Our Shared History. Our Shared Purpose.
Western New York’s strategic location on the Great Lakes has made it both the terminus and the 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 remained in the area and have been followed by immigrants from all over 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.
This Month's Meeting Topic:
October 24th at 10:30 a.m.
Genealogical Research at the Genesee County History Department:
Opportunities and Resources with County Historian Michael J. Eula, Ph.D.
[Buffalo and Erie County Public Library - Central Branch]
Recent News and Events
10/01/2015: WNYGS Encourages Continued Participation in the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project
06/01/2015: Well-Known Author and International Family History Expert Lisa Alzo To Be Featured Speaker at the 2015 WNYGS Fall Luncheon & Lecture
01/15/2015: Society Announces 2015 Member Meeting Schedule and Topics