Database News: Volume 10 Added to Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent

Map of the Patent granted to Henry Beekman.

We are very happy to add Volume 10 to our database Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent. This series is an invaluable resource for researching the early settlers of Dutchess county, New York. Volume 10 contains over 1,200 pages and is focused on families with last names between Paine to Rogers. Almost 30,000 names have been added with this volume.

Note that this database has a name-only index, derived from the book index itself. Search terms should be focused on First and Last names. You may also specify a volume to restrict your search results.

The Settlers of the Beekman Patent series, by Frank J. Doherty, contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more. Mr. Doherty has published a total of 13 volumes in this series, we are now adding volume 10 in accordance with our agreement to make them available as searchable database after 7 years have passed.

The printed index is also available at the end of this volume, starting on page 1004. As noted in the book (see here), there are some errors in the printed index which we have corrected when indexing the online version.

This update is made possible by the efforts of our team our volunteers. If you have some time and would like to get involved please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

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