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Source: Library of Congress Digital Collections


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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.

Membership

Experience everything membership has to offer - both in-person and online.

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Make a difference by sharing your time, skills, and expertise with WNYGS. 

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Upcoming Meetings & Programs

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JAN 20 2024 
Wide World of Passports
Presentation by Debra M. Dudek
10:30 a.m. EST
Zoom Meeting (Online/Virtual)
FEB 17 2024 
Using Artificial Intelligence for Genealogy
Presentation by Margaret M. McMahon, Ph.D.
10:30 a.m. EST
Zoom Meeting (Online/Virtual)

Featured Resources

SOCIETY LIBRARY

June Partridge Zintz Memorial Library Collection

DATABASE

Buffalo New York Deaths Collection Index

PUBLICATIONS

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 on the upcoming dates:

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  • Tues., 12/19  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

News and Updates

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Original Holland Land Company Vault
(Mayville, NY)

Oct 15, 2023: Society Seeking Volunteers

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

Feb 1, 2023: Buffalo Deaths Collection Index Now Available Online 

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