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Genesee County

Genesee County
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nygenese/
--When searching for ancestors in Genesee County, visitors must pay close attention to correlating dates with formation of each county. Anything before 1841 MAY actually be found in another county. Look-up assistance is available on a limited basis.

Genesee County History Department
http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/
--This site contains information on the history and records management department of Genesee County. Included on this page is a genealogy research request form and information about the history dept. When you go to this site, on the left, choose the History Dept. to get to their page.

Western New York Genealogical Society Inc.
http://www.wnygs.org/
--The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area's rich genealogical heritage. Its focus is the eight Western New York counties which originally were part of the Holland Land Company Purchase - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.

Genesee Country Village and Museum
http://www.gcv.org
--New York State's largest living history museum and the largest collection of historic buildings in the East. Each of the 57 19th-century buildings has been moved to the site, restored to original condition, and furnished with period antiques.

Historians

Genesee County Historian and Records Management Officer
Susan Conklin, (585) 344-2550 ext. 2613
Email: history@co.genesee.ny.us

Genesee County Village and Museum
At present there is no curator (585) 538-6822


Monroe County

Monroe County
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nymonroe/ -This page with the genealogical resources available here in Monroe County. It also gives some addresses of where to write for more information. New York State is very difficult to do genealogy research in. You will need to check many sources to find information on your family. Monroe County was formed in 1821 from Ontario (east of the Genesee River) and Genesee Counties. There were only a few thousand people living here at that time. The Erie Canal helped bring many thousand of people into the County and, in many cases, also helped them move on west. There is also a short page with more detailed information on the formation of Monroe County. There also is a page with information on the formation of Towns and Villages in Monroe County.

Rochester Genealogical Society, Inc.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyrgs/
--This organization dates back to 1938 when a few people at a meeting of the Rochester Historical Society formed an informal group to preserve their family heritage. The genealogy group became a separate organization in 1977 and since then have had very steady growth. There are currently over 400 active members from all over the US and Canada who are researching families from all over the world.

Local History Resources Online

Boyd's Rochester and Brockport directory [electronic resource] 1864

From Rochester Public Library Local History Division City Directory Collection

http://www.libraryweb.org/rochcitydir/images/1864/1864complete.pdf

Vick's standard directory and reference book, Brockport, N.Y. : containing, besides an up-to-date house and business directory, much local and general information invaluable in the home or office. 1907 [e-book]

From: Rochester Public Library Local History Division Regional Directory Collection

http://www.libraryweb.org/~digitized/miscdir/Vicks_Standard_Directory_and_Reference_Book_Brockport_NY.pdf

The story of Brockport for one-hundred years, 1829-1929 by Charlotte Martin, 1929 [e-book]

From Rochester Public Library Local History Division Historic Monographs Collection

http://libraryweb.org/~digitized/books/Brockport_1829-1929.pdf

History of Monroe county, New York / with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, palatial residences, public buildings, fine blocks and important manufactories by W. H. McIntosh 1877 [e-book]

From Rochester Public Library Local History Division Historic Monographs Collection

http://libraryweb.org/~digitized/books/McIntosh_History_of_Monroe_County.pdf

Landmarks of Monroe County, New York : containing ... followed by brief historical sketches of the towns of the county with biography and family history by William F. Peck, 1895 [e-book]

From Rochester Public Library Local History Division Historic Monographs Collection

http://libraryweb.org/~digitized/books/Landmarks_of_Monroe_County.pdf

Historians

Monroe County Historian
Collection housed at Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College
120 Pioch Hall, 3690 East Ave, Rochester NY 14618
Carolyn Vacca, (585) 899-8244 or 585/385-8244
cvacca@sjfc.edu

Village of Brockport Historian
Jackie Morris, (585) 637-4716

Town of Clarkson Historian
Hazel Kleinbach, (585) 964-2152

North Star History Center, Hamlin
Historian: Mary Smith, (585) 964-2101
http://www.hamlinny.org/Historian/index.html

Village of Hilton Historian
Mary Townsend, (585) 395-4144
Email: historian@hiltonny.org

Town of Parma Historian
Tom Burger, (585) 395-5895
Email: tburgergen@aol.com
http://www.parmany.org/History/town-historian.html

Seymour Library
Archivist of Local History Room: Noel Myers, (585) 637-0151

Town of Sweden Historian
Cathy Goetz, (585) 392-2131

Western Monroe Historical Society
Eunice Chesnut, (585) 637-3645

The Morgan Manning House Legacy  New DVD

A new DVD is available from the Western Monroe Historical Society  for $10. It is a 36 minute guided tour of the Morgan Manning House lead by Historian Eunice Chesnut '73,76.  It was produced by Ginny Orzel, Assistant professor of Communications and managed by Colleen Donaldson, Director of Grants Development at the College at Brockport.  DVDs are available at the Morgan Manning House, 151 Main Street Brockport during office hours and at the Candlelight Christmas Holiday Show at the House Dec 3 and 4.   They are also available for sale at Lift Bridge Book Shop on Main Street in Brockport.  For further information call (585) 637-3645.

 


Orleans County

Orleans County
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyorlean/
--Orleans County is bordered by Lake Ontario to the north, Monroe County to the east, Genesee County to the south and Niagara County to the west. This site gives access to local cemetaries, census records, family histories, surnames and more. Look-up services are available.

Orleans County Genealogical Society
http://www.OrleansCountyGenealogicalSociety.org
--Information about this society including contact information.

Historians

Orleans County Historian
C.W. Lattin, (585) 589-4174

Village of Albion Historian
Neil Johnson, (585) 589-7714

Town of Albion Historian
Cheryl Staines, (585) 589-2674
Email: COBLSTNFIN@aol.com

Village of Holley Historian
Marsha DeFilipps, (585) 836-8188

Village of Medina Historian
Todd Bensley, (585) 798-2130
508 Pine St., Medina NY 14103
Email: teachus@rochester.rr.com


New York State

New York State Archives
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/
--The New York State Archives is the official repository of New York State Government records having permanent legal and historical value. It has custody of legislative, judicial and executive agency records. On the other hand it is not the State Historical Society or a genealogical library. It does not collect private records of individuals, businesses or institutions. It is not a library nor does it loan books or other materials (although the Local History and Genealogy Unit of the State Library is in the same building). (http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/) Another major research institution in the same building with the State Library and Archives is the State Museum.http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/.

New York State Census Records
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/genealogy/nyscens.htm
--State censuses were taken at ten-year intervals from 1825 through 1875 and again in 1892, 1905, 1915, and 1925. This list indicates those censuses that the State Library holds. Please note that these censuses are available only for on-site research. The microfilm does not circulate on interlibrary loan, and State Library staff cannot search or provide printouts from census records or indexes in response to mail or phone requests.

New York History Net
http://www.nyhistory.com/

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