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Genealogy Research

Researching your ancestry takes time and patience. While we are not staffed to find the information for you, we can certainly help by guiding you to the sources that may help.

In-Library resources

If you are looking for family information from the Lyndonville locality, start searching in our local history collection.

Available on microfilm is the Lyndonville Enterprise dating from 1906-1962.

As a reminder, Reference materials do not circulate and remain in the library for use, but they can be photocopied.

If you can’t visit the library

The Library is staffed to provide limited research for users unable to visit the Library in person. To obtain research assistance, please send or email a detailed list of the items you require. Genealogy requests should include names, complete dates, locations and other information that will aid in our search. Written requests may be faxed (585) 765-9527, mailed to the library, or emailed to: ecebula@nioga.org. The base fee for a simple reference request, looking up newspaper obituaries or city directory listings is $5.00 plus postage and a 25¢ photocopy charge per page under ten pages or a reduced cost of 10¢ per page for copies exceeding ten pages.

Written requests may be sent to:
Yates Community Library
P.O. Box 485
Lyndonville, New York 14098

Other sources that may be helpful during your research:

Town of Yates Historian:  Scott Goetze (585) 765-3983
Orleans County Historian: Bill Lattin (585) 589-4174

These historians often have information not found elsewhere and they may be able to assist with family history.

The Orleans County Clerk’s office has deed information, old census, miscellaneous records, maps, etc. Contact:

Karen Lake-Maynard, County Clerk
Phone: 585-589-5334

Diane L. Shampine, Deputy County Clerk
Phone: 585-589-5334

The Orleans County New York Records Directory is available through the Orleans County Surrogate’s Office. You may find marriage, divorce, criminal, death, birth records and more. Wills are public documents that can be searched and copied. They often have listed family members’ names and where they lived.

Internet Resources

Through New York State Resources at Rootsweb you can directly access information held for each county in the state.

Also try the main page at Rootsweb.

Cindi’s List is a free geneology research site for everyone to use as a starting point when researching online.


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