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New York Genealogy & Ancestry

The State of New York entered the union as the 11th state on July 26, 1788 . It has 62 Counties.

The State of New York is bordered by VermontMassachusettsConnecticutNew JerseyPennsylvania, Canada. It has a land area of 54,475 square miles making it the 27th largest state. The capital is Albany and the official state website is

New York’s 2010 population was 19,254,630 and the largest cities (2010) are New York City, 8,143,197; Buffalo, 279,745; Rochester, 211,091; Yonkers, 196,425; Syracuse, 141,683; Albany (Capital), 93,523; New Rochelle, 72,967; Mount Vernon, 67,924; Schenectady, 61,280; Utica, 59,336.

The State of New York was named by the Dutch as “New Netherland” in 1664, and when the English took over they renamed it New York to honor the Duke of York (York is a city in England) . New York’s state nickname is ” The Empire State ” . The State Motto is ” Excelsior  ” which means Ever Upwards.

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