|helpful and check them periodically. Once you get started, the resources are endless. You never |
know where you may find references to your ancestors!
As a word of caution to researchers, sharing your family history information on the Internet is not
entirely safe. Be wary of joining on-line organizations or using “forums” to post surname inquiries
with your email address. Many genealogical sites are being hacked and the result is unwanted email
spam, or worse, identity theft. A good rule of thumb is: never post any information related to living
family members. Another place to exercise caution is fee-based services. Many organizations like
Ancestry.com require a subscription fee for a year's membership. These can be costly to join so start
with the free sites and see what you can find on your own. Whether you join a fee-based service or
not, never input a credit card number to an unsecured website!
If you reach a point where you have exhausted your research on the Internet, check your local
resources. Start with the Portville Historical and Preservation Society and check out our archives,
then visit the Olean Library, where you will find many of the state census records (check their website
for a listing), and other local groups such as the Allegany Area Historical Assn, Ellicottville Historical
Society and Museum, and others. The Family History Library's branch facilities, Family History
Centers (FHC), are also a great resource and are located everywhere. Worldwide addresses can be
searched for at the Family Search FHC webpage or check the Genealogy Home Page. These centers
have access to any existing microfilm census records as well as many historical texts. Olean has an
FHC at 1935 Windfall Road.
In order to keep all your genealogy information organized, you may want to consider investing in a
software package for your computer, such as Family Tree Maker. As your tree grows, the huge
number of names and dates can make sorting it very difficult. Family tree software is a filing system
to sort all of your information in a way that makes it easy to find. This makes it much less confusing,
especially when you find that your family liked to use the same names, generation after generation. It
is a good idea to look for a free trial membership as a part of the package. Ancestry.com often offers
various free memberships with Family Tree Maker packages.
If you still need additional assistance getting started with your research, contact us. With all these
resources at your fingertips, you will be climbing your family tree in no time! Good luck!
|The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
|Portville, NY 14770
Portville, New York
Chestnut Hill Cemetery Directory
Chestnut Hill is the main cemetery in Portville, N. Y. and contains over 6,000 graves. The cemetery
is maintained by the Chestnut Hill Cemetery Association. The database is maintained by the
Association and has most of the plot information that exists today.
We are asked all the time about the cemetery records which can be accessed through our website.
It is helpful to understand, however, that the original records were damaged in the big flood of 1942.
Subsequently, some records were lost and others were indecipherable.
A listing of the interred is available in PDF format. Just click here and search alphabetically.
New maps of the grave numbers are also available on-line, thanks to Graphic artist and Portville
native, Denny Griffith. These are handy if you are visiting and are unfamiliar with the cemetery.
This page was last updated on 02/28/2013