Research Guides for Genealogy and Local History

Finding Aids to the Genealogy & Local History Collection

          Vertical Files Index (PDF) – Vertical Files are uncatalogued ephemera: news clipping, pamphlets, photos, etc… relating to local history and genealogy.

Cemetery Resources

          NYS Cemetery books in our collection (PDF)

          All cemetery books by place (PDF)


          Family Genealogies in our collection (PDF)


          books based on geographic places in our collection (PDF)

          Books on Elmira and Chemung County (PDF)

          England, Ireland, Scotland finding aid (PDF)


SANBORN MAPS – ELMIRA – 1887.  The Steele Memorial Library does not own original Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.  According to the Library of Congress, “The Sanborn maps of New York have been scanned. Downloadable, high resolution, color images of the Sanborn maps for Elmira will be available on our site in the near future. We are not able to provide a date of availability at this time. Patrons will not be able to order prints of the maps until the images are available on the site.
Please note, you may visit the Geography and Map Division Reading Room to photograph the original Sanborn maps of Elmira. Our reference policies are available on .   A list of Sanborn maps for Elmira is available on…
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Here are low-resolution PDF files of Sanborn Maps for Elmira 1887


Military Resources

          Revolutionary War 1775-1783 resources

          Civil War 1861-1865 Resources in our Collection