Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

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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Researching Your Military Ancestors

Interview relatives and write down family stories related to military ancestors. Collect home sources of information such as photographs of soldiers in uniform, correspondence, diaries/journals, medals, patches, military papers, and memorabilia. Obtain obituaries – often give military information.  Click here … Continue reading

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Researching Shipwrecks in the Grosvenor Room

If you’re interested in researching shipwrecks this summer, here are some great resources in the Grosvenor Room. Great Lakes File – Lists books, newspaper articles, and facts dealing with a wide variety of Great Lakes topic.  Look under topic headings: … Continue reading

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More Recent Church Record Additions in the Western New York Genealogical Society Collection, Located in the Grosvenor Room

First Congregational Church, Jamestown, NY.  Births/baptisms: 1816-1983;  Communicants: 1816-1890; Marriages:  1835-1876, 1925-1926, 1958-1983; Deaths/burials: 1873-1876, 1958-1967, 1969-1983;  Members received & removed :1894-1983 ; (other records are included). German Evangelical Friedens Buffalo, NY.  Births/baptisms: 1880-1931; Confirmations: 1881-1930; Communicants:1880-1930; Marriages: 1880-1931; Deaths/burials: 1880-1930;  New members: 1930. Saint … Continue reading

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New Materials in the Grosvenor Room

Anderson, Robert Charles.  The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Vol. V, M-P – GRO Ref F7 .G738 1999 v. 5 Anderson, Robert Charles.  The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Vol. VI, R-S – GRO Ref F7 … Continue reading

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Buffalo Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. Check out some of these poetic treasures we found in the Buffalo Collection! From top to bottom: PS549.B9 J7 The Poets and Poetry of Buffalo.  Ed. James N. Johnston. Buffalo: Matthews-Northrup, 1904. PS549.N5 P9 Poetry … Continue reading

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Early U.S. Federal Census Records, 1790-1840

How Can Early Census Records Help Us Study and Research Our Ancestors? They provide key genealogical data:  Name of the head-of-household. Details of their lives are given. They provide a location of residence: Locate them, locate other records! They can … Continue reading

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A Genealogy Website Jumble

Cousins Connect – http://www.cousinconnect.com/ - Post and search genealogy queries for free. In Search of Your Past: The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project – http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/Countyatlas/  – Search for property owners listed on Canadian county atlases. Mocavo Genealogy Search – http://www.mocavo.com/ – … Continue reading

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