Our County-wide Features

Spotlight On: a gallery of the pictures featured monthly on our front page!

>>> Pioneer Portraits Project <<<

1862-1865 Civil War weather statistics: with county officers, from Child's 1866-1867 County Directory.

1894-1895 Board of Supervisors: a group portrait from Haddock's History of Jefferson County.

1900 Board of Supervisors: a group portrait from Jefferson County Archives.

. . . . discover more County-wide resources at other websites on our "Links" page!!!



Historical Background

     Jefferson County, created in 1805 from Oneida County, was named in honor of President Thomas Jefferson. Settlement started as early as 1794. The economy has always been heavily supported by agriculture—particularly dairy farming—and by some of the oldest paper mills in the state.

     The county is located at the east end of Lake Ontario, in a region of New York called the "North Country." It is bordered on the northwest by the St. Lawrence River, on the northeast by St. Lawrence County, on the east by Lewis County, and on the south by Oswego County.

     The only city is Watertown, population roughly 30,000, located about 80 miles north of Syracuse, Onondaga Co., New York.

     Today, the county features numerous historic and tourist attractions, including the Thousand Islands Region and Sackets Harbor, site of two battles during the War of 1812.

. . . . For historical background visit Marc Mosher's "A History of the Jefferson County Region."
. . . . For official information visit the Jefferson County Government Official Website
. . . . For tourism information visit Thousand Islands Virtual Travel Guide
. . . . For additional genealogical information visit Nan Dixon's Jefferson County GenWeb!
. . . . For both excellent genealogical and historical information browse this website!