The Local History & Genealogy Division is located on the 2nd floor of the Rundel Library Building. This Division holds the largest collection of primary and secondary source materials about the history of Rochester and the Genesee Valley in the region, as well as a vast assemblage of resources to help you research your family history. Materials do not circulate; they must be used in the division.
Expert staff are available to help you in person or by telephone and email service for quick reference questions. For more in depth research and guidance please call for an appointment.
Division Supervisor: Jay Osborne
The place to go for interesting stories on local history and genealogy topics, as well as news and fun facts about the department and its collections.
Whether you’re new to family history or an old pro, our genealogy staff and resources can help you track down your long-lost ancestors.
Discover original letters, documents, photographs, works of art, ephemera, and more that shed light on Rochester’s history.
Research, create, and collaborate! We offer free access to modern equipment and technology to help you bring your local history and genealogy projects to life.
A place for K-12 students (and adults, too!) to learn about the past through the stories of Rochesterians who experienced it first-hand. Access primary sources online!
Explore Rochester’s role in the history of woman suffrage in this exhibit developed as part of a community-wide celebration of the New York State Woman Suffrage Centennial in 2017.
Early American genealogical records, searchable genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online. Full access for free in the library.
The world’s largest online family history resource providing access to billions of historical records, millions of family trees, census records, military records, and more. Full access for free in the library.
United Kingdom-based genealogy website providing access to more than 4 billion searchable records of census, directory and historical information from the UK and around the world. Full access for free in the library.
A partner of Ancestry that provides access to genealogical and historical resources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Access from home with your library card.
World’s largest online historical map collection spanning several centuries of cartographic information, including antique maps, nautical charts, celestial maps, and more. Full access for free in the library.
Index of birth, marriage and death notices published in Rochester, NY, newspapers ca. 1947- 2017.
Fire Insurance maps showing detailed layouts of commercial, industrial, and residential properties in New York State. Full access for free in the library.
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