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Westchester County, NY
Bedford (Town)

This page was last updated: Thursday, 05-Apr-2012 09:39:38 MDT

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Bedford includes the hamlet of Bedford, Bedford Hills, Cantatoe, and the villages of Mt. Kisco and Katonah.

Vital Records

Also, see if there is any additional information on the Vital Records page at this site.

Historical Society

Don't overlook the many resources held at the Westchester County Historical Society.

Churches and Synagogues

Antioch Baptish Church
Chruch and Main Streets, Bedford Hills, NY; Phone: 914-241-0189
Bedford Community Church
160 Bedford Center Road, Bedford, NY; Phone: 914-666-5384
Bedford Presdbyterian Church
Village Green, Bedford, NY; Phone: 914-234-3672
St. Matthias Church
Babbit Road, Bedford Hills, NY; Phone: 914-232-3356
St. Matthew's Episcol Church
382 Cantitoe St., Bedford Hills, NY; Phone: 914-234-9636
Temple Shaaray Tefila
Baldwin Road, Bedford, NY; Phone: 914-666-3133

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Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

Eardeley, William A., compiler. Westchester County, New York, Cemeteries... 1704-1914. [Brooklyn, 1914]. Contains inscriptions on tombs from Armonk, Bedford, Westchester, Croton, Mt. Kisco, Chestnut Ridge, Harrison, Mamaroneck, and Eastchester. Copy held by New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copies from graveyards in Bedford, Westchester County, New York. With genealogical notes. [Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: 1933] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

See the Bedford Historical Society which holds some cemetery transcriptions.

The Westchester County Historical Society also has extensive manuscripts giving inventories of many old cemeteries located throughout the County.

Have you looked at the cemetery listing here at the Westchester NYGenWeb site?


See a Map of the Bedford area, courtesy of the Bedford home pages.

Town of Bedford (and Mount Kisco), compliments of the County Trust Company [Mount Kisco, NY: County Trust, 1968]. Copy available at New York Public Library's Map Division.

Many town historical societies hold maps of their vicinities, including copies of the Sanborn insurance maps. Insurance maps were detailed to the point of showing each building on each street so that insurance companies knew what to pay the insurer in the event of fire or destruction. Be sure to inquire at such institutions as well as at local libraries.

Also, see additional information on the Maps page at this Westchester site.

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Town Web Site

Bedford home pages can be found at

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Census Information

New York State Census

The only NY State censuses which survived are for the years 1905, 1915, and 1925. Check at your local LDS Family History Center for these films.

Federal Census

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

1790 Federal Census

Some census information for Westchester county can be found at the Census page.


Turner's New York & Harlem Railroad Directory between New York City and Brewster for the Years 1891-1892; Published by E.F Turner & co. of 217 Elm St., Yonkers, N.Y.

Also see the City Directories page on this Westchester Site.

Annotated Bibliography

___. Historical Records of Bedford, Westchester County. [Town of Bedford] c. 1966. Bedford Historical Record, vol. 1-3; Minutes of Town Meetings 1680-1737.

___. The Burning of Bedford. July 1779 [Bedford Historical Society, Bedford Village NY, 1974]

___. Profile Town of Bedford, Westchester County, New York..

Baird, Charles W. History of Bedford Church: discourse delivered at....

Barrett, Robertson T. The Town of Bedford: A commemorative history, ...

Bedford Historical Society. A Short Historical Tour of the Town of Bedford [Katonah, NY: Katonah Pub. Corp., 1965]

Bedford Presbyterian. Bedford Presbyterian Church 1681-1936. [Bedford] c. 1936

Hinitt, Dorothy H., and others, comp. The Burning of Bedford, July 1779, .... [Bedford, NY: Bedford Historical Society, 1974]

Luquer, Thatcher Taylor P. Bedford and Bedford Village. [Bedford, 1930]

Luquer, Thatcher T. An Historical Sketch of St. Matthews Church, Bedford...

Marshall, Donald Anthony. Bedford Tricentennial, 1680-1980: Articles on the history of Bedford in Westchester County, New York, from its beginnings as a settlement of the colony of Connecticut [Bedford Hills, NY: Town of Bedford, 1980]

Pelletreau, William S., Am. M. Early Wills of Westchester County, New York 1664-1784 Pub. 1898. Cornell University Library has scanned this book and placed it on the web at the following address:

Spies, Francis F. Inscriptions copies from graveyards in Bedford, Westchester County, New York. With genealogical notes. [Hastings-on-Hudson, NY: 1933] Copy available at New York Public Library's Genealogical & Local History Room.

For other books with information relating to this town but covering a county-wide level, see the County section of the Bibliography page.

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Cultural and/or Historical sites

If you have any such/additional information relating to this location, please contact the county coordinator for this web site.

Renowned Residents

If you know of any notable residents from this town, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.about adding them to this section and please identify when the person resided here as well as why you consider them to be notable.

Other Institutions of Genealogical Interest

Westchester County Genealogical Society

The Westchester County Genealogical Society has been publishing a series of articles in their monthly newsletter for some time which gives an overview of each town within the county. This Focus on (town name) [WCGS Newsletter, ] series includes a brief history of the town, a listing of some houses of worship, some cemeteries and often a bibliography. See the information about ordering back issues of the newsletter.

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Military Info

See the Military & War Links page for more information.

Loyalist Info

Have you a Loyalist in your family tree? If so, the Loyalist page may be of interest to you. If you have any specific information relating to this town and loyalists, please contact the county coordinator for this web site. about adding the information to this page.

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Picture Gallery

If you have a scanned picture relating to any location within Westchester and would like to add it to this site, please please contact the county coordinator for this web site.with particulars.

Some Surnames associated with this town

See the Surname Web Pages for links to web pages of researchers in Westchester but not specifically associated with this town.

Query & Message Boards has Some Query boards where you can post a query for others to view. Or join the Westchester mailing list and correspond with other Westchester researchers.

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