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Albany historic map - Albany, NY, 1879.
Albany, NY, 1879.

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Albany is the county seat of Albany County.

Major ancestry groups reported by Albany residents include:

· Black or African American - 28%
· Irish - 17%
· Italian - 12%
· German - 10%
· English - 5%
· Polish - 4%
· Puerto Rican - 3%
· French (except Basque) - 3%
· Russian - 2%
· Dutch - 2%
· Subsaharan African - 2%
· West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2%
· African - 1%
· Chinese, except Taiwanese - 1%
· Jamaican - 1%
· Other Hispanic or Latino - 1%
· Scottish - 1%
· Asian Indian - 1%
· French Canadian - 1%
· Scotch-Irish - 1%
· Ukrainian - 1%
· Greek - 1%
· European - 1%
· Swedish - 1%

Former names for Albany include:
· Fort Orange
· Aurania
· Berverwyck
· Beverswyck
· New Orange
· Rensselaerwyck
· Williamstadt
· Beverwijck

For more detail about place names in the Albany area, consult Island at the Center of the World, Russell Shorto; From Abbotts to Zurich: New York State Placenames, Ren Vasiliev; The Encyclopedia of New York State, ed. Peter Eisenstadt
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Libraries in Albany include Albany Public Library, Delaware Branch, Howe Branch, New Scotland Branch, New York State Library, Pine Hills Branch

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