Rockland County lies 9.5 miles north of Manhattan and is bounded on the east by the Hudson River, on the north and west by the Ramapo Mountains, and on the south by New Jersey. At 176 square miles, it is the smallest county outside of New York City. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, its population was 311,687 in 2010. Its county seat is New City.
When searching for records in Rockland County, a great resource to check out is the Genealogical Society of Rockland County. The Society maintains reference collections at the New City Library and the Records Management and Archives Department in Pomona. Their holdings include cemetery records and genealogies. They offer research services, and their website includes a guide to genealogical resources in Rockland County.
If you are searching in Nyack, NY, you should also check out the Nyack Library: Local History Collection. Their holdings include books and pamphlets, genealogies, maps, photographs, and yearbooks. Of special note, their digital Image Collection and Rockland County Journal are available online. Their website also includes finding aids and guides to Library’s resources.
NYG&B members have access to all our original county guides on our website. Each guide was created by experts in the field in order to direct researchers to these local, unique resources. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of membership.
Additionally, last year we published the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, which is filled with gazetteers, maps, and research guides to each of New York’s 62 counties. Since our last printing, there have been many updates and changes noted. See our website for the list of additions and corrections to Rockland County.