|For online resources available on the Internet, please see the Genealogy Links page|
In-person assistance with genealogy research is readily available during our weekly Genealogy Lab program, held free of charge in the Public Computer Center each Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 P.M. Visitors can also network with other amateur genealogists.
Genealogy resources available at the Prendergast Library are:
|Jamestown City Directories, 1875-present (print)||Chautauqua County Cemetery records|
|~ 1875-1916 are also online at NY Heritage and via links below:||Jamestown Journal, 1826-1881|
|1875 | 1878-1879 | 1883-1884 | 1886 | 1888-1889 | 1890-1891||Jamestown Evening Journal, 1882-6/1943|
|1892-1893 | 1895-1896 | 1898-1899 | 1899-1900 | 1901-1902 | 1903-1904||Jamestown Morning Post, 1/1915-4/30/1929|
|1905-1906 | 1907-1908 | 1909-1910 | 1911-1912 | 1913-1914 | 1915-1916||Jamestown Sun, 4/28/1949-6/1962|
|Post Journal, 7/1943-present|
|Jamestown High School Yearbooks, 1901-present|
|Histories of Chautauqua County, Jamestown||New! Courtesy of a grant from the Western New York Library Resources Council, the library was able to digitize historic copies of the Jamestown Newspaper. Years available online are 1826-1902. Browse/search the collection HERE.|
|Genealogical and Family Histories|
|Early towns of Chautauqua County histories|
|Local and NYS Indian histories|
The Prendergast Library subscribes to:
Ancestry.com Library Edition (available within the library only)
Lakeview Cemetery burials – online access to burials from 1858-1950.
Genealogy Research Policy
Genealogical research is also available for those who cannot come into the library.
The library can only accept genealogy requests via mail.
For patrons who are unable to visit the Library in person, the Reference Staff will do limited genealogical research by searching the Jamestown newspapers on microfilm for obituaries. There is no limit to the number of names you may submit to us. We prefer to have an exact date of death; however, month and year are acceptable. Our search will be limited to the newspaper; due to time constraints we cannot search the census records on microfilm that the Library owns. Census records are available through HeritageQuest® online.
The Library will charge $15.00 for the first hour of research; $7.50 for each hour thereafter. This fee includes photocopying and postage. The minimum fee for any genealogy research will be $15.00. Payment must be made by check from US banks only or by PayPal.
Patrons making genealogy requests must provide the Library with a list of requested names (as full as possible) and death dates, a check for the minimum fee ($15.00 – Payment must be made by check from US banks only or by PayPal), a return mailing address and an upwards limit of how much they are willing to spend if the research requested takes more than one hour.
No refunds will be issued should we not be able to locate the information requested.
Patrons requesting this service will be asked to consent to this policy prior to our conducting a search.
James Prendergast Library
Attn: Reference Desk
509 Cherry Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
*If you are making your payment via PayPal, we will start the research after your payment clears.
Please note that the Jamestown Post-Journal has recent obituaries listed on their website. Click here to view obituaries from The Post-Journal. If the obituary is from the last five years and is not in their Obituary section, you may be able to find it using the Post-Journal website’s search function.