Made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the CCLD
Fri. July 13, 1-3pm — English and Welsh Parish Records 1538 -1837.
From 1538-1837 parish records contain all the significant life events of 98% of the population, in addition, original documents often contain additional personal comments from the recorder. We will examine the historical parish jurisdictions and the personal and cultural impacts of the church/state law that governed most citizens regarding baptism, marriage, burial, and many other life events. (Level Beginner to Intermediate)
Sat. Sept. 15, 1-3pm — English &Welsh Civil Registration: 1837 – Present.
July 1837 saw the responsibilities of the church passed over to the government. Registration of life events became a civil responsibility. This class will examine the birth, marriage and death indexes, transcriptions, and certificates, how to access and understand the document numbers and order a copy of the original certificate on-line from the General Registry Office (GRO). (Level Beginner to Intermediate)
Sat Oct.13, 1-3pm — English & Welsh Census Pre-1841, 1841-1911
Family structure, occupation, immigration, emigration, and place of birth are often contained in the UK government census. These important documents are a staple for family historians. We will examine how they were compiled, by whom, as well as accessing helpful guides to try and locate the apparent absentees and lists of missing census. (Level Beginner to Intermediate)
Call 607.733.9175 to register.
$5 suggested donation
About the Presenter
Liz Pearson is a native of England whose foray into genealogical research started about 35 years ago when an attempt to identify her grandmother turned into her very own family history addiction.
Since then, she has spent thousands of hours combing the myriad English and Welsh archives in the UK, the US, and online for herself and others. Liz is an expert on ecumenical (1538-1837) and civil law (1837-Present) and the broad spectrum of Parish Chest Records. She holds several research qualifications and is an associate member of the Society of Genealogists in London, England. Liz now volunteers and teaches for the Pinellas (FL) Genealogical Society as well as offering professional genealogy services in English and Welsh family history. Liz is also a photographer and likes to spend her spare time capturing images of elusive wild orchids and uncooperative fauna.
The Steele Memorial Library is located in downtown Elmira NY at 101. E Church St.
From I-86 (Route 17) take exit 56 for Elmira. Continue on 352 W (Church St) heading west. We are located at the intersection of Clemens Center Parkway and Church St. Parking entrances can be found off of church St, and off of 1st St via the Clemens Center Parkway. There is parking behind the library as well as by the entrances.
The programs will be in the large meeting room of the Steele Memorial Library.
Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.
The library is open until 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Program attendees are welcome to explore the genealogical holdings upstairs, and with ID, peruse ancestry.com on the library computers.
The Steele’s Genealogy Collection:
Come early, stay late, and research!
New York State Vital Statistics Index: Deaths and Marriages 1880-1964, Births 1880-1937
THE MICROFILM COLLECTION
Local newspapers: 1835 to present
New York Times: 1851 to Dec 2007
All NY County Histories and Atlases
U.S. FEDERAL CENSUS
1790 – 1880 for all states
1890 (special census only) veterans
1900-1930: New York and Pennsylvania
1880 & 1900 NY & PA
Chemung County State Census
1855 indexed, 1865, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925 1825, 1835 paper records
1855 Census on Microfilm for Allegany, Schuyler
Steuben and Yates Counties
Woodlawn Cemetery Records 1868-2016
St. Peters & Paul’s Cemetery records 1890-2016
Forest Lawn Cemetery records 1938-2016
Elmira Presbyterian Church records
Catholic Church records 1848-1910
Mortality schedules: 1850-1880 NY & PA
Marriages & Death prior to 1960
Cemetery records up to 2004 ON CD
ALLEGANY, CHEMUNG, STEUBEN, TIOGA, YATES
PARTS OF ALBANY, CHAUTAUQUA, CHENANGO. KINGSTON, SENECA, SUFFOLK, SULLIVAN, TOMPKINS, WYOMING
Also in our collection
Star Gazette Article and Obituary Index
1975-present. Accessible through the online library catalog. See Genealogy Department web page for instructions!
