Local History

Genealogy By Appointment is held on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Staff will be available to work with you one on one to help with your genealogical research and assist you in use of the library's resources. Each session is one hour. Contact the library to register for an appointment.

You are welcome to use the Local History/Genealogy collection whenever the libary is open. Reference librarians are always available to help. It is not necessary to schedule an appointment.

The Richmond Memorial Library has Affiliate Library designation with FamilySearch. Library patrons now have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch.

FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.

Microfilm and microfiche can be ordered and sent to Richmond Memorial Library for your use.  Images can be printed, emailed, or saved to a flash drive for future reference. The library staff can help patrons see what films are available, show you how to place film orders, and answer research questions.  Patrons can also search the Family History Library Catalog online at FamilySearch.org to see what records FamilySearch has available to order.

Genesee County is located in the heart of western New York. Nicknamed the "Mother of Counties", it originally encompassed an area stretching from Lake Ontario on the north to the Pennsylvania state line in the south and from the Genesee River in the east to Lake Erie on the west. The local history collection places its primary emphasis on the area that is located within the current boundaries of Genesee County, New York. Limited information is available for other areas.

The library owns many titles that may be helpful in your research. Some selected titles may be of special interest.

A complete listing of the library holdings can be found by checking the library's catalog.

The local genealogy group, the Genesee Area Genealogists, holds monthly meetings open to all those interested in genealogical research.

Additional information on Genesee County history and genealogy can be found on the Internet.

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HeritageQuest offers over

  • 48,000 family and local histories
  • 1790 through 1940 federal census listings
  • PERSI (the Periodical Source Index)
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
  • Freedman's Bank Records

HeritageQuest is available from home with a borrower's card from Richmond Memorial Library. In library usage is available to all. Questions about HeritageQuest?     Let us know

Richmond Memorial Library provides access to Ancestry within the library.

Portions of Ancestry.com pertaining to New York are free to NY state residents. The New York State Archives partnered with Ancestry to digitize some NY state records of interest to genealogists. This access requires a free Ancestry.com New York account. You will have free access only to the records available through Ancestry.com New York, not to the entire Ancestry database.