Westchester County Historical Society


Collections – Indexes and Finding Aids

Online Indexes

Indexes to several of our collections are available online, as well as a listing of recent acquisitions to the library:

Recent Acquisitions 
Biography Listings 
Cemetery Listings  
Church Records on Microfilm 
French Scrapbooks Index
Hays Family Papers
Index to Mackenzie’s “The Families of the Colonial Manor of Philipsburg” 
Jiggetts Collection
McDonald Papers Index: Volume 1 A-L | Volume 2 M-U | Volume 3 V-Z, Locations
Mead Family Papers Inventory 
Odell Family Papers
Richard Maass Collection on Arnold/Andre 
The Westchester Historian index, 1925 – 1989
The Westchester Historian index, 1990 – 2019

Online Collections Database

The Westchester County Historical Society online collections database contains more than 90,000 photo records and 12,000 library records,  including finding aids for nearly 150 special collections. This database does not include all of our holdings, but new records are  being added on a regular basis.

The Virtual Archives is a collaborative effort of the Westchester County Archives and the Westchester County Historical Society, presenting the best examples of Westchester’s public and private documents.

Collections and Finding Aids

Books and Pamphlets
The Historical Society has over 6000 titles of published books and pamphlets on every aspect of Westchester County, its cities, towns and villages, as well as biographical materials on Westchester people. The Richard Maass Collection on Arnold/Andre is comprised of published works on Benedict Arnold, John Andre and their plot to betray the American cause in the Revolutionary War. (A list of the titles in this special collection is available on request.)

Genealogy Collection
The Genealogy Collection is a rich resource with over 600 published family histories, 80-plus volumes of cemetery listings (a surname index is available in the reading room), church records of approximately 30 Westchester County churches, census information, listings of marriages and deaths compiled from local newspapers, 1828-1896, and genealogy files of over 2,800 Westchester families. Also part of this collection is the unpublished typescript of noted genealogist Grenville Mackenzie titled, “The Families of the Colonial Manor of Philipsburg.” This important compilation contains genealogical data of over 200 families who were tenants of Philipsburg Manor prior to the Revolution. Genealogical periodicals in the collection include the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, Connecticut Ancestry, New Netherland Connections, and the American Genealogist. A periodical index is available in the reading room.

The Manuscripts Collection includes the papers of several families in Westchester, including the Mead family of Waccabuc, the Wood family of Bedford, the Brown family of Rye, the Hays family of Pleasantville (the earliest Jewish family in Westchester), and others. Additional primary source materials include diaries, account books, autograph books, church records, public records (especially Yonkers), school records and the records of organizations and associations, including the Pelham Manor Protective Club, 1881-1892; the Westchester County Temperance Society, 1829-1848; Palisades Boat Club, Yonkers, 1866-1936; and the Village Park Association, White Plains, 1898-1927.

Additional holdings available for research on Westchester families

Scharf’s History of Westchester County (colonial – 1886)
Mackenzie’s “Families of the Colonial manor of Philipsburg” (colonial – early 1800’s)
McDonald Papers (Revolutionary Period)
French’s Scrapbook Collection (1880 – 1925)
Marriage and death notices from Westchester newspapers (1830 – 1875)
Pelletreau’s Early Wills of Westchester (1664 – 1784) and New York Historical Society “Abstract of Wills” (1665 – 1800)
Genealogy Files (by family name)
Periodical Index (WCHS holdings – includes NYG&B Record, Connecticut Ancestry, TAG, local Westcheter periodicals)
Cemetery index (WCHS holdings – 18th-20th century)
Manuscripts index (WCHS holdings – mostly 19th century)
The Westchester Historian (WCHS quarterly, published 1925 – current)
Colonial censuses and Federal censuses, 1790 – 1840, 1850 – 1930
County almshouse records (ca. 1880 – 1908)
Orphanage records: Children’s Village, Lincoln Hall, Wartburg, Graham-Windham (19th- 20th centuries)
Church records (microfilmed records of approximately 30 Westchester Churches)
Other (local histories, published military records, etc.)