Fenton Genealogy Support Group at the Hall House

Fenton Genealogy Support Group 2017 Schedule

May 31, 2017: Alonzo the Whaler: Sam Genco and Karen Livsey will talk about Alonzo the Whaler. Along with telling Alonzo’s story, they will share research involved in tracing his story including trips to several libraries, at least one cemetery, much time on the internet at various sites as well as Karen’s trip to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts.

Individuals who are interested in becoming part of the Fenton Genealogy Support Group at the Hall House are encouraged to attend. The Fenton Genealogy Support Group is a feature of a Fenton History Center Membership. Call (716) 664-6256 for details.  Additional meeting topics are pending.


Fenton Genealogy Support Group at the Hall House

The Fenton Genealogy Support Group serves as a support to both experienced and amateur by acting an educational offering that features invaluable lectures and discussions, and is an excellent way to become familiar with the Fenton History Center’s impressive collection of resources.

From its extensive library of publications pertaining to Jamestown, Chautauqua County, and the northeastern United States to its extensive selection of pre-compiled family files to its cutting edge genealogical software, the research center is a dream come true to those interested in tracing their family tree and those interested in conducting advanced research. No research project is too big or too small to tackle with the help of our friendly and knowledgeable research staff and volunteers.
Although the Fenton Genealogy Support Group is one of the many features of a Fenton History Center membership, anyone who is interested in genealogy and historical research is encouraged to attend one or two meetings on a trial basis. 

The group meets the last Wednesday of each month in the Fenton History research center that is housed in the historic Hall House located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York. Please call (716) 665-6256 with any questions concerning the groups meeting line-up for the spring and summer months and to learn more about becoming a Fenton History Center member.

Research Center Hours
Monday through Friday
10 am to 4 pm
Saturday by appointment only
Phone (716) 664-6256
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Fenton History Center Research Center 

The Fenton History Center’s research center, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York, supports local history and genealogical research. The 5000 volume reference library concentrates on Jamestown and southern Chautauqua County, but also includes a number of texts that pertain to the northeastern United States. Some of these materials focus on Cattaraugus County, New York and Warren County, Pennsylvania  and include New England migration records  and other passage records of  Swedish and Italian immigrants.

The library collection is arranged by the Dewey Decimal System and is considered to be “an open stack library”.  Its dictionary catalog allows the public and our members to search the texts unassisted. The collection also includes various printed family genealogies, many of the standard reference sources for genealogy and many local history books.

The library collection is a non-circulating collection. Our research  volunteers regularly assist its visitors. We suggest calling ahead to determine the availability of  our volunteers for assistance with detailed studies.  Scheduling a visit to the research center will ensure your study will be a top priority.  Please call the Fenton History Center and request its research center to schedule a visit.

Highlights of the Collection

A complete collection of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register is available, microfilm of the federal censuses for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, NY, and Warren County, PA, New York State censuses for Chautauqua County, cemetery inscriptions for most Chautauqua County cemeteries, a card file of marriages and deaths extracted from 19th century newspapers and Jamestown City Directories from 1888 to the present.

Family Files: Filed by surname, include items sent to the library, letters of inquiry, and other information that has been collected. A card index to surnames included in each file is available.

Special Collections

Archives: This collection includes original documents, scrapbooks, account books, diaries, letters, school records and similar items pertaining to Jamestown, NY and the surrounding area, to local families, local businesses and local events. Appointments for using these items are recommended but researchers may be assisted if staff is available at the time of the visit.

Photographs: The photograph collection includes local scenes-businesses, residences, transportation, etc.- and local people. Appointments are recommended so that the staff can search for specific subjects before the researcher’s arrival.  Please contact the Fenton History Center in regard to the availability of specific subjects.  Non-watermarked copies are available for sale for a fee of $10.

Postal Cards: This collection includes postal cards of local scenes from Jamestown and Chautauqua County covering the past 100 years. Appointments or inquiries are recommended so research can be done before the researcher’s arrival to determine if a specific subject is available.

Gift Shop: Discover various texts that can be utilized as references available for sale in-house and through our online gift shop.



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