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
Ring in the new year with Elmira’s town crier from 1850-1870, Tom Tallada (Pictured here with his bell). His wedding is described in the library’s “History of Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, and Schuyler Counties, NY” on page 252. It reads: The Continue reading Throwback Thursday! Ring in the new year with Elmira’s town crier from 1850-1870
“Ameta: Famous French Mirror and Fire Dancer” headlined Elmira’s Majestic Theatre’s Christmas program. According the Elmira Star Gazette article from Dec. 24, 1914, Ameta was a “…world famous mirror and fire dancer…a French woman, she had been appearing in Berlin Continue reading TBT: On Christmas day, 100 years ago in Elmira
The Steele Memorial Library has been collecting yearbooks from the five area high schools since 1909. They have been very popular with genealogists and others ever since. Unfortunately there are several years that we do not have. Since they can Continue reading Yearbook Donations Requested
The Genealogy Department is proud and happy to announce that our staff and volunteers have completed a spreadsheet containing the names from St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records from their Ledger Book encompassing the years 1890 -1947. We now have Continue reading St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records
The Central Branch of the Chemung County Library District is pleased to announce a new digital collection has been added to the New York Heritage Digital Collection titled High School Yearbooks from Chemung County. This collection consists of High School Continue reading Central Branch begins uploading High School Yearbooks
The Genealogy Department at the Steele Memorial library is sending out a plea to all genealogists and others wishing to volunteer to help with our current project of typing the names and dates of the newspaper obituaries from 1961 to Continue reading A Call for Volunteers