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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.

Target Counties of Western New York

Join us for our first member meeting of the year:

Sat., March 16, 2019 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WNYGS March Meeting

with our featured presentation
"Genealogy 101" with BECPL Genealogy Librarian Rhonda Hoffman
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central (Downtown Branch)

The Society's Objectives:

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

    Recent News, Events, and Updates

    01/22/2019: Updated Version of WNYGS Library Catalog (2019 Jan) Now Available For View and Download

    01/01/2019: Board Announces 2019 Society Board Members

    07/01/2018: Board Announces Updated "Society Guidelines for the WNYGS Facebook Discussion Group"

    06/15/2018: WNYGS Announces GRIP (Amherst Session) Scholarship Opportunities for Society Members

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