The Western New York Genealogical Society makes a variety of genealogical resources available to it's members and to the public in support of its mission to preserve and encourage interest in the rich genealogical heritage of Western New York.
The WNYGS Journal has been published quarterly for over thirty years. Issued June, September, December and March, each issue contains 48 pages of unpublished records, queries, book reviews, Bible records, articles for the beginner and for the advanced researcher, and notices informing the readers of what is new in the genealogy world.
The Western New York Genealogical Society maintains an expanding research library of over 3000 books, more than 700 rolls of microfilm, a number of periodicals and several card catalogs as a repository of genealogical information pertaining to the area and its early settlers. Primary interest is in the eight counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. However, there is much information on the remainder of New York State and New England, as well as most of the other states and many foreign countries. In addition the collection includes many family histories.
A limited number of research resources have been placed on the Society's web site for the use of members and other genealogists. A members only section with additional resources is a future enhancement. Researchers with interests in the Western New York area are encouraged to become members of the Society in order to support the Society's efforts to make more research materials available in our library, in the JOURNAL and through our microfilming program and other Society projects.
The Society maintains a list of web sites for Western New York genealogical research. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but merely a sampling of a few of the more useful sites that are available. Several of these sites do, however, attempt to be comprehensive in nature and can be used to find other sites. Reseachers are also advised to make use of Internet search engines such as Google, as web sites of interest to genealogical researchers continue to proliferate rapidly.