Society Resources

The Western New York Genealogical Society makes a variety of genealogical resources available to its members and the general public in support of its mission to preserve and encourage interest in the rich genealogical heritage of Western New York.


The Western New York Genealogist (formerly known as the Journal) has been published quarterly for more than forty years. Issued June, September, December and March, each issue contains unpublished records, queries, book reviews, Bible records, articles for the beginner and for the advanced researcher, and notices informing the readers of what is new in the genealogy world.


The Western New York Genealogical Society maintains an expanding research library of over 3000 books, more than 700 rolls of microfilm, a number of periodicals and several card catalogs as a repository of genealogical information pertaining to the area and its early settlers. Primary interest is in the eight counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming. However, there is much information on the remainder of New York State and New England, as well as most of the other states and many foreign countries. In addition the collection includes many family histories.


The Society's website was created to keep members and the general public informed about Society events, projects, and resources. At present time, a limited number of WNYGS online resources are available on this website for the use of WNYGS members and other genealogists.

Please note an updated Society website is currently under construction. As part of planning enhancements, a new "members only" area with additional resources will be made available.

As part of the Society's expanded offerings, members also have the opportunity to share, learn, break down brick walls, and get the latest updates by accessing the WNYGS Facebook Group.


The Society maintains a list of free online resources related to Western New York genealogical research. With regular community input, these resources are constantly updated.


The Society's members are encouraged to participate in the ongoing Bible Records and Marriage Project. Additionally, members can view the Society's archive of previously submitted member data from past Surname Lists, Locality Lists, and Ancestor Charts.