On Thu, 30 Aug 2007, Joe Galu wrote:
> Many people who died in New York City are listed as "county unknown,"
> but that's because they died in New York County, also known as the borough
> of Manhattan.
No, they're listed as "county unknown" because the geographic entity "New
York City" encompasses five counties, each of which consists of one
borough. The counties are now New York, Bronx, Kings, Queens, and
Richmond; the corresponding boroughs are Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn,
Queens, and Staten Island.
It often happens that a location (e.g. of birth or death) in Queens or
Bronx or Brooklyn to be referenced in news media obituaries as "New York
City", especially if the media outlet is elsewhere.
Prior to 1874, "New York City" consisted of the territory now known as
Manhattan. During 1874-1897, the definition of "New York City" expanded
to encompass the territory now known as the Bronx, which was annexed in
several chunks from Westchester County.
Starting January 1, 1898, the current system of five boroughs was created.
However, Bronx County wasn't created until 1914; until then, New York
County included both Bronx and Manhattan. Queens County was larger than
the borough of Queens, until the eastern portion of the county broke off
and reorganized as Nassau County.
What is now the borough of Staten Island was also called Richmond, like
the county, until 1975.
> Most of the big cemeteries are in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
Definitely. But millions of people live in those boroughs too!
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