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.
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 on CD-ROM
is now available. 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 foldout map, we've also added an important finding aid in
the form of older topographic maps of Lewis County, the Lewis County
chapter from French's 1860 Gazetteer of New York State, and a few
pages about public welfare institutions in Lewis County as reported in
image to see a typical page from the Lewis County Gazetteer
WHO NEEDS THE GAZETTEER?
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
County -- particularly material like this with large numbers of
names of "ordinary people" -- is extremely scarce.
We think that libraries
will decide that the CD-ROM 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.
know that teachers, particularly in Social Studies and History, will find
it useful. Since this is a CD-ROM, the kind of AV facilities used to
display PowerPoint presentations in the classroom can easily display pages
of the Gazetteer -- it is in PDF format -- and the onscreen
navigational aids enable you to jump from section to section, page to page,
without wasting time (and class attention).
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.
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