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Subject: Jackie Blair WALKER obituary 2000
Date: 4 Dec 2004 17:26:17 -0700
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On 12/3/04 (11:07:36 AM MST), in a posting to the Suffolk County Ancestry Board that was 'gatewayed' to , Jonna Parish () asked,
"I am helping a friend obtain a copy of an obituary for Jackie Blair Walker b. 1937 in TN, and died 2000 in possibly Melville, NY. Seems to be NY, NY area for sure."
For questions such as yours, you may want to contact the Half Hollow Hills Community Library (the library can suggest which local newspaper might have this information and other possible sources of information):
Half Hollow Hills Community Library
510 Sweet Hollow Road
Melville, NY 11747
The pertinent geography:
First called Sunsquams by the Indians, and in the 17th century was named Samuel Ketcham's Valley, after one of the early settlers, and, still later, the area became known as Sweet Hollow, Melville is a hamlet (unincorporated area) in the southwest part of the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County, along the Huntington/Babylon town lines and along the Suffolk/Nassau county line (along the Huntington/Oyster Bay town line). There are 4 villages (municipal corporations) and 15 hamlets all or partly in the Town of Huntington. There are no cities and 10 towns in Suffolk County. There are 2 Indian reservations in Suffolk County. (I'm including after my name a NYS Geographic Glossary with the NYS definitions of county, city, town, village, hamlet and postal zone.)
Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Hamlet of Melville in the Town of Huntington is bordered on the north by the Hamlet of West Hills and the Hamlet of South Huntington; on the east by the Hamlet of Dix Hills; on the south by the Hamlet of Wheatley Heights, the Hamlet of Wyandanch and the Hamlet of East Farmingdale in the Town of Babylon (the Huntington/Babylon town line); and, on the west by the Hamlet of Old Bethpage and the Hamlet of Plainview in the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County (the Suffolk/Nassau county line).
And, as occurs in every one of Suffolk County's 157 communities (0 cities, 31 villages and 126 hamlets), the Hamlet of Melville has a different border than does the "Melville, NY 11747" postal zone (i.e., a place can have a Melville mailing address and not be in Melville and a place can have other than a Melville mailing address and be in Melville). Those places that have a "Melville, NY" mailing address that are not in the Hamlet of Melville are in the Hamlet of West Hills, the Hamlet of South Huntington and the Hamlet of Wheatley Heights; and, at the same time, there are places in the Melville with a "Wyandanch, NY 11798" mailing address.
For those who have their copy of the 2003 or earlier edition of the LI Population Survey or have already downloaded the report from the Long Island Power Authority web site (eMail me directly if you need instructions on how to access and download the report), you'll find the Hamlet of Melville in the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County on pages 14 & 16 (map) and 17 (population estimate).
I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting.
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Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Postal Zones in New York State
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A county is a municipal corporation, a subdivision of the state, created to perform state functions; a "regional" government. All counties are divided into cities, towns and Indian reservations.
A city is a unique governmental entity with its own special charter. Cities are not sub-divided, except into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
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A village is a general purpose municipal corporation formed voluntarily by the residents of an area in one or more towns to provide themselves with municipal services. The pattern of village organization is similar to those of a city. A village is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
A hamlet is an unincorporated area in one or more towns that is governed at-large by the town(s) it is in. A hamlet is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
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Please be aware: In many areas of New York State, the problem of non-conforming postal zones leads to a situation where the majority of place shave a different community name in their mailing address than the community where that place is actually located.