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: You can be a Genealogist"
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Grosvenor Room"
"Show and Tell: Share Your Most Unique Genealogical Item"
"Best of the Web-The Latest and Greates On-LineGenealogical Resourses"
"Military Records and Resources for Genealogists"
"Tombstones: Their Shapes, Sizes, Inscription and Care"
"Olivia McConnell"
"Erie Canal Sal"


Saturday January 28, 2012 at 2 pm

Society member Jeanette Sheliga presented the program “Getting Started: You can be a Genealogist,” at the Lockport Public Library. She taught a very insightful class covering topics including: newspapers, birth and death certificates, web sites, church records, census records and much, much more. She also showed how to fill out all the different charts that genealogists use. Ms. Sheliga is a member of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and the organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club. She has been researching her family tree for over ten years, is a frequent genealogy volunteer and maintains a blog of her personal genealogical findings to share with her family.

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Saturday February 25, 2012 at 1 pm

Rhonda Konig, board member of the Western New York Genealogical Society and volunteer librarian in the Grosvenor Room at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, presented the program "Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Grosvenor Room." She discussed how the Grosvenor Room came about and presented a power point program that highlighted all the many resources genealogists can find there including the WNYGS's holdings which are housed in the Grosvenor room also.

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Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 7 pm

Members of the Society participated in "Show & Tell: Share Your Most Unique Genealogical Item." Some very interesting items were brought to the show and tell program. There were items from pictures and documents to an invitation, a cane, a brass mortar and pestle (used by pharmacists) commemorating the marriage of fifth great grandparents on 21 February 1742 in Angermuende, Brandenburg, Prussia, a pair of walnut candle holders turned on a lathe from a solid block of wood. The candle holders were made in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada by the members grandfather in the early nineteen hundreds. Also shown was a very large key that was used in the door of a house in Southern Italy. All of the items were either passed down through generations or found during genealogy research.

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Wednesday April 25, 2012 at 7 pm

Society member, Jeanette Sheliga presented the program, "Best of the Web - The Latest and Greatest On-Line Genealogical Resources." Jeanette showed what’s out there on the web to help us in our genealogy research. Some of the things she showed us how to use in our research were blogs, books, cemeteries, podcasts and newspapers. Jeanette is a member of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and the organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club. She has been researching her family tree for over ten years, is a frequent genealogy volunteer and maintains a blog of her personal genealogical findings to share with her family.

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Wednesday May 30, 2012 at 7 pm

You would be hard pressed to find an ancestor who has not served in the Armed Forces of the United States. The information found in military records is an often over-looked gold mine for genealogist. The information you get from pension records can enable you to piece together your family. No one kept better records than the U.S. Government and when it comes to military records they left no stone unturned. In this class society member Jim Lawson presented the program "Military Records and Resources for Genealogists." Jim went over the three types of military records; Service records, Pension Records and Military (Unit) Records. He showed us how and where to search, as well as how to order military records. Jim Lawson is a professional genealogist (www.kindredquest.com) who has been researching family history for over fifteen years. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist, Western New York Genealogy Society, Niagara County Genealogy Society, and the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. He is a volunteer at the Family History Center as well as a Family History Consultant. He also writes a monthly article for North Tonawanda Genealogy Club newsletter.

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Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 7 pm

Board member Mary Kinsley presented the program "Tombstones: Their Shapes, Sizes, Inscription and Care." Mary spoke on what she has learned from exploring what we can learn from tombstones. This included symbols and objects on tombstones, the different materials that tombstones have been made of throughout the years and organizations on tombstones.

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Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 7 pm

NCGS Board Chairman, Shelley Richards gave a presentation on Olivia McConnell, a well known local artist who taught children and adults in the Western New York area until the mid 1970s. Shelley was one her former students and has been researching her life for the past year and a half. Shelley shared the research she’s done on Ms. McConnell so far which included her early influences, her ability to paint in spite of a crippling disability, and her genealogical lines. Ms. McConnell was born in Michigan and raised as a young girl in Alabama, coming to Lockport as a teenager around 1920. In Shelley’s PowerPoint presentation, some of the artist’s early work and photos of some never before seen pieces owned by the artist’s family were able to be seen.

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Wednesday October 24, 2012 at 7 pm

Actress, author, artist, playwright and storyteller Gretchen Murray Sepik, gave a wonderful performance as Erie Canal Sal a cook onboard a packet boat in the year 1830. "Sal" took the audience down the Erie Canal weaving together history and folktales. The audience was not only entertained by "Sal" but also she interacted with them injecting them into her storytelling. After her performance Gretchen did a book signing of her book "Erie Canal Sal."

web site: www.gretchensepik.com

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