Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

Buffalo Building Permits Index, 1887-1906

If you’ve ever tried to find out when a Buffalo building was built, you may have looked through the volumes of the Common Council Proceedings in the Grosvenor Room. For many years, building permits were approved by the Common Council … Continue reading

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Buffalo LGBTQ History

In celebration of Pride Month, we’re highlighting some of the historic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) resources in the Grosvenor Room’s local history collection. The Buffalo Collection includes LGBTQ books, directories, creative writing, and other publications. Our Vertical … Continue reading

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ShipIndex.org: Available this summer through B&ECPL

ShipIndex.org, a vessel research database, is now available via the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.  The database will be accessible through (at least) September of this year through the generosity of Peter McCracken, the database’s creator, due to the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Juneteenth

June 19th marks the celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  It is also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers … Continue reading

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The Grosvenor Room is Open!

We are happy to announce that the Central Library has re-opened, including the Grosvenor Room. To help plan your visit, see our many research guides which are available for free on our website. For more information on the opening of … Continue reading

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Playful Sheet Music to Brighten Your Day

Many of you know that the Grosvenor Room is home to numerous songbooks which can be browsed when you visit us. But, did you know that we have a hidden gem? The Central Library is home to about 100,000 pieces … Continue reading

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Getting the Most out of HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is a powerful tool for family history research . It is a subscription genealogy database available for use at home with a valid Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card (and in-library at every Buffalo & Erie County … Continue reading

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Digital Collection Contest!

The Library’s Digital Collections provide online access to selected newspapers, photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, and other treasures from the Rare Book Room, Grosvenor Room, and branch libraries. https://www.buffalolib.org/research-resources/digital-collections Explore the Digital Collections by searching for the answers to the 10 questions … Continue reading

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Buffalo Music History Resources

The Grosvenor Room has many resources to help you research Buffalo’s rich music history.   The Buffalo Collection includes books on music organizations and musicians, as well as scrapbooks and newspaper clipping files. Check out our new research guide on Buffalo … Continue reading

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Learn About the Library’s Genealogy Databases with DigiGen

Have you explored the genealogy databases available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library?  DigiGen, the online video below, will teach you what we have, how to access them, and what types of records and data they provide.  You … Continue reading

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