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Genealogical Records in Buffalo & Erie County: A Quick Guide

  • Welcome to our guide to 36 kinds of sought-after records in Buffalo & Erie County, NY!  Please don't skip over these pointers.
  • Most of these records are offline, usually on paper or microfilm.  This will not change soon.
  • No institution can guarantee access or results when searching for records. Not every institution has enough staff to undertake research & look-up requests.  Fees and/or privacy restrictions often apply.  Out-of-towners may wish to consult researchers for hire.
  • If an institution's holdings could be described with simple date spans or place names, we entered them into the appropriate cell.   Otherwise, this checkmark checkmark indicates that they own it.
  • Wherever possible, date spans and checkmarks are linked to more in-depth descriptions.


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Buffalo History Museum

BECPL

& WNYGS

Buffalo City Clerk & Inactive Records Center

Erie County Clerk

LDS Family History Centers

Town & Village Clerks

UB Libraries

Other Reposi-
tories
Online 
Versions
 & Links
1 Adoption & Orphan Home
Adoptions are sealed forever under NY State Law.  A few records were filmed or indexed (see row 2) before being sealed.    checkmark
2 Adoption  Indexes
1836-1939
1865-1961
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1874-1890


 1874-1900
3
Almshouse / Poorhouse







Erie County Home
NYS Archives
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4
Architectural Plans & Drawings
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5
Bank- ruptcies







US Bank- ruptcy Court
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Births 

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1878 to present
1881-1913

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Border Crossings   1902-1954      checkmark        1895-1956
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Business Records checkmark  checkmark   checkmark        NYS Dept. of State
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9
Cemetery Records
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10

Census - Federal, on film

1790-1880
1900-1930
1790-1880
1900-1930

1850-1920


 
1790-1880
1900-1930

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11

Census - State, on film

1855-1925
1855-1925
1855-1925

 
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1855-1925
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12

Census Indexes

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1790-1880 1900,1910

 

 
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1855,
1875
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13

Church Records

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14

City Directories

1828-2001
1828 to
present

1856-1985

 
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1828 to present Offline Directories
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15 Court Records       checkmark       NYS Unified Court System checkmark
16 Deaths 

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1852 to present


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NYS Dept. of Health checkmark
17
Divorces
Sealed for 100 years except to the parties involved & their attorneys
1830-1963



NYS Dept. of Health
18

Genealogies in book form

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19 High School & College  Yearbooks

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20

Land, Deeds, Property Transactions






 
1808 to present
 

1808-
1964

  Land Records
21
Land, Deeds -  Indexes 1804-1835
1800-1830
1804-1835
1800-1830
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22 Marriages 
1811-1884
1840-1880
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1877 to present
1878-1935
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NYS Dept. of Health checkmark
23
Medical Examiner /
Autopsies

1878-1898
1878-1902






Erie County Medical Examiner

24
Mortgages



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25 Natural-
izations 
      1827-1929       US District Courthouse  
26

Natural-

izations - Indexes


 
1906-1966

 

 
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  1906-1966
27

Newspapers

1811 to present
1830s? to present

 

 

 

1842 to present
NYS Newspaper Project checkmark
28 Obituaries
1811-2001
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1812-1985


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29

Passenger Lists on Film


 
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30
Passenger Lists - Indexes

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31
Tax Records
1846-1865
1856-1857
1815-1997


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  1800
32
Telephone Directories
ca. 1903- to present
1886 to present





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33

Vital Record Indexes 

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34 Voter Registrations 
Buffalo
Erie County
Buffalo
Erie County




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35

Wills, Probate,

Estate Papers



 

 

 

 


 
Surrogate Court
NYS Archives

36 Wills (etc.) - Indexes
1808-1819
1800-1929


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Buffalo History Museum

BECPL

& WNYGS
Buffalo City Clerk Inactive Records Center

Erie County Clerk 

LDS Family History Centers
Town & Village Clerks
UB Libraries
Other Reposi-
tories
Online 
Versions
& Links

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Updated 23 August 2014
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