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The Barker Historical Museum's book catalog will soon be online at The Library Thing (check back with us soon, the link will become live shortly!)

The Barker Historical Museum is also the headquarters for the Chautauqua County Genealogy Society. A list of the publications created by the Genealogy Society can be obtained on request.

The Town of Pomfret lost pre-1880 vital records in a fire. Contact Roberta Valentine, Village Clerk, for vital records after 1880 at 716-672-7496 or write to: Town of Pomfret Offices, 9 Day St., Fredonia, NY 14063. To obtain a birth certificate from the Village of Fredonia call Lucy at 679-2303/2302. The cost is $10.

Cemetery records can be acquired by contacting:

Audry Schmoyer - Forest Hill Cemetery Sexton at 716-672-7156

Michaelene Comerford - Town of Pomfet Cemetery Sexton 716-672-7185

The Garland Genealogy Library at the Barker Historical Museum collections’ focus is mainly on Northern Chautauqua County although if we do not have your family we will recommend additional resources in the County, for example the Fenton History Center covers the Jamestown area and also has a research library. Contact information for the Fenton is
-Family files and family histories
-Indexes to Chautauqua County census records for 1820, 1855, 1860, 1865, 1870, 1875
-Chautauqua County Census records on microfilm for 1825 - 1930
-The Fredonia Censor on microfilm and indexed
-Chautauqua County cemetery records
-Indexes for the Dunkirk Observer 1882 - 2000
-Local Civil War research materials
-Multiple newspaper indexes
-Genealogy journals
-New England general genealogy information
-General genealogy reference material
-DAR materials
Reference Materials found in the Garland Genealogy Library
List of Websites for Researching Local History and Genealogy

Chautauqua County Historian

Interment.net Cemetery Records Online/Forest Hill Cemetery


The USGenWeb Project

American History and Genealogy Project

New York History and Genealogy

Revolutionary Soldiers of Chautauqua County

New York Civil War Units Infantry NY State Unit History Project

Census Online

Genealogy Societies in New York State

New York State Department of Health to obtain vital records

New York State Archives

Family Search