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History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Genealogical & Biographical Sketches.

By: J. Smith Futhey & Gilbert Cope, Orig. Pub. 1881, 1196 pages, Index, ISBN #0-89308-978-8.  Chester County was one the first three counties in Pennsylvania and was created in 1682.  It sits in the southeastern corner of the state boarding Maryland.  This book is not too different from other county history books of this era.  With such topics as trade & transportation, labor, farming, towns & burrows, Boundary Lines, politics, Proprietary Interests & Land Titles, and religion - all important in the development of the county - are carefully discussed.  This type of county history book can help one develop ideas or paths to those missing ancestors by showing the customs and traditions of the local residents.  A particular useful feature of this book is the extensive biographical information included.  This volume contains more than 350 biographical sketches, included in which are some 10,000 additional family members.  The New Index for this edition has approximately 32,000 entries.