Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

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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Women of Library History: Grosvenor Room Leading Ladies of Yesterday

The original Grosvenor Library (1871-1974, Franklin and Edward Streets)  established a magnificent reference collection that remains the core of our current genealogy, local history, music, and rare book collections.  For Women’s History Month, we honor and remember two librarians who … Continue reading

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Clipping the History of Buffalo

“Serious students researching a local subject may find that the library is way ahead of them” touted a Buffalo Evening News article from 1967. Indeed, the  Scrapbook Collection in the Grosvenor Room has helped many by providing a significant slice … Continue reading

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The “Best Atlas in the World”

Now on display in the Grosvenor Room: Earth. Sydney : Millennium House, 2008. 1 atlas (576 p.) : col. ill. (8 folded), col. maps ; 61 cm. Foreword by David Bellamy ; chief consultant, Charles F. Gritzner .  No. 338/2000.  … Continue reading

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Where can I find…?

Family researchers often find themselves seeking a specific piece of information about an ancestor, such as birth date.  We might think that the only place to find this is the actual birth record of that person.  However, these alternate sources usually … Continue reading

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