Municipal and County Historians in Niagara County lists historians for the Cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda; Towns of Cambria, Hartland, Lewiston, Lockport, Newfane, Niagara, Pendleton, Porter, Royalton, Somerset, Wheatfield, and Wilson; Villages of Lewiston, Middleport, Wilson and Youngtown; and the Niagara County Historian.
In Erie County, next door:
ThinkQuest's "Re-living History: The War of 1812" atlas has helpful maps of the Niagara Peninsula (Ontario) and a closeup of the Niagara Border.
The State University of New York at Stony Brook has put some terrific New York State Historical Maps online. Note, especially, the "Map of the Western Part of the State of New York Including the Holland Purchase," which dates from about 1825; it shows Niagara and the other seven counties of the Holland Purchase, complete with city/town divisions.
The Niagara County Genealogical Society is making available their printing of a very rare wall map of Niagara County. The original map has been out of print for over 100 years. In 1996 the NCGS began their reprinting effort with the reprinting of 12 individual maps that covered the villages and hamlets of Niagara County in 1860. The 1860 wall map was used for many years in the early schools throughout the county. The 12 smaller maps surrounded the larger map of the county. The 12 Niagara County village and hamlet maps are 17 1/2" x 23" and are printed on Scott offset 70# cream paper. The large wall map is reprinted in a full 28" x 36" size on heavier off-white paper. It contains hundreds of names of land owners and residents in the rural areas of Niagara County in 1860. (The names displayed on the large map are different names than those that appear on the 12 smaller maps of the individual hamlets.) Also on the large map are cemeteries, churches, train lines and stations, schools, small cross-road communities, post offices, creeks and streams, as well as a scale of miles. Lots and sections from the Holland Land Company records are also displayed.
The Library of Congress has an 1882 map of Niagara Falls, NY, with several view options.
While not actually a map page, this listing of Old Road/Area Names in the Town of Lockport may help you in researching census and other location-based records.
Another historical entry is particularly fascinating: Marist College's animated map of County Formation, New York, 1683-1915. Watch the counties develop!
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