Category Archives: Genealogy

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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African-American Research Databases

Freedman’s Bank Records Available in HeritageQuest Online.  For use at any library or from home with a valid Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card number. The Freedman’s Bank (also known as The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company) was set … Continue reading

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Tips on Tracing Family Lines that Include Enslaved Ancestors

1. Interview ancestors. Collect and analyze family stories. 2. Obtain vital records. 3. Research in census records beginning with the most recent available.  Look through 3-4 pages before and after your ancestors, and note families with the same last name … Continue reading

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How Accurate Are Census Records?

Censuses are often called the backbone of American genealogy.  They are one of the most essential sources for establishing family relationships within a given household.  While this is true, errors, incompletion, and irregularities do occur in census records. Even though … Continue reading

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Famous Look-Alikes: Part Two

Here are our famous look-alikes and who the Grosvenor Room staff think they resemble:         Robert Downey Jr. Source: Men of Buffalo. Chicago: Marquis, 1902. http://tinyurl.com/4w77npu. Online @ http://www.archive.org/

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Famous Look-Alikes

Do any of your ancestors look like someone famous?  Check out the portraits below that we found in the Grosvenor Room collection.  Who do you think they look like?  Check back tomorrow to see who Grosvenor Room staff think they … Continue reading

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New Online Resources for the New Year

Civil War Soldiers Data – The New York State Military Museum has put the annual reports of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York pertaining to Civil War soldiers online, organized by regiment.  These reports include basic military service … Continue reading

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