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What's in the Archives?


The Historian's Office is currently preparing detailed listings and catalogs of items in the archives. They will be added to this page as they become available. 


Contents of the Aurora Town Historian’s Office include:

  • Indexed file boxes with items related to Roycroft, businesses, civic clubs, etc.
  • Obituary files - more than 5000 index cards on former residents and computer index to many newspaper notices.
  • Marriage records - Computer index to many newspaper notices.
  • Cemetery records and maps for area grounds.
  • General historical reference books - Architecture, State, County and Local, People and Military.
  • Scrapbooks - 100 scrapbooks of various events.
  • East Aurora Advertiser on Microfilm (1872-2000s), and searchable in digital format (1872-1969) and bound copies of some early editions. Other newspapers are also available.

  • U.S. Census - data from 1810 to 1910 on microfilm.
  • Family group files - files on more than 500 families.
  • Photographs
  • East Aurora High School Yearbooks-1880s-1990s
  • Maps - Sanborn, Holland Land purchase, periodic development maps, and atlases.
  • Computer resources - There is an ongoing effort to index and digitize many of the Historian's Office records. The system can be used to assist in information searches.


A Note About Genealogical Research: The research library, including cemetery listings, obituaries and family files, is available for visitors to conduct their own genealogical research. We are happy to assist you conduct your research and locate files, however due to limited resources and personnel we are unable to conduct extensive genealogical research for you beyond looking up a name or two. We appreciate your understanding.

Beware of the Pitfalls of Online Genealogy
The internet has revolutionized how we conduct genealogical research. In the old days, researching your family’s history involved sending written requests to—and traveling to—historical societies, municipal archives and libraries. Today, information is often only a mouse click away. However, internet researchers should beware of the pitfalls of relying too heavily on information gleaned from the internet, Historian Robert Lowell Goller explains in this newspaper column originally published in  2014.