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Chautauqua County Historic Structures
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(1) What is the Chautauqua County Historic Structures database (CCHS)?
(2) What are the Unknowns and Miscellaneous images?
(3) How can we contribute?

(1) What is the Chautauqua County Historic Structures database (CCHS)?

The CCHS is a community-sponsored, volunteer-operated collection of information regarding nineteenth century home sites or other historic structures in Chautauqua County. Common sources of information are the public records of the Chautauqua County Clerk, the 1854 Map of Chautauqua County, the 1867 Atlas of Chautauqua County, the 1881 Atlas of Chautauqua County, and published sources, such as Architecture in Fredonia, New York 1811 - 1997 by architectural historian Daniel Reiff with local research by Douglas Shepard.

(2) What are the Unknowns and Miscellaneous images?

The collected "Unknowns" images most likely depict structures from Chautauqua County, but whose locations are unknown. If you can identify any of the structures and/or their locations, please contact the Chautauqua County historian.

The "Unknown" images within a township often picture a structure or group of structures with an approximate location. If you have further information about any of these images, please contact the Chautauqua County historian.

(3) How can we contribute?

If you are an individual with current or former roots in Chautauqua County, you may have photos or stories about one or more of these home sites. Also welcome are photos of individuals or families who occupied these sites, particularly prior to 1950. To make specific arrangements for submission of images or text, contact the County Historian.

If you represent a Chautauqua County museum or library, you may have access to a wealth of photos and stories about many of the home sites shown on the major maps of the nineteenth century. Again, photos of early individuals connected to these sites are also welcome. To make specific arrangements for submission of images or text, and to be sure that your institution is properly credited with the submission, contact the County Historian.

If you are a collector of postcards, you may also have a wealth of information to share about historic homes or other structures in Chautauqua County. To make specific arrangements for submission of images, and to be sure that you are properly credited with the submission, contact the County Historian.


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