New York Family History Societies (A-C)

This section lists associations from Brooklyn to Chenango giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Brooklyn Historical Society

The association was established in 1863 as the Long Island Historical Society.

The aim of the Society is to promote and encourage the study of the 400-year-old history of Brooklyn County. 

The Society is situated in Brooklyn Heights and is situated in a building designed by George Post and opened in 1881.

Many archives are accessible in their Library, which include Brooklyn and Manhattan Directories, Eardeley NYS Wills Names Index & Eardeley Manuscripts, Brooklyn and Long Island Scrapbooks(Newspaper Clippings from 1860s-1960s).

Resources also comprise:

  • Archives and Manuscript Collections
  • Card Index of Marriage and Death Notices extracted from Long Island Star Newspaper covering 1809-1845
  • Census Returns
  • Family Histories
  • Genealogy Reference Materials
  • Historic Brooklyn Atlases
  • Long Island Star Newspaper
  • Vital Statistics Transcriptions

An on-line catalogue of archives held at the Library is on the site, along with the NYU Finding Aid Portal.


Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society

Many archives are available in their Library, which comprise:

  • Books relating to Ireland
  • Cemetery Transcripts of Holy Cross in Lackawanna 1872-1874
  • Everton's Genealogical Helper
  • Guide to connecting Genealogies
  • Irish Telephone Directories
  • List of Nick Names of People from the Old First Ward of Buffalo
  • 'SEPTS' Publications
  • Tracing Irish Clan Heritage

There are also links to many sites you may find of interest.


Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society

Their aim is to preserve the heritage and history of the Moravia area.  They also collect and preserve records relating to Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States, who came from the Moravia area.

Many resources are available in their Library, located at History House, 14 W. Cayuga St., Moravia, New York 13118, which include:

  • 1847-1851 Vital Records
  • Atlases and Maps
  • Bible Records
  • Cemetery Information
  • Census Returns including 1828 Quaker Census
  • Family File Folders(covers over 800 surnames - please see list on their site)
  • Newspaper Abstracts 1819-1865
  • Photographs
  • Published Genealogies
  • Scrapbooks
  • Town Histories
  • Will Abstracts

Some publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • The Drum Company of Company A - Frank Foti
  • Mecca of Spiritualism - Dr. Joyce Hackett-Smith
  • Millard Fillmore - Robert J. Scarry
  • Moravia and Its Past - Leslie L. Luther
  • Niles 1833-1983 - Mabel L. Crosby
  • Town of Locke New York 1802-2002

Chenango County Historical Society

The James S Flanagan History Research Centre is operated by Chenango Co. Historical Society and the Chenango Co. Historian's Office. 

Numerous resources are accessible, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Company Papers
  • DAR Records
  • Family Files
  • Town Histories
  • Vital Statistics
  • Will Directories

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