The Steele Memorial Library
and Church of Latter Day Saints, Horseheads
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)
Cemeteries of Chemung County, New York
Chemung Historical Journals
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
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
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 a $4 fee the library can rent other rolls.)
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,
At the Elmira College, by Rev. A. Bradley, of Olean, Theocrastus Bunibastus
Houghenstougulen, to Miss Adrianna Augustina Van Ozzledozzle, both of
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.