Elmira Newspapers Births & Deaths indexed
1830-1969 Marriage and Death Notices
Obituary newspaper Indexes 1898-1969
Other places of interest in Elmira
Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis St
Mark Twain’s Grave: Woodlawn Cem., 1200 Walnut St
Mark Twain’s Study @ Elmira College, 800 Park Place
Newtown Battlefield: 2346 County Rd 60, Elmira, NY
Arnot Art Museum: 235 Lake St
Chemung County Historical Society: 415 E Water St
Elmira Prison Camp: 699 Winsor Ave
Pepper Pot Café: 311 College Ave.
Beijing Gardens: 145 W. Gray St.
Los Panchos: 250 W. Water St.
Turtle Leaf Café: 315 E. Water St.
Horigans: 265 Davis St.
Come see the traveling exhibit, Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State at the Steele Memorial Library from May 9–May 25, 2018! Visit the accompanying online exhibit from NY Heritage HERE.
New York State is celebrating the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in New York State on November 6, 1917—three years before the 19th Amendment was passed and women throughout the United States gained the right to vote. The South Central Regional Library Council and the Empire State Library Network has developed an exhibit, “Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State.” This exhibit looks beyond the traditional Women’s Suffrage narrative and explores the history behind the movement that made New York State such an important place in the fight for Women’s Suffrage.
Each exhibit includes five poster/panels, showing a different theme:
Woman Suffrage before 1848 – Explores voting in New York State before the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, including in the colonies and among the Haudenosaunee people.
Women’s Rights Activity up to 1848 and the Seneca Falls and Rochester Conventions – Women and men organized to restore the right to vote to women, among other rights.
Pop Culture Suffrage – Suffragists displayed brilliance when it came to promoting their cause, and packaged their message in consumer goods, created songs and theater performances, formed parades and processions, and traveled through rural areas, knocking on doors.
Anti-Suffrage – Most women and men believed that equality for women would lead to the destruction of the state. The Anti-suffrage movement engaged in public debates, created publicity materials to counter those of the suffragists, and argued that support for Women’s Suffrage was unpatriotic, especially during World War I.
Race and Diversity – The early Women’s Suffrage movement embraced women of all races, but overt racism in the later years led some suffragists to argue for the inclusion of all races winning the right to vote—including those effectively denied their voting rights.
A more detailed, companion online exhibit will be available at New York Heritage in Spring 2018 at nyheritage.org.
We hope to see you at the Steele Memorial Library in May. Thank you for using your local library!
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage: Using the records kept by mixed Indian and African-American colonies located in South, Central, and North America, the author traces the development and contributions of these biracial societies, which formed as a result of white oppression.
Black Indian genealogy research: In 1907, the Indian Territory became the State of Oklahoma. To qualify for the payments and land allotments set aside for the Five Civilized Tribes, the former slaves of these nations had to apply for official enrollment, thus producing testimonies of immense value to today’s genealogists. The book shows where to find and how to use the Indian Freedman Records, discusses Black Indians and Tri-Racial groups from the Upper South, and has added two lists of family names: Freedman Surnames from the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes, and Surnames of Tri-Racial families of the South
[Dingman family : family record]: This work concentrates on Morley and Cotton family members in Athens, PA. Munn family members in Bradford County, PA. Dingman family members in PA.
[Kreitlow family : family record]: This work concentrates on 4 separate families: Kreitlow, Timm, Schmidt, Loll
Memories are renewed since we last met : 25th class reunion, Holiday Inn, August 11, 1973: Description based on booklet from 25th class reunion of the class of 1948 held on August 11, 1973.
