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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.


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Upcoming Programs & Events

APR 15 2023
"Technology to the Rescue: Free Tools Every Genealogist Needs in Their Toolbox"
presented by Linda Debe
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Zoom Meeting

MAY 20 2023 
"How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read"
presented by Pam Vestal
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
Zoom Meeting

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 to assist researchers with the society's library collection and answer general research questions. Join us at the Central Library in March on the following days:

  • Sat., 3/4  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Sat., 3/25  1-5 p.m.

News and Updates

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Original Holland Land Company Vault
(Mayville, NY)

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

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