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Local History Resources Available at Your Library

Greenwood Lake Public Library Digitized Local History Links 

Scrapbooks and Obituaries

Local Newspapers, Newsletters and Library Newsletter

Greenwood Lake Public Library History & Genealogy Databases

Online Databases - Available at the library to all users and at home to Greenwood Lake cardholders (you need your library card barcode, which is on the back of your card, to log in at home).

General Local History Links
NY Heritage.org - New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totalling hundreds of thousands of items. The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more.

New York State Military Museum - The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State's military forces and veterans.

New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center - World War II Honor List -  New York -  US Army & US Army Air Force - Dead and Missing - US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard - Dead, Missing, POW and Wounded

Hudson River Valley Heritage - Explore materials from libraries and cultural heritage institutions that document the rich hisory of New York's Hudson River Valley. Discover photographs, diaries, correspondence, artwork, publications, oral history interviews, and more that contribute to the story of the people, pleaces, and events that make this region exceptional.

Hudson River Valley Heritage - Moffat Library of Washingtonville - This collection contains postcards of the Village of Washingtonville and Town of Blooming Grove during the first quarter of the 20th century. The Moffat Library of Washingtonville Local History Collection is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing historic images, documents, and other items related to the history of the Village of Washingtonville, Town of Blooming Grove; as well as the surrounding areas of Orange County.

1940 Census - This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.

Ancestry.com - New York State Records

New York State Archives - The New York State Archives is a program of the State Education Department, with its main facility located in the Cultural Education Center on Madison Avenue in Albany. There it cares for and provides access to more than 200 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present.

New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 - Family Search - Images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate's Court in Goshen, New York. At this time, this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. This collection is being published as images become available.

The Warwick Advertiser - You can enter a search term where it say "Search Articles" on the home page of their site; they appear to have content for the years 2005-2010, but do not appear to be adding other content except current.

Digital Archives of the Albert Wisner Public Library - Includes digitized material from the Warwick Advertiser and the Warwick Dispatch from 1866-1876.

Main & Market: Sights and Sounds of the Queen City and Beyond - A digital local history project from the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

Warwick Valley History Web Site - Albert Wisner Public Library local history site has articles, links, online exhibits, historical maps, Warwick Heritage Database and much more.

Town of Warwick Historical Society - Archive hours 9am-12pm by appointment, other hours by appointment.

Drowned Lands Historical Society - Web Site

Chester Historical Society - Web Site

Local History Digitization Project Thanks

We would like to offer our special thanks regarding the Library's Local History Digitization Project to:

  • Wilbur Christman and the Christman Family for enriching the lives of the Greenwood Lake Community and the world at large by their wonderful and generous donation of local history documents, scrapbooks and books. We would also like to thank them for allowing the Library to copy the original books so that we could make them available to library patrons.
  • Ann & Len Chaimowitz, the owners of the Greenwood Lake & West Milford News, who graciously gave the Library permission to upload the newspapers  to our web site in a digitized format so that library patrons may access it from not only a library computer, but from the comfort of their own homes on their personal computers. Mr. & Mrs. Chaimowitz also generously donated bound copies of the newspaper for use in our Adult Reference area.
  • Ron Nowak, the editor of the Greenwood Lake & West Milford News, whose contributions to the newspaper throughout the years have provided us with a rich history of the many facets of Greenwood Lake's past.
  • Stephen M. Gross, who, as a professional free-lance journalist for the Greenwood Lake & West Milford News, gave us permission to upload his many local history articles and images, which so often appeared in the newspaper. Mr. Gross is well-known as the "go to guy" for all things Greenwood Lake and has often lectured at the Library on Greenwood Lake's and Warwick's history.
  • The Cox Family, for kindly permitting the Library to use the donations made in memory of their parents, Everett and Viola Cox, to digitize and upload the Greenwood Lake & West Milford News to our web site. Everett and Viola Cox will always be remembered as staunch supporters of the Library throughout their lives.
  • Sue Gardner, Reference and Local History Librarian at the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, for her constant help, support and generosity in sharing her expertise and resources with us. We would also like to thank the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick for also generously shareing local history resources.
  • The Taxpayers of the Greenwood Lake Union Free School District, who have continuosly supported our ongoing Local History Digitization Project through their individual donations and annual taxes.


  • All images and documents on these pages are copyrighted material. The fact that the Greenwood Lake Public Library has been given permission for this material to be uploaded to this web site does not imply that anyone else has permission to print, reproduce or use any of this material and/or images for publication or monetary profit.
  • For use of any written material and/or historical images with a byline by Stephen M. Gross, please e-mail him at highlands144@gmail.com to discuss use and to obtain his permission.
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