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.


"Ask The Experts"
"Genealogy Made Easy" and "Understanding Naturalitation Records"

"Genealogical Records in the Lockport Library and County Historians Office"
"How to be a Good Ancestor"
"The What and how of Lineage Groups"
"English Genealogy" "Lost Settlements of Niagara County"


Saturday February 22, 2014 at 1pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society (NCGS) presented the program "At Last! 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.

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Saturday March 15, 2014 at 1pm

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 find.
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 office have.
A lifelong resident of Lockport, Craig Bacon is the current Deputy Niagara County Historian. He has always been interested in history and family genealogy.

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Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 7pm

Lockport Public Library Librarian Sheri Stevens and NC Deputy Historian Craig Bacon, presented the program "Genealogical Records in the Lockport Library and County 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 family genealogy.

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Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 7pm

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 been r

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 Club newsletter.

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Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 7pm


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 Civil War and the Order of the Second World War.

DAR Web Site War of 1812 Web Site Mayflower Web Site
Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Web Site
Order of the Second World War Web Site

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Wednesday September 24, 2014 at 7pm

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 Records.
Celeste taught how to find these records as she walked us through how she researched her own ancestors.

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Wednesday October 29, 2014 at 7pm

Ann Marie Linnabery of the History Center of Niagara, presented the program "Lost Settlements 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.

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