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Subject: Huntington records help please?
Date: 13 Feb 2006 11:54:31 -0700
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On 2/13/06 (11:42:39 AM MST), in a posting to the Suffolk County Ancestry Board that was 'gatewayed' to , Peggy () asked,
"Could some kind person help me out? I am trying to help reuinte some sisters. They grew up in Glasgow. Ellen McFadden still lives in Scotland and is looking for her sister Jacqueline (born abt 1940) who moved to the town of Huntington on Long Island about 1957. Can someone who is going to the town's record office have a look for a marriage record? Or help me to find out how to look for her? I have an address she lived at back then. Anything would be greatly appreciated. Would be happy to do some NH research in return."
In addition to checking with the Town Clerk of the Town of Huntington, you may want to contact the Huntington Public Library (the library can suggest which local newspaper might have this information and other possible sources of information):
Huntington Public Library
338 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743
It is important to know that there are 3 "Huntingtons" (from smallest to largest, in order of acreage):
1. There is the Hamlet of Huntington;
2. There is the Huntington, NY 11743 postal zone and it includes the Hamlet of Huntington and parts of other surrounding villages and hamlets within its service area; and,
3. There is the Town of Huntington and it includes the Huntington, NY 11743 postal zone, as well as other postal zones, within its borders.
The pertinent geography:
Huntington is a hamlet (an unincorporated area) in the north part of the Town of Huntington, in the northwest part of Suffolk County. There are 4 villages (municipal corporations) and 15 hamlets (unincorporated areas) 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 Huntington in the Town of Huntington is bordered on the north by Huntington Bay, the Hamlet of Halesite, the Village of Huntington Bay and the Hamlet of Centerport; on the east by the Hamlets of Centerport and Greenlawn; on the south by the Hamlet of Huntington Station; and, on the west by the Hamlet of Cold Spring Harbor and the Village of Lloyd Harbor.
And, as occurs in every one of Suffolk County's 157 communities (0 cities, 32 villages and 125 hamlets), the Hamlet of Huntington has a different border than does the "Huntington, NY 11743" postal zone (i.e., a place can have a Huntington mailing address and not be in Huntington and a place can have other than a Huntington mailing address and be in Huntington). Those places that have a "Huntington, NY" mailing address that are not in the Hamlet of Huntington are in the Hamlet of West Hills, the Hamlet of Halesite, the Hamlet of Huntington Bay, the Hamlet of Greenlawn and the Hamlet of Elwood; and, at the same time, there are places in the Hamlet of Huntington with a "Huntington Station, NY 11746" and a "Greenlawn, NY 11740" mailing address.
For those who have their copy of the 2005 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 Huntington 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.
Great Falls, MT & Jericho, NY
Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Postal Zones in New York State
New York State is divided into counties.
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.
A town is a municipal corporation and encompasses all territory within the state except that within cities or Indian reservations. Towns can be sub-divided into villages and hamlets.
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.
Postal Zone "City" and "Town"
A postal zone "City" and "Town" is an administrative district established by the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the mail. Postal zone "City" and "Town" may not (but are encouraged to) conform to municipal or community borders. Thus, postal zone location does not always determine city, village or hamlet location.
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.