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 27, 2018 at 1pm

Not sure how to get started tracing your family history? Maybe you’re a seasoned genealogist looking to shake up the nuts in your tree? If so, this is the session you won’t want to miss!

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the program "Beginning Your Genealogical Journey: The Basics". During this workshop Jeanette Sheliga shares the basics of researching your family tree along with key organizational strategies, documentation best practices as well as online and in-person resources for chronicling your family story. You will walk away with the skills to give you the confidence to say “I can do this!”

Jeanette is a board member for the Niagara County Genealogical Society and the organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club. She is a music teacher by day and spends much of her free time on her favorite hobby of genealogy. Jeanette has been a genealogy guest lecturer for many local societies and libraries over the past 7 years.


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Saturday February 24, 2018 at 10am

The Board Members decided to take advantage of the membership the society has with Genealogy Gems and show five of Lisa Louise Cooke's premium videos.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.

The program began at 10am and ended at about 3pm. Lunch was provided.

The videos that we enjoyed were:

1. How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote
2. Common Surname Search Secrets
3. Sanborn Fire Maps
4. Brick Walls: Cold Case Investigative Techniques
5. Hard Drive Organization Part 1 & Part 2

We had handouts for:
Evernote, Common Surname Search and Sandborn Fire Maps
Handouts are available upon request.

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Wednesday March 28, 2018 at 7pm

It's as true now as it was 150 years ago: the fashions people wear are indicators of the times. In fact, styles of clothing and accessories can be very useful in adding a decade or even a date to your family's photographs, which can be invaluable to your genealogy research!

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the free program, “Dating Photos thru Fashion.” Marlene Miller and Cindy Waters walked us thru the ins and outs of dating our own photos.

Marlene and Cindy, both graduates of SUNY College at Buffalo with degrees in Fashion Technology and History focused their interest on historical clothing throughout their education.

Marlene Miller is a member of the North Tonawanda Genealogy Club and has been researching her own family tree for several years.

Cindy Waters serves on the Board for Niagara County Genealogical Society as well as the New York State Council of Genealogical Organizations. She is a member of Daughters of the American Revolution; Orleans Chapter and has been climbing her family tree for several years.

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Saturday April 28, 2018 at 1pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society (NCGS), based in Lockport, N.Y., was pleased to have Ms. Linda Hammond, from Buffalo, NY, and a long time genealogist, share her personal journey and strategies with the Western New York public, for exploring your African American family history.

Ms. Hammond:
- Helped usstart ourfamily tree during her presentation
- Motivated and highlighted how getting started is easier than you think
- Shared specific resources, terms and rules for finding your African American family members
- Explained how to organize your information

Two free memberships to the NCGS were raffled off at the end of the presentation and informational handouts and genealogical forms were available to all participants.

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Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 7 pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the free program “Developing an Ancestor Profile."

NCGS President, Carol Stipkovits, showed us how to develop an ‘Ancestor Profile’ that will create the basis for telling your ancestors story biographically.

Stipkovits has been doing family history research for more than 15 years and is currently on-the-clock in preparation for becoming a Board-Certified Professional Genealogist.

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Saturday June 9, 2018 at 9:30 am

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted a conference with speaker internationlly known speaker Sunny Morton. She spoke on 4 topics.

Session 1: Which Way Did They Go?! A humorous song introduced this panoramic look at U.S. migration history and how to track our on-the-move ancestors. We saw what kinds of records mention old and new residences, a unique transportation timeline for U.S. history, where to learn about migration routes and how to correlate findings from several sources into a narrative about an ancestor’s life.

Session 2: What’s So Special about Special Censuses? We learned to find and use fantastic “extras” from US censuses (1840-1910), many of which are now online: the Veterans, Mortality, Slave, Agriculture, Manufacturer and Social Statistics Schedules. These often reveal details about ancestors’ vital events, work, health, military service and communities, in the process pointing to additional records.

Session 3: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church: An In-Depth Look at U.S. Religious Records. Church records can reveal US ancestors’ vital events, family relationships and prior/subsequent residences (including overseas birthplaces!). From the author of the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, we learned what church records look like, how to identify an ancestral church and locate and access its records.

Session 4: Urban Genealogy. Many of our U.S. relatives lived in cities—big and small—which may offer unique genealogy research resources. We learned tips from the author of several of Family Tree Magazine’s City Guides for finding ancestors in city directories, urban and suburban maps, voting records, local histories and other rich local records.

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Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the free program DNA Testing: I Received my Results, Now What? Speaker Lou Omel taught us how to work with our DNA test results to knock down brick walls and to expand our family tree. This program explored some of the tools that are available to you, and presented several examples of their use. In the process, we learned how to transfer ourresults to other DNA testing services, to gain access to their databases and to take advantage of additional analytical resources.

Lou is an LDS Family History Center volunteer, lecturer, instructor, and a former genealogy librarian. He obtained his Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research this past spring and attended the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Advanced Genetic Genealogy workshop.


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Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the presentation Cemetery Records and What They May Reveal. Pete Ames and Shelley Richards shared their knowledge on local cemeteries, what records are available, specific data elements, as well as general knowledge of the subject.

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