- March 7, 2018
Ancestry/Rootsweb UPDATE - The Cattaraugus Mailing list has been activated by Rootsweb. As far as this web site is concerned, I think the move to this server is going to be permanent. Much easier to maintain, and we don't have to contend with those Ancestry banner ads that screwed up the formatting of pages.
Changes to an email address forced me to get into the 1855 NYS Census index pages. Those pages hadn't been modified since they were uploaded in June of 2000. Much of the underlying HTML code was obsolete and the readability, while as good for that time period, left a lot to be desired. So, the entire 1855 NYS Index was reformatted into the current HTML standards, and made much more readable as well as maintainable. This was just a reformatting, no changes were made to the data.
The list of Cattaraugus County Officials (selected pages) has been updated, it was revised in January of this year.
- March 1, 2018I have been on a mission to find and fix broken links and the work continues. Also, if you have your email address on our site as a researcher please check to see if it is up to date. Found many "compuserve", "prodigy", "adelphia". "buffnet" and other defunct email addresses.
With regard to the Ancestry/Rootsweb outage, not much has changed since Dec 22, 2017. There last statement (January) stated that they were doing software upgrades and it would be months before they were back on line. That was what moved me to relocate our website to a private server. The NY State Coordinator for GenWeb has changed the links on the NYGenWeb site to point to archived versions of many sites, so some information is still available for other counties.
- February 11, 2018 - Fixed display errors and reformatted the Early Settlers of Randolph to html5 standards.
- January 25, 2018 - Fixed display errors and reformatted the 1800 Wards in Western NY to html5 standards.
- January 22, 2018 - Verified links and reformatted the Pioneer Links page. Added new information in the Perrigo Family Page, reformatted to html5 standards.
- January 15, 2018 - Repaired links in town of Randolph Unknown Photos, reformatted to html5 standards.
- January 11, 2018 - American Indian Links Page - fixed bad link to Horseshoe Cemetery (pointed to an outdated page) added link to National Archives Native Americans page, added Seneca Clerk info, reformated all to html5 standards.
- January 6, 2018 - The Cattaraugus County GenWeb site is up and running, I think everything successfully uploaded. I fixed links, and did some general housecleaning and I think we are pretty well set. If you spot anything that doesn't work, drop me a line.
- Dec 23, 2017 - Today, Ancestry.com took down all of RootsWeb. The Reason given was a security issue and they indicated that it would be a few weeks before they put RootsWeb back on line. Tony Blackham, Chief Information Security Officer at Ancestry, stated in his blog "We are doing a deep analysis of RootsWeb, its design and how we might be able to help the community enhance the site and its services.".
Because of the uncertainty of the situation, down time and other issues I have elected to move the Cattaraugus Web Site to a new domain,
nycattar.org at least temporarily, possibly permanently. There are pros and cons to the new domain. Con: First access seems to take longer than I am used to, but it is fast after that. Pro: Gone are those annoying banners at the top of every page. Other things work better, links are easier to check.
The NYGenWeb site has been off Roots Web for some time, as are many of the other counties in New York. I guess what I am saying is I will need a compelling reason to go back to RootsWeb. USGenWeb and NYGenWeb are on their own servers and still up and running.
- Dec 20, 2017 - Fixed broken links and reformated several pages in the newspaper section to make them easier to read and navigate.
- Dec 7, 2017 - Added Cattaraugus County Directory to the County Resources, updated Town of Allegany Page and verified links.
- June 10, 2017 - Identified broken links on the Military Page. Added a link to photos of WNY Vietnam KIAs.
- May 13, 2017 - Many thanks to Danny Eastman who email us and set a PDF scan of the 1937 Program for the Ellicottville Centennial. His father, Leland Eastman had saved the original in his scrapbook. It took a while, but I managed to get it transcribed so that if you search and family name on our site and it is contained in the Centennial Program, it will come up on your search. I tried my best to keep the formatting and fonts as much like the original as possible. It's amazing how fastidious they were in 1937 to punctuation. A lost art today I fear. Here is a link to the Centennial Program. There is also a link to it from the Ellicottville Town page.
- April 26, 2017 - The The Cattaraugus Republican is complete, All 16 pages (each page 1/2 of the actual newspaper page) have been uploaded, Lots of names, places and stories. Hope you find one of your ancestors "in the news." Link: Cattaraugus Republican Sept 20 1901 (note: off site however, with links back to here)
- April 2, 2107 - Cattaraugus Republican - Two pages added today, The second half of page 3 (3b) and the first half of page 4 (4a) are on line. Page 4 contains many surnames"personals" column.
