New yearbooks: HHDS 1963, and Elmira Catholic High 1942, 1947

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New to the collection

The Mark Twain : photographs of Elmira’s million dollar hotel

–See also: website of Mark Twain hotel memories and stories:

http://www.shs58.org/mark_twain/

 

Goodbye forever. Life beyond Germany : emigration in the 19th century

 

The descendants of Cornelius and Sarah Howell of Chemung County, NY

 

 

Erie Canal Exhibit at the Steele Memorial Library

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February 2019 at the Steele Memorial Library: Erie Canal Bicentennial Exhibition

“Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal” was developed by the Western New York Library Resources Council, with grant funding from Humanities New York, to celebrate the Bicentennial groundbreaking of the Erie Canal in New York State.

The DPLA has a digital companion exhibit located online via this link:

https://dp.la/exhibitions/erie-canal

Elmira was connected to the Erie Canal through the Chemung Canal, which is now Route 14. This canal operated from 1833 through the 1870s.  For more on the Chemung Canal, click here: http://thechemungcanal.com/

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View of the old Erie Canal at Lockport, Niagara County, showing the two tiers of five locks under construction, with a towpath on the right. The locks take the canal off the Allegheny Plateau down to the Ontario Lake Plain. Collection of NYS Archives, available online at DPLA: https://dp.la/item/3bcb82a0d9a627b97954a18b12179554?q=erie%20canal

 

 

 

 

Elmira through the ages: A Pictorial Review

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Elmira, 1840.                                                                                                       http://cdm16003.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16003coll4/id/1437

 

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Elmira from East Hill, 1862. A nice view of the Chemung Canal and canal boats. Image courtesy of Chemung County Historical Society.

 

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Elmira 1873 by Bailey, H. H. (Howard Heston), 1836-1878. Library of Congress. Permalink: https://lccn.loc.gov/99447822

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1882:  artist: Burleigh. lithographer: JH Kirby. Image Courtesy of Chemung County Historical Society.

 

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Elmira 1884 by John Moray and printed by Mensing & Stechep (Rochester, NY). Image courtesy of NY Historical Society.

 

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Elmira NY 1901. Perspective map not drawn to scale. Bird’s-eye-view. LC Panoramic maps (2nd ed.), 559 Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Includes illus., directory, and view of “Elmira Heights, N.Y. 1901.” AACR2
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https://lccn.loc.gov/75694768

 

From the CCLD Collection:

aerial view of elmira nylooking towards elmira ny from sullivan mountainview from mountaintop_near elmira

New to the Collection: Register of EFA Alumni 1859–1909

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The volume finally gives us information about EFA graduates in Elmira before 1909. Check out some of the images below for a sample of what this volume has to offer. Do you recognize any names?
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New to the Local History/Family History Collection Winter 2018

FAMILY GENEALOGIES

The Fleming family of Bradford County PA and Chemung County NY:. Also allied families Gordon and Shoemaker

The Fleming family photographs

 

MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

My Mark Twain by William Dean Howells

Foretasting heaven : talking to Twain at Quarry Farm

Quarry Farm papers : an occasional publication of the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies at Quarry Farm

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESOURCES

Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware : from the colonial period to 1810

Free African Americans of Maryland 1832

The slave years, 1760-1764 : Names and surprising details

The slave years, 1750-1759 : Names and surprising details

Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina : from the colonial period to about 1820

 

NATIVE AMERICAN

Onions, tomahawks and spoons : interesting glimpses into the local history of Canastota, Oneida, Sherrill, Vernon and the surrounding region

History of Brulé’s discoveries and explorations, 1610-1626, being a narrative of the discovery, by Stephen Brulé, of lakes Huron, Ontario and Superior; and of his explorations (the first made by civilized man) of Pennsylvania and western New York, also of the Province of Ontario, Canada; with a biographical notice of the discoverer and explorer, who was killed and eaten by savages

 

NYS

Surname index, 1800 census, Westchester County, New York

New York biographical dictionary

Proceedings of the Elmira Academy of Sciences

A bird’s eye view of New York : views and viewmakers of New York State, 1836-1892

Historical sources for Jewish heritage in Elmira : collected from the archives of the Chemung County Historical Society and Congregation Kol Ami

 

PENNSYLVANIA
IMMIGRATION/GENEALOGY

Naval records for genealogists

The Norman people and their existing descendants in the British dominions and the United States of America

 

 

 

 

Online research for Elmira Newspapers

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Here is a step by step guide to finding years available online for Chemung County Newspapers on NYS Historic Newspapers.  I have also included some other search strategies for local newspapers.

