In honor of Labor Day, this weeks free database is the Erie Magazine Last Name Index, created by a Milwaukee-based Erie Railroad fan.
Its actually not truly a database, since you dont search itinstead, you browse by last name. Names come from Erie Railroad Magazine, published for workers who helped build the railroad. It started in southern New York (because the upstaters got the canal) and eventually extended into Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois (learn more from the Erie-Lackawanna Historical Society).
Look around the rest of this railroad enthusiast’s great site, too, for historical information, employee rosters, rail officials names and resources for continuing your search for Erie and other railroad ancestors.