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Erie County is located in western New York State. In 2000, the county population was 950,265 in a land area of 1,044 square miles, an average of 911 people per square mile. The county seat is Buffalo, organized in 1810, incorporated as a village in 1816 and as a city in 1832.

The County itself was formed in 1821 from Niagara County which was itself formed in 1808 from Genesee County, formed in turn from Ontario County in 1802, which was created in 1789 from Montgomery County which was formed in 1772 from Albany County (Montgomery was known as Tryon County until 1784).


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Genforum Message Boards

Search the NYERIE Mailing List Archive (1999-2008)

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*New Web Address* Indexes To Select Deaths From The Buffalo, NY Area

The Earliest Date Is In 1872 And The Latest Date In 2009

The Western New York Genealogical Society is proud to announce that they are indexing the 1865 Erie County, New York State census. Portions of the index are now available online at their website

Additions will be added upon completion of each ward in Buffalo or town in Erie County, so check back frequently.

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Erie County Coordinator: George Thomas Apfel
NYGenWeb State Coordinator: Robert Sullivan

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Last update 19 October 2017