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Image of Buffalo waterfront

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

Abstract Sphere
Saturday, February 17, 2024 
Using Artificial Intelligence for Genealogy
Presentation by Margaret M. McMahon, Ph.D.
10:30 a.m. EST
Zoom Meeting (Online/Virtual)

Writing a Book
Writing Your Family Story - Virtual Workshop
6 Sessions: February 10 - April 24, 2024
Presentation by Charleen Scime
7:00-8:30 p.m. EST
Zoom Meeting (Online)

B&W Photo of a Couple
Saturday, March 16, 2024 
“Chautauqua County Poor Farm & the Emigrant Train” 
Presentation by Michele Henry, MA
10:30 a.m. EST
Zoom Meeting (Online/Virtual)

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 on the upcoming dates in February:


  • Sun., 2/11, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

  • Sat., 2/24  2:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

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

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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