Monday, November 4, 2013

Where to find what you are looking for........
City of Elmira ONLY

Do it yourself research

  • EASY ONLINE - Steele Memorial Library - if you have a CCLD library card you can use their HeritageQuest Online census from your home - works best before 1930 click here
  • otherwise Steele Memorial Library has microfilm of the local census from 1790-1930 that you may look at, at the downtown branch

      • EASY ONLINE, but slow - Old Fulton, NY Postcards - Elmira Morning Telegram 1888-1921, Elmira Star-Gazette 1891-1907 - click here
      • otherwise Steele Memorial Library has most of the microfilm from all the local papers

        OLD MAPS
        • EASY ONLINE - city maps Elmira 1869, 1876, 1896, 1904 - Steele Memorial Library - click here
        • EASY ONLINE - Historic Map Works - search or buy - click here
        • Sanborn maps - Chemung County Historical Society
        • Atlases - Steele Memorial Library

        • EASY ONLINE -  NOT FREE 
        • otherwise Steele Memorial Library has many but not all directories

        OLD PHOTOGRAPHS of Elmira



        CEMETERY LISTS (within city limits)



          Friday, August 16, 2013

          Chemung Valley Living History Center's "The Battle of Newtown Revolutionary War Event"

          Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25, 2013
          Elmira, NY

          Stop by for the re-enactment of the historic 1779 Battle of Newtown and a military court martial, then visit the camps, talk to the re-enactors, and buy goods from 18th and 21st century merchants!

          Events are all day Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Adult admission is $5.

          Newtown Battlefield State Park - just off I-86 south of Elmira
          2346 County Road 60
          Elmira, New York 14901

          click for directions

          Friday, May 4, 2012

          Elmira historian will commemorate Civil War soldiers

          Elmira Star-Gazette, May 4, 2012

          Elmira City Historian Diane Janowski has signed on as one of the peddlers at "Camp Chemung," the Civil War event on Saturday and Sunday.

          Janowski created her own version of a re-enactor's costume, the attire that her German great-grandmother would have been wearing in 1865.

          Janowski wrote a book, In Their Honor: Soldiers of the Confederacy, The Elmira Prison Camp, from New York History Review Press.

          In the last year of the War Between the States, more than 12,000 young Southern men passed through the camp. Many suffered the harsh winter. Nearly 3,000 died.

          The Ben Newton Memorial Civil War Event will be held on the grounds of the Elmira Prison Camp between Fosters Pond and the Chemung River in Elmira.

          Visitors are asked to park in a special area at the Grove Street boat launch.

          The event is sponsored by the Chemung Valley Living History Center and will include battle re-enactments, a period church service, candlelight tour, living history demonstrations, drill and artillery competition and other events.