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Garret Flansburg farm, Berne, Lot 510; taken August 11, 1911.
Photo posted by Darin Flansburg<b.>This image was designed as a poster. We encourage people to copy it and post it on local community bulletin boards and in libraries and historical centers.

Berne, one of the four Albany County Hilltowns, is at the west border of Albany County. The other Hilltowns are Knox, Westerlo, and Rensselaerville. The town of Berne (originally spelled "Bern") was created in 1795 from part of the Rensselaerville. In 1822 the north half of Berne was spun off to form the new Town of Knox.According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 64.8 square miles. The west town line is the border of Schoharie County, New York.

  • Maps - Click the following link to view various Berne maps.
  • Census records for the following years have been transcribed and posted on the Berne Historical Project site: 1790, 1800, 1840, 1850, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1865 Additional, 1905, 1915, 1925

Berne Biographies

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Hilltown Berne Biographies will not appear on a search on this part of the site. Click here for more information.


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Numerous maps have been found, some dating back 250 years. Click here for more information.


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Berne's History appears in many publications. Click here for more information.

Military History

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From the beginning residents of Berne have served in the military. Click here for more information.

Bicentennial Celebration

Applying for and receiving recognition as a Bicentennial Community

Family Histories and Genealogy

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Hilltown Family Histories and Genealogy provide details beyond the usual genealogy chart. Visit for complete genealogies of most Hilltown residents. Click here for more information.

Farms and Lots

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Hilltown Farms and Lots mirror the history of the people and area. Click here for more information.

Historic Homes

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Hilltown historic homes range from grand estates to humble homes. Click here for more information.


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Hilltown churches formed and often merged, divided, and disbanded, so tracking churches can be a challenge. Click here for more information.


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Hilltown cemeteries range from tiny, hidden family plots to huge cemeteries. Click here for more information.


Back to Schools

Hilltowns had numerous one-room schools scattered to be near population centers. school. In 1932 Berne and Knox joined the form the Berne-Knox Central School District. Westerlo joined later the make the Berne-Knox-Westerlo or BKW. Click here for more information.


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Hilltown organizations united residents and provided services the made life in the Hilltowns more enjoyable. Click here for more information.


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Berne businesses thrived for generations. Click here for more information.

Hamlets and Communities

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Each of the four Hilltowns covers a large area. Early settlers joined together to create small hamlets, villages, communities, and just groups of houses. Click here for more information.

Berne - Then and Now

Places how they were then and now!

Photo Gallery

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Hilltown photos record the people, places, and things through out the years. Click here for more information.

External Links

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External Links to other web sites can bring you to valuable sources of information. Click here for more information.

Berne Today

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Berne Today offers many activities for visitors and residents. Click here for more information.

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