Genealogy Resources

Are you aware of the genealogy resources that Olean Public Library has both online and in house?  If you go to our Genealogy Page on our website, you will be able to view a list of resources available through the library.  Some of the online sources you can find there are:

  • Olean City Directories from 1882-1915
  • NYS Census for 1855, 1865, and 1875
  • Cemetery Records for Allegany, B’Nai Israel, Chestnut Hill, Five Mile, Mount View, Pleasant Valley, and St Bonaventure’s Cemeteries.
  • Veteran’s Field of Honor

These resources plus many more are available by visiting the library!

Ever Wonder How Much the Library is Worth To You?

NYLA recently published a library value calculator (you can access it here).

In a year, if you only –

took out 1 hardcover book, 1 paperback book, borrowed 1 movie, 1 music CD, 1 audio book, used 1 magazine, 1 newspaper, requested 1 interlibrary loan, attended 1 adult class or program, used the computer for 1 hour, used 1 newspaper archive, used 1 research database, and asked 1 reference question –

the value of your library usage for the year would be $311.01.

And that does not take into consideration many of the intangibles that come with patronizing a library.

Need some books to help you celebrate Cinco De Mayo?

Cinco de mayo: celebrating the traditions of Mexico by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (J 394.262 H)

The healthy hedonist holidays: a year of multicultural, vegetarian-friendly holiday feasts by Myra Kornfeld (641.568 K)

Cinco de mayo by Linda Lowery Keep (EASY J 394.262 K)

Cinco de mayo: a Mexican holiday about unity and pride by James Garcia (J 394.262 G)

The story of Mexico: The Mexican War of Independence by Conrad R Stein (J 972.03 S)

Frommer’s Mexico 2008 by David Baird (917.2 F)