Category Archives: Genealogy

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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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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The Grosvenor Room welcomes new Arlen and Yellen songs to our sheet music collection!

Twenty-one Harold Arlen and Jack Yellen songs have been added to the Grosvenor Room’s sheet music collection.  The Grosvenor Room now carries about 260 songs (combined) by these Buffalo composers. Harold Arlen was born in Buffalo in 1905 and lived … Continue reading

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A Curiosity for Mother’s Day

This charming book was found in the Grosvenor Room’s music stacks.  Published in 1907, it was intended to entertain and build moral character.  The authors, John Alden Carpenter and his wife Rue, were well-known in music circles during the first … Continue reading

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B&ECPL history: How it all began

The origin of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system dates back to 1836, when the Young Men’s Association (YMA) established a collection of books of permanent or lasting value for its members.  60 years later, this “members only” institution … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1940 Census

Census records aren’t just for family history. They help us learn about historical persons, communities, and the social and economic condition of our country.  Grosvenor Room staff decided to see what we could find out about Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading

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