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.
The Niagara County Genealogical Society (NCGS) presented
the program "AtLast! Answers for
My Burning Genealogy Questions! - Ask the Experts."
NCGS provided participants with a panel of experienced genealogists
to help answer those nagging research questions. Among the panelists
were Craig Bacon, Assistant Niagara County Historian, and NCGS
board member Jim Lawson, a professional genealogist, as well as
NCGS Board members with many years experience in this field. Participants
were asked to write down their questions and then Board Chair,
Shelley Richards moderated and read the questions. Panel members
then answered the questions using their collective experience
in genealogy. It was then open to anyone in the audience who may
have had an answer to contribute.
Board member, Jeanette Sheliga, taught the
“Genealogy Made Easy” class that was cancelled in January
from 1-230pm. This class was geared toward beginners but a good
refresher course for even skilled genealogists. Some of the things
Jeanette spoke about were, where to look for information, what
web sites to use and how to keep track of the information you
At 3pm NC Deputy Historian Craig Bacon presented the program “Understanding
Naturalization Records.” Some of the things Craig spoke
on were the Federal history of naturalization, how naturalization
impacted the war of 1812 and what naturalization records the Historians
A lifelong resident of Lockport, Craig Bacon is the current Deputy
Niagara County Historian. He has always been interested in history
and family genealogy.
Lockport Public Library Librarian Sheri Stevens
and NC Deputy Historian Craig Bacon, presented the program "Genealogical
Records in the Lockport Library andCounty Historians
Office". Some of the items that are found in these
places are City and Couny Directories, Census Records, Newspapers
on microfilm, wills, family genealogies, books on Genealogy and
many more things. Links to both the library and historian's office
are on our About Us page.
Sheri has 14 years of experience as a reference librarian. A life
long resident of Lockport, Craig Bacon is the current Deputy Niagara
County Historian. He has always been interested in history and
NCGS Board member and Society President Jim Lawson
presented the program "How to be a Good Ancestor".
Did you know there was a Golden Rule for genealogy? Leave your
descendants what you wished your ancestors had left for you. You've
spent years digging up data and records on your ancestors but
what are you doing to ensure your family's legacy will be around
when you are not.
Jim taught all kinds of different ways not only what to do with
your research, but how to prepare family stories, make sure heirlooms,
recipes, pictures plus much more get handed down to your family
after you are gone.
Jim is a professional genealogist (www.kindredquest.com) who has
esearching 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
The Niagara County Genealogical Society (NCGS) presented the program
"The What and How of Lineage Groups." Guests
speakers, Michelle Kratts, Elijah B.A.Monroe and Conrad Janik
Jr., spoke on what lineage groups are, how you can belong to a
group and how they can help in researching your family history.
Kratts spoke on the Daughters of the American Revolution,
Monroe, on the General Society of the War of 1812 and
from Janik who belongs to many groups we heard about The
Mayflower Society, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the CivilWar and the Order of the Second World War.
The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented
the program "English Genealogy" NCGS
Board Member Celeste Crawford spoke about how to find the basic
English birth, death and marriage records with dates up to 1858
using microfilm from Salt Lake City in either the local LDS Library
or on the internet plus how to use the internet to find later
records that are available only in England. Other records she
touched on werecensus records from 1841 to 1891 and what is available
from public record offices in England and the Civil Registration
Celeste taught how to find these records as she walked us through
how she researched her own ancestors.
Ann Marie Linnabery of the History Center of Niagara,
presented the program "LostSettlements
of Niagara County." Ann Marie shared a power point
presentation showing pictures of maps from the past that showed
hamlets, crossroads and long ago communities. The maps showed
how many homes and businesses were in the area at that time.She
also had recent photos of those same ares that showed where those
long ago communities were and are now long gone.