July 2015 - Expanded Information for Chautauqua County.
A sister site, 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
- Mary E. (Ferguson) Bryant, 1941-2015.
It is with great sadness that we
must tell you that our founder and mentor, Mary Bryant, died Thursday
afternoon (May 7, 2015) in Olean NY. She had been in failing health for
quite a while. Now she is free, but we are mourning. Our deepest
condolences go to her husband, John, and all of her family.
Hills Genealogy Society would not exist today if it were not for Mary's
determination and unflagging dedication. She had the dream, found the
people, and worked the hours to get it started - and then worked, and
worked, and WORKED to expand what she dreamed of.
Mary chose and guided well - of our current officers, I am the newbie -
I've only been with PHGS for seven years. We have long-standing
volunteers and a crop of new volunteers coming up to ensure that we
continue to fulfil her vision - free information for everyone.
- Barb Hyde
2015 - Livingston County - We have
expanded the PHGS website to include another New York county!
CONGRATULATIONS TO DEANNE HARVEY KNAPP!
Besides recently becoming the "First Lady of Ossian" (husband Dwight is
the new Town of Ossian Supervisor), she has been named as the
Coordinator for Livingston County for our newest county.
borders both Allegany and Steuben counties to the north. For a long
time, Steuben county has maintained some Livingston border cemeteries
because families don't pay much attention to county lines in life or in
death. This winter Deanne has volunteered to coordinate a new
Livingston County section for us. We are transitioning now.
The initial content for Livingston County is the
cemeteries from the Steuben County index page, If you have opened a
Livingston county cemetery from the Steuben County index page, go to
the Livingston County index to find your cemetery.
PHGS strives to place on the Internet the burials
at all cemeteries in our counties to assist family history researchers
and to preserve history. If you have family and friends at Livingston
County cemeteries and their info is not listed, pleaase send us an email.