We are very happy to report that the Genesee County Gazetteer for 1882 is once again available.
This item, originally published by A. J. Craft, is 455 pages long, and most of it is of interest to someone researching in Genesee County, New York, today. While roughly 140 pages of this directory are dedicated to the legal practices and customs in business in those days — which can be useful background information — it applies generally and isn’t specific to Genesee County. It also includes a lengthy article on James G. Garfield, the President who was assassinated in 1881 — which the text calls “…the saddest history of the American Nation”) — which is of more general interest.
The remainder (and by far the largest part of the volume) is of great interest to genealogists and historians today. Included are histories, including names of early settlers, of Genesee County (and of the Holland Patent) and its constituent towns, Genesee County business by type, and perhaps most important, a directory of individuals and businesses in the county, arranged by town.
The Post Office, occupation, and number of acres for farmers, are included. This directory section is 230 pages long.
There is also a decent amount of advertising. These items were heavily used in businesses and were rarely retained, so this is pretty much a rarity.
It was formerly included in our Genesee County Collection CD-ROM, which has been discontinued.
More information about the Genesee County Gazetteer for 1882 on our Genesee County page.