The June P. Zintz Memorial Library of the Western New York Genealogical Society

WNYGS Zintz Memorial Library

Named for WNYGS founder June Partridge Zintz, the Society Library is located in the Grosvenor Room (Special Collections Department) of the Central Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (Downtown - 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203). [Click here to view the Library's current hours.]

The Western New York Genealogical Society maintains an expanding reference library that serves as a repository of genealogical information pertaining to Western New York. The primary focus is the eight counties of Western New York - specifically Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. However, the collection also contains information on New York State, New England, as well as other states and foreign countries. The collection includes more than 3,000 books and 700 rolls of microfilm, family histories, periodicals, and card indexes.

As a reference library, collection materials are not circulated or removed from the premises. Books are arranged in a "modified" Dewey Decimal Classification system which is easily understood and usable. Items are catalogued by author, title and subject. An up-to-date electronic version of the WNYGS library catalog can be viewed or downloaded online as an Excel (.xls) file.

Monthly Library Collection Research Assistance

WNYGS will have volunteers on-site at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library on the following dates to provide assistance with the Society's Zintz Library Collection and answer general research questions:

Sat., 1/14 1-5 p.m.

Thurs., 1/19 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sat., 1/28 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In addition to our regular monthly assistance days, the Zintz Collection remains accessible to all members and patrons during regular library hours.

Have questions about this program?
Email our volunteer coordinator at to learn more.

Among the Society's library holdings are the following which complements the B&ECPL Grosvenor Collections:

- Miscellaneous gazetteers, guides, and a few atlases
- Various genealogical indexes

- Buffalo City Directories from 1832 on
- Miscellaneous volumes of other town & city directories
- Many town & county histories

- Numerous published & unpublished manuscript records

- Card files of approximately 120,000 cards from 75 sources of Births, Deaths, & Marriages of early Western New York families

- Printed Federal Census indexes 1790 - 1870
- 1790 - 1930 Federal census for the eight WNY counties
- All available 1855 - 1925 state censuses for the WNY counties
- Miscellaneous other special censuses

- Notebooks of members' Ancestor Charts
- Numerous published & unpublished family histories

- Germans to America, from 1840 complete to date
- Passenger & Immigration Lists Index, complete to date
- The Famine Immigrants, complete to date
- Numerous other foreign research aids

- Numerous military research aids
- Microfilm of miscellaneous Revolutionary War Pension records

Click for more information on:
- "General" publications
- "Family" related publications
- "Foreign Country" related publications
- "United States" related publications

- Numerous help books for various aspects of doing research

- Census
- Church Records
- Cemetery Records
- Erie County Surrogate Records
- Miscellaneous Military Records
- Erie County Marriage Records
- Buffalo Birth Records

Please consult The Western New York Genealogist for information on the latest Society and library acquisitions.


Research Assistance:

Neither the library staff nor the Society is equipped to conduct research for patrons. The Society has knowledgeable volunteers on duty several times throughout the month (see above). You can call the Grosvenor Room to find out if a volunteer is scheduled to be on duty.

The WNYGS has neither the facilities nor personnel to handle individual genealogical questions. It is suggested that individuals seeking such assistance should consult outside researchers. While WNYGS does not specifically recommend any individuals, both the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and Buffalo History Museum maintain a list of known researchers for hire.

Library Policies and Duplication:

Photocopy machines and microfilm reader-printers are located in the the Grosvenor Room. Please note library policy states there is a time limit on station use if other people are waiting.


Traditional Library Materials:

The society’s main interest is materials associated with the eight counties of Western New York - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. Please contact the WNYGS Librarian at regarding potential donations. Please provide the following details:

  • Books – Titles, authors, publication dates
  • Digital materials – Content, subject, size (MB, GB, etc.), format (PDF, tiff, MS Word (version), etc.)
  • Periodicals – Titles, dates, number of issues
  • Microfilm – Content, dates, number of reels

    WNYGS does not accept:
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Three-dimensional artifacts [The Buffalo History Museum may be appropriate for this donation type.]
  • Obsolete formats (i.e. floppy disks)

    Personal Collection and Research Papers:

    The WNYGS library has limited space. Donations of personal collections and research papers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the WNYGS Librarian at regarding potential donations. Please provide the following details:
  • the volume of materials (linear feet)
  • the content type (i.e. typed manuscript, photocopies of documents, handwritten notes, photographs, etc.)
  • the subject matter
  • how the materials are organized
  • the condition of the materials.

    Last updated: December 1, 2022