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 Knowledge.

4/10/2014 -12pm-1pm - HeritageQuest Helper – HeritageQuest Online is a genealogy database which includes resources such as U.S. Federal Census Records, Revolutionary War pension files, Freedmen’s Bank Records, and thousands of family and local history books. It is available for use in-library and from home with a Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Card. This event will be held in The Ring of Knowledge.

4/17/2014 – 12pm-1pm – Print Sources for Genealogy Research – 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. Learn how print resources such as histories, directories, newspapers and magazines can help you expand your family tree. Tips on locating published resources will also be given. This event will be held in The Ring of Knowledge.

4/17/2014 – 5:30-7:30 pm – Genealogy 101 – This is an introduction to genealogy research including basic concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of genealogy databases available through the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System.Held in the Computer Training Lab, 2nd Floor, Central Library. Registration is required. Please call 858-7132 to register or in person at the Central Library Borrower Services Desk from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Saturday. Registration begins 1 month prior to the class date.

4/24/2014 – 12pm-1pm – Breaking Old World – The key to breaking your genealogy research into the “Old World” is knowing your immigrant ancestor’s origin. Learn about American resources which will tell you your ancestor’s birth town or region. This event will be held in The Ring of Knowledge.

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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 – one of the largest repositories of individual and family heritage in Western New York – and speaker Rhonda Konig, Grosvenor Room Librarian at Buffalo & Erie County’s Central Library, and learn how print resources such as histories, directories, newspapers and magazines can help you expand your family tree.  Tips on locating published resources will also be given. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Tickets for this Sunday In The Cemetery® Concert & Lecture Series event are $15. Order tickets.

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2013 Local History Books: An end of year roundup!

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2013 was a great year for local history books, and the Grosvenor Room was able to acquire titles on many popular Buffalo research subjects. Here are some of the most frequently asked for recently published books we added this year:

The Angola Horror : the 1867 train wreck that shocked the nation and transformed American railroads

Jewish community of Greater Buffalo (Images of America Series)

Kleinhans Music Hall : Buffalo architecture, mid-century modern

Love Canal (Images of America Series)

No stoppin’ this boppin’ : let the good times roll

The Roycroft Campus (Postcard History Series)

Steel’s: A forgotten stock market scandal from the 1920s

And, here are few popular new additions from recent years:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo architecture, mid-century modern) 

Artpark 1974-1984 

Bipolar Buffalo : a mosaic of minds journey

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo venture : from the Larkin Building to Broadacre City : a catalogue of buildings and projects

M&T Bank : Buffalo architecture, mid-century modern 

Niagara Falls : 1850-2000 (Images of America Series) 

More to come in the new year!

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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 & Erie County’s Central Library, in the historic Forest Lawn chapel for an introduction to genealogy research, including basic concepts, types of records used, and an overview of genealogy resources available through the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Tickets for this Sunday In The Cemetery® Concert & Lecture Series event are $15.

Order tickets at the following link:

http://www.forest-lawn.com/page/calendar/title/genealogy-101/

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Wizard of Oz Genealogy

From now through April 2014, the Rare Book Room is displaying their collection of Wizard of Oz books as part of  “The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum” exhibit.  Wizard of Oz memorabilia, quotes and imagery can be found throughout the Central Library.

The Central Library is also hosting a number of Wizard of Oz related programs.  See the Calendar of Events on the Library’s home page for more information.

Check out the links below to see if you are related to the following Wizard of Oz associated people.

L. Frank Baum - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author.

Judy Garland - Played Dorothy in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film.

Bert Lahr - Played the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film.

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Retro Buffalo Bills

These Buffalo Bills caricatures were found in the Sports in Buffalo scrapbook at the Central Library’s Grosvenor Room.   The Courier Express featured the drawings during the 1965 season, a year that the Bills won the AFL Championship, upsetting the favorite, San Diego, 23-0.  Ranked third in team offense and first in defense, many ’65 Bills team members went on to play in the Pro Bowl and were ranked as first team All-Pro players.  Click the images to view them full-sized.

Scrapbook, Sports in Buffalo, Volume 2. Buffalo *GV584.5 B9 B9 V.2

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Stratton and Edgerson (p430)   Butch Byrd (p421) 

 Daryle Lamonica (p423)   Elbert Dubemon (p431)

Ernie Warlick (p418)   George Saimes (p433)

Jack Kemp (p409)   Tom Sestak (p410)

Lou Saban (p442)   Ralph Wilson (p443)

 

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