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.

"Genealogy Made Easy: Just Do It!"
"Helpful Tips for Irish Genealogy"
"Newspaper Research: A Genealogical Treasure Trove"
"The NYS Archives: Resources and Current Projects"
"Finding Maiden Names - Unlocking The Mystery"
"Canadian Genealogy"
"Genealogy Forum"
German Genealogy

Saturday January 26, 2013 at 1 pm

Society member Jeanette Sheliga presented the program “Genealogy Made Easy: Just Do It!,” at the North Tonawanda Public Library. She did a very thorough job of teaching the basic tools of genealogy, covering such topics as 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 serves on their Executive Board. She is also 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 23, 2013 at 1 pm

Donna Shine, founding member and board member of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society presented the program "Helpful Tips for Irish Genealogy," at the Erie Canal Discovery Center in Lockport. Donna spoke on naming patterns, government/religious boundaries, and spellings of names.The following is a list of books Donna recommended.

For County breakdowns Parish maps and other research source information:
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham
A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards by Brian Mitchell
The Complete Road Atlas of Ireland, Scale 1:210,000 by Ordnance Survey

Origins of Names:
Book of Irish Names, First, Family & Place Names by Ronan Coghlan, Ida Grehan & PW Joyce
Irish Names by Donnchadh O'Corrain & Fidelma Maguire
The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght

Handouts Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society

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Wednesday March 27, 2013 at 7 pm

Society member Jeanette Sheliga presented the program "Newspaper Research-A Genealogical Treasure Trove." She started out by showing a video that demonstrated the growth of US newspapers from 1690 to 2011. She also spoke about all the different things you can find in newspapers besides obituaries. She then reviewed various newspaper web sites from pay sites to free sites, pointing out that when thinking about joining a pay site make sure it has the newspaper (city) you need to research and the years you are looking for.
Jeanette also spoke about the favorite searchable site for NY State, fultonhistory.com. She showed a video about Tom Tryniski the creator of the site and how he has been digitizing newspapers all on his own for his site. She did a great job of giving ways to search newspapers using different variations of names and other hints. Included with her program was a handout listing the sites she discussed, as well as other websites to check out.

Handout Fultonhistory.com

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Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 7 pm

Gail Fischer of the NYS Archives (NYSA) presented the program "The New York State Archives: Resources and Current Projects."
She spoke about the genealogical resources that are available at the Archives such as vital records, wills and estate records, war service records, and prison and inmate records. She discussed the various levels of privacy and time criteria that govern what can be seen in record types. She also discussed the new partnership between Ancestry.com and the Archives. Residents of NYS can register with Ancestry.com and view NYS records completely free.

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Wednesday May 29, 2013 at 7 pm

Society member and professional genealogist Jim Lawson presented the program "Finding Maiden Names-Unlocking the Mystery." Jim listed several resources to search for clues such as diaries/journals, family bibles, heirlooms and keepsakes. He also suggested searching documents created about your female ancestor such as census, marriage, church and death records. Finally, he suggested doing a search of your ancestor’s sister using the same methods to see if you get any clues about your own ancestor.

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Wednesday June 26, 2013 at 7 pm

Lou Omel presented the program "Canadian Genealogy." Lou started out his program by giving a timeline of Canadian history. He spoke on the advantages of French research such as that the records are readily available online and that women kept their maiden names. He also touched on the challenges of French research such as the French language and naming practices. His program mainly focused on the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, Canada. He went over a few web sites to research and showed examples of documents you can find on these web sites. Finally, he covered research strategies you can use while taking advantage of these web sites.


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Saturday September 21, 2013 at 9 am

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted a "Genealogy Forum" as their September program. There were two themed tracks with three speakers for each theme. Topics and speakers were:

"Working with an Experienced Genealogist"
"Genealogists and Immigrant Ancestry" - Angelo Coniglio
"Hiring a Professional Genealogist" - Daniel Bartosz
"Turnng Pro: Becoming a Professional Genealogist" -
James Lawson

"Technology and your Genealogy Research"

"iGenealogy" - Jeanette Sheliga
"New Tools and Features at Family Search.org" - Sharon Umiker
"DNA - Another Tool to use in your Genealogy Tool Box" - Leland Chamberlin

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Wednesday October 30, 2013 at 7 pm

Randall Warblow presented the program "German Genealogy." Randall spoke about what resources are available in the area as well as on the internet for doing research. He also talked about the Wheatfield Prussian-German population that arrived in 1843 and where they lived both in Prussia and America and why they came here.

Warblow is a lifelong resident of North Tonawanda and became interested in genealogy 15 years ago and local and Prussian/German history about 10 years ago. He is a board member of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in WNY and docent at the Das Haus Museum operated by them in Bergholz. He is also a lifetime member, researcher and former board member for the North Tonawanda History Museum.

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