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Long Island Genealogy

Group for anyone digging into their Long Island, New York roots! (Includes the counties of Queens, Nassau, Kings, and Suffolk)

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Comment by John J. Tierney on July 17, 2010 at 7:32pm
@Michael I live down the road from the Old First Church in Huntington. Have you inquired with them if they have records available?

While I live here I don't have any ancestors from the area so am not sure about records availability here in general. But I'd be glad to stop by at the church and take a look if so.

(I do know the current church was built in 1784 after the British tore down the previous one, so older records may have been destroyed at that time as well.)

Also, in case you haven't checked there are a few Woods buried in the Huntington Historic cemetery across and down the road a bit. You can find a listing on Findagrave here:

It is a fairly well covered cemetery on Findagrave, but I just added a few new stone photos and can look for more if needed.

You can use the messaging features here on the group to contact me if you like... Good luck!
Comment by Michael Wood on July 17, 2010 at 6:32pm
I am having a very difficult time locating any info on the parents of Joseph Wood, Born January 25th, 1755 in Long Island. Joseph Wood was Christened in March 1755 at the First Church, Huntington, Suffolk, New York, per my research and findings in "The New York genealogical and biographical record, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society."

Any Help would be greatfully appreciated!
Comment by Donna Gates-Smeall on June 25, 2010 at 9:19pm
Much of my mother's family emigrated to New York from England, Germany and Ireland. They ended up in Huntington Station, Westchester County, NY. Family name is Wessel/Wefsel/Wessells/Wessell. If anyone has any genealogical records for these family names, I would gladly trade GEDCOMs via CD ROM so we can update our genealogies.
Comment by Judi Palmquist on May 6, 2010 at 12:53pm
My search here today is for a decendant of Randolph Westerfield living on Long Island, I know that this woman's name is Frances as was her mothers. Her Uncle Randolph Jr. was a friend of mine here in CA. Randy Westerfield was married to Barbara, she died in 2000 and Randy at age 92 or 93 in 2006? I have many papers that I would likee her to have.
Comment by Frances Hagaman Vannest Powell on May 5, 2010 at 5:50pm
Hi Christine,
Yes, I'm also on Ancestry. My family tree's not on there - I made the mistake of putting all of my husband's and my genealogy on one tree and it was too big to download to Ancestry.
My 3rd great grandfather was Jacob Vannest. His son, Peter Bergen Vannest, born in 1809 in New Jersey. Peter married Rhoda Ketchum and their son, David, was my great grandfather. David has been a frequently used name in our Vannest line, along with Peter and Jacob.

Peter and Rhoda migrated to Ohio after marriage. Their other children’s names were Phebe J., Lewis, Cornelius, John, Tipton, Luther?, and Sarah E. All the children were born in Ohio. David and Tipton both moved on to Iowa when grown. David, my great grandfather, married Mary Jane Miller, and they had Jacob Tipton Vannest, my grandfather, who married Lucy Boyd Clements.

One of my other Dutch lines is Hagaman, descendents of Adriaen Hegeman, who immigrated from the Netherlands to New Amsterdam, then Flatbush, then his grandchildren to New Jersey to Somerset County area. The Vannests and Hagamans appear to have mingled more than once, for the name Hagaman Vannest shows up in the census.

I have one Swartwout, Nora, born June 6, 1969 in Michigan, married 1890, died 22 Mar 1945 in Merced County, California. She married Robert Weyer in Doniphan County, Kansas. Other than that, the only name that appears is a Davis in 1926.
Comment by Christine Kay Olsen-Needham on May 5, 2010 at 10:59am
Hi Frances! Yes, I have info on early VanNest family. My tree is on Are you on there too? I can send you an invitation to view my tree, if you like.
My nearest VanNest is Judith VanNest who was born 30 Sept, 1685 in New Amsterdam, NY. and died 19 Oct, 1762 in Somerset Co., NJ (Judith married Peter Broucard/Brokaw) She was the daughter of Pieter Pietersen VanNest born 1653 in Somerset, NJ and Margaret Crocheron born 1664 in Flatbush, Kings, NY.
Pieter VanNest's father was also Pieter Pietersen VanNest born 1625 in Albany, Albany, NY and died 20 Mar, 1697 in Brooklyn, Kings, NY. He married Judith Rapalje born 5 July, 1635 in Fort Orange, Albany, NY.
This Pieter's father was Pieter VanNest born 1600 in Nes, Ameland Island, Friesland, Nederlands and died 1665 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Nederlands. I don't know the name of his wife, but she was born in 1604 also in Nederlands and died 1690 In Amsterdam. They were married in 1624.
Pieter's father was Antonin VanNeste born 1534 but I don't know where and died 1619 in Utrecht, Utrecht, Nederlands. Pieter's mother is unnamed.
Antonin's father is unnamed, but his mother is Ergeae C born in 1505 but I don't know where.

My Dutch branches are very tangled and inter-married. Here are some of the names in that part of my tree: VanNest, Broucard/Brokaw, Crocheron, Rapalje, Trico, Decker, Bogaert, Swartwout, Van Middleswardt, Le Fever/Le Febre, Custard/Kuster, Davis (Norwegian), and Op Den Graeff. Do any of these names appear in your tree?
Comment by Barbara M Leydecker on April 25, 2010 at 9:09pm
@John Tierney
Thanks for the links, they may come in handy!
I think I am going to try to find a certificate giving permission to transport the body from Rochester to Long Island. Perhaps the cemetery will be on there, or at least the LI funeral home.
Comment by John J. Tierney on April 24, 2010 at 6:53pm
@Barbara M Leydecker
Well, I'm not sure of any cemeteries further into the current Nassau & Suffolk counties that were active in 1874. But, when it came to folks dying in NYC, Queens is a good place to look and First Calvary is owned by the Archdiocese of NY. Again, you need death or burial date for them to look anything up.

Some more info on First Calvary:

I was also going to suggest you look at the NYC death indexes at so you could try to find a death certificate number for your g-grandfather but those indexes don't go back to 1874.

But, good to know if any later searches come up for you. Good luck!
Comment by Barbara M Leydecker on April 24, 2010 at 11:22am
I know it's not much information. All I know is my great great grandfather died in NYC in early 1874 and his widow died in Rochester in 1927. Her family shipped her body to be buried in Long Island. I'm guessing they would only spend that money if it was to bury her next to her husband.
Comment by Frances Hagaman Vannest Powell on April 23, 2010 at 9:45am
Hey, Christine, sorry I took so long to answer. I've traced my Vannest's back to Peter Bergen Vannest b. 1809 in New Jersey, and his father was Jacob Vannest, time and place of birth unknown to me right now. I feel sure, given their migration patterns that they were part of the New Netherlands group originally, as were my Hagaman ancesters. I just haven't spent as much time on the Vannest's as I have on the Hagaman's. Do you have early information on Van Nest?

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