Local Partner Resources

Genealogy Events and Partner Resources


Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County libraryweb.org

 Monroe County Library System (MCLS):

The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County boasts one of the premier collections of local historical and genealogical materials in western New York, while smaller municipal member libraries such as the Ogden Farmers' Library in Spencerport, the Henrietta Public Library, and the Penfield Public Library have built collections of materials relevant to their particular towns. MCLS libraries have developed collections and finding aids that try to make sense of the past in an effort to better serve local residents as well as visitors who come seeking their roots.

Resources including the New York State Vital Records Index, Life Records, City and Suburban Directories, high school and college yearbooks, microfilmed newspapers dating back to 1818, and subscriptions to e-databases are held by the Central Library's Local History and Genealogy Division, where Rochester Genealogical Society members volunteer as docents some evenings and Saturdays to provide extra assistance to researchers. (not currently during the pandemic) 
Connect with your local library to locate electronic services licensed for the public that you can use in your genealogy searches. 
Monroe County Library Genealogy Events Listed on MCLS Calendar

Virtual Genealogy Events: 

Weekly Genealogy Meet-Up and One-to-One Help Sessions (Online)

Join Genealogy Specialist Barb Koehler for a weekly get-together to discuss your research questions, share challenges and successes, and review the many resources available on the library's website. Pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive a link to the weekly Zoom meeting an hour before the session.

If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email Barb.Koehler@libraryweb.org; put Genealogy Meet-Up in the subject line.

Registration for all weekly group and one-to-one events available here: 

Weekly Genealogy Meet-Up via ZOOM

To learn more, visit the Genealogy Resources section of the MCLS website:


Local Cultural Collections



Pioneer Library System Local History Resources: For Those Living in Livingston, Ontario, Wayne and Wyoming Counties

Pioneer Library System Local History Resources Link

Walworth Library Online Genealogy Meetings Wednesdays from 3-4pm

Rochester Genealogical Society

Rochester Genealogical Society (RGS):

The Rochester Genealogical Society began in 1938 when several people at a meeting of the Rochester Historical Society formed an informal group to preserve their family heritage. The Rochester Genealogical Society became an independent organization in 1977.

The organization sponsors regular educational activities and encourages member-to-member support as well as community awareness of genealogy and family history. Its membership is comprised of people from all walks of life, who freely offer help or guidance to other members and the community whenever asked. Some members also volunteer at the Local History & Genealogy Division of Central Library and local Family History Centers to assist researchers or serve as speakers on particular topics.

Whether you are a well-seasoned genealogist or family historian, or are just starting out, we are confident that you will find your membership in the Rochester Genealogical Society beneficial.

Meeting and Events

Monthly programs are announced with information on the RGS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYRocGen, and at the Society web site, nyrgs.org  There are also a writers group, and a DNA interest group.

On May 1, 2021 an event with a national speaker, Mary Kircher Roddy, is giving four lectures. More info will be available on our website for those interested. The event will take place via ZOOM.

Other Family Search Sites for the Greater Rochester Area


Interview: Local Genealogy ResourcesLocal WXXI Interview: Watch On-Demand: Learn about local resources in this WXXI Interview about using the rich resources of Monroe County Library System and Rochester Genealogical Society to "find your own roots."



LISTEN: WXXI Rochester Roots Interviews on Genealogy with WXXINews