We currently have 1891-1907 of the Elmira Gazette online through NYS Historic Newspapers.

Here is a link to their homepage: http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/
To view a full list of Chemung County papers online, please click on Chemung County in the NYS map.
To the right of the page, you will see the titles and the years the title was in publication. Question marks are often used if it is unclear when the paper ceased publication.
This is due to many assorted reasons.  If you would like to see a list of the issues digitized and available online right now, please follow these steps:
First, from the Chemung County Page, click on the title you would like to see.
In this case, we are selecting “The Elmira Gazette.”
On the right of the page, you will see a thumbnail image of a newspaper and a little calendar icon with a prompt that says “Browse: calendar view.”
The “Calendar View” prompt is clickable.. Please click on it. That will take you here: http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83030949/issues/

On the left side of the page, you will see “Issues For: [YEAR}.
The year for the Elmira Gazette starts at 1891.
You can click on the year and a drop-down box will appear which shows you all the years online that are available.
In this instance, you will see that the years available digitally for this title go up to 1907.

For researching the Star-Gazette online, the Star-Gazette website has an archives function. This is a personal subscription page that does cost money to view the full articles. However, one can still lookup things on the site and get thumbnails of articles complete with date and page number without paying to subscribe.
To find the Star-Gazette Archives feature, go to their home page, https://www.stargazette.com/  and click on “Archives.” This will take you here:  https://stargazette.newspapers.com/?xid=983

The Star-Gazette is also available online through a paid personal subscription through newspapers.com.
Institutional subscriptions that include digital access to this title are available through ProQuest, but run upwards of $4,000 per year for access.
This proves to be unsustainably cost-prohibitive for the Genealogy Department to offer to patrons.

We offer full-text of the Star-Gazette on microfilm to patrons who come in to research.
They can procure dates and pages numbers from the Star-Gazette archives site, or from searching the newspaper index through the library StarCat catalog.
To search for local history articles on the StarCat catalog:
1. Go to the StarCat page: http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default
2. Type in keywords, or the [LastName, FirstName] of the person you are searching for.
3. I typed in elmira airport.  I got to this link with all the newspaper results for the airport:

4. To limit your search to just newspaper articles, click on “Newspaper” under “Material Type” in the left-hand column.

We also offer a distance research service to out-of town researchers.  The directions on how to do this can be found here: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/submit-a-research-query/

NYSHNPlease do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on this or any other matter.

All the Very Best,

Maggie Young

Genealogy and Local History Librarian

Steele Memorial Library
Chemung County Library District
101 E. Church St.
Elmira NY 14901
http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us
P: (607)733-8603
F: (607)733-9176
E: youngm@stls.org

Problems with Ancestry Library Edition

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Click on the link for a slideshow on how to find related records in Ancestry Library Edition.

Problems with ancestry library edition

Another problem on the search function–the algorithm seems to be ignoring location info. For example, if I put in a specific city I may get 20 matches from other states before the one for my search, though all have the same name. It seems to be forgetting to prioritize my results by location. This seems to be a recent, but pervasive, change.

If you see strange results in your searches, please copy the URL of the page and send it to me and I can notify the good folks at Ancestry.  (youngm@stls.org)

Workarounds in Ancestry Library Editio!

New to the collection: Summer 2018

Callensburg: A Small Community

Interviews with people from Callensburg and Licking Township, Clarion County, PA. 1978.

The German church records of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Vol 2: 1792-1804

Vol. 4: 1813-1820

History of Venango County, Pennsylvania, Volumes I & II

Eighteenth century emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America

Fabian families of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Church record of the Christ (Maxatawny or De Long’s) Reformed Church at Bowers, Berks County, Pennsylvania, (1765-1832)

Canton, Pennsylvania, 1795-1976

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Canton Tea Company and Union Fire Company Number Two, Fourth and Olive Street, Northwest Corner. 1848.

History of the county of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania

Research outline, Canada

Corbin collection: Reproduction of typed manuscript list of contents of the Corbin Manuscript Collection of genealogical materials relating to the Corbin family of Massachusetts from 1650 to 1850 which was compiled by Walter E. Corbin and his wife, Lottie S. Corbin. NOTE: Microfilmed rolls ARE available for viewing at the Steele Memorial Library and are in the process of being added to the catalog.

[Newsletter] / Erin Historical Society Newsletter of the Erin NY Historical Society, 2003-2010.

Huckleberry Finn as idol and target : the functions of criticism in our time

British origins of American colonists, 1629-1775