Gates 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.

Rochester Images

Search thousands of historical and contemporary images from Rochester and Monroe County.

Rochester History

A journal produced by the Rochester Public Library which covers the history of Rochester and western New York. All articles are available on-line from 1939 to the present.

1950 Census

The 1950 census records were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 1, 2022. This website provides full access to the 1950 census images, including population schedules, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions.


A powerful and popular genealogical resource that includes the Federal Censuses, over 25,000 family and local histories, bank and military records, and genealogical and local history sources. Provided by the Monroe County Library System.

Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, Social Security Death Index, and Military records. Due to licensing restrictions, must be accessed onsite using a library computer or your own laptop/tablet connected to our WiFi.