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Subject: [SUF] William Augustus Robbins Birth Certificate
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2008 14:32:09 EDT
Hi Linda Robbins,
The birth certificate would be issued by the municipality (city, town for
hamlets and villages that opt not to do so, and villages) where the birth
Because the Village of Babylon did not incorporate until 1893, if the birth
occurred in what is now the Village of Babylon or in an area outside the
Village of Babylon, but having a "Babylon, NY" mailing address, in both cases, you
would want to contact the Town Clerk of the Town of Babylon. If the birth took
place elsewhere, then you would have to contact the municipal clerk of that
municipality where the birth occurred.
Office of the Town Clerk
Town of Babylon
Babylon Town Hall
200 East Sunrise Highway
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
It is important to know that there are 3 "Babylons" (from smallest to
largest, in order of acreage):
1. There is the Village of Babylon;
2. There is the "Babylon, NY 11702" ZIP Code postal zone, and it includes
the Village of Babylon and parts of adjacent hamlets within its service area;
3. There is the Town of Babylon, and it includes 3 villages and 12 hamlets
as well as the "Babylon, NY 11702" ZIP Code postal zone and other postal zones,
within its borders.
The pertinent current geography:
Babylon is a village (incorporated in 1893) in the southeast part of the Town
of Babylon, in the southwest part of Suffolk County (along the Babylon/Islip
town line). There are 3 villages (municipal corporations) and 12 hamlets
(unincorporated areas) all or partly in the Town of Babylon. 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 Village of
Babylon in the Town of Babylon is bordered on the north by the Hamlet of North
Babylon; on the east by the Hamlet of West Islip in the Town of Islip (the
Babylon/Islip town line); on the south by the Great South Bay; and, on the west by
the Hamlet of West Babylon.
For a map of the Village of Babylon:
And, as occurs in every one of Suffolk County's 157 communities (0 cities, 32
villages and 125 hamlets), the Village of Babylon has a different border than
does the "Babylon, NY 11702" ZIP Code postal zone (i.e., a place can have a
"Babylon, NY 11702" mailing address and not be in the Village of Babylon and a
place can have other than a "Babylon, NY 11702" mailing address and be in the
Village of Babylon). Those places that have a "Babylon, NY 11702" mailing
address that are not in the Village of Babylon are in the Hamlet of North Babylon
and in the Hamlet of West Babylon; and, at the same time, there are places in
the Village of Babylon with a "West Babylon, NY 11704" 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 Babylon (incorporated in
1893) in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County on pages 14 & 18 (map) and 19
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
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.