You never know what you will find about your family in older newspaper articles. Try to find local newspapers in the public library or your local historical society. Look for: obituaries, marriage announcements, ship arrivals, advertisements, social events, court judgements, sports events, gossipy news.
New York Heritage is a project of the Empire State Library Network.
New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totalling hundreds of thousands of items.
The collections in New York Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more.