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Lewis County, NY history and genealogy


Child's Gazetteer and Business Directory of Lewis County, NY for 1872 - 73        


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Hamilton Child's 1872 Gazetteer is one of three important books for the Lewis County historian or genealogist to own.

It is singularly important because it both provides a history of the county and its towns, and it also does what the histories do not:  it lists the people and it tells what they do.  That it also provides the information one expects from a gazetteer -- summary information about  towns, with specifics about businesses, churches, newspapers, organizations and the like -- makes it all the more necessary.

In addition to the names liberally sprinkled through the history sections, the Gazetteer offers page after page of names (and some details) of everyone in Lewis County at that time who could possibly have been considered to be "in business" -- including farmers, and for farmers it even lists the number of acres owned or under lease. 

Town of Turin, Lewis County, NY

Child's Gazetteer is also useful in developing an understanding of rural life at the time, in the decade after the Civil War.   What Child considered important general information (it appears as boilerplate in all his gazetteers) is interesting:  "maxims of law", advice on succeeding in business, formulas for mixing peculiar substances, specific information about the states and territories and their attractiveness, and a discussion of how to claim the public lands are just a few of the subjects.  

Child's Gazetteer in PDF format as a download is now available.  This replaces the CD-ROM of this book, which we have discontinued.  As well as the full text of the Gazetteer (all 311 pages of it -- actually, somewhat fewer than that; here's an example of a 19th century publisher cutting a few corners -- worth seeing if you're of the opinion that cutting corners is a more modern phenomenon), plus a reproduction of the particularly rare oldout map.


Lewis County Gazetteer typical page

Click the image to see a typical page from the Lewis County Gazetteer


If you are working on genealogy or history with a Lewis County connection, we think that you do.  People who have worked in the area know that 19th century source material about Lewis County -- particularly material like this with large numbers of names of "ordinary people" -- is extremely scarce. 

We think that libraries will decide that this download represents a good way to avoid further wear and tear on that carefully guarded original of Child's Gazetteer -- if they're fortunate enough to have one

We know that teachers, particularly in Social Studies and History, will find it useful. 

If you're simply interested in Lewis County, NY -- even as it is today -- the Gazetteer represents an inexpensive, easy to use way of learning about the county's 19th century past.   


This volume is now available as a download.  While the CD-ROM it replaced was priced at $20, we think you will appreciate that this download is only $4.50 -- with no wait for the Post Office to get it to you!


To the Lewis County, NY page to return to our Lewis County, NY page -- we have additional Lewis County downloads available!

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