Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

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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New Materials in the Grosvenor Room

Savage, James. Female index to genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England.   GRO Ref F3 .F46 2008 Bracy, Isabel. Records of Revolutionary War Veterans who lived in Madison County, New York.  GRO Ref F127 .M2 R43 1988  Passenger and Immigration … Continue reading

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Maps Maps Maps!

The Grosvenor Room houses maps and atlases that are used by local history researchers and genealogists, but these are just a small portion of the Central Library’s incredible collection of over 70,000  local, regional, state, national, and international maps.  For more information … Continue reading

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Finding Family Histories

Have you wondered if a history of your family has already been written?  If you have, the following resources may lead you in the right direction.  Keep in mind that family histories are only as good as the researcher and … Continue reading

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Now on display – “The Blue and the Gray: Songs of the Civil War”

Come view the display of historic music commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, (April 12, 1861). Included are sheet music, broadsides, songsters, and other materials from Central Library’s Grosvenor Room music collection.  Broadsides were … Continue reading

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A Quick Start to Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors

Search the following databases in Ancestry Library Edition: U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783—will give rank and state fought with. Revolutionary War Pension Index—will give rank and state fought with. Search HeritageQuest Online’s Revolutionary War Documents: The documents include select items … Continue reading

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A Quick Start to Researching Your New York State Civil War Ancestors

Search  New York Soldiers in the Civil War—*E523.3 .W55 1999 to find your ancestor’s regiment. Find the volume of the following set which corresponds to your ancestor’s: regiment: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York 1894—E523.2 … Continue reading

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New Exhibit! “Lafayette Square: Then & Now”

Come view the Central Library Rare Book Room’s latest exhibit, an exploration of the architectural history of Lafayette Square!  Featuring photographs, postcards, maps, & ephemera of the Square itself and the grand buildings that have come and gone, this exhibit is … Continue reading

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A Quick Start to Researching Your World War I Ancestors

Search the following in Ancestry Library Edition: World War I Draft Registration Cards—May provide birth date and place, nearest relative, dependents, father’s place of birth, physical description, marital status, occupation and employer. The Grosvenor Room also carries draft records for … Continue reading

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A Quick Start to Researching Your WWII Ancestors in the Grosvenor Room

Search the military collection in Ancestry Library Edition.  World War II databases include but are not limited to: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946—Includes over 8 million names, but it is not a complete list of Army enlistees.  … Continue reading

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