New books in Genealogy and Local History Reference Section: Historical and Genealogical Atlas and Guide to Barnstable County, Massachussetts (Cape Cod) by Marjorie Hubbell Gibson Boldt Castle: Heart Island — Alexandria Bay NY and the Thousand Islands Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Continue reading New to the Genealogy and Local History Section
Here are just a few of the titles we recently added to our genealogy and local history research collection: Onondaga Iroquois Prehistory: A Study in Settlement Archaeology by James A. Tuck Landmarks of the Revolution in New York State: A Continue reading New Titles in Genealogy and Local History
New to our collections: A member directory from 1931 of the South Presbyterian Church in Elmira on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and Southport Streets. In 1931, they were already over 100 years old. Today, the church is gone. It Continue reading New to the Genealogy & Local History collection: 1931 Church directory and the Soundex cards on microfilm
We have some really wonderful, hard-to-find and hard to replace reference books in our popular genealogy and local history section of the Steele Memorial Library. But, even if these books don’t leave the library, they have seen a lot of Continue reading Our precious books repaired–Thank you, Friends of CCLD!
On this date in 1919, Cher Ami, a carrier pigeon and recipient of the Croix de Guerre Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for Heroic Service in World War I, passed away in Fort Monmouth, NJ as a result of wounds Continue reading Anniversary of a heroic WWI Pigeon: Cher Ami, Savoir of the Lost Battalion.
Researching newspaper articles is a great way to get primary source information on a topic of interest. They’ve never been more accessible to everyone, either, all you need is an Internet connection and some trusty sites to search. Here are Continue reading Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Newspapers Online
I was glad to see good news on the front of the Star Gazette today: thousands of people showing up in downtown Elmira to support cancer survivors and the Komen Foundation, and the news that the Elmira YWCA received $19,000 Continue reading On this date 100 years ago: Elmira’s Crystal Eastman lobbies for Women’s Suffrage in Washington D.C.
Here are a few free sites with helpful information of local research interest available online. Do you have any favorites you don’t see here? Let us know! 1. Fultonhistory.com: Search over 29,140,000 Historical Newspaper Pages from the USA & Canada. Continue reading Free Genealogy help sites of local interest
The Steele Memorial Library is excited to announce that we are now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. The new designation means library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch. Family Search Continue reading View genealogical records from all over the world right in downtown Elmira.
Local poet, Cleora Lovell (1918-1997), included this verse in her 1973 book, “Unicorn in the Wilderness,” found in our local authors collection at the Steele Memorial Library. Winter Wedding Earth is wearing a wedding gown Of angel feathers that floated Continue reading “Winter Wedding” by Cleora Lovell