Local History & Genealogy

Collections & Databases

The Local History and Genealogy collections are located on the second floor of the library and offer unique resources, including Town of Gates County Cornerstone Bicentennial and Town of Gates Sesquicentennial. Other materials encompass the history of Rochester, Monroe County, as well as various regions of New York State.

Some of the books in this collection are reference only but others may be checked out. The library also subscribes to Family Tree magazine, and back issues may be checked out.

We offer in-library access to Ancestry.com and remote access to other genealogy databases.

Genealogy Help

Call us at (585) 247-6446 or stop in to make an appointment with genealogy volunteer Ed Groszewski. Mr. Groszewski is available for 1 hour appointments on Fridays from 1-4 pm. More information.

Gates-Chili Newspapers

50+ years of local newspapers are available at the links below from the NYS Historic Newspapers database. 

Many other Monroe County and New York State newspapers are also available.

Town of Gates Historian: William Gillette

The Town Historian is a unique position responsible for the gathering and preservation of historic town information for reference purposes and for preservation of this information for future generations. Information pertaining to buildings, land use, commercial development, and population growth is preserved as a community resource.

Contact Gates Historian Bill Gillette at bgillette@townofgates.org or (585) 247-6100 Ext 124.


Town of Gates – A Short History
Historic Multimedia

Gates Town Historian

Gates Historical Society

Founded in 1999, the Gates Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization with the intention to collect and preserve Gates history, and to showcase the Hinchey Homestead as a model historic site. For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Gates Historical Society & Hinchey Homestead
634 Hinchey Road
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 464-9740

Rochester Public Library & MCLS

Both the Rochester Public Library and the Monroe County Library System have an abundance of resources and records:

New York Heritage Digital Collections

New York Heritage is a project of the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. New York Heritage is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of New York State. The site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, totaling hundreds of thousands of items.