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.


"Beginner Genealogy"
"Niagara County Historian's Office"
"The New Generation of Genealogy: DNA"
"County Clerk's Office"
"Genealogy Research in Canada"
"How to Write a Family History"
"Underground Railroad"
"Anti-Masons"


Saturday January 31, 2009 at 1 pm

Sandy Chapman, Cindy Ribbeck and Celeste Crawford gave a workshop on “Beginner Genealogy” at the Dale Association. Some basic forms were handed out and beginner steps discussed, including where to obtain information, how to use some tried and true records and how to do internet searches.

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Saturday February 28, 2009 at 1 pm

Craig Bacon, Deputy Historian, gave a presentation on the Niagara County Historian’s Office. He discussed what records are available there. Researchers can go there in person to use the records for free (except for the cost of photocopies) or the Historian’s office will do research for a set fee. Craig also discussed the other kinds of duties and projects that the Historian’s office are currently doing.

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Wednesday March 25, 2009 at 7 pm

Lee Chamberlain gave a power point presentation “The New Generation of Genealogy: DNA”. He discussed using Y-chromosome DNA research in genealogy and included his own personal experiences with joining a DNA research project on the Chamberlain surname.

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Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 7 pm

Wayne Jagow, Clerk of Niagara County, and Wendy Roberson, Deputy Clerk of Niagara County gave a presentation at the County Clerk’s Office in the County Courthouse. They talked about land records, showed where the books containing the records are shelved and current efforts to preserve the books. They also showed where the computers are and how to use them to do research in their office.

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Wednesday May 27, 2009 at 7 pm

Sylvia Bagley and Robert Halfyard from the Ontario Genealogical Society-Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada gave a presentation on doing Genealogy Research in Canada.

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Wednesday June 25, 2009 at 7 pm

Shelley Richards presented a power point program on How to Write a Family History. The presentation covered the questions: What is a family history? Why do this? Where do you start? How to organize your work.

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Wednesday September 30, 2009 at 7 pm

Kevin Cotrell presented a power point program on the history of the Underground Railroad. The type of ships used to transport African slaves to America were discussed. Also, he spoke about the various points along the Underground Railroad in Western New York and getting the “passengers” safely into Canada.

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Wednesday October 29, 2009 at 7 pm

Ann Marie Linnabery of the Niagara County History Center, presented the program, "Anti-Masons." The program began with a review of the pioneer history of Western New York including the Holland Land Company and the Masonic fraternity followed by a brief discussion of the opening of the Erie Canal
The question of who William Morgan was and why he disappeared was discussed. Ann Marie then explained how the Anti-Masonic movement had its origins and why it took such a strong hold in the Western New York area.
Millard Fillmore's role in the Anti-Masonic party was explored as well as the careers of the other well-known Anti-Masons. Finally, the demise of Anti-Masonry was discussed and the program concluded.

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