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We have a wide variety of resources for your family research needs. Genealogy research requests can be made with Lewis County Historical Society.


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Events - Civil War Project


 The Lewis County Historical Society is embarking on a Civil War project, gathering the data and images of veterans who enlisted in Lewis County. The project, which could result in the publication of data and photographs, will be the combination of already established Historical Society records and input from the community.

“We encourage people to bring in their family photos to be scanned or email the images to us,” said Jerry Perrin, office manager. To date, the society has gathered approximately 50 images from donations, provided copies or from Internet research. “We will try to put together a biography and war record with each image as a permanent record. If we get enough images there is a possibility of creating a book as a fund raiser,” said Mr. Perrin.

For those uncertain about a relative’s involvement, volunteers at the society can undertake research efforts using the New York State veteran’s database.

Volunteers may also utilize “Where Brave Men Sleep,” by Charlie Shaw. The book lists the service records of known Lewis County Civil War veterans and the location of their burial. Copies of the book are currently being printed and are expected to arrive by the week of the Lewis County Fair. The society anticipates offering the book at their fair booth for $25.

Another valuable research tool on local Civil War history is “Lewis County Goes to War,” a collection of newspaper articles compiled by Jack Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe’s widow, Thea, has given permission to the society to reprint the work. The collection is now available for purchase at the society gift shop for $12.

For more information about the project contact the Historical Society at 376-8957 or





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