We hope that by providing a brief description of recent meetings of our society you will gain an insight to our organization. If any of the presentations are of interest to you and you wish more information please contact us.


"Donald R. Jerge Memorial Library Dedication"
"Italian Genealogy"
"Polish Genealogy"
"Findings From Early Original Newspapers"
"Niagara Falls International Institute"


Wednesday April 30, 2008 at 7 pm

Donald R. Jerge Memorial Library Dedication. The Niagara County Genealogical Society Board members, dedicated the society library to Donald Jerge,former board member and librarian.The dedication was held for family members and friends of Donald along with society members. The following is an exerpt that the society's current librarian Celeste Crawford wrote in the June 2008 newsletter.

On March 30 of this year we changed the name of our library. We are now
the Donald R. Jerge Memorial Library. It is still managed and staffed by the Niagara
County Genealogical Society. Donald Jerge was one of the early members of the
Society and was the moving force in establishing the library. (By the way, the name
Jerge is pronounced Yergee with a hard g.)
Donald and his wife Ruth (Cook) Jerge wrote and printed the newsletter for
many years.
Donald became the first librarian after the library moved to its present
location. He was responsible for obtaining many of the standard materials that every genealogical library needs. He also worked with others on reading the local
cemeteries. Without the work of this small group we wouldn’t have some of the
cemetery records that we have now.

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Wednesday May 28, 2008 at 7 pm

Angelo Coniglio gave a presentation on “Italian Genealogy”. Angelo volunteers at the Family History Library in Amherst and discussed using their facility for genealogy research. The FHL has Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org available. Researchers can request microfilm of records that aren’t already permanent copies there. He discussed a lot about the country of Italy and its various towns, family traditions, naming patterns, etc. A lot about being Italian, not just the research.

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Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 7 pm

Monica Rzepka gave a presentation on “Polish Genealogy”.

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Wednesday September 24, 2008 at 7 pm

Shelley Richards, Chairman of the Niagara County Genealogical Society Board, presented Findings from Early Original Newspapers she discovered in 2000 at the Lockport Public Library History Room. She told fascinating stories of people, births, deaths, runaways, and oddities of local families and the historical context they lived in for the period of 1836-1840. From the Niagara Democrat and The Niagara Democrat & Lockport Balance, Shelley has gleaned many vital marriage and death dates, as well as implicated birth years, significant because our formal records were not in place at that time. Some copies of the records were made available for members of the Society.

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Wednesday October 29, 2008 at 7 pm

Pete Ames, former Niagara County Genealogical Society Chairman and Board member, spoke about files from the long-closed Niagara Falls International Institute that recently came into his possession. They provide a unique glimpse of the lives of newly arrived immigrants that were living on the East side of Niagara Falls after World War I. Pete read some of the early official reports filed by the first Director of the Institute which described her struggle to find a location for the Institute and of gaining the trust of the Immigrants. This woman was quite a writer who tragically died a few years later at an early age. There were many nationalities that were helped by the Institute but the files Pete has in his possession are mostly of Polish immigrants.

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