Genealogy Collection

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The Grosvenor Room is the premiere genealogical destination in Western New York and holds a wealth of information on all things Buffalo and Erie County. The focus of the collection is on Buffalo and Erie County, however, it includes resources related to other New York counties, states, and foreign countries. The collection is composed of the following resources:

  • 25,000 local history volumes
  • 5,500 genealogies
  • 850+ census microfilms for Erie County, Western New York, and a few other states
  • Local history scrapbooks and vertical files
  • 100s of city directories and phone books
  • The New York State Vital Records Index and a limited collection of local vital records
  • 110 drawer card index, the Local History File, about people, places, and things in Western NY
  • 110+ reels of local church and cemetery records on microfilm
  • 55+ subscriptions to genealogical and local history periodicals
  • 28 local newspapers on microfilm
  • Maps and atlases
  • Military histories and rosters
  • Ethnic research resources, indices to passenger lists, immigrant ships information, English parish records
  • General resources such as how-to books and surname dictionaries
  • Genealogical society collections