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Local History Resources: House Research

Did You Know?

Fact about the Village of Freeport

Freeport was settled in 1659.

The name "Freeport" became the official name of the town in 1853.

Freeport was incorporated as a Village in 1892.

Freeport was part of Queens County until 1899 when Nassau County was established.

In 1899, house numbers began being used in Freeport.

Don't forget - house numbers and street names have changed over time!.

Click here for the origin of some Freeport street names.  Additional information about the origin of street names can be found on the Freeport History Encyclopedia, alphabetically by street name.

Click here for the history of various residential developments in Freeport.

Where to Begin

These are some useful tips on how to research your Freeport home.

It is recommended you start your research at the Nassau County Clerk’s Office ‚Äčand My Nassau Property.

240 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY

Phone: (516) 571-2663 / Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The Nassau County Clerk maintains a record of real estate transactions and makes them available to the public.  The office is responsible for:

· Recording deeds, mortgages, and mortgage satisfactions.

· Computing, collecting and disbursing transfer and mortgage taxes.

· Providing certified copies of recorded documents including deeds, mortgages and mortgage satisfactions.

· Recording commercial chattel mortgages, building loans, and their dispositions.

· Maintaining county land and subdivision maps.

Finding information at the Clerk’s Office will be easier if you know the  section, block, and lot numbers of your house. This information is available on your tax bill and My Nassau Property.

Online Resources

Directory Information

Freeport Directory Information

Nassau County Telephone Books (available at the Great Neck Public Library. Please call for availability).

 

Newspapers

Local Freeport and Nassau County Newspapers

Newsday (1940-1987) You must you have a Freeport Memorial Library card to access this database remotely.

The New York Times You must you have a Freeport Memorial Library card to access this database remotely

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1831-1964)

Brooklyn Newspapers 

Queens Newspapers

Suffolk Newspapers

Fulton History includes newspapers from Long Island

 

Maps

Freeport Maps

Historic Map Works (you can view maps for free, however, there is a fee to print or download copies of maps).

Freeport Tax Maps (1915, 1925, 1930, 1935).  Available at the Freeport Historical Society.  Please call for appointment.

 

Photographs

New York Heritage (formerly Long Island Memories) includes digital copies of maps from the collections of the Freeport Memorial Library and the Freeport Historical Society.

1934 and 1935 Yearbooks: Names and Addresses