- March 30, 2017 - Cattaraugus Republican - Page two (2b) is complete. First three columns of page three (3a) are online. Like the rest of the pages, these pages have numerous surnames of people living in Cattaraugus County. However, a lot of the paper was devoted to the assassination of President McKinley. While it doesn't add much genealogical value it does provide some interesting reading and insight into the thoughts of the people in 1901. One interesting thing I found was that there was suspicion the bullet had been poisoned to assure his death, however a few days after the publication of this newspaper toxicology disproved that theory. There also some interesting advertisements which I have included.
- March 27, 2017 - Cattaraugus Republican - Third page (actually, page 2a) has been added. Improved navigation links menu has been added to all pages.
- March 21, 2017 - Added another page, two pages on line each containing three of the six columns that comprise one page. Published Sept 20 1901 it contains many surnames and interesting, many references to McKinley's assassination and the funeral train.
- March 20, 2017 - Starting a transcription project. A 1901 newspaper, The Cattaraugus Republican is being transcribed. It is a work in progress and very time consuming and it is far from complete (only one page so far). However as pages are transcribed we will add them to the site.
- February 22, 2017 back in the saddle after hip surgury. Updated DOD for Stanly Bennett in the Allegany Cemetery. Added 2016 burials to Rutledge Cemetery along with additional information about those individuals, such as survivors, spouses, places of birth, etc.. This all courtesy of Claudia Patterson.
- April 1st 2016 - Thanks to emails from the daughters of the late Becky (Cygan) Cameron, we were able to correct the spelling of her name in the School 10 Grade 6 photo, and identify her in the School 1 grade 2 photo.
- April 3rd 2016 - Reformatted the East Randolph (Maple Hill) cemetery from "frames" to "page" based HTML to eliminate the display problems resulting from the Ancestry.com heaqers.
- February 4th 2016 - Corrected an entry on the Thomas Corners Cemetery (also known as Bond Cemetery) that was brought to my attention by researcher Pamela Johnson.
- January 2016 - Spend much of the month verifying and correcting external web site and email links. Reformatted many pages.
- December 12th, 2015 -1850 Census pages for the Town of Lyndon: Some of these pages were not reachable from the index. Added navigation to the bottom of each page so now it is possible to browse page-to-page without going back to the Index page. Reformated the pages to make them more readable, and to conform to modern HTML standards. [ 1850 Lyndon Index ]. The "Historic Path of Cattaraugus County" web site requested that we link to them. It is a very well done and interesting site. A link was added on the Towns and County History page.
- December 3rd, 2015 - Added much information and reformatted the Carnahan Family Cemetery (Elko). Also added navigation to the page and added it to the list of Cemeteries in Coldspring.
- November 30th, 2015 - Completed link checking on the Town of Leon. Added four cemetery links to the page.
- November 17th, 2015 - Continuing to check links on pages, working on town pages in alphabetical order, just finished Hinsdale. Some pages had updates to names of Historians, and some additional content. Added the Obituary of Lila Cooper, past historian and well known teacher in Hinsdale.
- October 7th, 2015: The 1879 History of Cattaraugus book is now complete. Thanks to the transcription and proof reading efforts of my wife, Jacqueline, the final piece is in place, the town of OTTO. Hope you find an ancestor or two there.
- September 24th, 2015: 1879 History of East Otto has been transcribed!!! I finally located a copy of Evert's 1879 History of Cattaraugus County. It has bothered me for some time the the chapters on East Otto and Otto were missing from this web site. I undertook to transcribe the chapter on East Otto first. (Note to self, don't try and proof read a subject you find interesting). After transcribing the chapter I noticed that there were many broken links and other problems with the current representation on the site so decided to clean up the entire sub-section. It took a couple of weeks but it is now there for your pleasure and it now contains East Otto. Additionally work continues on fixing broken links in older "pre-ancestry.com" web pages. Don't know how soon I will get to the Otto page, but it is on the agenda.
- August 31st, 2015: There were two sites that do not reside on the Rootsweb site because the Ancestry "banner" interferes with their display frames. The search engine was not finding them because they were off site. That has been corrected which added 94 pages of information to the search engine.
- August 27th, 2015: Corrected Town Historian on for the town of Ashford. Verified researchers email address. Updated the link to ISTG on the "other helpful starters" page, removed broken link to "JustGeneology".
