The Canals of New York State

The Canals of New York State is a collection of articles written specifically about the canals and canal system in the state of New York. These articles were collected and assembled by the American Canal Society and the Canal Society of New York State. In all, over 55 articles tell the history of the construction, the repair, the commercial interest, as well as the social and economic impact of the canals on New Yorkers.

The publication includes maps, photographs, and approximately 100 drawings of canals, old and new. Articles present the history and present condition of all major canals with detailed descriptions of the following: the Erie Canal, the Oswego and Champlain Canals, the Delaware and Hudson, the Shenango and Chemung Canals, the Junction Canal, the Gowanas and Mott Haven Canals, and the Shinnecock Canal. Briefly mentions the Genessee Valley and Black River Canals, and the Cayuga and Seneca Canals.

The last page of the book provides a list of 18 “other publications of the American Canal and Transportation Center.”

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • New York Canal Map (1905)
  • Erie Canal – 170 Years Old!
  • Erie Canal Bicycle Tour
  • Erie Canal Museum Expansion
  • Erie Canal Having Trouble Coping
  • An Early Trip on the Erie Canal
  • Erie Canal Illustrations
  • Cruising New York’s Inland Waterways
  • “Narrow Boats: on the Erie Canal
  • New D&H Canal Visitors’ Center
  • Northeast Inland Waterways Tour
  • New Erie Canal Plus Energy Isle
  • Trials and Tribulations
  • Canvass White-hero of the Erie Canal
  • Winter Shut-Down on the Erie Canal
  • Canal Season Good
  • Night Life on a Canal Packet Boat
  • Big Plans on the Erie Canal
  • By Tug Boat Thru the Erie Canal
  • “Canal Boatman” by Lionel Wyld
  • Songs of the “Horse-Ocean Sailor”
  • Across New York by Train and Canal
  • Champlain Canal & the Junction Lock
  • Canaller’s Songbook Cassette
  • When the Iron Horse was Foaled
  • Genessee Valley Canal – 150th
  • Canal Society of New Jersey Visits the D&H
  • Gerald Chapman Comments
  • D&H Canal Heritage Project
  • 1989 Tonnage on the New York Canals
  • Gowanus Canal Future in “Murky”
  • Chenango Canal
  • History of the Shinnecock Canal
  • How the Shinnecock Canal Works
  • The Junction Canal
  • Chemung Canal
  • Camillus-Erie Canal Town Park
  • Erie Lock 12 Dedication
  • New Map of the D&H Railroads
  • New Boat for the Erie Canal
  • Seminar at Robert Wesleyan
  • The “Old Erie” at Lockport
  • The Mott Haven Canal
  • Gen’l Lafayette Revisits USA
  • American-Canadian Meet at Syracuse
  • The Oswego Canal
  • 1792 Batteau Recreated
  • Erie Canal Board Game
  • The Black River Canal
  • Chenango Canal Book
  • Erie Canal Book
  • Lockport – Erie Canal Museum
  • Adirondack Waters
  • Canal Way Trail
  • With the Shakers on the Erie Canal
  • Steam Tug Trapped
  • New York Canals Before the Erie

The Canals of New York State is available at Family Roots Publishing; Item #: ACT08, Price $10.73.

Family Bible Records for Graham, Richmond, Madison & Polk Counties, NC Requested by the State Archives

The following excerpt is from an AP article posted in the July 6, 2011 edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

RALEIGH — Officials from the State Archives and State Library are looking for families in four North Carolina counties to help fill a gap in Bible records.

The archivists and librarians say they have collected family Bible records in 96 counties and now need help from families in Graham, Richmond, Madison and Polk counties. Those are the only counties with no representation in the Archives collection.

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