Our Shared History. Our Shared Purpose.
Western New York’s strategic location on the Great Lakes has made it both the terminus and the gateway of migration. First home to Native American communities, the region was later settled primarily by New Englanders following the Revolutionary War. The opening of the Erie Canal provided an easy route west, attracting the first of many waves of immigrants from Europe. Many remained in the area and have been followed by immigrants from all over the world.
The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area's rich genealogical heritage. Our work focuses on the eight counties of Western New York - Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany - that were originally part of the Holland Land Company Purchase.
Save The Date
Join us as we host our May member meeting.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
"Native American Genealogy in Western New York"
with noted local author and historian Jack T. Ericson
at Buffalo & Erie County, Public Library - Central Branch,
Central Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
This event is free and open to the public.
Recent News and Events
02/06/2016: The Society and its members' efforts featured in the Buffalo News
11/21/2015: WNYGS Announces Newly Elected Board Members
11/01/2015: WNYGS Encourages Continued Participation in the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project
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