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House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
House History at the Buffalo History Museum
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House History at the Buffalo History Museum

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Planning to research your house's history? This will give you an idea of what we have and what you will learn from it.

Planning to research your house's history? This will give you an idea of what we have and what you will learn from it.

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  • 1. House History Research Research Library November 2014
  • 2. Our Building Designed by George Cary in 1901, for the Pan-American Exposition, a National Historic Landmark since 1987
  • 3. How to visit us  1 Museum Court  North of the 198 off Elmwood Ave.  Free parking & bike rack  On #20 bus line
  • 4. Admission  Free to Museum members & U.S. veterans  Membership starts at $45/year, except…  Student membership $15/year  $7.00 for all others
  • 5. Library Hours  Wednesdays through Saturdays  1-5 pm  No appointments necessary
  • 6. Library Collections at a Glance  Collecting since 1862!  20,000+ books  200,000 photographs  2,000 manuscript collections  9,000 microfilms  Vertical/Pamphlet file  Clippings file  About 10,000 maps, plans, prints & drawings
  • 7. Professionally Staffed  Professional librarian on duty during all public service hours  Ready to assist with house research!
  • 8. A Few Rules  Purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., are kept behind the desk  Library materials may not be borrowed or removed from room  We’ll retrieve the books, pictures & manuscripts you need  Oversized works on paper are stored off site, available by appointment
  • 9. Please, No Food or Drink
  • 10. We know you love your phone, but please turn it off
  • 11. No Pens
  • 12. Technology on Site  Free Wifi, laptops welcome  One online catalog/internet workstation  Two microfilm reader-printers, $.25/page  Two microfilm readers  Photocopying done by staff if size & condition permit, $.25/page
  • 13. We have lots of these!
  • 14. Architectural Research Sources  Buffalo Atlases  Erie County Atlases  Directories—city, social, telephone  Buffalo Common Council Proceedings  Photographs  Obituaries  Census Records  Business Records from Architectural Firms
  • 15. For best results…  Bring your deed or Abstract of Title if you have one
  • 16. Abstract of Title  Often acquired as part of the closing  Might go all the way back to the Holland Land Company
  • 17. True or False?  Millard Fillmore lived in my house. It says so on my deed.  False  My house was built in 1804. It says so on my deed.  False
  • 18. A Really Cool Book  Index to Records… City of Buffalo, 1896
  • 19. A Really Cool Book  Index to Records… City of Buffalo  Every microscopic, bureaucratic action taken on every City street up to 1896  Includes canals, railroads, etc.
  • 20. Buffalo City Directories  We have 1828 to 2001 in hard copy  Online versions are collected at BuffaloResearch.com/onlinedirectories.html
  • 21. Sample City Directory Page  Last name, first name, occupation, address  Women rarely listed until the 1920s  Children not listed until around age 18  No photocopying from directories
  • 22. Special Feature in City Directories  Reverse address section: look up a street and see each business or resident  This feature did not begin until 1929
  • 23. Suburban Directories  Erie County & Suburban: 1927, 1929, 1931, 1949, 1959-2001  Very little village, town, or rural coverage prior to 1959
  • 24. Social Directories  Dau’s Buffalo Blue Book  Buffalo Address Book & Family Directories  Omitted immigrant & working class neighborhoods such as the East side
  • 25. Dau’s Buffalo Blue Book  Published 1898-1940  Has an address section 1903
  • 26. Buffalo Address Book & Family Directories  Published 1880-1916  Has an address section  On microfilm & online  Best starting point for most Buffalo homeowners
  • 27. Buffalo Address Book & Family Directories Online at http://tinyurl.com/BHM-addressbooks
  • 28. Telephone Directories  1900 to present  Remember, not every household could afford a phone  Not online
  • 29. Buffalo Common Council Proceedings Your tax dollars at work
  • 30. Common Council Proceedings  Include building permits!  1854-1996 hard copy  1832-1899 on microfilm  Permits are listed by name up to 1907  Listed by address starting in 1908  Not online
  • 31. Buffalo Atlases
  • 32. 1866 Emslie Atlas  Only at BHM  6 vols. arranged by ward  Shows land owner names more than building footprints  Not online
  • 33. 1868 Buffalo Sanborn Atlas  Shows individual buildings  Shows only the downtown core  This volume only at BHM  More Buffalo Sanborns, 1880-1950  Not online
