Databases and Local Resources

PGSNYS Databases

Local Resources

PGSNYS Library
PGSNYS books and publications were donated to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. in memory of the Society’s founder – Michael Drabik. The Michael Drabik Memorial Library holdings are located in the Grosvenor room of the downtown Buffalo library. Questions regarding the library holdings should be directed to library@pgsnys.org.

Polish Genealogy Subject Guide
The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a comprehensice guide to its Polish genealogy, history, churches, microfilm, etc. holding. The Polish Genealogy Subject Guide located in the Grosvenor room of the downtown Buffalo library is available on-line.

Inactive Records Center
The City of Buffalo Inactive Records & Research Facility has many records available including Death Index Records (1852-1944), Birth Index Records (1878-1915) and Marriage Records (1877-1907).  The center is located at 85 River Rock Drive, Suite 301, Buffalo NY 14207.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm, however, due to limited staffing it is advised that you call ahead to make sure that the facility is open (716-874-6401).

Vital Records Indexes

  • Births – records become indexed after 75 years from the date of the event; records start at 1880 for New York State, 1914 for Buffalo.  (If you intend to order a copy of the original certificate from the proper municipality, note that the person whose certificate you are ordering must be deceased.)
  • Marriages – records become indexed after 50 years from the date of the event; records start at 1880 for New York State, 1908 for Buffalo.   (If you intend to order a copy of the original certificate from the proper municipality, note that both persons on the certificate you are ordering must be deceased.)
  • Deaths – records become indexed after 50 years from the date of the event; records start at 1880 for New York State, 1914 for Buffalo.

Local Links

Polonia – Buffalo Architecture and History