Long Island's Prominent Families:
Their Estates and Their Country Homes
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North Shore Volume I
|North Shore Volume II
Surnames N-Z and Appendices
Town of Southampton
Town of Hempstead
|Books are each 8.25 x 11 inches|
– Dr. Natalie A. Naylor,
President, Nassau County Historical Society;
Editor, Nassau County Historical Society Journal;
Professor Emerita, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY;
Director Emerita, Long Island Studies Institute, Hofstra University,
...thoroughly researched... It reflects hours of painstaking research and meticulous attention to detail... The authors have earned their reputations as authorities on the history of the Island.
– Charles F. Howlett, Molloy College,
. . . a goldmine of information that should be in the collections of every library. . . with its many twists and turns, these books are also fun and fascinating to read. The maiden name index was an unexpected delight, which will have great appeal to genealogists, historians, and authors tracing the webs of Gold Coast family connections and relations. These volumes are sure to become a long-needed standard reference on the subject.
– Mark H. Rothenberg,
Senior Reference Specialist and Historian,
Suffolk Cooperative Library System and Patchogue – Medford Library,
– Thomas A. Kuehhas, Director,
Oyster Bay Historical Society,
Oyster Bay, NY
– Myrna Sloam, Archivist, The Bryant Library,
Description of North Shore Volumes:
The Spinzias' two volume comprehensive analysis of the North Shore families documents 1,574 estate owners in a modified "Who's Who" biographical format. Included are 577 photographs of the estates, biographical data on the estate owners and their families, location of estates using current street references and village designations, estate names, acreage, architects, architectural styles, dates of construction, landscape architects, subsequent owners, location of archival photographs of the estates, and information as to whether mansions are still extant and, if not, the dates of demolition.
Cross-referenced in the second-section appendices are estate names, village locations of estates, as well as architectural and landscape commissions. The civic activity and occupation appendices document the contribution of Long Islanders, including statesmen, intelligence agents, financiers, writers, and inventors. Maiden names, rehabilitative secondary uses of estates including golf courses which were formerly private estates, motion pictures filmed at estate sites, a general bibliography of the "Gilded Age," and a bibliography specific to individual estate owners, with the location of personal papers, have also been included.
Description of Southampton Volume:
This fourth volume in the Long Island’s Prominent Families series is the only comprehensive single source of information about the estates and the families who owned these estates in the Town of Southampton. It documents 560 estate owners, includes 372 photographs of the estates, and has the same extensive appendices as previous volumes in the series. Biographical information about the estate owners continues to be presented in a modified “Who’s Who” format. A new feature is inclusion of the cross-referencing of family members to all other volumes in the series.
Description of Hempstead Volume:
This fifth volume in the Long Island’s Prominent Families series follows the same modified “Who’s Who” biographical format and incorporates extensive appendices as found in other volumes in this series. Like its Southampton counterpart it includes cross-referencing to family members in all other volumes. Documented are 758 Town of Hempstead families with 355 photographs of their homes.
About the Authors: