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Subject: [SUF] Oldfield births
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 13:14:58 EDT
Circa 1857, Old Field was not yet a village (it incorporated as a village in
1927), thus birth/death/marriage certificates would have been issued by the
Town of Brookhavenm; but, New York State did not require such vital statistics
to be kept until 1881.
Nevertheless, you might want to check if the Town Clerk of the Town of
Brookhaven might have this record:
Town of Brookhaven
Brookhaven Town Hall
One Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738
Old Field is one of those many villages and hamlets on Long Island where none
of the places in the community have the village name in their mailing address.
The pertinent geography:
The Village of Old Field (incorporated in 1927) is in the northwest part of
the Town of Brookhaven, in the north-central part of Suffolk County. There are
8 villages (municipal corporations) and 36 hamlets (unincorporated areas) all
or partly in the Town of Brookhaven. 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.)
The Village of Old Field is part of the "Three Village" area (it's really 2
villages and 2 hamlets) that includes the Village of Poquott (incorporated in
1931) and the Hamlet of Setauket-East Setauket and the Hamlet of Stony Brook.
Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Village of
Old Field in the Town of Brookhaven is bordered on the north by Long Island
Sound; on the east by Conscience Bay; on the south by the Hamlet of Stony Brook;
and, on the west by Smithtown Bay.
For a map of the Village of Old Field:
And, as occurs in every one of Suffolk County's 157 communities (0 cities, 32
villages and 125 hamlets), the village and the postal zone that use the same
name, have much different borders: In this case, there is no "Old Field, NY"
ZIP Code postal zone and hence there are no places with an "Old Field, NY"
mailing address. All places in the Village of Old Field have a "Stony Brook, NY
11790" and "East Setauket, NY 11733" mailing address.
For those who have their copy of the 2007 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 Village of Old Field (incorporated
in 1927) in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County on pages 14 & 24 (map) and
25 (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
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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
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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
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
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 places have a
different community name in their mailing address than the community where that
place is actually located.