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Databases for Local History/Genealogy Research

Monroe County Library System website at http://www3.libraryweb.org/
Life Records Database. Includes index to "paid obits" in the T-U and/or D & C, 1960 to date at http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=948&ekmensel=c57dfa7b_12_38_948_4
Rochester City Directories 1827 Ė 1929. pdf scans of every page in over 100 years of the city directories at http://www3.libraryweb.org/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=1105
Monroe County Directories -Various early directories of Rochester & Monroe County & Others  http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=960
Census Records. Access via HeritageQuest Online remote access is available with your Monroe County Library Cardís 14-digit number. Contains federal censuses through 1920; some 1930 at http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/login/barcode?aid=3947
Rochester History. The quarterly magazine published by the Rochester City Historianís office since 1939. Scans of all issues though 2006. A detailed index to the issues can be found at http://www.libraryweb.org/~rochhist/indexa.htm  The Table of Contents for all issues can be found at http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=950&ekmensel=c57dfa7b_12_148_950_4#Table 
Rochester Images. 22,000 photographs, postcards, and maps, with descriptive text at http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=941
Rochester Plat Maps. Street maps of early Rochester. Very helpful to find locations where ancestors or companies were located if those street names no longer exist. At
All Digital Maps In The Rochester Images Database at http://www.libraryweb.org/rochimag/maps/home.htm
Ancestry.com. A genealogically oriented subscription database. Has many records, including U. S. censuses through 1930. It is available at the Local History Division, Rochester Public Library downtown.
Other Genealogy Links at http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=1123&ekmensel=c57dfa7b_12_38_1123_3
Other Local History Links at http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=949
Rochester Newspaper Index, 1818-1897 at  http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=963&ekmensel=c57dfa7b_12_38_963_9
Historic Newspapers  - digitized pdf versions of 19th and early 20th century newspapers with a Rochester area connection at http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=1360
Historic Serials - digitized pdf versions of 19th and early 20th century journals with a Rochester area connection at http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=3922
Historic Markers - Monroe County - http://mcnygenealogy.com/markers/markers2.htm
Other Monroe County Library Digital Collections. http://www3.libraryweb.org/lh.aspx?id=1128
World Cat. Search for information (articles, books, cds, dvds) in libraries worldwide at http://www.worldcat.org/

UR Rare Books and Special Collections

Mt. Hope Cemetery/ Riverside Cemetery Interment Records though 2002 at http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?page=3310

Local History indexes. The four indexes, edited and/or compiled by Karl S. Kabelac, to published volumes. The indexes are to Rochester/Monroe County views, pictures of people, biographical sketches, and 19th century businesses at  http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?page=3198

UR Rare Books & Special Collections for all Rare Books, Special Collections and University  manuscript & archive registers, UR history, Friends of Mt. Hope Epitaph newsletter at http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?PAGE=488
UR Voyager Catalog for holdings of the various UR libraries such as the River Campus Library, Sibley Music Library, Edward Miner Medical Library, Charlotte Whitney Allen Library at the Memorial Art Gallery. Go to http://groucho.lib.rochester.edu/

Other Databases

Social Security Death Index. Contains over 80 million records; useful for birth dates, death dates, and some other basic information at http://ssdi.rootsweb.com

Monroe County Cemetery Records. Every know cemetery in Monroe county and you can search all at one time at http://mcnygenealogy.com/cem/index.htm

Upstate New York Newspapers. A database of over 5,000,000 pages, key word searchable. Has the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, late 1800s to mid-1900ís at http://www.Fultonhistory.com

Genealogically Orientated Websites for every state and every county in the United States. Created by volunteers, they vary greatly in design and content at http://www.usgenweb.org

A google search will often bring up information from some obscure data base or website you may not otherwise find. Try it two different ways; with and without quotes around the search term. There is also an advanced search function. Go to http://www.google.com

1 Sources: Karl S. Kabelac, Rush Rhees Library, January 19, 2008 & Warren Kling. Last Updated 1/7/09 by Warren Kling.