Historical and genealogical material from
Genesee County, NY on a CD-ROM
We're happy to announce that the Genesee
County Collection is now available.
All of the items listed below are included in this new CD-ROM.
- Genesee County Directory for 1882-3.
- Genesee County Sesquicentennial: 1802
- 1952. 119 pages.
- Official History and Directory of
Genesee County Granges for 1934.
- Official History and Directory of
Genesee County Granges for 1938.
- The O-At-Kan 1953 yearbook of Le Roy
Central Schools. 128 pages.
- Genesee County chapter from French's
Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). 10 pages.
- Charity in Genesee County in 1906
(from a 3 volume official source). 10 pages.
- Historical Topographic maps of Genesee
- A variety of old postcard views of
Genesee County locations.
- An original diary for 1909 by an
unknown farmer near Batavia.
As you can see, we're including a lot of widely
varied material in this one. The expression "something for everybody" is
overused, but this one comes pretty close, at least for people with an interest
in Genesee County. Here's a little more information about some of the
County Business Directory (1882)
Published by A. J. Craft, 455 pages.
While roughly 140 pages of this directory are dedicated to the legal
practices and customs in business in those days (it also includes a lengthy article on
James G. Garfield, the President who was assassinated in 1881 -- which the
text calls "...the saddest history of the American Nation"), the remainder
(and by far the largest part of the volume) is of great interest to
genealogists and historians today. Included are histories, including
early settlers, of Genesee County (and the Holland Patent) and its constituent towns, Genesee County
business by type, and perhaps most important, a directory of individuals and
businesses in the county, arranged by town. Post office, occupation,
and number of acres for farmers, are included. This directory section is 230
pages long. There is also a decent amount of advertising. It's
pretty much a rarity so we don't have any comparable price to say what
currently selling for.
Sesquicentennial of Genesee
119 pages of historical articles,
advertisements, lists of people, and program for the event. Also many
photos, and a sense of a forward-looking county. We've recently seen
this one go on eBay for more than $30.
Directory and History of Genesee
County Granges (1934 and 1938)
68 pages plus covers (1934 edition) and 172
pages plus covers (1938 edition). These are both wonderful documents
of a fading rural lifestyle in Genesee County during the Great Depression.
Historical articles about all Granges in the county, along with lots of
lists of Masters, Past Masters, and other officers. Lots of ad from
businesses that would have dealt with the agricultural community are here as
Before dismissing these as purely a collection of farmers,
remember that during those years families with roots "on the farm" often
maintained their Grange memberships for a generation or so. These are
pretty specialized directories, and you're not likely to find them available elsewhere,
The O-At-Kan Yearbook -- LeRoy Central Schools (1953)
An interesting high school yearbook -- the
first one we've seen recently that has photos of all the classes from
Kindergarten on up. The big disadvantage of high school yearbooks when
searching for family members is that they usually cover only one class in
depth and either three or five additional classes in summary. This one
covers the class of 1953 in depth as you might expect, but the summary
covers more than a decade of students.