  • 34. 1872 Hopkins Atlas  First atlas to show individual buildings for entire city of Buffalo  Online at http://tinyurl.com/Buff1872a and http://tinyurl.com/Buff1872b
  • 35. 1884 Hopkins Atlas  Shows individual buildings  Not online
  • 36. 1894 American Atlas  Online at http://tinyurl.com/Buff1894
  • 37. 1894 American Atlas  City of Buffalo  Three volumes
  • 38. Erie County Atlases
  • 39. 1866 Stone & Stewart Atlas  Erie County  Shows property owner names  Shows buildings as tiny black squares  Gives only a street map for Buffalo  Online at http://tinyurl.com/Erie1866
  • 40. 1880 Beers Atlas  Erie County  Shows property owner names  Shows individual buildings as tiny black squares  Online at http://tinyurl.com/Erie1880a and http://tinyurl.com/Erie1880b
  • 41. 1909 New Century Atlas  Erie County  Shows property owner names  Shows buildings as little black squares  Online at http://tinyurl.com/Erie1909
  • 42. 1915 Buffalo Suburban  Amherst, Blasdell, Cheektowaga, Grand Island, Lackawanna, Tonawanda, West Seneca, Woodlawn  Shows individual buildings  Online at http://tinyurl.com/Buff1915v3
  • 43. Census Records
  • 44. Erie County 1810-1930  Arranged geographically  Ours are on microfilm  1880 was the first to give addresses  Names everyone in the household, 1850-1930
  • 45. 1940 Census Is Online  Released to the public in 2012  Go to National Archives website:  http://1940census.archives.gov/
  • 46. Federal Census Indexes  1790-1850 New York State  1850 Black Rock  1860 Erie County & Upstate NY  1890 NY State Veterans  In print, not online
  • 47. Records from Architectural Firms Only at BHM
  • 48. Plans & Drawings  The bad news is…  Most architectural firms, like most businesses, come and go without their records being saved
  • 49. Plans & Drawings  The good news is we have records from:  George Cary, up to1945  Esenwein & Johnson, 1882-1942  Green & Wicks / James, Meadows & Howard, 1893-1971  Duane Lyman, 1923-1975  North & Shelgren, 1909-1994  John A. Ort, 1950-1967
  • 50. Plans & Drawings  Ours are nearly all are for public buildings such as schools, churches, hospitals, etc.  The few house drawings are for upscale residences  So, 99% of the time, we do not have your house plans
  • 51. Obituaries Sometimes they are the only available information about someone associated with your house
  • 52. Obituary Index 1811-2001  99,000 names!  Name, date of death, occupation  Newspaper where obituary is found  Does not list everyone who ever lived or died here
  • 53. Newspapers  Buffalo’s first newspaper began in 1811  We have local newspapers 1811 to the present on microfilm  Plus two machines to read & print from film
  • 54. Newspaper Index  Buffalo’s 19th century newspapers are mostly unindexed  We have a mid-20th century newspaper index  The Local History File at BECPL’s Central Library is usually more comprehensive
  • 55. Photographs  About 200,000 images in 100 distinct collections  Thousands of house pictures  Most date from 1870-1970  In A-Z order by street name  We don’t have pictures every single building in Buffalo
  • 56. Using Our Photographs  Photocopies are $.25  We scan only for publication, exhibition, or academic use  Rate sheet is downloadable from our website  May not be put online without our permission
  • 57. New Picture Store!  Our new online storefront offers museum-quality reproductions for home or office décor  BuffaloHistoryStore.org
  • 58. Major Online Sources
  • 59. www.buffalohistory.org  Click on Research Library under our slide show
  • 60. FRANK, Our Online Catalog http://tinyurl.com/frank-catalog Lists over 27,000 text-based items
  • 61. Buffalo Architecture Index  1200+ buildings and their architects in address order. Online at http://tinyurl.com/BECHS006
  • 62. Buffalo Architecture Map  All 1200 addresses Google-mapped and color-coded by architect. At the Library’s Online Collections page.
  • 63. BuffaloResearch.com  Built in Buffalo  Buffalo Maps  An on-my-own-time project
  • 64. BHM on Delicious  1000+ links sorted into categories (“tags”)  http://delicious.com/BufHistory
  • 65. Sanborn Maps at BECPL  www.buffalolib.org  Click on Research  Enter card # at top of page  Scroll down to Sanborn Maps
  • 66. One question we can’t answer  “Did something bad happen in my house?”  Crime stories are usually indexed by the names of victims, not by address
  • 67. Questions?  library@buffalohistory.org  (716) 873-9644 x 306  For best results, call Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1-5 pm  www.buffalohistory.org Research Library Buffalo History Museum 1 Museum Court Buffalo, NY 14216

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