The following is a partial listing of genealogy and related materials available in the Research Library, located in the Hurd House Museum.


  • Genealogy records and photos of Elma residents organized by family name
  • Property records, including some Search documentation, some original home blueprints and photos
  • School records dating back to the mid-1800s for all of the one-room schools, including student records & photos, and local school yearbooks (Elma Iroquois, and others)
  • Business documentation dating back to the mid-1800s
  • Original maps, some from before Elma was a town; digital maps are also available via email (see examples at right)
  • Extensive history of the Iroquois Native Americans in Elma
  • Generic genealogy materials for Erie County and Western NY
  • Elma cemetery records (one example is below)


Please call or email for specifics. Limited copy service is available. We can also reach out to Society members who have personal libraries.


If your family once called Elma home, chances are good there is information available to help you to: create your Family Tree; write a book; write a history article; and more. Likewise, for the benefit of future generations, Elma residents are asked to share with the Elma Historical Society their: family tree, family history, and any local business history & information. We appreciate hearing from former residents as well.

1939 Elma Cemetery Data.pdf


1880 Elma maps online, including hamlets:

Once at the link, scroll down for multiple download options at the right.

1855 Map of the area which was to become the Town of Elma in 1857.

1866 Map of Elma

1866 Map of Upper Ebenezer


1855 Map of Elma Village

1866 Map of Springbrook

1866 Map of Elma Village

1880 Map of Elma