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Dictionary of Pennsylvania Place Names - compiled by Sandy Nestor

Dictionary of Pennsylvania Place Names

compiled by Sandy Nestor

  • 1995


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This book is a major update on the original book written in 1925 by Abraham Howry Espenshade. The places are arranged alphabetically, containing a capsule history and name origin (if known). All the counties are also included. Entries include cities, towns, villages, coal patches, mountains, rivers, creeks, and other physical features. Many of the entries with foreign names are given their ultimate name origins. This is a great genealogical resource for Pennsylvania researchers. It is a rule of thumb in genealogical documentation that an event is recorded with the appropriate geographic location that exists at the time of the event. Since place names change over the years, it is also important to know current names in order to continue that research. (221pp. Closson Press, 2012.)


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