Saturday, January 23, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #2

Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:

Go to your local public library branch againExamine the local history, archives and/or special collections section. Ask a librarian if you don’t know if your library has special collections or where they are located. Be sure to check the reference section, too, as many of the newer and more valuable books are held in that area. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s local history and special collections.

Slightly late, but better than never;-)

At the Onondaga County Public Library Central Branch, the Local History/Genealogy room is amazing.  It is on the 6th floor and contains a tremendously large amount of books and microfims.  Some of the items I have used in the past or need to check out that are useful to my searching are:

Marriages from Buffalo church records 1825-1900, volume 1 : transcribed from microfilm of English-speaking Protestant church records and compared with marriage license records in Erie County Hall

by Zintz, June P. (June Partridge)

Index of marriages from Buffalo newspapers, 1811-1884 : from a file in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, supplemented with additional information from Erie County Hall
by Zintz, June P. (June Partridge)

20 years worth of Buffalo City Directories on microfilm

A catalogue of books, pamphlets, engravings, etc., relating largely to Niagara Falls
by Porter, Peter A. (Peter Augustus), 1853-1925.

The cradle of the queen city: a history of Buffalo to the incorporation of the city
by Bingham, Robert W. (Robert Warwick), b. 1880.

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