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.


"Getting Started: Researching Your Family History"
"Identifying Early American Handwriting"
"What Can Photographs Tell You?"
"Break Through Your Genealogical Brick Walls"
"Local Historians"
"The Worst, Funniest or Most Interesting Genealogical Story"
"The Spanish Influenza of 1918-19: Inpact on Niagara County Families"
"Local Funeral Homes: Records and Resources Genealogists Can Use"


Saturday January 22, 2011 at 1 pm

Board members, Sandy Chapman and Cindy Ribbeck and former long time board member Caroline Epps presented the program "Getting Started: Researching Your Family History." They gave a beginner's genealogy program that was held at the Lockport Public Library. Handouts were provided and help was given to show people how to fill them out and get started on their research. The meeting was open to the public and well attended.

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Saturday February 19, 2011 at 1 pm

Board members, Connie and Willard Briggs, presented the program "Identifying Early American Handwriting." They presented and discussed the video "Identifying Early American Handwriting" at the Lockport Public Library. The video teaches how to read and understand the handwriting found in documents commonly used in genealogical research and techniques for reading early American documents. It also showed sample historic documents with how to decipher them and demonstrated how to find historic documents on the internet. The meeting was open to the public and was well attended in spite of snowy weather.

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Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 7 pm

Board member and head librarian, Celeste Crawford presented the program "What Can Photographs Tell You?" She gave a presentation on using clues in photographs to tell you when and where a photograph was taken. Clothing, hairstyles, position of subjects, jewelry and background can all be clues to help identify those pictures that were found in an old trunk and never labeled. Ms. Crawford has 50 years of genealogy research experience, having researched her own family back to the 1600's.

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Wednesday April 27, 2011 at 7 pm

Society member, Jim Lawson presented the program "Break Through Your Genealogical Brick Walls." He spoke about a wide range of general methods to help uncover hard to find ancestors, techniques to get you over that brick wall! Mr. Lawson is a family history consultant and has been involved in his own genealogy for nearly 20 years, with an emphasis on the Civil war years. He is a professional genealogist and also a member of the Western New York Genealogical Society.

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Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 7 pm

The NCGS presented a panel of three Local Historians for the May program. They were: Larry Haseley of the Town of Lockport, Dorothy Rolling of the Town of Niagara and Pete Ames represented the City of Niagara Falls. Each speaker told about their background and how they came to be historians, what their position entails, what kind of records (if any) are available and where they are housed, and what projects they are involved in. All three brought books and pamphlets that they referred to in their presentation.

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Wednesday June 29, 2011 at 7 pm

"Your Worst, Funniest or Most Interesting Genealogical Story" was the program for June. This was an interactive program with society members and the public. Many interesting, funny and strange stories were told from audience and board members about things that have happened during their research or things that have been found out about family members. It was a very entertaining program.

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Wednesday September 28, 2011 at 7 pm

Shelley Richards, NCGS Board Chairman, presented the program “The Spanish Influenza of 1918-19: Impact on Niagara County Families." There has been no larger medical crisis in recent times than the Spanish Influenza Epidemic - Pandemic from 1918-1919. Every corner of the earth was touched as this viral disease spread with the onset of WWI and hit the young and old alike in lightning like fashion. Families across Niagara County and WNY were wiped out sometimes within hours and bodies piled up everywhere especially in our larger urban areas. If you have studied your family history it would be safe to say you had family that was impacted by this.
Ms. Richards spoke of this frightening time with statistics, stories and pictures from our government as well as many local articles she has researched. You will be compelled to do some of your own research after you hear of the scope of this flu on our families.She spoke about how the influenza impacted and changed many families in Niagara County.

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Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 7 pm

Amy Lange of Lange Funeral Home in Lockport, and Greg Wood of Wattengel Funeral Home in North Tonawanda, presented the program, ”Local Funeral Homes: Records and Resources Genealogists Can Use.” They spoke about what information they are allowed by law to give out to genealogists and the best and easiest way to go about getting the information. They also spoke about how funerals were handled in the “olden days.” Greg also spoke about the history of the Wattengel Funeral Home.

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