The following are Links the Genesee County Historian, Staff, Volunteers and Patrons use while conducting research. All of these sites are free to use.
GAHWNY.ORG Government Appointed Historians of Western New York - This site includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. A current list of the County and Municipal Historians, information about the organization, updates on the two annual meetings (which are open to the public) and other helpful information is accessible from this site.
Archives.nysed.gov The New York State Archives provides access to historical and state-specific records as well as an online catalog. The site also includes information on how to access records digitized by Ancestry.com. [“Several New York repositories have formed a partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records and make them available on line for free.”]
Familysearch.org Is a free family history and genealogy records site that includes hundreds of collections – including birth, marriage, death, probate, land and military.
Batavialibrary.org The Richmond Memorial Library located in Batavia, NY has a website that includes access to local history sites. Included are newspapers, passenger/immigration, vital statistics, cemeteries, census, Genesee County, Western New York and New York State.
Fultonhistory.com Contains over 20,670,000 indexed New York State newspapers including from Genesee County:
Republican Advocate 1822-1876
Progressive Batavian 1868-1895
Spirit of the Times 1825-1901
Genesee County Herald 1857-1861
Morning Call 1881-1882
Genesee Weekly Democrat 1857-1859
Batavia Daily News 1878-?
http://clifflamere.com/Newspapers/SearchingFultonHistorySite.htm This site gives information on how to do the best searches on Fulton History site. Very helpful information.
USGenweb Project - provides geographical access to genealogical information.
WorldGenWeb - provides geographical access to worldwide genealogical information.
Findagrave.com - Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.
https://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/collections The New York State Historical Association's Research Library holdings are now found under Fenimore Art Museum. Search the online catalog to discover their holdings in art and architectural history, museum studies, and New YorkState history. This site including information on genealogy, available census records, Colonial American, nineteenth-century American art history, Native American art and culture, folklore, and museum studies.
A Guide to New York Historical Resources. Site useful for locating military records, census data, copies of historic newspapers and family histories. Timelines, maps and videos are resources available to learn more about New York State.
http://www.justmilitaryloans.com/military-genealogy Nearly every American has a relative who has served in the Unites States Armed Forces. Some as far back as when this country began. How Can I Determine if My Ancestor Served in the Military?
http://www.fileright.com Site useful for finding links to military and naturalization records.
http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_history.asp Information on the role and purpose of Ellis Island in immigration to the United States and New York City.
www.oakfieldhistory.org This site includes information regarding the Oakfield Historical Society, including newsletters, photographs of events, items for sale and a visual tour of their museum. Oakfield is a Town and Village located in Genesee County.
www.leroyhistoricalsociety.org Located in the historic LeRoy House, the LeRoy Historical Society's website includes the Jell-O Gallery,Transportation Exhibit, the LeRoy Barn Quilt tour and numerous articles written by the curator, Lynne Belluscio. LeRoy is a Town and Village located within Genesee County.
www.italiangen.org Created and managed by the Italian Genealogical Group, this organization has developed a user friendly database for the Boroughs of New York City. It is an excellent resource for locating birth, marriage, death, naturalization and veterans' records.
www.justgreatlawyers.com/genealogy-and-the-law Genealogy and the Law-A Layman'sGuide to Legalese
www.fattiretours.com/genealogy-research-in-europe Traveling to Find Your Roots: A Guide to Genealogy Research in Europe
http://backgroundchecks.org/public-records/the-genealogy-resource-guide Genealogy Resource Guide, Great site for beginners, lots of links to records
https://www.smarterhobby.com/genealogy/ A comprehensive beginners guide
https://www.bbcleaningservice.com/history-of-ellis-island.html The history of Ellis Island and other genealogy references.
http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org This site identifies high concentrations of specific surnames and is a good indicator of the surnames origin