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Source: Library of Congress Digital Collections


Logo of the Western new York Genealogical Society

Western New York’s strategic location on the Great Lakes has made it both a terminus and a 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 people remained in the area and have been followed by others from around the world.


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Upcoming Programs & Workshops

Family Visit
June Is For Jump Starting Your Genealogy 
Introduction to Genealogy

Same great class conveniently offered at three different locations:

Sat., Jun 1st 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

  • Lewiston Public Library, 305 S 8th St, Lewiston, NY

Wed., Jun 5th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

  • Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave, Medina, NY

Sat., Jun 8th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

  • Arcade Historical Society, 15 Liberty St, Arcade, NY 

Saturday, June 22, 2024 
“Birthplace and Crossroads of Western New York” - Speaker Luncheon & Holland Land Office Museum Tour

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Holland Land Office Museum, 131 W. Main St, Batavia, NY 14020 & Terry Hills Banquet Facility, 5122 Clinton St., Batavia, NY  14020 

In-Person Event, Luncheon with Speakers and Choice of Morning or Afternoon Museum Tour

Saturday, July 13, 2024 
“Save Our Cemeteries” Workshop 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Town of Niagara's Calvin K. Richards Community Center, 7000 Lockport Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Full-Day In-Person Event, Two Locations

Saturday, October 5, 2024 
50th Anniversary Founders Celebration featuring Thomas W. Jones & Karen Mauer Jones

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Michael's Banquets, 4885 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg, NY  14075

Full-Day, In-Person Conference with Luncheon & Presentations 

Featured Resources


June Partridge Zintz Memorial Library Collection


Buffalo New York Deaths Collection Index


Western New York Genealogist and Journal

Collection Assistance Days

Each month, WNYGS volunteers are on-site at the Central Library to assist researchers with the society's library collection and answer general research questions.


Join us for the upcoming spring dates:​​

image of small building - historic Holland Land Company Vault in Manville, New York

Original Holland Land Company Vault
(Mayville, NY)

50th Anniversary Scrapbook

News and Updates

May 16, 2024: Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and the Western New York Genealogical Society's online exhibit, “Buffalo's Neighborhoods: Exploring Our Migrant and Immigrant Heritage", Named 2024 Winner of the National Genealogical Society Conference SLAM! Idea Showcase

Jan 1, 2024: Society Celebrates 50 Years

Oct 15, 2023: Society Seeking Volunteers

Apr 1, 2023: WNYGS Website Team Launches New Members Area

Feb 1, 2023: Buffalo Deaths Collection Index Available Online 

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