Research at the Hall House

Visitor Information

The Hall House Research Center is the Fenton History Center’s research center, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York in the historic Hall House, is a fully functioning, handicap accessible reference library that supports historical and genealogical research.

The hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday by appointment from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.. Masks are encouraged for unvaccinated visitors and appointments are strongly encouraged. Appointments can also be made in advance for Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. For additional information, or to make an appointment, please call (716) 664-6256.

Call Ahead / Memberships

Live outside of the area? Visitors from outside of the area are encouraged to call ahead. Providing family names and topics of interest will allow our researchers to pull helpful references from our collection in advance.

Become a Member. Paying an admission fee grants one day’s access to the museum and research center. Individuals who plan to make multiple visits to the Fenton History Center are encouraged to purchase a membership. Click the button to learn more about membershops.

Research Requests

In addition to assisting members and the public in-house, our knowledgeable and friendly staff regularly process Genealogy Requests and Research Requests that are submitted by mail or email. Follow the button below to learn how to file the appropriate inquiry.

Genealogy Support Group

The Fenton Genealogy Support Group serves as a support to both experienced and amateur researchers by acting as an educational offering for our members. Meetings feature invaluable lectures, discussions and are an excellent way to become familiar with the Fenton History Center’s impressive collection of resources.

The Support Group meets the last Wednesday of each month at the Fenton History Center in the historic Hall House building, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York. Doors open at 6, and the meeting begins at 6:30 with a brief business meeting followed by a program. Program topics and speakers are subject to change.

Click the button below to learn more about resources and events.

Digitized Catalog

With the support of a local grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Fenton History Center Library is making its 7000+ volume card catalog available to the world via the Internet. The digitized catalog is being expanded every week. Follow this link to utilize our powerful search tools to browse through our collections to help find items that will be helpful for you and your research. If you locate any item(s) you’d like to use, please make an appointment with our crew of dedicated researchers and genealogists at the Hall House Research Center to come in and view it/them, or alternatively arrange for our professionals to do the research for you. Please call (716)-664-6256, or email for more information!

Fenton Travelers

Fenton Travelers facilitates travel plans for Western New York researchers who are interested in visiting major and regional genealogical repositories. This research based travel group is directly associated with the Fenton History Center.

To learn more about Fenton Travelers, please call (716) 664-6256 Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM or contact Janet Wahlberg by email at

Interested in genealogical research? Learn more about the Fenton Genealogy Support Group.

Resources at the Fenton

The following is a list of resources in our Hall House Research Center. Please note that this is only a fraction of what we have.

Ancestry Library EditionDatabases
ArkivDigitalDatabasesSwedish database
Cemetery RecordsBooksChautauqua County
Cemetery RecordsMicrofilm
Census RecordsBooks
Chautauqua County HistoriesBooks
City DirectoriesBooksJamestown, Chautauqua
Civil War booksBooks
Connect HistoriesBooks
County Supervisor ReportsBooks
Family FilesFiles
Family Histories/BiographiesBooks
Historical Society PublicationsMagazines
Local/Town historiesBooks
Maine HistoriesBooks
MapsArchives, Books
Massachusetts HistoriesBooks
Mayflower FamiliesBooks
New England Historical and Genealogical RegisterBooksVol. 1-168
Ohio HistoriesBooks
School yearbooksBooks
School YearbooksBooksJamestown and surrounding areas
Stepping StonesNewslettersWarren County, PA
Subject FilesFiles
Swedish American Genalogy (SAG)Newsletters
The NutmeggerNewslettersConnecticut
The OwlNewslettersWing Family
Tree TalksNewslettersNew York
Vermont HistoriesBooks