Cumpston Research

You can read more about the Albany project which includes this piece of Edward Cumpston at
http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/criteria.html

The Colonial Albany Social History Project understands that the life of a person living in the city of Albany was substantially different from that of the farmers and husbandmen who inhabited surrounding Albany County. To better focus on the human dimensions of "city life," the project has established definitive criteria for inclusion in the "people of colonial Albany" study population. The following tests have worked well in focusing project energy on the 16,000 men, women, and children we call the people of colonial Albany.

. Born before the end of the year 1800.
(absolute requirement for inclusion)

t Albany city resident.
(lived in city, owned city property, worked or other business in city)

t Spouse of a city resident.

t Child born to Albany parents
(parents were city residents for a significant length of time).

(The "people of colonial Albany" are defined as those who meet the first of the listed requirements and one or more of the others.)

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