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Erie Canal

KateNich (View posts)
Posted: 11 Nov 2005 1:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Burke
Is it possible to get information about employment records or related information from the rebuild of the Erie Canal in the 1850s?

Re: Erie Canal

barbara flint (View posts)
Posted: 14 Nov 2005 1:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
http://www.fultonhistory.com/

Old newspapers, mostly Oswego but some Jefferson and Lewis.
Lots of news about erie canal. Put it in quotation marks.

Re: Erie Canal

Michael Riley (View posts)
Posted: 4 Dec 2005 2:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Most of the people working on the construction of the canals were contractors, not what we would consider to be state employees. Lock tenders, bank watchers were state paid and their appointments were often printed in the local papers. The contractors kept their own records, and they in turn were paid by division superintendents who kept records. But names were not part of the record. If the work was going on during one of the state or federal censuses, they should be listed as part of the work force.
The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse would be a place to check, or the state archives in Albany, but be perpared to do a lot of sitting and looking through boxes of records for something that might not be there.
As the other post said, check the local papers for any hints about when work was going on, accidents to the men or work site, fights police actions and so on. Good luck.

Re: Erie Canal

Mikel Busby (View posts)
Posted: 16 Mar 2006 3:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
The Erie canal actually ran south of the Oswego area for the most part. It ran through Oneida, Madison counties. Then hit Oneida lake, ran through the lake to another section that ended in Rochester area. You might try New York State history since it crosses so many counties.
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