Research Links

This page contains quick links to some of the most popular and useful free genealogy resources on the Internet. As the Web and social media continue to change and expand, researchers are encouraged regularly explore and share available resources.

Blogs and Podcasts

  • Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter - By Dick Eastman
  • Geneabloggers - By Thomas MacEntee
  • Genealogy Gems - By Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Genealogy Guys Podcast - By George G. Morgan and Drew Smith
  • Genealogy In Time Magazine
  • The Genetic Genealogist - By Dr. Blaine Bettinger
  • The Legal Genealogist - By Judy Russell

    Cemetery Related Resources

  • Association for Gravestone Studies
  • Billion Graves
  • Find A Grave

    Genealogical Societies


  • Buffalo Genealogical Society of the African Diaspora
  • Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society
  • Central New York Genealogical Society
  • Chautauqua County Genealogical Society
  • Genesee Area Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Buffalo
  • Iroquois Genealogical Society (see also below)
  • Italian Genealogical Society of Western New York [contact]
  • Niagara County Genealogical Society
  • North Tonawanda Genealogy Library Genealogy Club
  • Painted Hills Genealogical Society (covering Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua County)
  • Rochester Genealogical Society


  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (including New York State)
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
  • Polish Genealogical Society of New York State

    Canadian - Regional

  • Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

    General Resources - Genealogy

  • Cyndi's List - New York - A categorized & cross-referenced index to the vast genealogical resources on the Internet.
  • Family Search - Access the largest collection of genealogical records in the world. Free resources include records (electronic and microfilm), finding guides, and available services (online, at Family History Centers, and by phone).
  • Steve Morse - Stephen P. Morse's site for the "one-step" finding of immigration records, census records, vital records. Also includes information on best practices for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and other applications.

    General Resources - New York State

  • - Cynthia Van Ness' quick reference of Buffalo & Erie County resources. Site includes links to vital record repositories, maps, directories, name lists, obituaries and more.
  • RootsWeb - New York Resources - Varied genealogical links listed by county. [RootsWeb is no longer supported by Ancestry. Some archives resources still remain. Read Ancestry's note in the attached link.]
  • USGenWeb - New York - A "Gateway to New York Genealogy and History" grouped at both the state and county levels.

    Historians - Public and Appointed

  • Association of Public Historians of New York State - Features an online database of the 1600 member town, village, city and county historians in New York State. [The Organization is currently experienced hosting issues.]
  • Government Appointed Historians of Western New York - Features links and contact information for town, village, city, and county historians that is searchable by Western New York county.

    Historical Societies

  • Allegany County Historical Society
  • Buffalo History Museum (formerly known as the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society)
  • Cattaraugus County Historical Museum and Research Library
  • Chautauqua County Historical Society & the McClurg Museum
  • Holland Purchase Historical Society (Genesee County)
  • Niagara County Historical Society
  • Orleans County Historical Association
  • Seneca Indian Historical Society (Seneca Nation of Indians Clerk's Office - Cattaraugus County)

    Holland Land Company Specific Resources

  • Holland Land Company Collection @ SUNY Fredonia's Reed Library - An overview of available collection resources and targeted finding guides. Site also provides information on Holland Land Company records located at other regional and state repositories.
  • Holland Land Office Museum
  • Holland Land Company - Selected Resources

    Libraries & Research Repositories


  • Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System
  • Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System
  • Nioga Library System (Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties)
  • Pioneer Library System (Wyoming County)

    Across the Country

  • Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center - Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the ACPLGC has "one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world."
  • Digital Public Library of America - The DPLA "brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. "
  • Library of Congress - The LOC "is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections."
  • National Archives and Records Administration - NARA "is the nation's record keeper. ...valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you."
  • National Archives and Records Administration - Resources for Genealogist
  • New York Public Library - The New York Public Library "holds more than 51 million items, from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world." It "provides patrons worldwide with powerful online tools to help them discover its extensive resources and services. On, visitors can browse the Library’s immense collections, download e-books, and view more than 800,000 items from our award-winning Digital Gallery. "
  • New York State Library - Research
  • New York State Archives

    Broad Catalog/Collection Searching

  • Worldcat - " lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. " Tools also allow you to located an item in a location that is geographically closest to you.

    Native American Resources - Regional

  • Iroquois Genealogical Society (see also above)
  • Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Tonawanda Band of Senecas - 7027 Meadville Road, Basom, NY 14013 (716) 542-4244
  • Tuscarora Nation - 2006 Mt. Hope Road, Lewistown, NY 14092 (716) 622-7061

    Newspaper Resources

  • Elephind - allows "family historians, genealogists, and researchers to search historic digitized newspaper archives from around the globe. It enables you to search, for free, across many newspaper sites simultaneously, rather than having to visit each site separately."
  • Fulton History - A free searchable online collection of more than 29 million historical newspaper pages from the USA & Canada. [Click here to see the directory of available newspapers.]
  • Google Newspaper Archive - Provides searchable database of free digitized newspapers from around the world.
  • Library of Congress - Chronicling America - Site provides information about historic newspapers and free searches of and access to select digitized newspaper pages.
  • NYS Historic Newspapers - This project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to "reflect New York's unique history". Organized by county.