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 text-only song sheets equivalent to singles on a record. Songsters were usually twenty-four to forty pages and considered the albums of their day (i.e. Beadle’s Dime Song Book, the Pocket Songster). Broadsides were sold on street corners, while sheet music, song sheets, and booklet-sized songsters, were sold in stores or distributed through mail order businesses
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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 a fascinating glimpse of Buffalo’s amazing architectural heritage. On display now through January 2012.
- 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 Buffalo and Erie County on microfilm.
- U.S. World War I Mothers’ Pilgrimage, 1930— This is a list of mothers and widows of soldiers killed in World War I who were eligible to travel to their loved one’s final resting place in Europe; a trip which was paid for by the U.S. government. It gives the name of the widow or mother, city and state of residence, and relationship to the deceased; soldier’s name, rank, unit, and cemetery.
- Search in History of Buffalo and Erie County 1914-1919—Buffalo *F129 .B8 S97
- Includes Buffalo and Erie County rosters of soldiers killed in the war, volunteer chaplains, soldier rosters, Buffalolnians in the Polish Army, Red Cross leaders and nurses, Buffalo military doctors, Volunteer Medical Service Corps members (women), as well as other local citizens involved with WWI. Soldier data may include rank and regiment.
For more resources, click here to see our military research guides.
- 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. Details often given are name, residence, date and place of enlistment, year and place of birth, race, citizenship, height, weight, marital status, Army branch and grade.
- U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949—Will likely give name, military occupation/specialty, enlistment date, service number, name of ship/station/activity, ship number, date of muster roll.
- U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942— This is known as the “Old Man’s Registration” and included men born between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897.
- May list the soldier’s name, age, birth date and place, residence, employment information, closest family member or acquaintance, and physical description.
- Search: Names of Buffalo and Western N.Y. Residents Who Gave Their Lives in the Service in World War II—GRO Ref *AY67 .B9 N4 1947—gives name, residence, rank.
Click here for more WWII military sources in the Grosvenor Room.
- 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 to read about searching for obituaries in Buffalo newspapers.
- Visit gravestones – may include military details such as war fought in and regiment. A list of cemetery records in the Grosvenor Room is available at this link.
- Consider which of your ancestors were eligible for military service during times of war.
- Learn details about potential military ancestors such as birth date and place, family member names, and residence at wartime. This will help identify your ancestor in records and will help you learn where to look for records.
- Census records – the 1840, 1890 veteran’s schedule, 1910, and 1930 censuses ask for military service information. Learn what census resources are available in the Grosvenor Room by clicking here. To read census questions, click here.
- Newspapers often wrote profiles on local soldiers and/or listed those who died in service.
- Local history books usually include details of local soldiers and regiments that fought in times of war.
- Check lineage and fraternal society publications such as Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Grand Army of the Republic, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and others.
- Military discharge papers – these are often kept at the county clerk’s office where the soldier was discharged.
- Military rosters – usually name the soldiers who enlisted, where and when they enlisted, and their regiment and company.
- Military pension files – are usually rich in genealogical detail because those who applied for pensions had to prove their identity and their relationship to the soldier. You may find documents such as bible records; birth, death, and marriage records; and affidavits of witnesses to military service or life events.
- Military histories – often list servicemen and detail battles fought in.
- Genealogy databases – The Library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online (HQ) which both include military records. Ancestry includes resources such as the Civil War Pension index, World War I Draft Registration Cards, Revolutionary War Compiled Military Service Records, World War II “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards, and other records. HQ includes Revolutionary War Pension Files and a book collection which includes some military histories, lineage/fraternal society publications, and local histories. HQ also includes a genealogy/local history periodicals index, which could lead to transcribed military records or how-to articles on military research.
Click here to see select lists of military resources available in the Grosvenor Room.