How Yates County Grew
Like all but a handful of New York's counties, Yates was formed by separating
several towns from a parent county. In 1823 five towns were designated
as the new county; this was 35 years after the first white settlers arrived.
Before being separated from Ontario County, these towns underwent name
and boundary changes, and in 1826 two additional towns were annexed from
Steuben County. Changes kept occurring, right through the middle of the
19th century, when the towns and villages that make up the County assumed
their present names, shape and size.
Efficient research requires an understanding of these changes, which
are much more easily shown as a series of maps than as verbal descriptions.
You may go directly to a map of interest by using the links in the left-hand
panel of this page, or you may visit them in sequence by using the arrow