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There are many online resources available, including General Resouces , Cattaraugus County Resources, and Preserving Family Documents, Photographs and Artifacts.
General Resources:
Maureen Taylor -- The Photo Detective
Maureen Taylor has the knowledge and skill to find clues in old photographs. She is on YouTube, Facebook, has her own Blog, does Podcasts, provides Photo Consultations, and offers Books on the subject.

Do you have a photograph you cannot identify and know or suspect it is important? Watching Maureen's Blogs, Podcasts, and Virtual Presentations, etc. may give you much needed clues. View her Upcoming Events for more opportunities, and/or Book a Seminar at your local historical society.
This is a free resource for finding historical data and document images for individuals. To receive the full benefits, you must register, and no money is required.

FamilySearch is particularly good in providing records for folks in England.
Find a -- Need a photo of a headstone?
  On 30 Sep 2013 Find A Grave was sold to, but retained the original web page look/format. As of 20 Aug 2018 that format was changed to look like web pages. Data is no longer presented in a clear, concise and compact manner as before.

This is a free resource for finding and sharing grave site information and images of headstones. The information has been posted by contributors, so not every grave is listed. However, over 165 million grave memorials and 80 million photographs have been contributed.

Individual memorials sometimes have biographies, links to related family memorials, and an image of the headstone, documents, and/or the deceased. If there is no gravestone photo, you can submit a request by clicking "Request Photo" at the left. You will be notified by email when the request has been fulfilled.

If you know where and when your ancestor is buried and cannot find a memorial for that individual, become a contributor/member. It is free and easy, and then you can create memorials.

When you are a contributor, it is very important to add as much correct information as you can to the Bio section of their memorial. Also, you can bring the family together by creating links to their immediate family members. -- YES, Facebook!
Yes! Facebook. They have 3 types of groups: 1) Public (anyone can find them and see posts), 2) Closed (anyone can find the group, but only members can see posts), 3) Secret (only members can find the group and view posts).

To find a closed group, click "Groups" in the left menu under Explore. Then click "Discover" in the top menu. Once there, you can search for your topic of interest. When you see the results, click "Groups" in the top menu. You will see a list of closed groups. Select a group which pertains to your interests, and click "Join" to request membership.

This has been a huge help to some people. One lady had been searching for her German ancestors for 30 years on Ancestry, FamilySearch, etc. with no results. With this method she found a Baden-Württemberg, Germany group which she was able to join and post a request for help with her research. Not only did she get help, but several members posted actual documents: birth, christening/confirmation, marriage, immigration, death records, etc.

A gentleman looking for Scottish Genealogy found several groups. It is worth a try.
This is a free resource to search public records by: Cemetery, Clerk, Court, Historical Society, Library, Marriage License Office, Town & City Hall, and State. They "have 3rd party ads . . . to help pay for hosting and keep data timely and accurate." It is unclear who and where they are, but they do list an email address in their Privacy Policy.
Veterans Affairs -- Nationwide Gravesite Locator
This is a free resource to search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
This is a free resource for finding obituaries and articles. It takes a little getting used to, but has offerings not available on Select "boolean" from the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner, type a name in quotes and location. This will yield any available citations.
Social Security Death Index --
  If you are looking for the death date of a family member who may have had a social security number, this is the best free resource. You have to register for free, no money is required. The birth and death dates, and last known city of residence are available. However, actual Social Security numbers are NOT available.

