Genealogy & Local History at the Steele Memorial Library Blog
Keep up with our newest additions, resources, and news in the Genealogy and Local History Department
Heritage Quest Online (Library Card Bar Code Required)
A database consisting of the full text of local histories, family histories, and Federal Census indexes and images 1790-1910.
Ancestry Library Edition
Providing Steele Library visitors with access to US census, military, court, land, probate records, passenger lists, Social Security Death Index, and much more. Note, this database can only be accessed at the Steele Memorial Library.
Accessible Archives Joyce M. Tice Genealogy Site NYS Historic Newspapers Soundex Calculator Social Security Death Index Upstate New York Death Records 1957-1963 FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service Fulton History Genealogists who research New York State Find a Genealogist German Genealogy Group Downstate New York Naturalization and Vital Records New York Town Historians Painted Hills Genealogy Society Steuben County Burial Index Steuben County GenWeb RootsWeb U.S. GenWeb Cyndi’s List VitalChek New York State Archives and Records Administration Forms for Military Service Records at the National Archives DAR Patriot Index Volunteer Lookup Service Elmira Prison Camp Revolutionary War Soldiers
Developed by dedicated instructors and students of American history, our databases contain the rich, comprehensive material found in leading historic periodicals and books.
Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records are available in a user-friendly online environment
Accessible Archives Collections
A web site dedicated to genealogy of Chemung County, Bradford County Pennsylvania, and Tioga County Pennsylvania.
The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history. To search the entire collection, use the Search Tab. Or, click on a county to search or browse geographically. Current Chemung County titles online here are: Elmira Gazette 4/1/1891–7/27/1901, The Elmira Daily Bazoo 1877, The Havana Journal (Sundays of 1889), and The Valley Breeze (Fridays 9/1891–7/1913).
Use this calculator to figure out the soundex code for your name.
Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962.
Official death records from New York State Department of Health. This site allows you to search for death records plus download these records for genealogical purposes.
Records span billions of names across hundreds of collections–including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more. Currently Family Search has NY State census for 1855, 1865 (browse only), 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, and 1925.
Here you will find the Elmira Morning Paper 1888-1921, the Elmira Star-Gazette 1891-1907, the Corning Newspaper 1847-1905 and 1917-1953, and the Waverly, NY newspaper 1907-1914.
Disclaimer: This list of professional genealogists is not intended to be an official endorsement by the Steele Memorial Library, CCLD, FamilySearch, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a list of professional researchers who offer fee-based family history services to help patrons find ancestors in this State.
A way to find genealogists with many different locations and specialties. Service provided by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. This is not an official endorsement by the Steele Memorial Library. All genealogists are independent.
From the German Genealogy Group this database currently contains the indexes to Birth, Marriage and Death records from 1862 to 1948 for the five boroughs of New York City (Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Queens and Richmond).
From the Italian Genealogy Group, this page provides access to a Naturalization Records, NYC Death and Marriage indexes for Kings, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, and Richmond Counties.
There are over 1600 local government historians in New York State. It is often difficult to find a listing for an historian in every town, village, city, county and borough. APHNYS provides these listings for historians the Empire State.
A comprehensive locally produced genealogy site covering the entire Painted Hills Area of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Including the Pennsylvania Counties of McKean and Potter plus the New York State Counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Steuben.
A browsable list of burials in Steuben County from 1967-2003. You also have the opportunity to request a copy of the obituary. To use this resource, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer.
A collection of links to genealogical resources about Steuben County. This site includes links to census records, vital statistics, township histories and much more. Ellis Island Records A searchable database of immigration records, 1892-1924, from the famed port of entry to the United States.
A highly renowned genealogy site with surname archives.
The GenWeb site is organized by state and then you can browse by county.
An excellent clearing house of genealogical web sites.
VitalChek Network has an internet, voice and fax network setup to help people get a certified copy of a birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate and other vital records.
This site offers a wealth of information about New York State Historical Documents and Public Records. From this site you can search the holdings of not only the state library but the state archives, and a historical documents catalog records for more than 25,000 archives and manuscripts collections housed in most, but not all, New York repositories (libraries, historical societies, and other organizations with established archives).
This site provides information about obtaining military service records and family history records from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
For no charge, volunteers from the Daughters of the American Revolution will conduct research to see if your ancestor fought in the Revolutionary War.
A very informative, and uncluttered site of the history of Elmira’s Civil War Prison.
A rootsweb community of people interested in their Revolutionary War ancestors. People upload their ancestor’s name along with their email address for people to contact them regarding the Revolutionary War ancestor.
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time.
Joyce M. Tice Genealogy Site
NYS Historic Newspapers
Social Security Death Index
Upstate New York Death Records 1957-1963
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
Genealogists who research New York State
Find a Genealogist
German Genealogy Group
Downstate New York Naturalization and Vital Records
New York Town Historians
Painted Hills Genealogy Society
Steuben County Burial Index
Steuben County GenWeb
New York State Archives and Records Administration
Forms for Military Service Records at the National Archives
DAR Patriot Index Volunteer Lookup Service
Elmira Prison Camp
Revolutionary War Soldiers