January 1991

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Genealogical Resources

The Steele Memorial Library
and Church of Latter Day Saints, Horseheads


Elwyn R. Van Etten

The Steele Memorial Library in Elmira is one of the few public libraries in the State of New York to maintain a Genealogical Collection. Some of the subjects are: Immigrants and Emigrants, Pension Rolls, American Quakers, Huguenots, Palatine families, Mayflower families, New England Colonies, Heraldry and Crests, American Revolution, Civil War, Passenger Lists.

The collection covers the New England States, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and other states, and some information on families in Canada.

Books in the Genealogical reference section are open to the public for use in the department only. Microfilm and microfiche are available with staff help. Photocopying is available.

General Book Collection

"How To" Genealogy Books

Local Marriage and Death Records (from newspapers)

Local Histories

Cemeteries of Chemung County, New York

Chemung Historical Journals

Family Histories

State Histories

Military Histories of Indian Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I & II

War of the Rebellion, Series I, II, III, IV, and Index

Elmira City Directories—1857 to present

Corning City Directories—1905 to present

Local High School Yearbooks

New England Historical & Genealogical Register with Index

New York Genealogical & Biographical Record with Index

DAR Lineage Books with Index

New York Times Index—1851 to present

U.S. Federal Census Indexes—1790 to 1850 for all states; 1860, New York and Pennsylvania only

Latest Book Additions at Steele Memorial Library

Passenger & Immigration Lists Index, 1986 - 1990—Filby, 1990

Researchers Guide to American Genealogy—Greenwood, 1990

International Vital Records Handbook—Kemp, 1990

The Gee/Jay Family—Weller, 1990

In Search of Your Canadian Roots—Baxter, 1989

Ancestry's Redbook—1990

County Courthouse Book—Bentley, 1990 (Donated by the Rural Home Cemetery Association of Big Flats to Thank the Jo-Ho Genealogy Group)

Pre-Federal Records Guide—1989

Notices From New Jersey Newspapers—Wilson, 1988

Polish Family Tree Surnames—Obal, 1981

Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families, 2 volumes—Penrose, 1990 (Gift of the Twin Tiers Genealogical Society)

Mayflower Families, Volume 4—Fuller, 1990 (Gift of the Twin Tiers Genealogical Society)

Microfilm Collection

New York State County Histories

Local Newspapers—1835 to present

New York Times—1851 to present

U.S. Federal Census—1790 thru 1880 for all states, 1890 (special census only), 1900 - 1910 for New York and Pennsylvania only

Soundex—1880 & 1900 for New York State, 1880 & some 1900 for Pennsylvania

Mortality Schedules—1850 thru 1880 for New York, 1850 thru 1880 for Pennsylvania

(For a $4 fee the library can rent other rolls.)

Microfiche Collection

Periodicals (Ask staff for assistance to use Info-Trac)

Cemetery Records of Steuben County, NY

Cemetery Records of Bradford County, PA

"Bim" Van Etten sends the following from the Wednesday, March 10, 1858, Addison Advertiser:


At the Elmira College, by Rev. A. Bradley, of Olean, Theocrastus Bunibastus Houghenstougulen, to Miss Adrianna Augustina Van Ozzledozzle, both of Addison.

Genealogical Resources at the Family History Center

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1060 West Broad Street
Horseheads, New York 14845
Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 9:00
Closed Holidays and month of August each year

Adult members of the Community and the General Public are invited by the Family History Center to use their facilities for researching personal family history. Please do not smoke or bring food or drink.

All material ordered must remain in the Family History Center. Fees: 3 weeks rental, $3; 6 months rental, $4.50; Indefinite term, $6.50; Fiche, $.15 per page. Pedigree Charts and Group Sheets of various sizes are for sale if needed.

Several microfiche and microfilm readers are available for use with the library catalog which includes:

International Genealogical Index—contains over 140 million names and vital statistics listed alphabetically under location.

Locality Index—lists microfilms of local vital records for many parts of the world.

Author - Title Catalog Index—lists hundreds of thousands of records available on film or books which can be ordered from Salt Lake City. This includes information for specialized research on particular groups of people such as Indians, Quakers, etc.

Surname Catalog Index—lists thousands of family histories available on film, fiche, or in book form.

Family Registry And Roots Cellars Index —helps coordinate research with others researching the same lines.

Periodical Source Index —identifies genealogical articles printed in the last 140 years.

Ask librarian for details about indexed resources not on film.

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