About the Collection


The Local History/Genealogy Collection includes print and online resources for Genesee Valley Region.   


  Local History/Genealogy Consulations are available by appointment.  Email btvgenealogy@nioga.org  or contact the Reference Desk at (585) 343-9550 x3 to schedule an appointment. 


Visit the Events Calendar for lectures, displays, author visits and more that feature local, state, national people and events.

Genealogy Databases
Ancestry Library
Visit the Digital Library for access. Ancestry Library Edition is available in the Library.


Family Search

FamilySearch -- The library has Affiliate Library designation, giving patrons greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.  It's the world’s largest repository of genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.


HeritageQuest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.  The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.


Image result for Fold3 Logo     fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  The database will be available in the Library and remotely.



The  National Archives is an independent federal agency of the executive branch of our government that is responsible for the preservation of government and historical  records. The database is available in the Library and remotely..




Local and Regional Newspapers

Daily Morning News (full text) - 1878-1879, published in Batavia, NY. Issues may be missing.

Batavia Daily News (full text) - 1880-1909. Published in Batavia, NY  Issues may be missing.

Daily News (full text) - 1882-1923, 1965.  Published in Batavia, NY.  Issues may be missing.

People's Press - 1825-1826 index to The People's Press newspaper, published in Batavia, NY.

Spirit of the Times - 1830-1845 index to The Spirit of the Times newspaper, published in Batavia, NY.

Palmyra Freeman (full text) - A weekly newspaper published in Palmyra, NY from 1828-1829:

3_Feb_1829, 21 Apr 1829, 12_May_1829, 9_Jun_1829, 16_Jun_1829, 30_Jun_1829, 7_Jul_1829, 14_Jul_1829, 18_Aug_1829, 25_Aug_1829, 1_Sep_1829, 22_Sep_1829, 27_Oct_1829, 29_Oct_1829, 10_Nov_1829, 24_Nov_1829, 1_Dec_1829, 15_Dec_1829, 22_Dec_1829
Also available at the library are issues for: 14 Apr 1829, 28 Apr 1829, 5 May 1829, 21 Jul 1829, 28 Jul 1829, 11 Aug 1829, 15 Sep 1829, 29 Sep 1829, 13 Oct 1829, 3 Nov 1829, 17 Nov 1829, 8 Dec 1829, 22 Dec 1829.

Old Fulton New York Postcards Support Forum  - Contains over 34,000,000 indexed New York State historical newspaper pages.  Coverage includes Genesee County, Central and Western New York. 

Genesee County Newspapers available on microfilm:

  • Republican Advocate, 1822-1876
  • Progressive Batavian, 1868-1895
  • Spirit of the Times, 1825-1901
  • Batavian, 1895-1897
  • Genesee County Herald, 1857-1861
  • Morning Call, 1881-1882

New York State Library Newspaper Collections

Reference Online Resources

Heritage Hub   Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.

Passenger & Immigration Records

Castle Gardens, NY, NY:

Between 1790 and 1820, an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people freely immigrated to the United States each year. They traveled on sailing ships that were often dangerously overcrowded and without adequate provision for passengers’ health and comfort. Starting in 1820, to ensure safer traveling conditions, ship captains had to provide passenger lists to U.S. customs officials.  In the 1850s, New York City and state officials pooled their efforts to create a more protective landing experience. Their solution was the country’s first immigration station: the Emigrant Landing Depot at Castle Gardens:

Castle Gardens Immigration Records


Ellis Island, located in New York City, did not open its doors until 1892.  The following sites will offer name, age, date of entry into to the United States, and last residence for thos processed through Ellis Isand:

Ellis Island Foundation: Passenger Lists

Ellis Island Foundation:  Ship Listing

National Archives:  - National Archives Passenger Arrival Records Online  - Includes New York arrival of Irish Famine immigrants, Germans to America passenger data file, Italians to America, and more:

 Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - More than 14,000 passenger manifests from ports around the country.

Immigrant Ancestors Project - Sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University, uses emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants in their native countries.


Vital Statistics

New York State Health Department Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957-1963

Vital Records - Addresses, prices, and availability of birth, marriage, and death records in the 50 states.

Cemetary Records

Cemetary records are available on request.  Contact the Reference Desk at (585) 343-9550 x3 or email btvgenealogy@nioga.org for assistance.





Diary of Dean Richmond Jr. (in whose memory the library was founded)

Genesee County

Located in the heart of Western New York, Genesee County, named from the Seneca word meaning “Beautiful Valley", was created in 1802 to meet the needs of a growing population. The original boundaries extended from Lake Ontario to the north, the Genesee River to the east, south to the Pennsylvania state line and to Lake Erie in the west. 

Genesee County History


As we update out website contact the Reference Desk at (585) 343-9550 x3 or email btvgenealogy@nioga.org for assistance.

Family History and Genealogy Resources

As we digitize our collection, please contact the Reference Desk at (585) 343-9550 x3 or email btvgenealogy@nioga.org for assistance .

Research Resources

Military Records:

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System -  Contains over 6.3 million names from both North and South and regimental histories.

City of Batavia:
PDF iconRuth McEvoy Index (includes references in The Batavia Daily News)