History of Monroe County
Do you have ancestors who lived in Monroe County? Have you ever wondered what
their lives were like during the time that they lived there?
If you would like to find out more about Rochester and the surrounding towns
of Monroe County to have a better understanding of your ancestor's lives, then
this is the place to look! Here you will find information about the various
towns, cities and villages. How did these towns start out? Who were the people
who populated these areas? Were they all immigrants or were they a mixture of
both old and new settlers?
There are so many questions and many, many answers. If you are serious about
your family history project then it can only benefit you and those who will read
your family histories if you are able to add factual information to enhance the
story of your ancestor's lives.
Here you will find out how the town your ancestor's lived began. Were there
Indians? Was it a farming community? Were there many manufacturers? Who were the
first settlers? By finding out about the town, village or city where your
ancestors settled, you will be able to have a better understanding of their
lives. If for instance your ancestor came to Rochester before 1827, when it was
incorporated, then you will know that it was little more than a village when
they arrived and that they witnessed one of the biggest boons in the early
1800's when Rochester became a city and expanded.
Who were the first settlers? Were they memorable? As the county expanded what
types of people settled there? How might they have influenced our ancestors?
Some of them became nationally and internationally known while others only had
local fame, but they all helped to shape the times and the lives of our
The curious or merely different stories of our ancestor's time. Beyond
the headlines, there were many other newsworthy items. These other events
helped to shape the county and it's people.
There were many occupations that are no longer in existence today. This
section lists and describes some of the common occupations of early Monroe
County. What did a cooper do? Or a blacksmith? Were they the
same or a related occupation? Another way that we can better understand
our ancestors is if we understand the work that they did every day.
If you had ancestors living in Monroe County you probably have wondered how
well informed they were of the events of the Civil War or even what other events
were newsworthy at that time in our nation's history. Here you will find
stories about the Civil War and Monroe County taken from Rochester newspapers.
Did the war shape the events that were part of our Ancestor's lives in the
1860's in Monroe County? In what ways did it affect daily life?