Local History & Genealogy

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Books: Circulating and Reference

Section 929: Basic how-to genealogy books
Section 970: Local history

The Curtis Civil War Collection

Mr. William J. Curtis, Civil War history collector, donated his extensive collection to the library. The Curtis Civil War collection has a heavy emphasis on Confederate books. Mr. Curtis would vacation in the south and collect works with the southern viewpoint of the war.

Local History Room

This collection generally covers the history of Western New York and more specifically covers Orleans County history. It includes local histories written as early as 1874, which have indexes. It also includes gazetteers, directories, atlases, and phone books. In addition are a collection of Albion High School yearbooks from 1903 to present.

Microfilm

Included in this collection are microfilmed newspapers, census records, and some church records. The newspapers included are Albion papers from the 1820s to 2013, and the Holley Standard from 1886 to 1994. If you are searching for an obituary, you must know at least the month and year of death, as the newspapers are not indexed.

Oral Histories

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Orleans Historical Association conducted audiotape interviews of many Orleans County residents. These tapes have been transcribed and also been transferred to audio discs, which are both available along with an index.

Genealogy

Genealogical resources include basic information on New England families. Some of the genealogical records included are volumes of the Connecticut Nutmegger, Mayflower Families, Compendium of American Genealogy, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Records, and Vital Records for several towns in Massachusetts to name a few.

Local Genealogy

Local Genealogies completed by other researchers are included in this collection and include an index of names.

Orleans County History Sites

Orleans County, NY Genweb
Orleans County Almshouse Burials
Sampubco: Indexes, wills, naturalizations, and guardianships
for NY state and several other states. You can order copies.
Heritage Quest Onlinelink on home page
 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyocdar/

Other General Genealogical Sites

Slave Voyages 

Family Search
Rootsweb
Genforum: Forums for surnames, states, counties, etc.
Cyndi’s List: List of other genealogical sites online

Community Resources

Albion is the county seat of Orleans and offers other resources to researchers.

County Offices

Located on Courthouse Square are the County Courthouse and the County Clerk’s office. In the courthouse, you will find access to the Surrogate’s Office, which houses will and probate papers. At the County Clerk’s Office you have access to deeds, plat and survey maps, original census books, and more. The County Historian’s Office is located at 34 East Park St. and can be reached at 585-589-4174.

Historians

New York State has a unique network of appointed village, city, town, county, and borough historians. Orleans County’s list is available at the County Historians Website

Other Associations and Societies

The Orleans County Historical Association
P.O. Box 1285
Albion, NY 14411

The Cobblestone Society Museum
The museum has a library called the Cobblestone Resource Center located in the Brick House immediately west of the Cobblestone Church.
P.O. Box 363
Albion, NY 14411
585-589-9013

Out-of-Town Researchers

You can e-mail   Dee Robinson at  drobi@nioga.org

You can also mail questions to the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion, NY 14411, attention to Dee Robinson.

Genealogy How-To Resources for Beginners

Copyright Fundamentals for Genealogy
Cyndi’s List Beginners
FamilyHistory.com