Our library contains artifacts and original family letters dating in the mid to early 1800s. We also have genealogical resource books, maps, documents, computers and reproduction equipment, procured with membership dues and/or donations to the library by members and/or benefactors
You can make an appointment with Donna Shine to visit the Heritage Discovery Center Library. Contact Donna at Dmshine@ aol.com.
There are many families from Northeast Pennsylvania who came to Western New York to work in the steel plants and on the railroads. Newspaper articles/death notices that reference Northeast Pennsylvania people with Western New York connections can be found in a database that will be uploaded shortly.
ConferenceKeeper is an entire calendar of VIRTUAL genealogy events, webinars, and zoom meetings, hosted by libraries and societies all over North America. We've also added more online volunteer projects/opportunities from several very excellent organizations, on the "Volunteer" page.
The Local History File, located in the Grosvenor Room at the Central Library, is the B&ECPL's most comprehensive resource on Buffalo's history. It consists of index cards with citations to articles and books about Buffalo and Erie County topics. The Richardson Olmsted Complex is featured. The Special Collections Division maintains and preserves the rare, unique, and locally significant holdings of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System
BIGS member Michael McBride discovered, through DNA, that he was the great nephew of a internationally known human rights crusader known as Exile McBride. Exile joined the Fenians in the Battle of Ridgeway and was captured. After his release, he worked with five American presidents and met with the Prime Minister of England to help gain Irish independence from England.
New York Central Railroad (NYCRR) employee cards are available for purchase. A Sample of the NYCRR index is below - it is a work in progress constantly being added to.
To see if your ancestors records are available you can request a FREE name verification of the record: you will receive a YES/NO answer as being listed in our databases. If YES: You would also be told the number of cards attached to the employee and how many backside copies would be available for a total black & white copy cost AND what a colored copy cost would amount to. (LIMIT of 10 names per month)
A small but dynamic museum interpreting Buffalo and WNY’s steelmaking history
Not a genealogical organization, but co-located in the HDC with BIGS. For those who share an interest in minerals, fossils, rockhounding, geosciences, and the lapidary arts.
The museum offers interactive, educational opportunities for young and old by providing a center of learning about railroad, steel, industrial and maritime history. Home of BIGS.
Has links to the civil and some church records
Provides info on why this Valuation is important and its history.
Provides detailed information on where people lived in mid-nineteenth century Ireland