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Local Genealogy Resources

Local History Resources

Miscellaneous Resources


Shipwrecks and Great Lakes


The researchers are not affiliated with the library, but will work for an hourly rate to assist your in-depth research. This listing does not constitute an endorsement by the Library.

Ward Bray

42 Cottonwood Dr.
Amherst, NY 14221-2317

Joseph Rennie
739 Starin Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14223
(716) 837-6060
(Maritime history, Buffalo waterfront, Great Lakes history, War of 1812, American Civil War)

Mr. Edward W. Schimminger
605 Niagara St.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(Erie, Niagara Counties and German)

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
Web-based genealogy researchers not connected with the library, who may be available to work for expense reimbursement only.

Natalia Salansky
(genealogy translation: Russian, Ukranian, German, Polish)

Ms. Ola Heska  (Not based in Buffalo)
(Genealogy translation: Polish, Russian, English, Latin; United States genealogy, Polish genealogy, research in Poland)

Dana Saylor
1663 Amherst Street, Buffalo NY 14214
(Genealogy, property history, preservation research, 19th century Buffalo)

Nancy Gavin Koester
Certified Research Genealogist
3740 School St.
Eden, NY 14057
(Genealogy research)

Danielle Huber
71 Vernon Place
Buffalo NY 14214​

Tamie L. Rovnak
47 Eldred Ave.
West Seneca, NY 14224
(Genealogy—especially adoption and/or institutionalized children, WNY History)

Bridge & Case LLC - Jennifer Liber Raines and Amy Miller
P.O. Box 681, Orchard Park, NY  14127
Main: 716-217-2920
(Genealogical & Historical Research - WNY; Archival/Collection Support Services - including family papers, photographs, and heirlooms)


Local Genealogy Resources

Buffalo and Western New York Italian Genealogy Society
238 Fairways Blvd
Williamsville, NY 14221-3168

Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora
P.O. Box 155
Buffalo, NY 14209

Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society
c/o GAAA Library
Buffalo Irish Center
245 Abbott Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14220

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Archives
795 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Daughters of the American Revolution
Abigail Fillmore Chapter

Daughters of the American Revolution
Katherine Pratt Horton Chapter

Family History Ctrs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints
1424 Maple Rd
Amherst, NY 14221
(in-person queries only; no phone or mail)

Family History Ctrs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints
780 N. Michigan Ave.
Buffalo, NY
(no mail queries)

Family History Ctrs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints
4005 Baker Rd.
Orchard Park, NY
(in-person queries only; no phone or mail)

Jewish Genealogy Society of Buffalo

Polish Genealogical Society of NY State
P.O. Box 984
Cheektowaga, NY 14224

Pursuing Our Italian Names Together (POINT), WNY Chapter

Seneca Nation of Indians (genealogy inquiries)
Clerk’s Office
PO Box 231
Salamanca, NY 14779

Western NY Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 338
Hamburg, NY 14075-0338
(Their collection is housed at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.)


Local History Resources

The Library reminds you that many of the groups listed below are volunteer-based and cannot necessarily undertake research assignments. We strongly suggest including a stamped, self-addressed envelope with all correspondence.

Afro-American Historical Assoc. of the Niagara Frontier
P.O. Box 63
Buffalo, NY 14207

Black Rock Historical Society
1902 Niagara St, Buffalo, New York 14207

Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court
Buffalo, New York 14216
(716) 873-9644
(Buffalo Boxing Memorabilia)

Police Athletic League
65 Niagara Square, 21st Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
(The Police Athletic League is the custodian of local boxing memorabilia. The materials are not readily available for research.)

Buffalo Civil War Round Table
P.O. Box 174
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Buffalo Fire Historical Society
1850 William St.
Buffalo, NY 14206

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership
665 Main St., Suite 200
Buffalo, NY 14203
(formerly the Chamber of Commerce)

Historical Society of the Tonawandas
113 Main Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Western NY Heritage Institute
495 Pine Ridge Rd.
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Western NY Railway Historical Society
P.O. Box 416
Buffalo, NY 14231-0416


Shipwrecks and Great Lakes

Great Lakes Historical Society
480 Main St., PO Box 435
Vermilion, OH 44089-0435

Great Lakes Maritime Institute
100 Strand on Belle Isle
Detroit, MI 48207

Mariner’s Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606

Buffalo Harbor Museum
66 Erie St.
Buffalo, NY 14202




The Buffalo News
One News Plaza
P.O. Box 100
Buffalo, NY 14240

International Institute, Inc.
864 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
(translation services)

Supreme Court Law Library
77 West Eagle St.
Buffalo, NY 14202



Booksellers - Used, Rare, New

Abe Books




Higginson Books

New England Historic Genealogical Society
Includes a catalog of over 10,000 hard to find and out of print books.

Old Editions Book Shop & Gallery
74 E Huron St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716.842.1734