The following is a brief list of the states that surround Albany
County. The accompaning factoids show mostly that I don't know a great
deal about Albany's neighbors. Please follow the links for real
Vermont In fact, Vermont was once politically part of New York.
Massachusetts Large numbers of New England Yankees settled in Albany County, especially after the Revolutionary War.
People also moved back to the industrial centers of New England. One
whole generation of my family moved from the then rural Dutchess County
to the highly industrialized city of Waterbury, Connecticut.
New Jersey Maybe there wasn't much mingling with Albany County, but it is a neighboring state.
Much of the hilly border area between New York & Pennsylvania is
lightly settled, even today. Rivers tend to connect rather than
separate the states.
route west. Many settlers heading to the Mid-west &
points further west came from New York. Many more came through
here,some staying long enough to leave traces in local records. The
famous Erie Canal allowed people as well as goods to travel directly
from Albany west to Buffalo & on to the Ohio, Missouri &
Mississippi Rivers. Later railroads followed the Canal's path.
Ontario Many Loyalists fled to Ontario after the Revolution.
Canadians, especially from Quebec, came south to work in New York
State's factories during the Industrial Revolution. Some of the
earliest developments in this revolution took place in in the towns and
villages near the intersection of the Mohawk & Hudson Rivers which
includes Albany County.