There are villages or hamlets
within the towns, but still are a part of Oneida County.
If anyone has information about them, please email me.
1860 NY Gazeteer Oneida County Towns & Villages
History of Oneida County's Towns, Villages & Hamlets
Current list of Town Clerks
If anyone would like to adopt a town and become a Town Editor, please email me.
Ann Leuenberger - Editor
Kathy Last - Editor
Greenspan has provided an excellent explanation of towns, villages
& hamlets: Most people confuse terminology. Many times a town
is called "township" and as many times, a hamlet is referred to as a town
or village. Adding to the
problem, there is great confusion between a community's border and the border(s) of the (several) postal zone(s) that service that or part of that community.
The LOCAL GOVERNMENT HANDBOOK, published by
the State of New York Department of State provides some useful help as
it has the official definition of cities, towns and villages. (Townships
and boroughs do not exist in New York
State and information about them is not included here.) Copies of this highly recommended publication can be obtained by e-Mailing "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Postal Zones in New York State
New York State is divided into counties.
A county is a municipal corporation, a subdivision of the state, created to perform state functions; a "regional" government All counties are divided into cities, towns and Indian reservations.
A city is a unique governmental entity with its own special charter. Cities are not sub-divided, except into neighborhoods which are informal geographic areas.
A town is a municipal corporation and encompasses all territory within the state except that within cities or Indian reservations. Towns can be sub-divided into villages and hamlets.
A village is a general purpose municipal corporation formed voluntarily by the residents of an area in one or more towns to provide themselves with municipal services. The pattern of village organization is similar to those of a city. A village is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
A hamlet is an unincorporated area in one or more towns that is governed at-large by the town(s) it is in. A hamlet is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
Postal Zone "City" and "Town"
A postal zone "City" and "Town" is an administrative district established by the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the mail. Postal zone "City" and "Town" may not (but are encouraged to) conform to municipal or community borders.
Thus, postal zone location does not always determine city, village or hamlet location.
Please be aware: In many areas of New
York State, the problem of non-conforming postal zones leads to a situation
where the majority of places have a different community name in their mailing
address than the community where that place is actually located.