Category Archives: Genealogy

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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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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Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors

1. Use cluster genealogy. Cluster genealogy is the idea that ancestors lived in a cluster of relatives, family, friends, neighbors, etc. Look at the records of individuals in the woman’s clusters to find evidence about her. 2. Don’t limit your … Continue reading

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Celebrating the life of Manny Fried, Local Activist and Artist

Emanuel “Manny” Fried, renowned Buffalo actor, playwright, labor leader, and social activist, died yesterday at 97.  Investigated during the McCarthy era due to his work as a union organizer, he was once labeled “the most dangerous man in Western New … Continue reading

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HeritageQuest Online Tutorials Now Available

The Grosvenor Room Database web page now includes online tutorials for HeritageQuest Online.  They are designed for the beginner, but previous users should also find useful tips. Tutorials are available on the following topics: Search Census Records Browse Census Records Browse … Continue reading

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Lincoln Visit 150 Years Ago Today

Abraham Lincoln’s stop in Buffalo was one of several on his tour from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C.  to take his oath of office on March 4, 1861. His train’s arrival at the old Exchange Street depot was greeted by 12,000 people, … Continue reading

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Tips for Successful Armchair Genealogy

What is Armchair Genealogy? Armchair genealogy is long distance genealogy. Why Armchair Genealogy? The ideal in genealogy research is to visit a research center yourself.  An in-person visit will allow you to see the scope of materials available, and let … Continue reading

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