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
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
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
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.
STARCat online catalog to search by author, title or subject for books,
pamphlets, newspapers and a variety of other materials.
Suggested subject searches include:
Newspapers Allegany County
Use KEYWORD to search for family names.
Click here for links to
recommended Allegany County genealogy web sites.
OTHER AREA RESOURCES
Court Street, Belmont, NY 14813.
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.
Society and Dyke Street Museum
118 East Dyke Street,
Wellsville, NY 14895
Phone: 585-593-1965 (Mary Rhodes) or 585-593-4515 (Jane Pinney)
Open Wednesdays, 1-4, May - October or by appointment
Rogers Genealogical & Historical Society
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.
Village of Wellsville Clerks Offices
Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.
Town 585-593-1780, Village 585-593-1121. Birth, marriage and death records are available.
Office staff do the searches and charge fees.
Memorial Library , Alfred State College
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.
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,
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, 10-3.
The David A. Howe Public Library has one microfilm reader/printer for public use on a first come, first
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.
Aug 16, 1937 Oct 12, 1870.
Angelica Whip & Advocate
May 6, 1853 April 24, 1856.
Nov 17, 1976 Dec 21, 1978.
Cuba True Patriot
Jan 5, 1866 April 20, 1893.
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.
Nov 11, 1880 Oct 1, 1891
Oct 11, 1894 1915
Wellsville Daily Reporter
Nov 1, 1880 current.
Wellsville Free Press
May 1867 Dec 28, 1870.
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.