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New! - May 15, 2013 -> Neighborhood Transitions and Transformations - Pathfinder pages illustrating Wegmans East Avenue mitigation project and the historical transition of one city block. 


Three New Databases Available for Limited-Time Trial  

The Local History and Genealogy Division of the Central Library is offering a free limited-time trial of three databases of interest to genealogists and researchers. The following databases are available for free until September 30, 2012 only within the Local History Division on the second floor of the Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Ave., Rochester:  

African American Heritage 

ProQuest African American Heritage is a groundbreaking new digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. It provides users a dedicated resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research; but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.   

Historic Map Works 

Historic Map Works Library Edition is one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with over 200,000 antique and historic maps. It provides unprecedented access to high-resolution, full color maps spanning hundreds of years that help researchers trace the "residential genealogy" of families and locations over time. Use these to uncover clues about land ownership, historical structures, property boundaries, community growth, topography, and more. 

ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition 

Geocoded Sanborn Maps (1867-1970) provides digital access to over 12,000 large-scale maps of U.S. cities and towns, searchable by address and GPS coordinates. Quickly find maps across a century of time by specific addresses and locations; and easily compare map data with modern street, satellite, and hybrid layers.  

For more information, contact the Local History and Genealogy Division at (585) 428-8370 or If you use any of these databases, please let us know what you think!


The 1940 Census is available on April 2, 2012! 


New Books Added  

Many fragile books from the Local History Department of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County have been preserved and made available through digitization. See what's been added for your online browsing!


View the 1855 census records (pdf).  Please note: This file currently contains names from A - McN.  Additional names are in the process of being added.



New Pathfinder: Digital Map Collections in Rochester Images 

digital mapDid you know that there are over 700 digitized local maps in Rochester Images? Digital Map Collections in Rochester Images is a new online pathfinder which has hyperlinked lists of these maps, as well as information about the growth and development of Rochester, the towns and villages of Monroe County, and the Western New York region. If you are new to online map searching in Rochester Images, you will want to visit the page How do I find the map I want? This page has helpful search tips so you can find the information you need as quickly as possible.

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