Databases and Local Resources

Databases

BETA TEST: All databases below that have references to be available only during PGSNYS meetings are now available to search on-line.

Early Polish Priests from Buffalo, NY

Surname Index

Early Polish Midwives in Buffalo, NY

Dziennik Dla Wszystkich Obituary Database

St. Adalbert’s Cemetery Database

Przewodnik Handlowy Database

Buffalonians in the Polish Army

Funeral Card Project

1930 Census Immaculate Heart of Mary Orphan Asylum Inmates


Local Resources

PGSNYS Library
PGSNYS books and publications were donated to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. in memory of the Society’s founder – Michael Drabik. The Michael Drabik Memorial Library holdings are located in the Grosvenor room of the downtown Buffalo library. Questions regarding the library holdings should be directed to library@pgsnys.org.

Polish Genealogy Subject Guide
The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a comprehensice guide to its Polish genealogy, history, churches, microfilm, etc. holding. The Polish Genealogy Subject Guide located in the Grosvenor room of the downtown Buffalo library is available on-line.

Inactive Records Center
The City of Buffalo Inactive Records & Research Facility has many records available including Death Index Records (1852-1944), Birth Index Records (1878-1915) and Marriage Records (1877-1907).  The center is located at 85 River Rock Drive, Suite 301, Buffalo NY 14207.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, however, due to limited staffing it is advised that you call ahead to make sure that the facility is open (716-874-6401).

Vital Records Indexes

  • Births – records become indexed after 75 years from the date of the event; records start at 1880 for New York State, 1914 for Buffalo.  (If you intend to order a copy of the original certificate from the proper municipality, note that the person whose certificate you are ordering must be deceased.)
  • Marriages – records become indexed after 50 years from the date of the event; records start at 1880 for New York State, 1908 for Buffalo.   (If you intend to order a copy of the original certificate from the proper municipality, note that both persons on the certificate you are ordering must be deceased.)
  • Deaths – records become indexed after 50 years from the date of the event; records start at 1880 for New York State, 1914 for Buffalo.

Local Links

Polonia – Buffalo Architecture and History

Your Polish Genealogy Connection in Western New York