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Westchester County, NY

Currently in Bronx County,
But Formerly in Westchester County

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The Fordham Patent was granted in 1671 to John Archer, and included 1,253 acres in the present town of West Farms. Fordham was later a village originally located in Westchester County, and was incorporated in the late 19th century into The Bronx County which is today one of the New York City counties and/or buroughs. When looking for vital records for Fordham, you will need to check both counties, as well as the records located at the NYC Municipal Archives.

Read the following article which explains the change in boundaries and governmental jurisdictions. Before the Five-Borough City: The Old Cities, Towns and Villages That Came Together to Form "Greater New York" by Harry Macy, Jr., F.A.S.G., F.G.B.S, Originally published in The NYG&B Newsletter, Winter 1998

In the article entitled "The Borough Town of Westchester, An Address Delivered by Fordham Morris, on the 28th day of October, 1896" is mention of the establishment of several churches in Fordham.

See also the Eastchester Historical Society.

Boundaries: See the entry for Fordham at Wikipedia for details on its boundaries.

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