Historical Place and Street Names

Place Names and Nicknames Previous to 1898

First published in Ira K. Morris’ book, Memorial History of Staten Island,  this list of colloquial designations for locations on Staten Island prior to 1898 is useful for helping identify the present day location or equivalent.  It’s pretty comprehensive, but the list is specific to the era prior to the publication date, so it’s not going to include changes in the vernacular since then.

Street Name Changes

If you’ve identified the street your ancestors lived on, but can’t find it on a contemporary map, the street name may have been changed. Steve Morse’s website has a table of Staten Island Street Name Changes from 1900 to 1930.

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