Resources & Research Guides

General Local History
Books

East Hampton’s Heritage- Clay Lancaster, Robert A. M. Stern, and Robert Hefner
An illustrated architectural record of East Hampton buildings from the seventeenth century to the 1980s.
Also available at Reference R720.9747 LAN

East Hampton History including Genealogies of Early Families – Jeannette Rattray
Genealogy records tracing back 47 families through means of questionnaires, newspaper appeals, letters, and interviews.
Also available at Reference R974.725 RAT

A History of the Town of East Hampton – Henry P. Hedges
Chronological town records of East Hampton from settlement in 1649-1849. This Victorian-era history guide was written in 1897 and is centralized around early settlement.
Also available at Reference R 974.725 E-HED

East Hampton (Images of America) – John W. Rae
A Collection of photographs reflecting East Hampton history.
Also available in circulating non-fiction 974. 725 RAE

Records of the Town of East Hampton, edited by Henry P. Hedges
These are the published official government records for East Hampton, which include some early church and vital records.
Also available in Reference or online as keyword searchable volumes.

It Were As Well to Please the Devil as Anger Him : Witchcraft in the Founding Days of East Hampton – Loretta Orion, PhD; with Hugh King, Catherine Tremblay, and Aimee Webb
A history of the Goody Garlick witchcraft trial.
Also available in circulating non-fiction 974.725 Ori

The East Hampton Historical Collection, a 6-volume collection of writings about East Hampton’s history compiled and edited by Tom Twomey.
Awakening the Past vol.1
Tracing the Past vol. 2
Exploring the Past vol. 3
Discovering the Past vol.4
Origins of the Past vol. 5
Revealing the Past vol. 6
Available in circulating non-fiction 974.725 TWO

Websites
OnThisSite – Native Long Island
https://nativelongisland.com/

Plain Sight Project
https://plainsightproject.org/

Copyright
US Copyright Office
https://www.copyright.gov/

Cornell University’s Public Domain and Copyright Guide
https://guides.library.cornell.edu/copyright/publicdomain

Preservation and Conservation
Library of Congress – Preservation: https://www.loc.gov/preservation/
American Institute for Conservation https://www.culturalheritage.org/
Northeast Document Conservation Center: https://www.nedcc.org/index.php

Maps
Historical USGS Maps online
https://www.usgs.gov/programs/national-geospatial-program/historical-topographic-maps-preserving-past

Library of Congress – Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
https://guides.loc.gov/fire-insurance-maps/sanborn

Stony Brook University Library Historical Map Collection
https://guides.library.stonybrook.edu/c.php?g=35399&p=224898

East Hampton Local Government and Organizations
East Hampton Town
https://www.ehamptonny.gov/

 East Hampton Village
https://easthamptonvillage.org/

East Hampton Historical Society
http://www.easthamptonhistory.org/

East Hampton Historical Farm Museum
https://ehhistoricalfarmmu.wixsite.com/ehhfm

Suffolk County Resources
Suffolk County Historical Society
https://suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org/
Suffolk County Clerk’s Office
https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Clerk

Genealogy Resources
Websites:
New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/

National Archives Resources for Genealogists
https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy

New York State Library Genealogy Guide
https://www.nysl.nysed.gov/genealogy/

New York State Archives Genealogy Guide
https://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/featured-topic-genealogy

US Census Records – Genealogy
https://www.census.gov/history/www/genealogy/

Ancestry Library Edition
Here, you can find genealogy records, census records, military records, and immigration records. You can access this for free on the library’s internet with your library card. https://search.livebrary.com/iii/cas/login?service=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.livebrary.com%3A443%2Fpatroninfo~S85%2F0%2Fredirect%3D%2Fwamvalidate%3Furl%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252F0-ancestrylibrary-proquest-com.search.livebrary.com%253A443%252FIIITICKET&scope=85

The East Hampton Star Archives
Contains vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death announcements and obituaries. Dates available range from 1885 through 2012. Located under the Long Island Collection tab on the East Hampton Star Website. https://easthamptonlibrary.org/long-island-history/east-hampton-star-archive/

Long Island Genealogy
This genealogy website includes family trees for Long Island families, along with some digitized articles and texts on Long Island histories.
http://longislandgenealogy.com/

Cemetery Records
In the Long Island Collection, there are several different cemetery indexes including tombstone inscriptions from the North and South End Burial Grounds (1933, 1953).
North End Burial Ground Tombstone Inscriptions
https://www.digitallongisland.org/record/34141?ln=en&p=state+of+east+hampton+cemeteries&v=uv#?xywh=-2946%2C0%2C11313%2C6562

South End Burial Ground Tombstone Inscriptions
https://www.digitallongisland.org/record/34161?ln=en&p=state+of+east+hampton+cemeteries&v=uv#?xywh=-3256%2C0%2C11527%2C6686

The “State of East Hampton Cemeteries” lists various small and some privately owned cemeteries in East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Springs. The record does not include names of individual people but has contact information for the cemetery administrators.
https://www.digitallongisland.org/record/34913?ln=en&p=state+of+east+hampton+cemeteries&v=uv#?xywh=-299%2C-34%2C4062%2C2356

FindAGrave.com
Online database with descriptions and sometimes photographs of graves. Graves can be searched by last name or by town, then categorized alphabetically.
https://www.findagrave.com/

Yardley and Pino Funeral Home Records
Death records dating back to the 1880s until the 1970s are available through the Long Island Collection for their East Hampton location; additional records may be accessible by contacting the funeral home directly. The funeral home can also help you locate graves in many local cemeteries, including St. Andrew’s, Oakland, and Most Holy Trinity Cemeteries. Contact Yardley and Pino at (631) 324-6515.

Mortuary Records
Transcribed by volunteers in the mid-20th century. https://www.digitallongisland.org/record/6685?ln=en&p=mortuary+records&v=pdf

Local Church Records
Most Holy Trinity (St. Philomena’s) Catholic Church
On-site baptism and marriage records dating back to 1907 in chronological order. Because the records are arranged by date, please be sure to have an exact date. Call (631) 324-0134.

East Hampton Presbyterian Church
The Long Island Collection has original Presbyterian Church records dating back to 1699. Many of these early church records are transcribed in the East Hampton Town Records.

Immigration Records

“Ship Passenger Arrival Records” which may provide information such as one’s place of birth, nationality, date of entry to the United States, physical appearance, profession, place of residence, list of relatives already located in the United States, and more. https://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/overview

Ellis Island
Ellis Island passenger records
https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger

 Freedmen’s Bureau Digital Records
Online database which created millions of records that contain the names of hundreds of thousands of formerly enslaved individuals and Southern white refugees. Can be found here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/initiatives/freedmens-bureau-records