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Allegany County, NY History

Allegany County, NY

We are happy to offer our first items of genealogy and local history from Allegany County, NY, and we hope to offer additional items of historical interest soon.


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The Allegany County chapter in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848). Unfortunately, Allegany County got short shrift from Mather & Brockett.  The chapter, including the county map, is a mere three concise pages long, and those seeking colorful historical detail will not find it here.  Nonetheless, it's worth having to complete the historical record.  We also include the pages from the volume regarding original ownership, patents, etc. of New York State for further information.  3++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $1.75.

 Allegany County history and geography

 The Allegany County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860). Here is a look at Allegany County a bit over a decade after Mather & Brockett's treatment of the subject.  The localities mentioned in boldface type in this chapter are: Alfred, Alfred Center, Bakers Bridge, Tip Top summit, Allen, Allen Center, Alma, Almond, Center Almond, North Almond, Amity, Phillipsville, Belvidere, Andover, Shoemakers Corners, Angelica, Belfast, Rockville, Transit Bridge, Birdsall, Birdsall Center, Bolivar, Honeoye Corners, Burns, Canaseraga, Whitneys Crossing, Caneadea, Oramel, Houghton Creek, Centerville, Clarksville, Clarksville Corners, Cuba, North Cuba, Cuba Summit, Friendship, Nile, Genesee, Little Genesee, Ceres, Granger, Short Tract, Grove, Swainsville, Chautauqua Valley, Hume, Cold Creek, Fillmore, Mill's Mills, Mixville, Independence, Whitesville, Spring Mills, Greens Corners, New Hudson, McGrawville, Hew Hudson Corners, South Valley, Rushford, East Rushford, Scio, Ward, Philips Creek,  Wellsville, West Almond, Willing, Beanville, Halls Port, Wirt, and Richburgh. 10+ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.75

Allegany County, from French's Gazetteer (1860)


Belfast High School -- Ephemera 1951.  We know that this will be of interest to very few, but since we own it, it certainly makes sense to make it available.  What we have here is the commencement program for the class of 1951 (there were eight graduates), as well as two high school play programs: “Moonlight for Herbert” and “Don’t Keep Him Waiting” (undated, but presumably the same vintage).  The cover for the commencement program was a stock item for small print shops in the era, and says “rural high school, late 1940s – early 1950s” as clearly via its design as if the date of the design were stamped on it.  The program inside it is commercially printed, and is characteristic of commencement programs then (and now).  Also listed are the class officers, the board of education, and the faculty of Belfast High.  The two play programs are mimeographed on construction paper – again, common and cost effective in that time.  One of the programs is bias cut to add interest.  12+ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.00.

 Bellfast HS Ephemera - 1951

See also: Hotchkin's History of Western New York State, available on CD-ROM.


Allegany County was separated from Genesee County in 1806.  You may also want to consult our Genesee County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.


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