Buffalo, Erie County, New York Genealogy

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LDS Cemetery Records

  • Vol. 1
  • page 41 - Frick Cemetery, Eggertsville (within the town of Amherst)
  • page 82 - Werkley Cemetery, near Sheridan Drive (Buffalo)
  • Because of boundary changes, Werkley Cemetery aka St. John's Cemetery is now located in Tonawanda, New York. Burials are listed on the following sites:


Archives, Libraries and Museums

Grosvenor Room Genealogy
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 858-8900
Email form | blog

Genealogical Resources: Local histories, census records, church and cemetery records, city directories, ethnic and immigration research, African American research, published family histories, maps and atlases, military records and history, vital records, yearbooks and school records. The website includes dozens of guides for topics such as: African-American Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, German Genealogy, Irish Genealogy, Italian Genealogy, Jewish Genealogy, Native American Genealogy, and Polish Genealogy.

University at Buffalo Archives
420 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1674
Email: lib-archives@buffalo.edu
Genealogical Resources:
Archives and Special Collections of Buffalo State College
E.H. Butler Library
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Email: library@buffalostate.edu
Genealogical Resources: Private papers, Richard B. Morris Historical Papers (well-known historian).
University at Buffalo Polish Room
Room 517, Lockwood Library
Buffalo, NY 14260-2200
Email: library@buffalo.edu
Genealogical Resources: Guides to tracing Polish ancestry, Polish maps, Polish gazetteers, Polish coats of arms, Polish biographies.
Rev. J. Clayton Murray, S.J. Archives & Special Collections
Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library
Canisius College, 2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
Email: delaneyk@canisius.edu
Genealogical Resources: Obituaries, student newspapers.

A list of local libraries and archives with Polish resources is available online at the Polish-American Heritage in Buffalo and Erie County, New York website.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Buffalo, Erie County, New York Genealogy is the Buffalo New York Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.


Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
25 Nottingham Court
Buffalo, NY 14216
Facebook page
Genealogical Resources: Library, Guide to Genealogical Materials, city directories, church records (many Roman Catholic parishes), cemetery transcriptions, censuses, genealogy books, obituary index to Buffalo newspapers (1811-2001), private papers, obituary request form, published family histories, list of professional researchers for hire.
Buffalo and Erie County Library
Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Genealogical Resources: Genealogy Subject Guide.
BIGS-Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society
Buffalo Irish Center
245 Abbott Rd
Buffalo, NY 14220
Email: EPatton@adelphia.net
Genealogical Resources: The GAAA Library Collection, Sons of Erin Indexing Project, Holy Cross Cemetery Records and Index, local history project.
William A. Miles Center for African and African-American Studies
Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library
1324 Jefferson Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208
Genealogical Resources: Books on African-American topics, Schomburg Clipping File, books on African countries.

City Clerk

Gerald Chwalinski[1]
City Hall, Niagara Square, Room 1308
Buffalo, NY 14202
Email: gchwalinski@city-buffalo.com

Genealogy Records and Resources on the City of Buffalo government website explains how to order Buffalo birth, marriage, and death certificates.

City Historian

Records Center

Church Records


Vital Records

Web Sites


  1. Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogy Address Book (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009), 401-405.
  2. Erie County, New York Town Historians, Historical Societies and Historical Museums, Updated: 20 October 2004, http://wnyroots.tripod.com/index-historians.html (accessed 15 December 2011).