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.
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.
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.
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 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 Online – link on home page
Other General Genealogical Sites
Albion is the county seat of Orleans and offers other resources to researchers.
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.
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
249 North Main Street
Albion, NY 14411
You can e-mail Dee Robinson at email@example.com
You can also mail questions to the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion, NY 14411, attention to Dee Robinson.