From Our eLibrary: Genealogical Data from Inventories of New York Estates, 1666-1825
Genealogical Data from Inventories of New York Estates, 1666-1825, Kenneth Scott and James A. Owre. (1970), contains 1,080 abstracts of inventories of New York estates from the 17th to the early 19th century.
“... in many instances the residence of a descendant is given, sometimes with his status and occasionally with the date of his decease. Executors, administrators, appraisers, persons taking the inventory, constables, overseers and sometimes auctioneers are mentioned. The names of heirs, widows, widowers, children, other relations, business associates, debtors, creditors and purchasers of articles at public or private sale are frequently found.”
The authors also note that when creating the abstracts, they paid special attention to real estate, paintings, gold, silves, jewlery, slaves, and other artifacts.