The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society has been around for 150 years and in that time it has accumulated thousands of historical documents, books, maps and other materials that can be viewed at its research library.
Library and Archives Director Cynthia Van Ness says more and more people from this area and elsewhere are now visiting the library to dig through those records and find out more about ancestors. She says the growing hobby of genealogy allows people to play history detective and un-earth information that may help to explain how they came to be. Van Ness suggests starting with the City Directory for Buffalo which dates back to 1828 to find out where an ancestor lived and what his or her occupation may have been.
Van Ness says people interested in genealogy should also check out the collections of the Buffalo and Erie County Library.
The Research Library of the Historical Society is available to those who pay the $7 dollar general admission fee or to those who become members of the Society. You will need to request a library pass at the admission desk.
They also have limited hours of Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
For more information you can go to the website at firstname.lastname@example.org or check their catalog at http://bechs.org/frank.html.