New York County Clerk

June 30th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve been researching at the Municipal Archives.  These pictures are actually from the County Clerk’s office on the 7th floor.  It was suggested that I go up there and take a look around, and I suspect if they let me, I could find a lot of buried treasure here.  I couldn’t take pictures everywhere, but this what you see when the elevator doors open.  (More below.)

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This is the view turning left.

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I love places like this. But the best part was a storeroom in the back, that is where the buried treasure is (I’m sure it’s there). I wasn’t allowed to photograph back there, which was fine. It was the kind of place where I could spend weeks exploring if they’d let me.

Maps, and ledgers and books of minutes for meetings from the 1800’s, photographs, so much city history I was practically hyperventilating. One of the archivists there kindly xeroxed a picture I came across of Jumel Place that I wanted to send to people I recently met who have a house there.

Maybe I should write a guide to how to find what. For instance, I noticed piles of maps which among other things, showed who lived where at the time that the maps were drawn. I know historians and genealogists could really use a lot of the information buried there. And I’m sure there are plenty of people who know it’s there, but still. I wonder.

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  1. 3 Responses to “New York County Clerk”

  2. By Richard Rose on Jul 1, 2009

    The metal detector people would buy your book on Colonial Home sites of NYC especially if gps coords were included. I found a book on Amazon last year called Dead Towns of AL. I have really enjoyed it.
    Oh btw I have a new stray kitten. Founfd at the Library. Minor cuts and blistered front feet. Doing much better now. Why oh why? I don’t even want to guess about it.
    Rich

  3. By Stacy Horn on Jul 3, 2009

    I would love a book like Dead Towns of AL(abama?).

    And thank you for taking care of the kitten. You are a good person.

  4. By Richard Rose on Jul 4, 2009

    The Vet says he’s 9 to 10 weeks old.. checked pos. for feline lukemia. So sad,however, Vet says there is a chance he could fight it off with luck. He sleeps draped around my neck,although, much less insecure and romping now.

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