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   BOTH East Otto and Otto chapters of Evert's 1879 History
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Memorial PhotoCitizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP) was formed for the purpose of preserving the Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building in Little Valley, New York, and urging its restoration and reuse. The Memorial and Historical Building has tremendous historical significance as Cattaraugus County’s most prominent and significant Civil War memorial. Despite the protests and the advice of the LSWNY, in October 2014 the County Legislature voted to proceed with asbestos removal in the Memorial as a prelude to demolition. As a result, in November 2014, CAMP was organized.  Click on the image to find out more.

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If this is your first visit to the Cattaraugus County Rootsweb site, let me suggest a few of the KEY links. To get a feel for the county and its history, visit Towns and County page . From there you will find links to each individual town, and much information to help you. 

The next thing that you may want to do is contact others who are researching the same surnames or may have knowledge of the information you are seeking.  There are two great  ways to share information.  The NYCATTAR mailing list, and the NYCATTAR message boards.  
If you subscribe to the NYCATTAR mailing list, you will be notified via when someone posts to the NYCATTAR message boards.  The number of people on the list varies, and they come and go, currently it reaches a few hundred people.   The broadest and most enduring method to communicate with others is via the NYCATTAR message boards.  Here you can post a message that over time will be seen by thousands of people for several years to come.  Often you will get replies to message board posts that you made years before.

We have a lot of on-line information, the FREEFIND search is a way to search this entire site for any occurance of a family surname.  A word of caution here.  Often times, names are sometimes misspelled in the data.  If your search doesn't turn up anything, you may want to try some other spelling variations.  Even if you fail to find your ancestor with the FREEFIND search,  and you are reasonably sure your ancestor has a connection to  this county, you should browse the on-line data bases.

On Line Data Base.   We have many,  such as  Cemeteries , Biographies from Historical Books,  and some Census records.   If your ancestor was in the military, such as the Civil War or the World Wars, we have some great data bases of Cattaraugus folks in the Military.  We also have several links to other military web sites.  We also links to Homepages with Cattaraugus County connections. If you have a link you would like to see added, please let me know .

When you've exhausted your online research, you will want to check out Historians, Museum and Libraries, to get the address of where to write for further information. Don't forget to send a SASE when you write. 

 TIP: Do you get confused when someone says they are your  3rd Cousin twice removed?   The State Library of North Carolina developed an excellent explanation and CHART to help make sense of it.  Easy to read, and easy to use.   They graciously provided it for posting here.  

An important note.  Not all links are maintained by NYCATTAR.  Some links are to links external web sites. Links to external web sites are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only;  they do not constitute an endorsement or approval of any of the products, services or opinions contained in any external web site.
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Cattaraugus County Resources

Towns and County Histories  
Cemetery Pages       
Census & Vital Records  
Military Information :  (Civil War, World War I & II and Korean War) 
Commercial Links of Interest   
Historians, Museums, Libraries & Societies     
Home Pages with Cattaraugus County connections    
Human Interest Links   
Cattaraugus County Maps  
Pioneer Links  
Newspaper information past and present  
Native American Links  
Obituary Index  (external link)      Link fixed 9/10/2008
Cattaraugus County Lookups
Links to Surrounding Counties 
Old Cattaraugus County Photographs   

Cattaraugus County Museum
The Cattaraugus County Museum is in the Stone House on the campus of the Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center  (9822 Rt 16, Machias, NY).    Hours for the County Museum and Research Library will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome

The following two history books contain some excellent biographies and some photographs.

Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial - Adams (1893)
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The Historical Gazetteer editied by William Adams was published for Cattaraugus County in 1893 by Lyman & Horton .  In addition to historical, political, and geographical data, the gazetteer also contained biographies of many of the residents in the towns and villages of the time.   A group of Cattaraugus GenWeb volunteers transcribed all the biographies from the gazetteer and we have them here on-line.   If you know the town your ancestor lived in, simply click that town in the gazetteer's menu,  then either browse the town or use your browsers "Find In Page" feature to locate your families surname.   If you don't know the town, then use our new search engine "FreeFind" on this page to locate your ancestors surname wherever it occurs on this web site.

History of Cattaraugus County by Everts (1879)
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The  History of Cattaraugus County  edited Franklin Ellis and by published by Everts contains biographies of prominent men and pioneers of the county including some pictures.  Laura Greene and her helpers are transcibing it town by town.  We have just a few towns on line, and will be adding more as they become available. Again,  If you don't know the town, then use our new search engine "FreeFind" on this page to locate your ancestors surname wherever it occurs on this web site.


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This page is part of the USGenWeb Project. Modeled after the Kentucky GenWeb Project which was organized by a group of genealogists in March and April 1996, the idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In June 1996, it was decided to expand the project to include all states. If the state in which you are interested does not have a page and you wish to be responsible for it, please contact admin@usgenweb.com , the USGenWeb Coordinator. If you would like to adopt  a county page within New York State, please contact  the New York State Coordinator.  If you want to submit data  or help with a particular town within the Cattaraugus County Web page, contact the Cattaraugus County host below.

Your Cattaraugus County Host:

Dick Allen
NYCATTAR Web Administrator

Your Cattaraugus County Bios Team Coordinator:

Laura Greene
Bios Team Coordinator

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