Monday, 7 November 2016
The Illustrated Atlas and a Hidden Gem
Because the title of these publications is "The Illustrated Atlas of the County Of..." you may not have noticed the hidden gem.
Besides holding cadastre maps (with owner's names) of towns and townships in that county, in the back of the books is a Patron's Directory. Why is this different from other directories? Aha! this is the gem...
It states their name, residence, business (even if it is farming), PO address, where the person was born and the date of settlement in that county!
Here is an example - my 2x great grandfather John Seale in Pittsburgh Township, Frontenac County, Ontario. He was born in Ireland and settled in the county in 1833.
Note: The second link below is a list at Internet Archive. Check index, some directories are throughout instead of at the back. In the Andreas directory of Hancock County Illinois it is a list of Subscribers (see index). In the directory for St Joseph, Indiana it is a list of County References. You can also do a search using the authors of the atlases listed, there maybe some histories of counties that have a list of patrons.
Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Ontario, 1878 - Patron's Directory in the back
Illustrated historical atlases of counties in the US and CAN
Related Post: Location, Location, Location
(to which is added 2 atlases for Australia)