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Local History and Genealogy

2nd Floor, Rundel Memorial Building, (585) 428-8370


Local History and Genealogy Blog  


Family Detectives Club - Season 3     Family Detectives Poster 

Weekly genealogy workshops every Sunday   

from 1:15-1:45 p.m. October through May in the Division.  


 October 2014 



Join us for a new season of

Rochester's Rich History 

Monthly talks on a variety of local history topics.  

2-3 p.m. one Sunday a month  

in the Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building  

View the schedule  


October 19  

Form, Function, and Mount Hope Cemetery  

Dennis Carr  


While intended to appear as a work of nature, Mount Hope Cemetery is Rochester’s greatest example of romantic landscape design. “Reading” this cultural landscape and its evolution reveals the social, religious, economic and intellectual forces that influenced the design of the cemetery, and defined the built environment of Rochester. A veritable museum of architecture, art, and landscape design, we’ll look at how Mount Hope Cemetery fits into the greater span of American history, culture, and design, and why it is still relevant today. 


Dennis Carr is a founding member and past president of The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. Dennis serves as historian for the cemetery and leads the popular Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem and Form, Function & Mount Hope Cemetery tours, to name a few. In his spare time, Dennis works for the Information and Resource Management division at the University of Rochester’s Edward G. Miner Library. 




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image map thumbnail - local historyThe Local History and Genealogy Division offers expert in-person reference service, as well as telephone and email service for quick reference questions. All materials in the Local History and Genealogy Division are restricted to use within the department, but a significant and growing portion of the collection is available online. Also, as many materials are old and fragile, photocopying is restricted, but patrons may bring in equipment to photograph items.

The Local History and Genealogy Division and its partners have digitized photographs, books, manuscripts, maps, directories, postcards, and other items for easy access and for the preservation of original print material held within selected local collections in Monroe County. The thousands of items found here represent the rich history of the Rochester region. They are of interest to anyone researching local history and genealogy. Collections throughout the county can now be searched at one online location, thanks to the cooperation of many partner institutions.

The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County boasts one of the premier collections of local historical and genealogical materials in western New York, while smaller municipal libraries have built collections of materials relevant to their particular towns.

The sections listed below are links to extensive materials held by the Central Library's Local History and Retrieval Divisions and by various town libraries.

The information provided by these various resources will help researchers find answers to questions about the history of Rochester and Monroe County, and will aid genealogy researchers looking for family information. What is provided online, however, is only a very small part of all the collections held at the libraries in Rochester and Monroe County. The information here will help you get started, but visiting our libraries will speed you on your way.

Genealogy Resources - a variety of helpful tools and guides for researching family history and finding information on past residents of Rochester and Monroe County

Local History Resources - various resources covering the history of Rochester and western New York

Rochester Images - historic and contemporary photographs, maps, postcards and other memorabilia from Rochester and Monroe County

Digitized Collections  - historic books, newspapers and magazines of local interest that can be viewed online or downloaded and printed

Pathfinders - guides to special topics

News - includes information on new items available online

  Monroe County WebsiteCity of Rochester Website