Category Archives: Genealogy

Erie County Penitentiary Records Are Now in Ancestry ———We Found a Familiar Name!

If you are looking for the skeleton in your ancestor’s closet, Ancestry has just added a record set that may help.  Various New York State prison records are now available for research.  To access Erie County records, search for this … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Buffalo Celebrity

Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, for many years the Director of NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, was also a graduate of Bennett High School. Dr. Tananbaum also has the distinction of having been photographed studying at the Grosvenor Library in April of 1960. … Continue reading

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Buffalo Beauty

Our latest blog entry features another Bennett High School alum: actress, model and businesswoman Beverly Johnson, shown here in her yearbook photo from the Bennett Beacon, 1969.  The former champion swimmer became, among other notable things, the first African-American model … Continue reading

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Another Buffalo native’s High School Yearbook photos

Today’s blog entry features retired professional basketball player Bob Lanier, in his yearbook pictures from Bennett High School, 1966.  Lanier played for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks, retiring in 1984.    

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Speaking of Yearbook photos…

Check out Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and Buffalo native, Christine Baranski, as she appeared in her high school yearbook, the Villa Maria Academy Immaculatan, 1970: Keep an eye out for future blog entries on Buffalo natives.

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It’s Yearbook Time – Let’s Celebrate Awkward Yearbook Photos

Check out our Yearbook Guide to see if we have your awkward yearbook photos!  The Hair…  The Candids…  The Expressions The Artistry The Poses…

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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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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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