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.



Saturday January 31, 2015 at 1pm

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 28, 2015 at 1pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented the program "Ask the Experts."
NCGS provided participants with a panel of experienced genealogists to help answer those nagging research questions. The panelists were NCGS Board members Jeanette Sheliga, Pete Scarborough, Paul Harvey, Celeste Crawford and former board member Pete Ames. 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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Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented the program "McCollum Orchards-A Historic Farm in Lockport."
Rich and Bree Woodbridge, the present-day owners,shared a fascinating history of this six generation farm (started by Rich's3rd great grandfather Hiram McCollum) from family letters, histories and memorabilia dating from the 1820's.
McCollum Orchards currently offers fresh, naturally grown fruit, vegetables, and hops through a farm share, Wildwood CSA, and at the Lockport Community Market.
Rich grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and spent his childhood summers at McCollum Orchards with his grandmother. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, San Diego, and is a published market researcher and product developer. Rich and his wife, Bree, moved to Lockport in 2011 to preserve this unique family homestead. They live and work on the farm with their 1-year-old daughter, Amelia.

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Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented the program "Land Records"
A strong motivation for immigrating to America was the possibility of owning land. To our ancestors land was very important because only land owners could vote and hold public office. Board President Jim Lawson spoke about the many different things that can be learned from land records such as how records show us more than the name of the person that owned it, how they can prove ancestry and family relationships and tell us about the lives of our ancestors, and they can point us in new directions for research. Land was often the most important thing to our ancestors, so it should be equally important to us in our research. To get closer to our ancestors we need to get closer to their land.

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Saturday May 30, 2015 at 1pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the program, "Ethnic Communities of the East Side of Niagara Falls." According to an informal housing survey conducted by Elsie Vorhees Jones, at least fourteen non-English speaking nationalities resided in the city of Niagara Falls in June of 1919. Michelle Kratts, librarian at the Lewiston Public Library spoke about how these immigrants settled on the East Side in what became known as "Tunnel Town" and through their customs and traditions contributed to the unique and rich cultural history of the city of Niagara Falls. She explored the stories of these people as well as the historical and genealogical records that may be searched to find clues to their origins.

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Saturday June 13, 2015 at 11:30am

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the program "In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors: Search Your Roots; Discover Your Heritage Beginner/Intermediate Level."
Guest speaker, Christine Woodcock talked about getting started in researching your Scottish ancestry as well as how to make the most of your research.
Topics included: Starting Your Search, ScotlandsPeople Website, Scottish Naming Patterns, Scottish Marriages, Catholic Parish Records on ScotlandsPeople, Scottish Family History Societies, Scottish Clans and Connecting With Others.

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Saturday September 26, 2015 at 10 am

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted genealogy expert Lisa Louise Cooke. Lisa impressed the crowd with four presentations highlighting how to use technology to support your ongoing genealogy research. Presentations were: "Five Strategies You Need for Future Technology and Genealogy," "Google Earth for Genealogy," "How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case," and "What You Must Know To Save Your Research from Destruction."
Lisa's web site, GenealogyGems is packed with information and expert advice.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the program "German Genealogy".
Guest speakers, Steven Cornelius and Greg Wadsworth spoke about the challenges related to searching German Genealogy including: strategies for finding town of origin in Germany, language issues, handwriting and calendars.

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