You can also subscribe to for a fee, but this is NOT required to view the SSDI.
One-Step Web Pages
  This is a free site which contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Some of these tools fetch data from other web sites.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
  This is a free resource. Cyndi has created a list of over 336,000 links to genealogy web sites, which are categorized in several ways.
Google Books
  This is a free resource. Many of the citations have downloadable images of the actual pages. One can search by keywords, such as names, places, events, etc. Try looking for your "Surname Family", i.e., McCluer Family, and get a list of published family histories.
Google News Archives
  This is a free resource. Newspapers listed are domestic and international, and do not appear to be in the mainstream. The dates to be found range from 1738 to 2009. This may change as newspapers are added or deleted.
Dead Fred - Genealogy Photo Archive
  This is a free resource where you can search for genealogy photographs by surname, keywords, or do a detailed search. It is worth a look.
50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today
  This is a free resource hosted by Family History Daily and listing wide-ranging websites which may be of interest to you. Suggest you disregard the 3 "free" searches at the top of the web page after "AdChoices". Just scroll down to view the 50 genealogy sites.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries in the United States
  This is a free resource.
Click a state on the interactive map.
Click "View Interactive Map".
Select a date to see the county boundaries at that time.
Click "County Index" at the bottom of the page to see a list of change for a specific county.
  You can search for free and get a listing of possible records. However, you cannot see the actual records unless you subscribe. If you find a record you want to view, you can use for free at most public libraries. This is a great way to get started on your family history.

You can become a member without paying for a subscription. They will send emails informing you of new collections, periodic discounts, etc.

If you choose to purchase a subscription, you get added benefits. You can create your own Ancestry Family Tree(s) online and the Ancestry system will search for all possible documents related to each individual on your tree. If at a later date another possible document is located or added you will be notified by email. Ancestry is continually adding databases and collections.

You can choose from 3 levels of subscription:.
1) U.S. Discovery - This level has ONLY U.S. records
2) World Explorer - Includes U.S. Discovery and World records
3) All Access - Iincludes U.S. Discovery, World Explorer, and

Probably the greatest benefit is the ability to find living individuals with the same family history. We know of an instance where a woman found her previously unknown 3rd Cousin. They are now able to share information and photos.

Please be aware! The Family Tree Maker (FTM) software long associated with is no longer available from Ancestry. As of 01 Jan 2017, FTM 2014 and FTM Mac 3 are no longer supported by You can now get Family Tree Maker from the following software producers:

Family Tree Maker (FTM) 2019 from MacKiev is now available. The cost to download the program is $79.95. It looks and works just like Ancestry's former Family Tree Maker (FTM). After it is installed, it will convert your former Family Tree Maker file(s) to run on FTM 2019, so be sure to backup your old files if you want them to run on a previous version of FTM. Installing FTM 2019 does not delete former versions of FTM that may be on your computer.

As of June 28, 2017, RootsMagic 9 with TreeShare is available. However, at that time there was no actual Sync feature like you might remember in the Ancestry FTM. You can TreeShare with your Ancestry Family Tree(s) online, but you must sync your data one individual at a time or download your entire Ancestry Family Tree every time you want to update your local tree.
  There is a subscription fee for this service. Not all newspapers are available on the service. In addition, some of the offerings do not go back very far in time. However, if you find what you need, none of that matters.
Cattaraugus County Resources:
Following are free resources for finding local historical data and document images.
History of Cattaraugus County, New York - Huge PDF - Download the file for best viewing
History of Cattaraugus County, New York - L. H. Everts,1879, including Franklinville on P. 308
History of Cattaraugus County, New York - Painted Hills, by Town
Cattaraugus County, New York -
Cattaraugus County, New York - FamilySearch
Cattaraugus County, New York - USGenWeb
  Cattaraugus County Court System -- Wills and Deeds for Cattaraugus County, NY
303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY 14755 -- (716) 938-2599
  Cattaraugus County Historical Museum and Research Center -- Periodicals on Microfilm
9824 Route 16, Machias, NY 14101 -- (716) 353-8200
  Cattaraugus County Town and City Historians
  Cattaraugus County Maps
  Cattaraugus County Chronology
  Cattaraugus County, New York - Wikipedia
  Historic Path of Cattaraugus County - Articles
  Preserving Family Documents, Photographs and Artifacts
National Archives
Preserving History - LDS
Quick Tips to Save Your Stuff - Assoc. of Library Collections
  Caring for Private and Family Collections - NE Document Conservation Center
  Safely Labeling Your Old Family Photos
  If you need further assistance with your local Ischua Valley research, you may submit a Search Request to us.

P.O. Box 153, Franklinville, NY  14737