The Barris Collection includes a number of volumes created by Lois and Norwood Barris.
Lois and Norwood were founding members of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society, and together they published over 50 books and CD’s pertaining to Chautauqua County’s history and genealogy, They read thousands of pages of local newspapers, census records, and tax rolls, then indexed them, mapped the cemeteries and created record of those interred in them. They created volume that contained birth death and marriage indexes of those living in Dunkirk, NY from the late 1800s to recent times. Their volunteer efforts that made archival records accessible resulted in the Chautauqua County Clerk being the first county government official to be recognized by the National Genealogical Society.
In 2015 the Dunkirk Historical Society named their research room “The Lois and Norwood Barris Research Library.” Dunkirk’s Mayor A.J. Dolce presented Lois (Norwood passed away in 2011) with a citation noting their lifelong contributions to the Dunkirk community. Lois has given permission to the County Historian’s office to post her digital files on their site, and the link below gives readers of the DHM’s website access to them.
The Dunkirk Historical Museum posses most of the Barris Books that pertain to the city of Dunkirk and may be used to research genealogical information in the museum.