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Ancestry Library
A genealogical and historical research tool that provides access to city directories, U.S. Federal Census records between 1790 and 1930, immigration, vital, military, court, church and ethnic records. It includes resources for Buffalo & Erie County historical records.  For use at any library.  Virtual Tour

HeritageQuest Online
U.S. Federal census records from 1790-1930, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, and genealogical and local history serials from the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).  It includes resources for Buffalo & Erie County historical information.  Virtual Tour

Pronunciator is a language resource database offering instruction for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in 80 foreign languages. It also offers English instruction for speakers of 50 foreign languages including Arabic, Bengali, Nepali, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. 



German Originality
The German National Tourist Office and German Information Center USA provide a wealth of information about German history, ancestry, and tradition.  Included are links to genealogy research sites and an interactive map that details notable people, places, and events in German History.

History of German American Relations
The US Diplomatic Mission to Germany provides detailed information on the historical relationship between the US and Germany.  For each era of shared history, this site provides an overview of events, biographies, images, teaching resources, and reproductions of important original documents.  


Community and Local Links

Archavia: German History in Buffalo and Erie County
This site presents a digitized edition of an 1898 Library of Congress manuscript detailing the history of German settlers in Buffalo.  Includes illustrations, maps, photos, and detailed biographies of important figures. 

German-American History in Buffalo
This site assembles information from a variety of esteemed published sources in order to provide a detailed account of the history of Polish Americans in Western New York.


Library Materials

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German-American History 
German Art
German Cooking
German Literature and Poetry
German Music
History of Germany