- August 26th, 2015: Fixed several old links so they would be picked up by the search engine. Fixed broken links on the Cemetery page, corrected and reformated Franklinvill Death Records page to improve readability. Search Engine is averaging about 420 searches a month since it was installed.
- August 4th, 2015 - Spent the last several days fixing
invalid (brocken) links, reformatting old pages to improve readability
in several pages including Little Valley, Portville, Lime Lake, Wolf
Run, Ashford, Coldspring, Dayton, Early Pioneers, and Otto/East Otto.
- Fourth of July 2015 Fixed several broken links
which were preventing access to some pages. Improved format and
navigation on all the pages in the Town of Connewango.
- 06/24/2015 - Our new search engine gives me a report of
all "off site" and broken links. Many of the links
which it thinks are off site and does not index are sites
that use the old rootsweb.com url. I have been
in the process of going through the site and correcting
those old links. While they do actually work
(ancestry.com redirects them) the search engine doesn't
index them and they wouldn't be included in any searches
of the site. There are a LOT of them that were
coded that way prior to 2004 when we went to "relative"
addresses. So...while it may not seem like much is
going on, I am busy working in the background
getting more of the pages included when you do a site
- 06/03/2015 - Corrected Beardslee and Ford entries on the
Maple Cemetery in Mansfield.
- 05/30/2015 - Added two new class photos to the Olean page, Second
Grade in School 1 (1950), and Sixth Grade at School 10
(1954). I also had to remove the link to some Olean
postcard images, the link is broken and just took
you to Blumenthals web hosting. Anyone know
where that link moved?
- 05/21/2015 - Fixed link to LDS search in 1892 state
- 05/20/2015 - Added four more graves to the Sunset Hill cemetery
in Ellicottville from information provided by Charlotte
- 05/18/2015 - Replaced the broken AOL link to the
154th Hardtack Regiment Web Page(Civil War) with the updated link .
Added a link to CAMP on the home page.
- 05/17/2015 - With the reports the new search engine
provides, we found that at least 119 pages were excluded
from search engine. These older pages had their
links hard coded to the old RootsWeb address before
Ancestry.com took over. The search engine rejected
them as "off site". Spend the weekend editing
those links to "relative" links which now are included in
the search. It was a real PIA job, but it needed to
be done. Many of the pages were census indexes and other
documents with LOTS of names. If a previous search
yielded no results, I suggest you try it now, it just
might find a result that was previously hidden from the
- 05/15/2015 - Fellow researcher, Diana Huber, found
a problem with our listing of the Allegany
Protestant cemetery. It seems that the
listing for the names beginning with "G" were only about
half there. After a little research, I was able to
contact one of the original trasnscribers, Margaret
Parker, and she was able to send me copies of the original
documents. My wife, Jackie, transcribed them and I
added them to the web page. Thanks everyone for your
- 05/14/2015 -FINALLY - Installed
FreeFind Search engine to replace the defunct PICO search
we had used for years. Its web crawler scanned
though our site and indexed 906 pages. Let me know
of any problems or what you think of it. Right now
we have the "free" version which includes some
advertisements, however, if this turns out to be
well accepted I may cough up the money for the commercial
- 04/28/2015 Fixed broken link to the Franktown Cemetery in Ashford reported by John Pfeffer, Thanks.
- 04/24/15 - Added information about the Studley family to
the Ashford Town
page under Family Lore. Updated the Bates and Brain(e)
family information in the Ashford
Hollow cemetery Made corrections
to Elizabeth M. Irish in the Mount Hope cemetery in
Ashford. Updated information on Frances Brown in Allegany Protestant Cemetery.
Also updated was the address for the NY office of the
National Archives.on the Census and Vital
- 04/23/2015 Updated Town Historian contact information
for Great Valley.
- 04/22/2015 Added a link to the New York Heritage's collection of Olean's Sand Pumping Magazines on the Town of Olean Page.
- 04/04/2015 - Back in 2012, Nathan Towne contributed an index to the Ward and Hinckley Cash Book/Ledger for the hamlet of Versailles in the town of Perrysburg. It was uploaded to the web site but unfortunately, there were no links to it. I can now be found on the Town of Perrysburg page.
- 04/03/2015 - PICO no longer supports their search engine. We are currently evaluating several other free search engines.
- 04/02/2015 - After a couple of years recovering from four surgeries I am now back in the saddle and reviewing the entire web site and emails that came in while I was unable to give them the attention they deserved. I will try my best to get this site current again. Thanks for your patience.