Guides + Publications

The following guides are finding aids to materials located in the Grosvenor Room.

Adoption African American History
Architecture and Buildings Buffalo and Local History
Business Census
Church & Cemetery Records Directories
Ethnic & Immigrant Genealogy Family History
Maps and Atlases Military
Newspapers Photographs and Illustrations
Scrapbooks Vital and Related Records
Yearbooks and School Resources  


Adoption & Orphanage Resources for Genealogists and Historians.

Adoption (Birth parent) Search: A guide for adoptees in New York State


African American History

African-American Genealogy

Black History in Buffalo

Niagara Movement

Underground Railroad on the Niagara Frontier


Architecture and Buildings

Buffalo Architecture Research

Buffalo House Research

Buffalo Theater Research

Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo

New York Central Terminal

Architecture Periodicals: Home design, building, engineering, and real estate in Buffalo and beyond


Buffalo and Local History

Biographical Resources for Buffalo and Erie County

Black Rock/Riverside: A Selected Bibliography

Buffalo Theater Research

Women in Buffalo History

Scrapbooks in the Grosvenor Room by Subject

Social and Cultural History:With a Focus on Buffalo and Erie County: For authors and genealogists

The New York to Paris Race of 1908

The Pan-American Exposition

Olmsted in Buffalo & Niagara

Erie County Poorhouse records, 1829-1952 New!

Performing Artists in Buffalo Photograph Collection, 1890-1976 New!



Buffalo Business History



New York Census Microfilms and Indices: Federal & State

Contents of the New York State Census 1855-1925

Contents of the US Federal Census 1850-1940

Buffalo Wards by Street 1915 1920 1925

1940 Census - Get Started

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 1 Wards 19 20 21 23

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 10 Wards 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 25

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 11 Wards 6, 7, 9, 10, 13

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 12 Ward 4

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 13 Wards 1, 2, 4, 6, 7

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 14 Wards 1-3

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 15 Wards 1-3, 6, 7

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 2 Wards 18-20

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 3 Wards 17, 18, 20

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 4 Wards 19-23

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 5 Wards 16, 18-20

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 6 Wards 16-18

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 7 Wards 5, 8,11, 12, 22, 24-27

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 8 Wards 6, 7, 9, 10, 13-15

1940 Census Buffalo ED Map 9 Wards 5, 8, 11, 12, 25-27

1940 Census Buffalo Enumeration District Descriptions

1940 Census Buffalo Wards by Street Address

1940 Census Extraction Form

1940 Census Instructions-to-Enumerators

1940 Census Ward and Enumeration District Index Buffalo Maps





Church & Cemetery Records

Cemetery Records for Erie County

Church Records on Microfilm and Print

Church Records by Denomination

Church Records by Location

Buffalo Churches 1832-1860

Buffalo Churches in 1931

Mount Calvary Cemetery Burials

Mount Calvary Cemetery Maps

Pine Lawn Cemetery Maps 

Ridge Lawn Cemetery Burials

Town of Tonawanda Cemeteries: Faling, St. John’s (North Bush Chapel), St. John's (Werkley), and St. Peter GermanNew!

United German & French Cemetery Burials



Buffalo City Directories Online 1832-1868

City and Other Directories in the Grosvenor Room



Ethnic & Immigrant Genealogy

African-American Genealogy

Canadian Genealogy

German Genealogy

Irish Genealogy

Italian Genealogy

Jewish Genealogy

Latin American Genealogy

Native American Genealogy

Passenger Lists

Polish Genealogy

Where Is My Immigrant Ancestor From?


Family History

Early Genealogy Sources for Buffalo & Erie County

Getting Started with Genealogy

Genealogy Resources in the Grosvenor Room

Miscellaneous Genealogical Records: Adoptions, Border Crossings, Draft Cards, Land Records, Naturalizations, & Wills

Genealogy Pamphlets on Microfilm in the Grosvenor Room

Record Selection Table

Erie County Poorhouse records, 1861-1952

Genetic Genealogy New!



Maps and Atlases

1866 Erie County Atlas Index

Buffalo and Erie County Atlases

Buffalo Street Name Changes



Civil War Resources for Buffalo & Erie County

Civil War Resources for New York State

Civil War Resources for States Other Than New York

Military Resources for Buffalo and Erie County

Military History Resources for Areas Other Than Buffalo & Erie County

War of 1812 on the Niagara Frontier

Erie County Civil War Regiments




A Timeline of Selected Buffalo Newspapers, 1818 - to the present

Early American Newspapers

Buffalo, WNY, and NY State Newspapers


Photographs and Illustrations

Buffalo Illustrations





Scrapbooks in the Grosvenor Room by Subject


Vital and Related Records

Buffalo Deaths 1882 to 1892

Deaths in Buffalo and Erie County

Death Notices and Obituaries

Vital and Related Records for Buffalo and Erie County

Government Sources of Vital Records

A Select Index to the Bellringer 1940 to 1945

A Select Index to the Curtiss WrightER 1943 to 1944

Births Deaths and Marriages Found in Local Publications.

Death Notices and Obituaries in the Buffalo News 4-22-2009 to 12-31-2009 by name.pdf

Death Notices and Obituaries in the Buffalo News 2010 by name.pdf

Marriages and Deaths in the Pierce Arrow Newsletter 1918 to 1922.pdf


Yearbooks and School Resources

High School Year books, College Yearbooks, and School Publications