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Grosvenor Room - Genealogy


Ancestry Library 
Provides access to more than 1 billion names. Includes city directories, census records, immigration records and much more. Available at all library locations.

HeritageQuest Online
HeritageQuest Online contains U.S. federal census records from 1790-1940, special federal census schedules, over 20,000 local and family history books, over 20,000 U.S. city directories, a genealogical and local history serials index, Revolutionary War Pension Files, Freedman's Bank Records, and select content from the U.S. Serial Set.

New York Times 
Provides full-text coverage from 1985 to the present. NOVELny

Sanborn Maps of New York 1867-1970
Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed property and land-use records. This database covers hundreds of New York state cities and towns including over 50 Erie County locations.  



The 1950 U.S. Census
The 1950 census records were released by the US National Archives April 1, 2022, and brought online through a partnership with This website allows you full access to the 1950 census images, in addition to 1950 census maps and descriptions.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Digital Collections
Explore the Grosvenor Room's collection of digitized local newspapers, directories, and atlases of interest to family history researchers.
Designed for family history research in Buffalo, Erie County, and Western New York, with hundreds of useful links. 

Cyndi’s List
If it has genealogical relevance and it’s online, you’ll find it at Cyndi’s List.

Family Search
Free access to the LDS Family Search databases and research guides.  

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Provides access to NARA’s genealogy topic guides, databases, and record order forms.

A nationwide volunteer project related to census records, cemeteries, vital records, etc.


Resource Guides

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's genealogy resources available in the Grosvenor Room (located within the Central Library):

Genealogy Collection Overview

Guides & Publications

Newspaper holdings in print and on microfilm


Community and Local Links

The Buffalo History Museum

The Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora

Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society (BIGS)

Iroquois Genealogy Society

Jewish Genealogy Society of Buffalo

PGSNYS - Polish Genealogical Society of New York State 

Western New York Genealogical Society


Library Materials

Click on the following topics for a quick search in the Library's Catalog. 

Genealogy How-to Books
African American Genealogy
Arab Genealogy
Asian Genealogy
Eastern European Genealogy
English Genealogy
French Genealogy
German Genealogy
Greek Genealogy
Hispanic Genealogy
Hungarian Genealogy
Irish Genealogy  
Italian Genealogy  
Jewish Genealogy
Native American Genealogy 
Passenger Lists 
Polish Genealogy
Russian Genealogy
Scottish Genealogy