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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.


Annual Society Meeting with
Special "Our Military History" Program

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo, NY 14216
(free parking)

During our November meeting, members will be voting in annual elections and participating in an exciting day of programming. Library of Congress Veterans History Project trainers will be traveling to Buffalo to present a special two-hour workshop designed to increase participants' understanding of the personal aspects of oral history interviewing and the technical aspects of audio and video documentation. Additionally, Buffalo History Museum staff will be offering special docent-guided tours of “For Home & County”, a new World War I exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war and the sacrifice of 968 lives from Western New York. Attendees will explore local stories and view rarely before seen artifacts from the collection.

Advance registration is required, and seating is limited.
Click link above for complete program details.

Buffalo History Museum Exhibit World War I
Image courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum.

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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