|SUNY Fredonia Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia Daniel A. Reed Library
- Daniel A. Reed Library
280 Central Ave
Fredonia, NY 14063
Telephone:  Library 716-673-3184; Special Collections 716-673-3183; Special Collections Fax: 716-673-3185
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Internet sites and databases:
- Daniel A. Reed Library news, find, services, collections, about, and ask a librarian.
- Holland Land Company description, historical background, contents, inventory (downloadable), supplementary collections, and Holland Land Company records in other libraries.
- OneSearch Fredonia Catalog online. Search by keyword, title, author, subject, publisher, series, call number, ISBN, or ISSN. Also available in WorldCat.
- Archives and Special Collections Holland Land Company and the Local History Collections.
The Daniel A. Reed Library of the State University of New York at Fredonia has indexes to, and most of the original patents (first deeds) showing the transfer of land ownership between 1801 and 1840 from the Holland Land Company to private individuals in western New York and Pennsylvania. Some names on the patents could be fictitious.
The Local History Collections are mostly focused on Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties of New York, but also include some material from surrounding New York and Pennsylvania counties. They hold books, pamphlets, serials, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, maps and atlases, and microforms, including censuses, vital records, local newspapers abstracts, cemetery transcirpts, church records, manuscripts, county histories, newspapers (on microfilm), and reference files.
- The staff do not provide individual genealogical research for patrons beyond fulfilling specific requests for resources determined to be in their holdings.
- Schedule a research appointment to work in the Local History Collections at SUNY Fredonia by using the Archival Research Request e-mail form online.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the SUNY Fredonia Reed Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a good collection with good indexes including biographies, family folders, county and local histories for all of New York, and Holland Land Company deeds.</ref>
- Library of Congress, Washington, DC, the Holland Land Company deeds are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
- National Archives at New York City, has Holland Land Company deeds, federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, port of NYC records, naturalizations, inventions.
- New York Public Library Genealogy Division in Manhattan has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records. They also have the Holland Land Company deeds.
- New York State Archives, Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, Holland Land Company deeds, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses.
- Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam Municipal Archives in the Netherlands) Some of the earliest New York City (New Netherland) records are also stored here. Also, the earliest European New York settlers often lived in Amsterdam before their move to the New World. Includes the Holland Land Company 1801-1840 deeds from western New York state, and northwestern Pennsylvania.
- Cornell University Library, Ithaca, has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York as well as an excellent collection of histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses. Rare books and manuscripts are outstanding, and they publish the best research guides to New York counties.</ref>
- Chautauqua County Clerk, Mayville, deeds, marriages 1908-1935, censuses 1825-1925, and military discharges. (Town clerks have births and deaths)
- Chautauqua County Historian, Mayville, earliest legal and court records dating from 1811.
- Chautauqua County Surrogates Court 8th JD, Maysville, wills and probate records.
- United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Buffalo and Rochester, (includes Chautauqua County) has recent civil, criminal, and bankruptcy cases.
- Chautauqua County Historical Society, Westfield, has dozens of genealogies.
- Chautauqua County Genealogical Society, Fredonia, seminars and publications.
- Smith Memorial Library, Chautauqua, helps genealogical researchers.
- Orchard Park New York Family History Center has premium online services for free and offers research guidance.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: in New York: Cattaraugus, Erie, and in Pennsylvania: Erie, and Warren.
- Albany Institute of History and Art with the best indexes and colonial Albany records of the 1600s.</ref>
- Archives of the Archdiocese of New York, Yonkers, includes parish register births, confirmations, marriages, and deaths, school records, and leadership papers.
- Bronx County Historical Society has a large manuscript collection, biographical files, family folders, obituaries, cemetery transcripts, city directories, and marriages.
- Brooklyn Historical Society includes finding aids and collections guides to archives, manuscripts, oral histories, photographs, paintings, oral history database, and maps. They have sources for New England immigrants to Long Island, NY.
- Children's Aid Society, NYC, an orphan train sending institution. Archives searches ($) for adoptions, and orphan train riders. NYHS houses some of their records.
- Columbia University Libraries, NYC, history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, and government documents.
- Historic Hudson Valley Library, Tarrytown, has unique early Hudson River migration sources such as steamboats, industries, and culture.</ref>
- Holland Society of New York, NYC, has 7,000 New Netherland family and local history books, Dutch Reformed Church records. Good collection for other ethnic groups along the Atlantic coast.
- Huguenot Society of America, NYC, open by appointment: history, settlement, genealogy, biography, theology. They have the largest Huguenot collection outside London, including 1600s records of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and colonial America.
- Leo Baeck Institute, NYC, preserves family and community histories about Jews in German speaking countries.
- Montgomery County Department of History and Archives, early Montgomery (formerly Tryon) County had jurisdiction over much of upstate New York. These archives have an extensive genealogy section.
- New York City Department of Records has New York City birth, death, and marriage records; the 1890 police census; city directories; voter registrations; almshouse records; and municipal government records.
- New York City Municipal Reference and Research Center can provide street name origins, city council minutes, serials and books.
- New York Foundling Hospital, NYC, an orphan train sending institution, can do records research for close relatives only. NYHS houses some of their records.
- New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, NYC, has donated their collection to the New York Public Library. NYG&BS now offers educational programs, publications, and digital communication.
- New-York Historical Society has the largest manuscript collection in NY, town records, colonial records, newspapers, periodicals, biographies, histories, directories, maps, photos.
- New York State Library, Albany, has local histories, genealogies, atlases, church, cemetery (including DAR), city directories, microfilmed newspapers, censuses, passenger lists, ad periodicals.
- Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, has the best collection of family folders (10,000) on the East Coast
- Queens Historical Society, Flushing, This large facility has many indexes to biographical and historical sources in their collection.
- Staten Island Historical Society is the best place for Staten Island research. Because many immigrants settled there, they have a strong immigration collection.
- Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, has a good collection of indexes to biographies, genealogies, family folders, books, periodicals, and manuscripts.
- Vital Records Section of the New York State Department of Health, Menands, NY, for outside New York City births and deaths (1881-present), and marriage licenses (1880-present). Also, all divorces since 1963.
- Repositories in surrounding states (or provinces): Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Vermont.
- ↑ Ask a Librarian in Fredonia State University of New York (accessed 3 May 2016).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Daniel A. Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia in Facebook (accessed 3 May 2016).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Archives and Special Collections in Fredonia State University of New York (accessed 3 May 2016).
- ↑ William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 83. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ Local History in Fredonia State University of New York (accessed 3 May 2016).
- ↑ William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 4. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 125-26.
- ↑ Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy in New York Public Library (accessed 16 October 2010).
- ↑ Gwenn F. Epperson, New Netherland Roots (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1994), 37-43. WorldCat 29980509; FHL Book 974.7 D27e.
- ↑ Holland Land Company in SUNY Fredonia (accessed 22 November 2013).
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 282. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
- ↑ Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
- ↑ Collections in Archives of the Archdiocese of New York (5 May 2016).
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.
- ↑ Guide to the Records of the Children's Aid Society 1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947) MS 111 at The New-York Historical Society (accessed 8 April 2021).
- ↑ Research Guides by Subject Area in Columbia University Libraries (accessed 5 May 2016).
- ↑ Home in Leo Beck Institute (accessed 5 May 2016).
- ↑ Guide to the Records of the New York Foundling Hospital 1869-2009 MS 347 at New-York Historical Society (accessed 28 September 2012).
- ↑ History of the NYG&BS in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (accessed 5 May 2016).
- ↑ Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.
- ↑ Vital Records in New York State Department of Health (accessed 6 May 2016).