Place:Queens, New York, United States

Alt namesQueens countysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Coordinates40.7°N 73.8°W
Located inNew York, United States     (1683 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Queens county is a county. In the system of boroughs of New York City, it is the county which is coterminous with the borough of Queens.



Date Event Source
1683 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1683 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1900 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 16,014
1800 16,916
1810 19,336
1820 21,519
1830 22,460
1840 30,324
1850 36,833
1860 57,391
1870 73,803
1880 90,574
1890 128,059
1900 152,999
1910 284,041
1920 469,042
1930 1,079,129
1940 1,297,634
1950 1,550,849
1960 1,809,578
1970 1,986,473
1980 1,891,325
1990 1,951,598

Note: In 1898 Nassau County was formed from Queens, the rest of which remained a county while becoming part of New York city (as Queens Borough). According to the 1900 census, the estimated population of Queens' present-day area at earlier censuses was: 1790, 15,014; 1800, 16,916; 1810, 19,336; 1820, 21,519; 1830, 22,460; 1840, 30,324; 1850, 36,833; 1860, 57,391; 1870, 73.803; 1880, 90,574; 1890, 128,059. Estimates consistent with these for the present-day area of Nassau are: 1790, 9,855; 1800, 10,274; 1810, 11,892; 1820, 13,273; 1830, 13,411; 1840, 15,844; 1850, 18,240; 1860, 24,488; 1870, 28,335; 1880, 34,015; 1890, 41,009.


Cemeteries of Queens County, New York, United States

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Queens County, an original county, was organized in 1683, and now contains all that part of Long Island which is bounded easterly by Suffolk county, southerly by the Atlantic ocean, northerly by Long Island sound, and westerly by Kings county, including Lloyds Neck or Queens Village, the islands called North and South Brother, Riker’s Island, and some other islands lying in the sound opposite the said bounds and southerly of the main channel. The courts of the county were originally held for the most part at Hempstead, at which place the governor on various occasions ordered meetings of the delegates from the different towns. By the act of the Assembly in 1683, by which the counties and towns upon Long Island were organized and established, the county courts were required thereafter to be held at the village of Jamaica. They were held there for about seven years in the old stone church which stood in the middle of the present Fulton street, opposite Union Hall street. In the year 1690, a courthouse and jail were erected upon the site now occupied by the female academy, and continued to be used for the purpose of holding the Flushing, Jamaica, Hempstead, North Hempstead, courts of the county until the present courthouse was built upon the north side of Hempstead plains, in the town of North Hempstead, in the year 1788. (Historical Collections of the State of New York, Past and Present, John Barber, Clark Albien & Co., 1851)

External Links

  • Outstanding guide to Queens family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, naturalizations, wills, deeds, county and town histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • Geographical History of Queens County:
    Incorporation date of towns and villages in Queens County and secession of Nassau County from Queens and the annexation of part of Queens into New York City; also glossary of location terms.
  • Collection of Historical Long Island Links: