The holiday season sees a burst in publishing with three new books out in the Half-Shire region.
The new History of Oswego County, prepared by all of the town, city and village historians throughout 2016, will be available after December 15.
The 192-page, fully-illustrated book is available in hardcover ($20 plus $3 for postage) or paperback ($10, plus $3 postage) through Half-Shire.
Each town has an article of several pages, with a top 10 list of interesting facts.
There are accompanying articles on topics of interest such as Fort Ontario, the Underground Railroad, SUNY Oswego and Otto’s Mills in Redfield.
The professionally published book will only be printed once, and a limited number of copies are available.
From the town of Williamstown comes the new regional history of Maple Hill and its families.
This fully illustrated book with detailed genealogies and restored photos sells for $30, or $33 with shipping.
It is a compliment to the regional history collector and stands out among its predecessors the Happy Valley Keepsake, Kasoag and Westdale books which all took a detailed look at a region around Williamstown.
Julie Litts Robst has her newest book in the Pulaski Democrat Vital Record Series out, with the years 1896-1901 covered.
Julie has painstakingly transcribed all reports of birth, death and marriage from the Pulaski Democrat newspapers of these years.
The 200 page book sells for $35, or $38 with postage.
Persons renewing their Half-Shire dues for 2017 at the supporting rate of $25 can obtain any of these books with no shipping attached through the New Year holiday.
Regular dues are $12 per year.
2016 was a very busy and productive year for our organization.
One of the things we are most pleased with accomplishing is our new digital index that can be found on our website for our obituary collection.
More than 40,000 names are currently listed.
This index can be cited when requesting copies for research.
Kevin Stewart, Erma Schroeder and Fay Colvin deserve enormous credit for the indexing and catching up of the obituary collection.
Also on our website are indexes for our holdings in both the southwest classroom and the second floor library.
Through the winter we will continue to update our genealogy index to have that updated and available to show far away researchers what families we have files on.
Vice president Greg Monette deserves huge thanks for all his hard work at seeing these tasks through.
The end of the year newsletter is late in mailing; meanwhile we did a mailing of our book information as well as dues notices.
Look for your newsletter in the next few weeks.
Half-Shire can be contacted at PO 73, 1100 County Route 48, Richland, NY 13144
Our website is www.halfshire.org.
We are open only by appointment from December through early March as we do some winter renovations and also save on heat costs.
Our facebook page at “Half Shire” will keep members and friends up to date through the winter months.