[Baker family history]: Photocopies, charts, articles, and photos in 3-ring binder. The Baker Family of the Southern Tier of NY:. Steuben, Tompkins, Schuyler, and Chemung Counties. This work concentrates on Baker family members in Steuben County and surrounding areas in New York State
Japan through American Eyes: “From the Cleveland Public Library, John G. White Collection of Orientalia.” Francis Hall lived in Elmira. Click HERE for the link to the collection of his papers housed a the Chemung County Historical Society. Francis Hall is also the subject of an article in the latest issue (as of Feb 2018) of the Chemung Historical Journal.
[Vincent family] / Vincent, K.R.: Three-ring binder contains historical and biographical material pertaining to members of the Vincent family descended from William Vincent (1729-1807) of Rhode Island.
[Ellison family history]: Photocopies of in 3-ring binder. This binder contains photocopies of genealogical material pertaining to the Ellison family of Steuben and Schuyler Counties in New York State, descended from Thomas Ellison Jr and Sarah Hoag of Hornby NY. Ancestors of the Ellison line with the surnames Parker and Miller are also included. The Parker line begins with John and Elizabeth Low Parker of Rhode Island. The Miller Line begins with Thomas and Martha Combs Miller of Steuben NY. The connecting ancestors are Catherine L. Parker Miller (b. 1893) of Steuben County NY and Viola Catherine Miller Ellison (b. 1914) of Schuyler County NY.
[Seeley family letters.] Looseleaf binder contains letters and photocopies of genealogical material pertaining to the Seeley family of England, Connecticut, New York (State) and Pennsylvania.
[Lain family reunions and scrapbook]: Photocopies, photos, and newspaper clippings in 3-ring binder. This work concentrates on Lain family members originating with William Lain in Orange county in New York State.
Notices by German and Swiss settlers seeking information of members of their families, kindred, or friends : inserted between the years 1742 and 1761 in the Pennsylvanische Berichte, and between the years 1762 and 1779 in the Pennsylvanische Staatsbote
Historical publications of William Arter Zundel, 1878-1949 : articles concerning the history of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with particular attention to the Sewickley Settlements, centering at Harrolds in Hempfield Township, begun in 1760
The journal of Pastor Gabriel Adam Reichert : for the years 1822 through 1837 as the Lutheran pastor in Indiana and Armstrong counties, and missionary in Clarion, Mercer, Clearfield, Crawford, Jefferson, Venango and Huntington counties in western Pennsylvania
The Citizens Information Board is the statutory body which supports the provision of information, advice and advocacy on a broad range of public and social services.
It is a legal requirement in Ireland that a record be kept of each birth, marriage and death that occurs in the State. Up to 5 December 2005, these events were recorded locally in the district where they occurred. Since that date they can be recorded in any Registrar’s District. Records of all births, marriages and deaths are held nationally in the General Register Office, the central civil repository for records relating to Births, Deaths and Marriages in Ireland.
The Civil Registration Act 2004 changed some of the rules about registering a birth or death. These changes took effect from 5 December 2005. They took effect for marriages from 5 November 2007
irishgenealogy.ie is a website dedicated to helping people search for family history records for past generations. The website is now home to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of the General Register Office. These records join the Indexes to the historic records of Births, Marriages and Deaths that were already available on the website.
At present, the genealogy landscape can seem confusing so the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has concentrated on the development of some additional search functionality for www.irishgenealogy.ie by way of providing a portal or search facility for digital genealogy records.
Visitors will be able to search records from a number of on-line sources including the historic Registers and Indexes to the Civil Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths, the Church Records already available on www.irishgenealogy.ie, and others such as the 1901 and 1911 Census and Soldiers wills, to name but a few.
Further information on how to research family history in Ireland is contained in the section Research in Ireland.
Catholic Parish Registers at the NLI:
In 1949, Dr Edward MacLysaght, Chief Herald of Ireland and Keeper of Manuscripts at the National Library of Ireland, approached the Bishop of Limerick offering the NLI’s services to help in the permanent preservation of the genealogical information contained within the Catholic Church’s collection of parish registers. The NLI’s offer to microfilm parochial registers was taken up by every member of the Hierarchy. Although civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1864, records were not accurately kept for a number of years, so a cut-off date of 1880 was applied for the microfilming of registers.
