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Yearbook Donations Requested November 3, 2014

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The Steele Memorial Library has been collecting yearbooks from the five area high schools since 1909. They have been very popular with genealogists and others ever since. Unfortunately there are several years that we do not have. Since they can no longer be purchased, we have to rely on donations of existing copies. Below you will find a list of the years we do not have. If you have a copy of any of these years that you are willing to donate, we would be very grateful. Please contact Sherry or Maggie at 733-8603.

Elmira Free Academy: 1910, 1982, 1994

Southside High School: 1939,1942,1958,1960,1963, 1986, 1987,1991-1994

Thomas A. Edison: 1945,1958,1973,1979,1980,1982,1986,1987,1989 -1992

Horseheads High School: 1920-1946,1948-1956,1963,1976,1979,1981,1992

Notre Dame: 1959,  2005 (Catholic High 1940-1947,1949-1956)

Maggie Young
Genealogy and Local History Librarian
CCLD – Steele Memorial Library

St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records April 11, 2014

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The Genealogy Department is proud and happy to announce that our staff and volunteers have completed a spreadsheet containing the names from St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Records from their Ledger Book encompassing the years 1890 -1947.  We now have over 32,000 names recorded from the cemetery. As the cemetery can no longer assist genealogists, except to tell people who have a name and date of death the place of burial at the cemetery, we are providing a much needed service, providing access to all the information the cemetery has about the deceased. As this ledger book was handwritten with letters formed in old script, it was necessary to research obituaries, city directories, the NYS Vital Statistics Index and other records to determine as reliably as possible the person buried. To see the index of our cemetery records, please come to CCLD Central Library (Steele Memorial) and ask at the adult services desk for genealogy assistance.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
CCLD Central Library

Tips to get started in genealogy! May 24, 2011

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Did you know that the Steele Memorial Library has a genealogy collection? Have you ever wanted to research your family’s history? Below are some tips to get started in genealogy. If you are interested in beginning or continuing genealogical research, visit the Steele Memorial Library and check out our collection. You can also access some of our resources online via our website: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/genealogy.htm

    1. Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends of the family,  etc
      1. Find out their birthdates, where they were born
      2. Find out marriage dates and details (who was the witness)
      3. Ask for death dates of deceased relatives and where they are buried
    2.  Talk to your oldest relatives ( Have a tape recorder ready)
      1. Ask if any family members have done any genealogy
      2. Ask questions about any stories family members may have
    3. Try to get copies of any birth, marriage or death certificates
    4.  Ask to see any family Bibles and make copies of family pages. Look at the hand writing and ink see if it looks like just one person filled in the info.
    5. Gather pictures of older relatives and deceased relatives and label them (Very Important)
    6. Fill out a family tree sheet with all the info you have collected to see where you need to start.
    7. Visit your local library to see what research aids they have available to help you.
      1. Ask what genealogy databases they have—Ancestry & Heritage Quest
      2. What census records they have on microfilm (1790-1880) (1790-1930 NY & PA)1940 released in 2012
      3. Local newspapers for birth, marriage or death records -abt 1835-2010 (many indexed)
      4. Cemetery records
      5. Family histories
      6. Local history books
      7. Check out How-To-Do- Genealogy books
      8. City directories
      9. Poorhouse records (Allegany, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Yates)(parts of Albany, Chautauqua, Chenango, Kingston, Seneca, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tompkins, Wyoming)
    8. Visit cemeteries and take pictures of gravestones and record info found on the stones. Talk to whoever is in charge of the cemetery and look at their records. (flowers with name tags)     
      1. Funeral Homes
      2. Church Records
    9.  Visit the courthouse & county clerks office
      1. Real estate records ( will tell you where they lived, moved & possible relatives)
      2. Marriage records (1906-1936)—Chemung county courthouse
      3. Naturalization records
      4. State census records
      5. Probate records ( are at surrogate court not at county court)
      6. Miscellaneous records—Civil and criminal cases
    10.   Find out what relatives have served in the military and try to get their service records (pension records) 
    11.  Document everything and keep records of every search to keep from repeating searches
    12.  Learn how to do research on the internet—Don’t believe everything you find, use it as a place to start looking and to verify
      1. Join online groups to put out query’s on your family
    13.  Be considerate of others and their privacy and treat them with respect
    14.  Be willing to share information and volunteer to help others with their research
    15.  Join local Genealogy or Historical Society’s ( talk to the historian for the town)
    16.  Save the information you have gathered in a way to preserve it. ( On the computer with a program like Family Tree)
    17.  Have fun with it and don’t be discouraged and give up. Genealogy is a great way to meet new relatives and make new friends.

Click here to download a printable, PDF version of “Tips to get started in genealogy”.

Click here to download a list of free genealogy internet resources.

Yearbook Donations Requested March 16, 2011

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The Steele Memorial Library has been collecting High School Yearbooks from the five area high schools since 1909.  They have been very popular with genealogists and others ever since.  Unfortunately, there are several years that we do not have.  Since they can no longer be purchased, we have to rely on donations of existing copies.  Below you will find a list of the years we do not have.  If you have a copy of any of these years that you are willing to donate, we would be very grateful.  Please contact Phyllis Rogan or Sherry Nichols at 733-9175 or 733-8603.

Elmira Free Academy:

1910, 1913, 1925, 1926, 1953, 1972, 1977, 1981-1983, 1994.

Southside High School:

1939, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1979-1982, 1984-1995.

Thomas A. Edison:

1945, 1958, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989-1992.

Horseheads High School:

1920-1956, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976,1979,1980, 1981,1983,1984,1992-1994, 2001, 2004

Notre Dame:

1959, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 (Catholic High 1937-1956)


Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

March – Irish-American Heritage March 5, 2011

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Minding FrankieMarch is Irish-American Heritage Month, by Presidential Proclamation! So it was no surprise that Maeve Binchy’s (my favorite Irish writer) latest book, Minding Frankie arrived at the library on March 1.  I took it home and read it in one evening.  Margaret Flanagan, writing a review in Booklist, a reviewing magazine for librarians, said, “Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is like settling in for a cozy visit with an old friend.  In vintage Binchy style, a cast of colorfully eccentric characters living in a snug Dublin neighborhood seamlessly weave in and out of each others’ lives, united by family, faith, friendship, and community.”  I certainly could not have said it as well and concur heartily with Ms. Flanagan’s assessment.

Murphy's LawI’m also reading a historical mystery series by Rhys Bowen called the Molly Murphy Mysteries. The first book in the series is Murphy’s Law whose main character Molly escapes troubles in Ireland to come to New York City via Ellis Island in 1901 (where she continues to attract trouble). The series is lots of fun for those with Irish heritage and for genealogists.

And you won’t want to miss: The Matchmaker of Kenmare: a novel of Ireland by Frank Delaney.

If you are lucky enough to be able to go to Ireland to trace your roots or to just enjoy the sights this year, we have lots of travel books and DVDs to plan your trip (or even to travel vicariously) such as Rick Steves’ Ireland.  You can find this book he Dewey call number 914.15. Enjoy!

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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