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The David A. Howe Public Library holds materials to help you in your search for ancestors from our area. We have not listed all possible sources here, but what follows is a list of the most commonly used resources both at our library and elsewhere in Wellsville and Allegany County.


Local history and reference books do not circulate. The following is a selective list of the most often used books.


Allegany and its People, 1795 –1895.  This is an excellent centennial history by John Minard.  Name index is available separately.


Atlas of Allegany County.  It was published by Beers in 1869.  It shows property owners.


Bibliography of Ship Passenger Lists 1538 – 1825.


Business directories for Wellsville and Allegany County list occupations and addresses. Broken files 1900 – 1960.


DAR Patriot Index and Lineage Books.


Doty, Lockwood.  History of the Genesee Country, 1925 gives history and biographical information.


French, J.H. Gazetteer of the State of New York, 1861.  The names are mostly in the footnotes.


Guide to Historical Resources in Allegany County New York Repositories.  New York Historical Resource Center, 1980.  This is a subject index to resources held by libraries and historical societies.


History of Allegany County.  It was published by Beers in 1879.   It is arranged by towns.  There is a separate index that lists family names.


Lists of Emigrants to America, 1600 – 1700.


Original Lists of Persons of Quality Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations.


The library staff will do a search (15 minutes) for a specific, limited request for information. For example if you provide the name, month, date and year of a death, the staff will make a photocopy of the obituary. The library charges $5.00 per requested item.  Please enclose a SASE. For involved genealogical searches, please contact the County Historian.


Use the STARCat online catalog to search by author, title or subject for books, pamphlets, newspapers and a variety of other materials.

Suggested subject searches include:


Allegany County




Newspapers Allegany County



Use KEYWORD to search for family names.

Click here for links to recommended Allegany County genealogy web sites.


The Historical Society and Dyke Street Museum
118 East Dyke Street, Wellsville, NY 14895
Phone: 585-593-1965 (Mary Rhodes)
E-mail:  thelmargh@gmail.com
Open Wednesdays, 1-4, May - October or by appointment
Operated by Thelma Rogers Genealogical & Historical Society
The Historical Society and the Dyke Street Museum have files, books, cemetery records and other information useful to help with searches.  Readers may submit names for searches to the newsletter.


Online Genealogy Resource Class


The David A. Howe Public Library has one microfilm reader/printer for public use on a first come, first served basis. 

Microfilm holdings include:

Allegany County Census

1810 1820
1830 1840
1850 1860
1870 1880

Local Newspapers

Allegany County Reporter
April 1, 1874 – June 25, 1930.

Allegany County Republican
Aug 15, 1879 – March 25, 1898.

Allegany County Democrat
Jan 4, 1882 – Dec 23, 1885
Jan 2, 1889 – Nov 5, 1890
Nov 12, 1936 – Sep 1, 1938
Jan 5, 1939 – Dec 28, 1939
Jan 3, 1952 – Dec 31, 1953
Jan 7, 1954 – Dec 20, 1956
Jan 2, 1964 – April 29, 1965.

Andover News
1959 – 1971
1973 – 1977.

Angelica Reporter
Aug 16, 1937 – Oct 12, 1870.

Angelica Whip & Advocate
May 6, 1853 – April 24, 1856.

Cuba Patriot
1971 – 1975
Nov 17, 1976 – Dec 21, 1978.

Cuba True Patriot
Jan 5, 1866 – April 20, 1893.

Friendship Chronicle
April 7, 1880 – Aug 31, 1881.

The Friendship Volunteer
July 14, 1960 – Oct 14, 1965.

Friendship Weekly Resister
Jan 20, 1872 – Dec 10, 1885
Jan 7, 1886 – April 20, 1893.

Genesee Valley Free Press
March 7, 1866 – Dec 29, 1873
Jan 22, 1879 – Dec 29, 1880.

Genesee Valley Post
April 13, 1881 – July 7, 1892.

The Patriot
1972 – 1977.

Rushford Spectator
Nov 11, 1880 – Oct 1, 1891
Oct 11, 1894 – 1915
1926 – 1942.

Wellsville Daily Reporter
Nov 1, 1880 – current.

Wellsville Free Press
May 1867 – Dec 28, 1870.

Wellsville Times
Aug 8, 1872 – Nov 20, 1873.

We can also request microfilm from the New York State Library for viewing in the building. Click here to search the New York State Newspaper Project for holdings.



Town and Village of Wellsville Clerks’ Offices
156 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895. 
Phone:  Town 585-593-1780, Village 585-593-1121.  Birth, marriage and death records are available.  Office staff do the searches and charge fees.

County Historian, Craig Braack
Court Street, Belmont, NY 14813.
Phone:  585-268-9293. 
E-mail:  historian@allegany.com 
Records are open to the public.  A partial list of holdings include:  county histories, census records, newspapers on microfilm, centennial books on Allegany County towns, marriage records after 1885, cemetery records and Civil War information.

Allegany County Historical Society
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 588, Wellsville NY 14895
Genealogy Research Center and Offices in the David A. Howe Public Library at
155 N. Main St., Wellsville NY 14895, Room 201
Email: alleganychs@gmail.com
The historical society has historical and genealogical artifacts, manuscripts,and information relating to Allegany County communities and residents. Its volunteers assist with genealogy questions and staff the research center and offices Thursdays, 10-4, and Saturdays, 10-2.

Hinkle Memorial Library , Alfred State College
Alfred, NY.
Phone:  607-587-4313
The Jean B. Lang Western New York Historical Collection includes historical and genealogical information with an emphasis on Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, and Steuben counties.  The collection is also the official repository for the Alfred Historical Society.  The room is open for research during library hours.

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