Category Archives: Genealogy

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

Posted in Genealogy, Local History | Tagged ,

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

Posted in Genealogy

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

Posted in Genealogy | Tagged , ,

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

Posted in Genealogy

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

Posted in Genealogy | Tagged

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

Posted in Genealogy

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

Posted in Databases, Genealogy

New Online Resources – African American Churches in Buffalo

If you are researching Buffalo African American genealogy or history, the Grosvenor Room has two new resources that may help. The first is a list of African American Churches, including current and prior addresses and the approximate timeframe at each … Continue reading

Posted in Genealogy

Finding U.S. Passenger Lists: 1620s-1950s

Are you hoping to find your immigrant ancestors’ origins?  Finding their passenger list may give you the information that  you need. The  following four part series covers U.S. passenger list  history, databases, and search strategies. Here is the class handout: … Continue reading

Posted in Genealogy | Tagged ,

Local History from Home – Yearbooks

In this latest installment in our “Local History from Home” series, we’ll cover a few online sources for high school yearbooks.  Yearbooks are frequently used for genealogy and reunion planning. They can also be a good resource for historic information … Continue reading

Posted in Genealogy, Local History | Tagged ,