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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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    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.

    Also, read our summer newsletter.

    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 Mapworks.


    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.

    Livingston 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.

  • May, 2015 - 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. Painted 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, President
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