books carries a reprint of the 1932 edition ($16.50).
    The LDS also has this on FHL reel# 844958 Item 5
    Note: Queens Central Library (Long Island Room) has a typescript supplement to this volume published in 1974. It includes several more cemeteries, surveyed in 1935.
  • Abstracts of Wills for Queens County, 1787-1850. Compiled by Ray C. Sawyer. (1937, reprinted 1997)
    Higginson Books has the four volumes for $49 or $14.50 each. Volume I, 1787-1813; Volume II, 1813-28; Volume III, 1828-43; Volume IV, 1843-50.
    FHL reel# 860322 Items 1-4

  • Deaths Reported by the Long Islander, 1878-1890, David Roberts (1998, Paperback, Date Published: August 1998
    $20.80 at B&N

  • Queens Street Name Cross Reference Study of Neighborhood Statistics, Queens House Numbers in Health Areas, Section 4 of Study 10 of the Research Bureau of the Welfare Council, published by the Research Bureau, Welfare Council of New York City, 1934.
    Cross reference of old to new Queens street names. I have only seen this at Queens Central Library (Long Island Room)

  • Story of Union Congregational Church, Richmond Hill, NY. by Queens Co. 1947, 102p.

  • Genealogical resources in New York, Estelle M. Guzik (Editor) (2003, Jewish Genealogical Society, 418 pages) An essential guidebook to New York genealogy.
    Can be ordered directly from the Jewish Genealogical Society. Also available from the usual online sources.

  • Old Queens, N.Y. in Early Photographs, Vincent F. Seyfried, William Asadorian (Dover paperback, 1991, 192 pages, 261 photographs)
    Highly recommended (by me). Well researched, printed and inexpensive ($12.95).
    Still in print and at B & N and Amazon.com and NYC's Citybook store

  • An annotated bibliography of the history of Queens County, New York / by Mary A. Glascock. Mary A. Glascock, (Typescript, 1977, Queens College, Flushing , NY; 109 leaves : maps) Held at many Queens library branches.
    A research guide to the history of the borough of Queens and its neighborhoods: bibliography, chronology, and other aids. Queens, NY: Dept. of History, Queens College, The City University of New York, 1983.
    This can be found at several branches of the Queens Public Library [MARION catalog]

  • Old Calvary Cemetery: New Yorkers Carved in Stone (Rosemary Muscarella Ardolina.. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc, 1996, 549 pages, illustrations, map, name index).
    Transcriptions of gravestones which name place of birth in the "Old" section of Calvary, the earliest large Catholic cemetery in Queens.
    List, $76; discounted at B&N

  • Bishop Loughlin's dispensations, diocese of Brooklyn - Vol 1 - 1859-1866 Joseph Silinonte, 7901 4th Ave - D6, Brooklyn, NY 11209, self published July 1996.
    Lists and cross-references individuals who married within the Diocese of Brooklyn between 1859 and 1855, and who applied for a dispensation from the standard procedures or waiting period. Does not give reasons for application, but lists date, address and place of birth of bride and groom, and parents names and places of birth.
    $35. Can be found in some libraries or purchased directly from the author through his Web site No Stones Unturned

Vendors and
Queens Public Library [ Long Island Division] [ [MARION catalog]
Queens Historical Society
Higginson Books has the largest collection of reprinted historical material on Queens that I've found.
NYC's Citybook store
Mitch's New York Genealogy Bookstore
Genealogy Source Catalog

Also try these used booksellers:
Advanced Book Exchange (ABEbooks) combined catalogs of a world-wide group of used book dealers. Find obscure books all over the world and deal directly with sellers.
bibliofind.com similar to ABE
lights.com searches publisher's catalogs
Alibris similar to ABE and bibliofind, but adds a handling charge
Barnes & Noble's OOP book search
Or try Cyndi's List on booksellers
a NY bibliography


May 2005 Patty Fagan pfagan@compuserve.com