I foresee the book to be organized as follows.
Table of Contents
Dedication & Acknowledgements
Notes (on transliteration, spelling of proper names, spelling of village names)
History by region:
Lower Anthracite RegionAppendixes
Upper Anthracite Region
Monongahela River Valley / Southwestern PA
List of Settlements (town, county) with cross-reference to main entryGlossary
Lodge listings by organization (sorted numeric / by location)
Chain Migration by village
Index (of proper names? – localities will be indexed in the Appendix: List of Settlements)
Within each region (I may call these the “chapters”), there will be entries for each main community.
The text will be footnoted, or endnoted, with the notes presented at the end of each entry/chapter.
|Coal fields of the anthracite region.|
From Michael Novak, The Guns of Lattimer (1978)
As to the order of the regions, overall I’m trying to go from the earliest settlements (which are in the anthracite region both “lower” and “upper”) and move generally to their geographically contiguous areas, then moving westward. Of course, I jump from Upper Anthracite down to Southeastern PA to acknowledge the earlier settlements in Philadelphia and Mont Clare/Phoenixville before those in the Lehigh Valley, which began a bit later.
Also, by this method of ordering I’m a bit torn, because Pittsburgh had Carpatho-Rusyn settlers already in the 1880s, the first church was founded in 1890 (in Duquesne), etc., yet it’s in the second half of the order. (And it comes after Altoona-Johnstown, whose Carpatho-Rusyn communities were a bit later to develop than Pittsburgh.)
Within a region, I am not sure how to order the entries. One approach would be alphabetically, but then you wouldn’t logically be presented first with the place that had the earliest settlement in that region that was a key to the development of other communities in that region. So how best to order them? Should I start with the earliest settlement in that region, and then go through the rest alphabetically? It would be difficult to do it purely from oldest to most recent. Whichever way it’s done, there will be entries that seem out of order.