P. William Filby
Compiled for use by historians and genealogists, A
Bibliography of American County Histories provides a
state-by-state listing of all published county histories of any
significance, giving information concerning title, author, and
place and date of publication, as well as details of editions,
reprints, and indexes, so the reader can learn what is available
almost at a glance.
The work is based primarily on the holdings of the Library of
Congress and the New York Public Library, but draws as well on
published state bibliographies and lists of county histories
furnished by librarians in each state. Comparatively few county
histories are published any more--their now almost quaint subject
matter features biographical sketches, lists of vital records, and
narratives of early explorations and settlements--so this book will
remain the standard bibliography for years to come.
The late P.W. Filby was a world-renowned scholar, bibliographer,
and cryptologist. He was the author or compiler of twenty books,
including works on calligraphy, genealogy, and immigration. His
best known works in bibliography include the monumental American
& British Genealogy & Heraldry (1983) and Passenger
and Immigration Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900 (1981).
"A boon for both genealogists and historians,
Filby's work provides a detailed listing of published county
histories for the entire United States with the exceptions of
Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. . . . With the help of librarians
in each state and state bibliographies, Filby was able, in most
cases, to double the number of county histories listed by the
Library of Congress and the New York Public Library for that
state."--AMERICAN LIBRARIES (May 1987).
"Both professional and fledgling genealogists will find this a
useful tool in research."--THE PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL
MAGAZINE, Vol. XXXV, No. 1 (1987).
"The book [Filby] has produced is a quality product which deserves
a place in local history collections."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS
"Any public, academic, or special library with local history
interests will find this book an essential purchase. Libraries
serving genealogists no longer can provide adequate reference
service without it."--RQ (Winter 1985), p. 253.
"We therefore hail the publication of this newest Filby venture,
based on the holdings of libraries throughout the country. By
judicious omission of words and phrases from the awesomely detailed
titles of most of the county histories, Mr. Filby has been able to
include over 5,000 titles, with full bibliographical data for
each."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol.
116, No. 4 (October 1985).
"The indefatigable Mr. Filby has produced another monumental
work."--NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 73, No. 3
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