Welcome to Genesee County map of New York State with 
Genesee County highlighted in red

Copyright © 1997- 2015 - by Betty Thomas


Before the arrival of the first settlers, "Genesee Count ry" was the home of the Seneca Indians.   Robert Morris of Massachusetts, purchased "Genesee Countr y" in 1791 and sold it to the Holland Company, a group of Dutch bankers, on July 20, 1793.   the Holland Company opened for business in 1800, the first sale was 1801, and they moved the office to Batavia when Genesee county was founded in 1802.

The county was named for the indian word meaning "beautiful valley".   Originally Genesee County comprised virtually all of Western New York and was divided into only four "Shires" or towns; Batavia, Northampton, Southampton, and Leicester.   Gradually, parcels of land were taken from Genesee County to form other counties; Allegany (1806), Cattaraugus (1808), Chautauqua (1808), Niagara (1808), part of Livingston (1821), part of Monroe (1821), Erie (1821), Orleans (1824) and Wyoming (1841).  What was left is the present Genesee County.

( MAPS showing the evolution of Genesee County)
Also Genesee County in the Beginning

When searching for ancestors in Genesee County, you MUST pay close attention to correlating your dates with formation of each county.   Anything before 1841 MAY actually be found in another county.   Your next step should be to check the map below for the current towns in the county. ( Batavia is the county seat.)

Happy Hunting

Betty Thomas

This Search Engine will search BOTH Genesee and Wyoming County GenWEb

Genesee County Towns

Alabama Oakfield Elba Byron Bergen
Pembroke Batavia Stafford LeRoy
Darien Alexander Bethany Pavilion

Be a TOWN a webmaster! Anyone wishing to take on the labor of love of keeping up a town genealogy page...contact Betty Thomas


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Historians - Libraries - Genealogy Groups
Museums - Historical Societies

Genesee County History Department -

County Building 2
3837 West Main Street Road
Batavia, NY 14020

Monday - Friday
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 &
1:00 - 4:30 P.M.
Closed for noon lunch hour & on all legal holidays

PHONE: (585)815-7904

email: history@co.genesee.ny.us

Genesee Area Genealogists is an organization of people from Genesee, Wyoming, and Ontario counties plus others from around the country which meets on the third Tuesdays ten months a year (February through November) at 7 pm in the Richmond Memorial Library at 19 Ross St., Batavia, NY. We welcome anyone who is interested in genealogy or family history. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the succeeding year. We are a very expensive organization to join since our dues are $10.00 per year and that includes a bi-monthly newsletter!!!

The "Western New York Genealogical Society"
The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area's rich genealogical heritage. Its focus is the eight Western New York counties which originally were part of the Holland Land Company Purchase - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.

Membership benefits include seven meetings each year with speakers, workshops and field trips; and a subscription to the quarterly Journal, issued June, September, December and March.

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 343- 9550
Go HERE for a list of what the library has in their genealogy section.
NEW!!! ONline card catalog for the NIOGA system (Richmond is a member library)

The Daniel E. Reed Library, State University Fredonia, at Fredonia, NY 14063, has microfilm of the archives of the Holland Land Company.

The Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5310, has a collection of church records and cemetery records for western New York.

The Holland Land Office Museum -
131 West Main St., Batavia, New York 14020
Phone: (585) 343-4727
EMail - Museum
Unfortunately, the Holland Land Office Museum is not a research facility. However, they do work in conjunction with the Genesee County History Department in genealogy research. The artifacts in the museum tells the story of the settlement of Genesee County and its people. Some of the documents about those people are stored at the County History Department. The original Holland Land Company records are in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Reed Library at SUNY-Fredonia,Fredonia, New York, has copies of the Holland Land Company papers on microfilm.(see above)

C/o Terry Abrams, c/o Terry Abrams, President P.O. Box 516 Basom, NY 14013
phone:585/542-4360 - email : TerryAbrams@earthlink.net

PAINTED HILLS GENEALOGY SOCIETY Covers Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Central New York Genealogical Society

New York State Library

County Government -- Archives ---Lookups


Genesee County Genealogies and Stories

Genesee County GenWeb Archives - Please contribute!!

Genesee County Clerk

Genesee County Government

New York State GenWeb Archives

Search the US GenWeb Archives


Early Genesee County History

Tips on searching Deeds, Mortgages, Lost Children, Land Records and more!!

New York State Census Records at the New York State Library

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce - PHONE: 1-800-622-2686

City of Batavia Website

Other Resources

Flash/QuickTime tour of the Erie Canal

For comprehensive inventories of early New York State newspapers, their repositories , and how to purchase or borrow microfilms, the only place to check is the New York State newspaper project .

The Buffalonian -Your Link to WNY History

Genesee County Will Testators A useful site!

Off-Beat History of Genesee & Wyoming Counties

Books on the History of Genesee County

Census Online: Links to Online Census Records

Downward Bound- Great Lakes Shipping Genealogy

GENDIS (Michigan Death Index 1867-1897)
-As so many of our WNY ancestors migrated to Michigan I thought this might be helpful! This index contains more information than other death indexes including the names of parents (if known) and cause of death.

Bureau of Land Management Eastern Region - Has searchable records for several states. You can also view and print copies of the actual documents.

Upstate New York Welsh

Cyndi's List

David Minor's New York State History Page

The Association of Public Historians of New York State


The Rochester SAR cemetery page

The roster of Co. K of the 12th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Co. K was principally recruited in Batavia in 1861, and most of the men were from Genesee County.

National Park Service Civil War website - search database for soldiers!

Storys, Articles, Poetry, and Images @ Chronicles of the American Civil War

Professional Genealogists

Ann McRoden Mensch, Professional Historical Genealogist

Betty Thomas Professional Genealogy and Family History Research

 the genweb logo This page is part of theUSGenWeb Project. Modeled after the Kentucky GenWeb Project which was organized by a group of genealogists in March and April 1996, the idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In June 1996, it was decided to expand the project to include all states. It has now expanded to include many countries throughout the world.

New York State liscense plate --linked image returns 
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Created January 20, 1997 -- thanks for stopping by!

This page constructed and maintained by
Betty Thomas