Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

Saving Genealogy Dollars in the New Year

With the coming of the New Year, many of us are pondering our goals for 2012. [Will it be to achieve career advancement, to kick a habit, or to drop a few pounds…?]  In our current economy, many of us … Continue reading

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Land and Property Resources for Erie County and New York State

  Real Property Database, Erie County, New York – Many local governments across the U.S. provide access to property databases and Erie County is one of them.  Search for property by address or property owner name.  The record may list … Continue reading

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1940 Census Vintage Newsreel

Interested in learning more about how the U.S. Population Census was taken years ago?  Here’s a vintage film typical of early newsreels that gives insight into the process for the 1940 Census.  An interesting first-time addition for 1940 — researchers … Continue reading

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Social Security Application News

According to a blog post by genealogist Megan Smolenyak, there is a new restriction to parent name information on Social Security Applications.  Previously, a genealogy researcher could order the application of anyone listed in the Social Security Death Index and … Continue reading

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Featured Resource

Are you looking for your Polish ancestor’s place of birth?  If you are and haven’t already, check out the following resource.  It is a short work, but if you are lucky enough to have your ancestor listed, you might make … Continue reading

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1930 Mexico National Census

Just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month, Ancestry Library Edition has added the 1930 Mexico National Census to the database.  Data which you will find about those listed is: name age (in years, months, and days) gender head of household … Continue reading

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Beyond Vital Events Announcements: Newspapers in Genealogy Research

Many family historians think of newspaper research in narrow terms: birth, marriage, and death announcements.  Newspapers can provide so much more.  Here are some examples: Advertisements: for family businesses, an ancestor’s property for sale, a business move, going out of … Continue reading

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New Guides and Publications on Our Website!

Check out the following new guides and publications, which are available on the Grosvenor Room Genealogy Web Page! Census – Buffalo Wards by Street 1915 1920 1925 Church Records –   Buffalo Churches 1832-1860 Buffalo Churches in 1931 Family History – Genealogy Pamphlets … Continue reading

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Finding Local Histories

Local history books often contain a wealth of biographical information on pioneer families, professionals, business owners, and prominent citizens.  Find out what local histories exist for the areas where your ancestors lived by using the following resources. Books Gro CS47 … Continue reading

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Medical Terms for Genealogists

Would you like to better understand your ancestor’s illness?  The following list includes books that define medical terms, give historical background to illnesses, and describe treatment for select illnesses. GRO Ref R462 .B75 1998. Briggs, Elizabeth and Colin. Before Modern … Continue reading

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