I invite you to read a good book as March comes to an end–
Timothy J. Shannon’s Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754. 2000. (Cornell University Press, Sage House, 512 East State Street, Ithaca NY 14850.)
The Tenant Irish came to work on the great estates–Rensselaerwyck, Livingston Manor, Ticonderoge. For these manor lords: Bleeker, Schuyler, Cuyler, DePeyster, Rensslear, Livingston, Johnson, and others.
If your early New York ancestor is Irish, chances are that he came directly from Ireland or was brought directly from Ireland to provide the workforce on these early manors. Records do exist of their activities here.
Stay tuned! As I describe both the original materials and where they can be found as well as the many printed lists identifying their names and on which estate they served. Your favorite New York genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com
PS I am speaking on New York Research at the Rapid City, South Dakota Expo sponsored by Family History Expos, 16-17 May 2014. Come learn how to trace the Tenant Irish, who settled in New York, with success. Register early to get the right price–http://familyhistoryexpos.com
PPS Tune into the launch of my new British Isles before 1600 Blog, 25 March 2014. Just click on Kingdoms Blog on the right-hand menu. You will be so glad that you did!