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About Columbia County Courtesy of Michael D. Bathrick
Columbia County was formed in 1786 out of Albany County. In 1799, the southern boundary of Columbia County was modified to include the portion of Livingston Manor located in Dutchess County.
The county seat was originally at Claverack, but moved to Hudson in 1805, where it is today.
Columbia County is in the northern part of the Hudson River Valley, about 125 miles north of New York city and 35 miles south-east of Albany. It is 36 miles from North to South, and 18 miles from East to West. It contains 688 square miles.
Columbia County is bounded by:
Rensselaer County, NY to the north,
Berkshire County, MA to the east,
Lichfield County, CT to the southeast,
Dutchess County, NY to the south,
Greene County, NY and Ulster County, NY to the west,
A second site for Greene County, NY
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This web-site is a cooperative effort of those with a strong interest in the history of Columbia County and genealogies of its early settlers.
Many thanks to the following for helping to make this site so successful:
Michael D. Bathrick, Bill Bither, Ginny Formel, Tonya M. Frickey, Cliff Lamere, Gil Leach, Scott Moore, Susan Stalker Mulvey, Fred Saar, Betty Thomas
Coordination and maintenance of this Columbia County web-site Tim Stowell
copyright Michael D. Bathrick, original coordinator of the Columbia County NYGenWeb Page
© copyright 1999 Betty Thomas
© copyright 1999-2008 Ginny Formel
© copyright 2008-2011 Tonya Frickey
© copyright 2011-2014 Fred Saar
© 2016-2019 Tim Stowell
and each contributor and author of materials herein
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