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Local History & Genealogy

Newfane Free Library has a Local History collection with a limited amount of books dealing with local history and genealogy. The library is also pleased to offer the following collections unique to our library: The Freda Ruff Notebooks, The Judson Heck, Sr. Notebooks and Newfane Central School Yearbooks. Links for more local information on historical & genealogical sources can be found on the bottom of this page. 


ancestry-library-edition-icon**NEW** Ancestry Library Edition is now available here at the library!  ProQuest has partnered with Ancestry.com to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital statistics, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  

Unlimited access to this resource is available within the library. There is no remote access.  So stop by the library sometime and access Ancestry Library Edition either on our public computers or bring your laptop and use our WiFi, all in air conditioned comfort!


The Freda Ruff Notebooks

Freda Ruff editA former Newfane schoolteacher (around 1943-1964), Mrs. Ruff clipped newspaper articles featuring Newfane residents and continued to do so long after she retired. These clippings are organized alphabetically into nine three-inch binders, and are available for perusal anytime the library is open. Janis Gillis, a current Newfane resident, has added two more binders to this collection!



The Judson Heck, Sr. Notebooks


Jud Heck, along with being an active member of the Town of Newfane Historical Society, was the Town Historian from 1978-2003. During his tenure he clipped newspaper articles that dealt with the town of Newfane and its residents. These clippings are organized by year into forty-nine three and four-inch binders, with each year being subdivided into categories such as business, churches, schools, Historical Society, people, tourism, etc. These binders are available for personal use anytime the library is open.


Newfane Central School Yearbooks

yearbooks-2The library has a set of NCS yearbooks dating back to 1936. Our set is not complete, and our most recent volume is 2010. Duplicate volumes are shelved in our Local History collection, but our almost-full set is shelved in a separate room, so ask at the front desk for the year you require if it isn’t shelved with our duplicates.


Local Information

Newfane Town Historian

The current Town Historian is William Clark, and his office is in the Newfane Town Hall on Main Street in Newfane. Hours are by appointment, and he can be reached by phone at 778-5947 ext. 7 or by email at Historian@TownOfNewfane.com.


Town of Newfane Historical Society

Historical society logoVan Horn Mansion: Located at 2165 Lockport-Olcott Road in Burt (a hamlet within the town of Newfane), this beautifully restored mansion is open for tours every Sunday from 1-4pm and closed January to March. Call (716) 778-7197 for more information.

Country Village Museum: Located on the corner of West Creek and Ide Roads in Newfane, the buildings on this site are always open for their two festivals – the Apple Blossom Festival held the 3rd Sunday in May, and the Apple Harvest Festival held the last Sunday in September.


County Links

The Niagara County Historical Society
Niagara Co Historical Society215 Niagara Street, Lockport, New York 14094
(716) 434-7433


Niagara County Historian’s Office
Niagara Co Historianedit139 Niagara Street, Lockport, New York 14094
(716) 439-7324


Niagara County Genealogical Society
Genealogical Society215 Niagara Street, Lockport, New York 14094
(716) 433-1033

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