The Western New York Genealogical Society, Inc. [501(c)(3)] was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area's rich genealogical heritage. Our work focuses on the eight counties of Western New York - Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany - specifically those areas that were originally part of the Holland Land Company Purchase.
The Society's Objectives:
• To collect and preserve all available records of early settlers in the eight Western New York counties.
• To make these records available for research.
• To further genealogical knowledge and research.
• To foster record preservation by government agencies, organizations, and individuals.
Named for the Society’s founder, the June Partridge Zintz Memorial Library is located in the Grosvenor Room (Special Collections Department) of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Branch. The Society provides library volunteers to assist with collection maintenance and patron support.
WNYGS maintains a growing reference library that serves as a repository of genealogical information pertaining to Western New York and its early settlers. The primary focus is the eight counties of Western New York. However, the collection also contains information on New York State, New England, as well as other states and foreign countries. The library includes more than 3,000 books and 700 rolls of microfilm in addition to a collection of periodicals, family histories, ancestor charts, bible records, and an early settler index of more than 120,000 cards (compiled from 75 key sources of birth, death, & marriage information).
Western New York Genealogical Society is a member of the Western New York Library Resources Council.