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  • Our mission is to make as many records available as possible. Covering the entire seven counties in Western New York and Northcentral Pennsylvania. Our society also strives to introduce young and old to the fun and rewards of the field of genealogy.

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    September 2015 - Did you know that Bob Glover is a runner and best-selling author? 
    Read all about it in Pioneers in Our Sport!

    August 2015 - We are in the press!  Bob Glover, one of our long-time and prolific volunteers in Steuben and Livingston counties, wrote a big article about PHGS that was published in the Hornell Tribune on Sunday, August 5. Click here to read it.

    August 2015 -  read our summer newsletter.

    July 2015 - Expanded Information for Chautauqua County.
    Chautauqua County GenWeb, has offered us a link to their online 1881 Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of Chautauqua New-York from Actual Survey and Records. Their transcribers and webmaster have done a great job of putting this very interesting work online. The PHGS links are in the History section of the Chautauqua County Index page.
        The Atlas and Survey  was one of hundreds of county atlases published by the F. W. Beers Co. in the last half of the 19th century.  Today, they are usually known as the Beers atlases - the names of most of the actual writer/compilers of these atlases are lost to us.
        All of the Beers atlases follow the same pattern - a county history, town histories, personal biographies of the current leading lights in each town, and maps.  The maps are very interesting because they show current property boundaries with owner's names.  A good website to find the maps for Chautauqua and other counties is  Historical Mapworks.


    2015 -  Livingston County  - The transition of the Livingston County cemeteries that were carried on the Steuben pages is complete. If you have cemetery lists or updates that can help expand Livingston County send them to us at

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