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Donations & Support

Our all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization gladly accept support in all forms.​

Financial Support

The mission of the Western New York Genealogical Society is to preserve public and historical records, and to encourage interest, knowledge, and research in the WNY region's rich genealogical heritage.

Your support makes our work possible!

Click the link below to make a charitable donation today.  At checkout, simply choose whether you will be paying by PayPal or check (to be mailed to address provided).

Donations of Genealogical and Historical Materials

If you have materials you are interested in donating, please email with the specific information listed below. 


Traditional Library Materials:

The society’s main interest is materials associated with the eight counties of Western New York - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. Please provide the following details in your email:

  • Books – Titles, authors, publication dates

  • Digital materials – Content, subject, file size (MB, GB, etc.), and format (PDF, tiff, MS Word version, etc.)

  • Periodicals – Titles, dates, number of issues

  • Microfilm – Content, dates, number of reels 

WNYGS does not accept: 

  • Audiovisual materials

  • Three-dimensional artifacts [The Buffalo History Museum may be appropriate for this donation type.]

  • Obsolete formats (i.e. floppy disks) 

Personal Collection and Research Papers:

The WNYGS library has limited space. Donations of personal collections and research papers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please provide the following details in your email: 

  • Volume of materials (linear feet)

  • Content type (i.e. typed manuscript, photocopies of documents, handwritten notes, photographs, etc.)

  • Subject matter

  • How the materials are organized

  • Condition of the materials.

Colorful Books
Stack of Magazines
Film Reels
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