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Early Erie County Medical Examiners’ Records are Available in the Grosvenor Room

Erie County Medical Examiners’ records, October 1878 – June 1902, are now available for research in the Grosvenor Room.  These microfilmed records are part of The June P. Zintz Memorial Library of the Western New York Genealogical Society.  The Zintz … Continue reading

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An Obituary Index Is Now Available in HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online has recently released its first major content update since 2015.  The new dataset is called “Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current.”  Newspapers.com is an Ancestry.com product that includes millions of scanned, keyword searchable newspapers for select U.S. and foreign locations.  … Continue reading

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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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