Where family is the story...
in New Paltz, New York
the heart of the Hudson Valley
The Schoonmaker Library
The Library at Historic Huguenot Street is named for the Schoonmaker family, one of the earliest Dutch families in what is now New York's Mid-Hudson Valley and a family with long ties to the Huguenot founders of New Paltz. The Library is a research facility devoted primarily to the history and genealogy of the settlers of the Hudson Valley — people from the low countries of Europe including French-speaking and Dutch families. It also functions as a general repository for local history, regardless of ethnicity for religious persuasion. Our collections consist of family genealogies, church, cemetery and bible records, wills and deeds, census records, genealogical periodicals, county histories and publications relating to Huguenot, Walloon and Dutch ancestry. The Library is housed in the Roosa House at 88 Huguenot Street.
Using the Library
Online Library Catalog
A catalog of the library's holdings is available online. This is helpful to do prior to visiting the Library to conduct research or prior to making a query. Click here to access the Online Catalog.
Research Queries and Requests
Answers to queries will typically include citations for all sources searched whether or not the information was found. Photocopies made as part of the response are billed at 25 cents per copy and postage may also be billed if the response is mailed.
Given our resources, we are unable to conduct research for specific inquiries beyond the initial reference search. Similarly, we cannot complete applications to organizations where genealogical proof is a necessary prerequisite for membership. When possible, the library will provide a list of professional genealogists who can be contracted to conduct such research.
Image and Document Reproduction Policy and Fees