Tag Archives: Genealogy

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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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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Genealogy: Back to Basics

Want to trace your family tree but don’t know where to start?  Discovering the resources available and how you can use them can be tricky, so we’ve put together a quick guide for those just Getting Started with Genealogy.  Once … Continue reading

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Do You Think You Know Census Records?

If you answered yes, answer another question: Have you read census enumerator instructions?  If the answer is no, then you may not know as much as you think about the census. What is a census enumerator?  Enumerators are the individuals … Continue reading

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Finding Family Secrets

All genealogists will eventually run into a family secret.  It may be a black sheep, a scandal, skeletons, misfits, or information today that we would not consider to be secret-worthy such as adoption or divorce.  The following resources will help … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month!  Native American resources available in the Grosvenor Room include, but are not limited to: how-to guides; select census records; directories; maps and atlases that show Cattaraugus, Tonawanda, and Tuscarora Reservation residents; and Seneca history … Continue reading

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Marriage Information in U.S. Census Records

If you are having trouble finding marriage data about your ancestors, consider using census records to help narrow your search.  You may save valuable time!  Marriage Information in the 1850-1930 Censuses 1850, 1860, 1880, 1890 – A column is checked … Continue reading

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