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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.

Join Us For Our Next Member Webinar:
WNYGS Zoom Member Meeting - "Getting Acquainted with the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)" with Jeanette Sheliga
Saturday, May 22, 2021

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 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

    04/07/2021: Monthly Library Research Assistance Program Reinstituted

    12/31/2020: COVID-19 UPDATES: Monthly Library Research Assistance Suspended Through 02/28/2021

    12/15/2020: Society Announces 2021 Board Members

    07/15/2020: COVID-19 UPDATES: Monthly Library Research Assistance Suspended Through 12/31/2020

    06/15/2020: COVID-19 UPDATES: An Important Message from Society President Bob Balistreri

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