Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

Buffalo Songwriter Jack Mahoney

      Most Western New Yorkers know of Buffalo songwriters Harold Arlen (“Over the Rainbow”) and Jack Yellen (“Ain’t She Sweet,”) but have you heard of Jack Mahoney? John Francis Mahoney, a.k.a. Jack, was born in Buffalo’s First Ward … Continue reading

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Grosvenor Room Is Now a Family History Library Affiliate

FamilySearch, formerly known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, is a nonprofit organization associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). FamilySearch has collected genealogical records from all over the world since the 1930s. The organization originally … Continue reading

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Black History in Buffalo

In celebration of Black History month, we’re highlighting some of the historic resources in the Grosvenor Room’s local history collection. The first Buffalo directory, published in 1828, printed a list of “Names of Coloured People,” documenting early Black settlers in … Continue reading

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Buffalo History books of 2018

In case you missed some of the local history titles published recently, here are a few of the popular books added to the Buffalo Collection in 2018.  Some may have been published prior to 2018, but are new to our … Continue reading

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Passing on Your Family’s Legacy

The holiday season is filled with family, friends, and togetherness.  Why not take the opportunity at this year’s family gatherings to begin passing on your family’s legacy? Traditions Make traditions a part of everyday life.  Involve everyone and be sure … Continue reading

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A Taste of History

We’re celebrating American Archives Month this October by highlighting local food history in our collection!  The Buffalo Collection includes several cookbooks compiled by community organizations and businesses, as well as professional and amateur chefs. Even the B&ECPL Staff Association produced a … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Summer

The turning of the new fall season has us taking a last look at lush trees and full foliage. These charming 1930s pictures are part of the Grosvenor Room Collection and can be found in the Trees in and Around … Continue reading

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