Monthly Archives: August 2010

White Bros. Livery

The White Bros. Livery & Boarding Stable on Jersey Street, threatened with demolition in 2008, will soon be given new life as apartments.   Built in 1889 and designed by architect Richard Waite, the livery is considered an architectural treasure and … Continue reading

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Birth Information in U.S. Census Records

Did you know that the census can be a valuable resource in determining birth information about your ancestors?  See the summaries below for the details.  You may be surprised about what you can find out! Birth Information in the 1850-1930 … Continue reading

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Local Histories in Genealogy Research

Sources that often get overlooked in genealogy research are local histories.  County and town histories can provide important information about our ancestors, lead us to records, and help us get a better picture of our ancestors’ lives.  Here are some … Continue reading

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Bell Aircraft in Buffalo

The Bellringer. April 1943, p.11 Recently the Buffalo News featured two articles on the Bell Aircraft Corporation plane that was recovered in Russia more than 60 years after it left the plant in Wheatfield.  Astonishingly, the penciled signatures of two … Continue reading

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Why genealogists love City Directories

A city directory is an alphabetical list of all adult residents in the city, giving home address and usually the occupation or employer.  City directories were published (with some exceptions) on an annual basis.  The Grosvenor Room has Buffalo directories … Continue reading

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The fair is here!

One of the most anticipated events of the summer begins today–the 171st Erie County Fair!  Did you know that the fair was first held in Buffalo?  Organized by the County Agricultural Society in 1820, the first fairgrounds were located at the … Continue reading

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Brewing in Buffalo

A cold beer on a hot summer day is a welcome treat. Buffalo, N.Y. was once a hot bed of brewing activity. In honor of this fact and to coincide with the upcoming Brewfest, we present some Buffalo brewing history… … Continue reading

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