Church registers of marriage and baptism are considered to be the single most important source for family history researchers prior to the 1901 census. In many cases, the registers contain the only surviving record of particular individuals and families. It is a testament to the role and work of the Catholic Church in Ireland that so many registers were created and maintained during some of the most turbulent times in Irish history.
With growing numbers of people engaged in family history research and limited on-site facilities at the NLI in Dublin, the decision was taken in 2010 to digitize the parish register microfilms. Following a tender process, the contract for digitiz
ation was awarded to AEL Data who converted 550 microfilm reels, containing over 3500 registers into approximately 373,000 digital images. These images correspond to a page or two-page opening within a register volume.
New to the Genealogy and Local History Collection
Bradford County Area Key: a guide to the genealogical records of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, including maps, charts, histories and other helpful materials
The Mountain Roars: Written as a supplement to early histories of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, this work covers “dwellings and personalities of a later period, gleaned from old-timers” knowledgeable in the history of the Armenia Mountain region of Pennsylvania
By Reason of Strength: Tales of Long Ago: Local History and Genealogy of Bradford and Tioga Counties in PA.
Fifty Years on the Frontier with the Dutch Congregation at Maghaghkamik (Port Jervis, N.Y.)
Get to know our databases:
Through our webpage, http://ccld.lib.ny.us/genealogy-links/, users can access–for free– Accessible Archives.
Of particular interest is their collection of digitized African-American Newspapers, including
The Christian Recorder (1861–1902)
The Colored American (1837–1841)
Frederick Douglass’ Paper (1851–1855; 1859–1863)
Freedom’s Journal (1827–1829)
The National Era (1847–1860)
The North Star (1847–1851)
Provincial Freeman (1854–1857)
Weekly Advocate (1837–1837)
The Freedmen’s Record (1865-1874)
The Negro Business League Herald (1909)
The collection provides a great number of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.
A collection of interest for people researching WWI is American Military Camp Newspapers. This collection provides users with unparalleled access to unique sources covering the experiences of American soldiers during the mobilization period in 1916, in the trenches in 1918 and through the occupation of Germany in 1919.
These books include chapters with detailed coverage of local history, geology, geography, weather, transportation, lists of all local participants in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, government, the medical and legal professions, churches and ministers, industry and manufacturing, banking and insurance, schools and teachers, noted celebrations, fire departments and associations, cemeteries, family histories, health and vital statistics, roads and bridges, public officials and legislators, and many additional subject areas.
The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter. The Table of Contents is hyperlinked to each chapter as well as to each individual illustration. The user can select a particular graphic from the List of Illustrations and proceed immediately to it by clicking on the highlighted text.
American County Histories is currently divided into nine groupings: Central, Mid-Atlantic Part 1, Mid-Atlantic Part 2, Midwest, New England Part 1, New England Part 2, Southeastern, The Southwest, and The West.
Due to the large amount of available material, New York and Pennsylvania are each further divided into regions. Each part of the entire collection contains pages of text, plates and maps from all counties.
New to the Genealogy and Local History Collection:
LOCAL AUTHORS (Circulating book):
The Amazing Journey of Johnny Thumbnail by John Spaziani.
The Amazing Journey of Johnny Thumbnail is a children’s nature book that helps kids understand the importance of preserving our environment. Follow along with tiny Johnny Thumbnail as he journeys with animal friends to find someone who can help him save the environment and natural world.
If you’d like to check this title out, we do have circulating copies here:
Life in the Treetops by Margaret Lowman
Southside High School 1946 yearbook
Southside High School Class of 1947 50th Reunion
Local History (Reference):
Railroads Remembered by Ian G. Mackenzie
This book describes the history of almost every railroad company that ever operated between 1829 and today in western New York and western Pennsylvania.