Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

New Family History Research presentations at the Central Library!

This month, the Central Library is hosting a series of genealogy talks by Librarian and experienced genealogist Rhonda Konig.  These are just some of the many April events at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries during “Love Your Library Month”!

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Upcoming Free Genealogy Classes @ the Central Library

4/3/2014 -12pm-1pm - Jumpstart Your Genealogy – Learn what is involved in genealogy research, the starting steps in genealogy and gain an overview of select, easy to use, high impact genealogy resources. This event will be held in the Ring of … Continue reading

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Print Sources Class This Sunday

Print Resources for Genealogy Research Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 2 PM Primary records aren’t the only sources for genealogy research. Published works can advance family lines, provide details of ancestors’ lives and help break down brick walls.  Join Forest Lawn … Continue reading

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2013 Local History Books: An end of year roundup!

2013 was a great year for local history books, and the Grosvenor Room was able to acquire titles on many popular Buffalo research subjects. Here are some of the most frequently asked for recently published books we added this year: … Continue reading

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Genealogy 101 Class This Sunday

Genealogy 101 January 5th, 2014 2 PM Forest Lawn is one of the largest repositories of individual and family heritage in Western New York. We invite you to join Forest Lawn and speaker Rhonda Konig, Grosvenor Room Librarian at Buffalo … Continue reading

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Wizard of Oz Genealogy

From now through April 2014, the Rare Book Room is displaying their collection of Wizard of Oz books as part of  “The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum” exhibit.  Wizard of Oz memorabilia, quotes and imagery can be found throughout the Central Library. … Continue reading

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Retro Buffalo Bills

These Buffalo Bills caricatures were found in the Sports in Buffalo scrapbook at the Central Library’s Grosvenor Room.   The Courier Express featured the drawings during the 1965 season, a year that the Bills won the AFL Championship, upsetting the favorite, … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Scrapbook

Selections from a scrapbook compiled in Buffalo by Thelma Hildebrand for her husband, Private Nelson Fischer, 1941-1942. The book documents Nelson’s travels as a soldier, and includes napkins, matchbooks, telegrams, greeting cards, and even bars of soap.

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Donate your old yearbooks to the Library!

Looking for a home for your unwanted yearbooks?  Consider donating them to the Library!  Once beloved mementos for young students, old high school and college yearbooks are now treasured by genealogists, local historians, and even school reunion planners. The Grosvenor … Continue reading

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Fun find in a D.A.R. Scrapbook

Here’s a unique item from one of our scrapbooks: a beautiful table place card from a dinner held in 1931 at the Town Club on Delaware Ave.  This scrapbook was compiled from 1926 to 1931 by Mrs. Belle Morgan, who … Continue reading

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