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Our Shared History. Our Shared Purpose.

Western New York’s strategic location on the Great Lakes has made it both a terminus and gateway of migration. First home to Native American communities, the region was later settled primarily by New Englanders following the Revolutionary War. The opening of the Erie Canal provided an easy route west, attracting the first of many waves of immigrants from Europe. Many people remained in the area and have been followed by immigrants from around the world.

The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area's rich genealogical heritage. Our work focuses on the eight counties of Western New York - Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany - that were originally part of the Holland Land Company Purchase.


Western New York Genealogy Conference
Presented in partnership with the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

Western New York Genealogy Conference Logo- Buffalo, New York - October 7, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites, 200 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14202

Day-long, two-track conference featuring presentations by national experts
Dr. Blaine Bettinger, D. Joshua Taylor, and Jane E. Wilcox and others. Pre and post conference tours and events also available.

Target Counties of Western New York

The Society's Objectives:

  • To collect and preserve all available records relating to early settlers in Western New York.
  • To make these records available for research.
  • To further genealogical knowledge and research.
  • To foster awareness of record preservation by and among government agencies, organizations, and individuals.

    Recent News and Events

    05/24/2017: Memorial Day Remembrances - Honor A Veteran: WNYGS encourages the Public to participate in the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

    05/15/2017: Registration opens for the Western New York Genealogy Conference (October 7, 2017 - Buffalo, NY)

    02/01/2017: WNYGS calls for October Western New York Genealogy Conference Presenter Proposals

    01/01/2017: WNYGS Programming Committee Announces 2017 Program Schedule.

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