What is a One Place Study?
‘One-place studies are a branch of family history with a focus on the entire population of a single village or community, not just a single, geographically dispersed family line’, Wikipedia states.
Why Homer, NY?
I do not live in Homer, although I live about 40 minutes away. I did live in Homer as a child up until age 8, and have many fond memories of the town. My grandparents lived in Homer for most of their married life, my mother and aunt grew up there, my great grandparents lived and worked there, and back a number of generations, my ancestor Stephen Knapp was one of the founding settlers. Homer is one of those wonderful historic NY towns that has preserved its heritage. The streets are lined with wonderful historic buildings, many of them pictured on this web site. Homer is rich in heritage and a delight to visit, both important qualities for a study that will no doubt take much of my time over the years. I am hopeful that others who also love this little village and town will join me in this project, sharing their stories and artifacts to make this study a meaningful resource for anyone interested in this area.