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Family history, ancestors and genealogy research sources
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2024 3:57 PM


For those researching genealogy, lineage and related topics. Focus is on Erie County and Western NY ancestor research.

UB Libraries Resources


New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer /New York Genealogical and Biographical Society; managing editors, N. Joshi, et al. 
Lockwood Library Reference Collection 1st floor  Call number F118 .N6 2017 

New York County and Regional Histories and Atlases 
Lockwood Library Microforms Collection  MicFilm F119.N49 
A collection of 116 reels of microfilm of county histories of New York. Most histories contain maps, listing of businesses, churches, schools, biographies, and illustrations. The index to the collection is Reel Index to the Microform Collection of New York County and Regional Histories and Atlases. Lockwood Library Science and Engineering Reference Collection 1st floor  F119.N49 Reel Index

Archives Unbound: County And Regional Histories & Atlases: New York database of regional and county histories; search by surname or by town name.  UBIT name is required to login from home.

Buffalo and Erie County Maps
UB offers an extensive collection of current and historical Buffalo and Western NY maps.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
UB has some print and online access (note online use is for current UB campus affiliates only); see other NYS libraries that offer these maps. 


See the Census Bureau Genealogy page for details on the availability of U.S. decennial census data.

Census of population (year). New York
This is the Schedule of the Federal Population Census, Erie County, New York  We have 1820-1880, 1900-1930
Lockwood Library Microforms Collection MicFilm F127.E6 S2
These are the Federal census records. The Libraries own the 1820-1880 and 1900-1930 federal census records for Erie County, City of Buffalo and some surrounding counties. Details are at Federal Population Census Rolls Microform Profile .

Buffalo & Erie County : Buffalo & Towns Census Records, 1850-1855
Library Annex General Collection MicFilm F127.E6 B8 
These are the State census records. The Libraries own 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, and 1925. Details are at State Census Rolls Microform Profile .

1890 New York Census Index of Civil War Veterans or their Widows 
Lockwood Library Microforms Collection MicFiche E494.D583 1984 Fiche 1-4
This is often used as a substitute for the lost 1890 Federal Census.

City, County, Town and Township Index to the 1850 Federal Census Schedules 
Library Annex General Collection CS65.P37 
Helps to determine the county location of cities and towns (census schedules are arranged by county.)

Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790. New York 
Lockwood Documents US C 3.11: N 42y 
Also available online at

Index to the 1800 Census of New York/ Compiled by Barbra Armstrong 
Library Annex F118.A76 1984

New York in 1800; An Index to the Federal Census Schedules of the State of New York, with other Aids to Research 
Lockwood Library Reference Collection 1st floor  F123 .M159

Union List of Federal Population Census Schedules on Microfilm in Western New York Libraries 
Law Library Reference HA214.S65 1986 

Lockwood Library Reference Collection 1st floor  Z7554.U5 S64 1986 
Lists all the federal census microfilms owned by several nearby libraries.


Buffalo City Directory (title may vary) The libraries own a number of city directories, both Buffalo and suburban.
Libraries Annex Special Collections Spec Coll F129.B8 A18
Law Library Law General Collection Oversize F129.B8 A18
The holdings are described here: City Directories.

City Directories of the United States through 1860 (segment I) 
All U.S. directories, including Buffalo, up to 1860. 
Lockwood Library Microforms Collection MicFiche: E154.5 D4 

United States City Directories (segment II, covers 1861-) 
Libraries Annex General Collection MicFilm: E154.5 and call number varies
UB Libraries do not own the entire collection. See: Microform Collection -- City Directories for details.


The Libraries have many Buffalo area newspapers such as Buffalo News on microform in the Lockwood Library Microforms Collection, see Buffalo and WNY News. The Courier-Express and the names index to same. Note the Buffalo Evening News is mostly online. A guide to other historic newspaper databases. Chronicling America site.


Buffalo City Tax Rolls
This microfiche collection reproduces tax rolls for the city of Buffalo for some of the years between 1846 and 1866. Property owner's name is included. For details, see Buffalo City Tax Rolls Microform Profile.


Web Resources

Local professionals for hire; pros that are available to do family tree research. Examine LINK 1, LINK 2, LINK 3, LINK 4. and also LINK 5.

Websites for WNY Counties & Local Historical Societies

Allegany County: Allegany County Historical Society 

Cattaraugus County: Cattaraugus County Museum  Painted Hills Genealogical Society  The Seneca Nation of Indians Genealogy 

Chautauqua County: Chautauqua County Genealogical Society  Chautauqua County Historian  Harmony Historical Society 

Erie County: Alden Historical Society  Aurora Historical Society  Boston Historical Society  Buffalo & Western NY Italian Genealogy Society  Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Digital Collections  Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora  Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society  Cheektowaga Historical Association  Clarence Historical Society  Elma Historical Society  Evans Historical Society  Grand Island Historical Society  Hamburg Historical Society  Holland Historical Society  Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo  Lancaster New York Historical Society  Polish Genealogical Society of NY State  The Buffalo History Museum  Western New York Genealogical Society  Western New York Heritage Institute
Genesee County: Genesee Area Genealogy Society  Genesee County History Collection  Holland Purchase Historical Society  Oakfield Historical Society
Livingston CountyLivingston-Steuben County Genealogical Society of New York

Monroe County: Gates Historical Society  Henrietta Historical Society  Office of the Rochester City Historian  Perinton Historical Society  Rochester Genealogical Society  Rochester Historical Society  Rochester Public Library Digital Collections  Rochester Public Library Local History & Genealogy Resources  

Niagara CountyNiagara County Genealogical Society   Das Haus German Heritage Museum   Sanborn Area Historical Society  Historical Society of the Tonawandas  Town of Newfane Historical Society
Orleans County: Medina Historical Society  Orleans County Historical Association

Wyoming County: Warsaw Historical Society  Wyoming County Historian 

Genealogy Librarian

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Jill Hackenberg
117 Lockwood Library
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

Census Librarian

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Carolyn Klotzbach-Russell
422 Lockwood Library, North Campus
(716) 645-9178