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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


Local newspapers: 1835 to present

New York Times: 1851 to Dec 2007

All NY County Histories and Atlases



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





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

1957-1969 Births

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


Downtown Restaurants

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.


Vincenzo’s Pizza