Category Archives: Genealogy

The Central Library After Hours: The Grosvenor Room Genealogy Lock-In

On October 6th, an evening of fellowship and discovery was hosted by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECPL) and the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS).  A “Genealogy Lock-In” was organized in support of the Western New York … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Surnames

[SPOILERS AHEAD]   Knee deep into this season of Game of Thrones, some of our Grosvenor Room staff got to wondering about possible real life Starks, Targaryens, Lannisters, and the many other family names in the fantasy series.  Using the … Continue reading

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More Celebrity Lookalikes Found in Buffalo Yearbooks

Occasionally Grosvenor Room staff come across images in our collections that make us do a double-take.  Here are a few Buffalo yearbook photos that we think look like celebrities.  Who do you think they look like?  Scroll down to see … Continue reading

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Discover What Your Family Tree Looks Like – Genealogy Lecture Series

Explore your ancestry this summer with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library!  A series of free classes is being offered in conjunction with the Autumnwood Senior Center. Join us!  Sign-up for one class or all.

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Celebrity Look-a-Likes Found in Buffalo Yearbooks

Occasionally Grosvenor Room staff come across images in our collections that make us do a double-take.  Here are a few Buffalo yearbook photos that we think look like celebrities.  Who do you think they look like?  Scroll down to see … 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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