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Vinyl Records & You!

Did you know that the Grosvenor Room has a circulating collection of LP vinyl records?  This music and audio collection, housed in a Closed Stacks storage area, includes thousands of albums of ethnic, folk, classical, opera, jazz, rock and popular music, … Continue reading

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A New Grosvenor Room Guide

Attention genealogists and historians!  The Grosvenor Room has a new research guide. It’s called Early Genealogy Sources for Buffalo & Erie County, and covers Grosvenor Room resources from 1880 backwards.  We hope it helps break down some of your brick walls!

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Finding Your Irish Ancestors’ Origins with Griffith’s Valuation

Thinking about your Irish roots this St. Patrick’s Day? Wondering about your ancestor’s origins?  Finding a specific Irish place name can sometimes be a difficult task, especially if they came during the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s and 1850s.  … Continue reading

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Buffalo Women’s History: Architect Louise Blanchard Bethune

  Louise Blanchard Bethune was born  Jennie Louise Blanchard in Waterloo, NY in 1856.  She lived in Buffalo from 1866 until her death in 1913.  After graduating from Buffalo High School in 1874, she took a position as an apprentice … Continue reading

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Newly digitized newspaper index, 1983-1996

One of the in-house (in-library?) newspaper & magazine article indexes created by Buffalo & Erie County Public Librarians is now available online!  Known to some as the “blue book” indexes, the volumes of The Western New York Index are the key to … Continue reading

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Holidays…in the “olden days”

Our scrapbook collection never fails to surprise and delight us!  In a few volumes devoted to holidays, we find that librarians saved newspaper articles that featured the origins and traditions of many celebrated days. Here are a few items on Halloween: … Continue reading

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