Tag Archives: Genealogy

Genealogy: Back to Basics

Want to trace your family tree but don’t know where to start?  Discovering the resources available and how you can use them can be tricky, so we’ve put together a quick guide for those just Getting Started with Genealogy.  Once … Continue reading

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Do You Think You Know Census Records?

If you answered yes, answer another question: Have you read census enumerator instructions?  If the answer is no, then you may not know as much as you think about the census. What is a census enumerator?  Enumerators are the individuals … Continue reading

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Finding Family Secrets

All genealogists will eventually run into a family secret.  It may be a black sheep, a scandal, skeletons, misfits, or information today that we would not consider to be secret-worthy such as adoption or divorce.  The following resources will help … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month!  Native American resources available in the Grosvenor Room include, but are not limited to: how-to guides; select census records; directories; maps and atlases that show Cattaraugus, Tonawanda, and Tuscarora Reservation residents; and Seneca history … Continue reading

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Marriage Information in U.S. Census Records

If you are having trouble finding marriage data about your ancestors, consider using census records to help narrow your search.  You may save valuable time!  Marriage Information in the 1850-1930 Censuses 1850, 1860, 1880, 1890 – A column is checked … Continue reading

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Research Planning Tips for Visiting the Grosvenor Room

Research Guides – Check out our Research Guides before your visit so that you get the most out of your trip.  These guides outline materials available in the Grosvenor Room by subject.  They tell you what materials we have and … Continue reading

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Hispanic American Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month, has been observed in the United States since 1968.  During this month, the history and culture of Americans with Hispanic roots in Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America is celebrated.  Please see our Latin … Continue reading

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Birth Information in U.S. Census Records

Did you know that the census can be a valuable resource in determining birth information about your ancestors?  See the summaries below for the details.  You may be surprised about what you can find out! Birth Information in the 1850-1930 … Continue reading

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Local Histories in Genealogy Research

Sources that often get overlooked in genealogy research are local histories.  County and town histories can provide important information about our ancestors, lead us to records, and help us get a better picture of our ancestors’ lives.  Here are some … Continue reading

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Why genealogists love City Directories

A city directory is an alphabetical list of all adult residents in the city, giving home address and usually the occupation or employer.  City directories were published (with some exceptions) on an annual basis.  The Grosvenor Room has Buffalo directories … Continue reading

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