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Local History & Genealogy: Genealogy Resources

A guide to local history and genealogy resources for Niagara County.

Open Access Databases

Vital Records

Vital records are birth, marriage, divorce, and death records kept by the government. These records provide names, dates, places, and relationships—information that uniquely identifies a person. Vital records are primary sources and the information on them is usually correct. Vital records provide a strong foundation for building a valid family history. 

Military Service

Subscription Database

You can access Ancestry.com at the Lewis Library or from home using your T-Wolves credentials. 

JSTOR

Genealogical Societies

Census Records

National Archives

Books on Genealogy

Organize and Preserve

Land Records

Land records are a valuable source of genealogical and historical information. In addition to researching the history of a property, land records documenting the sale and ownership of land may cite the kinship between parties or provide other vital records information. Land records may infer the approximate date when a person moved to a town or when a building was erected. They may also include the residence of the buyer. 

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