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 21, 2017 at 1pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society Presented the program "Beginning Genealogy." NCGS Board Chairman Shelley Richards spoke on how to get started. This program was a help to both beginners and experienced researchers alike. Richards taught 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.

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Saturday February 25, 2017 at 1pm

For genealogists, census records are an essential and invaluable source for geographically locating their family over time, as well as for pointing to other original, primary records for additional information.
Craig Bacon, Deputy Niagara County Historian, joined us to provide an insight into these records. A lifelong resident of Lockport, Craig has always been interested in history and family genealogy. He is a relentless detective when it comes to family mysteries. He is also an aspiring writer and playwright.
This program is essential for those who wish to improve their understanding of census records of all types and to hone their skills in working effectively with these important resources.

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Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 7pm

Who Will Tell Your Story? St. Patrick’s Cemetery was the topic of a presentation sponsored by the Niagara County Genealogical Society and featured author Shelley Richards. Ms. Richards highlighted some of the history of the cemetery, shared new historical findings and interesting facts, and told delightful stories of “residents” of the cemetery from her Volume I book (available to purchase). Attenders heard about new biographies being planned for Volume II. Old Cemetery maps and a map of the new section – Section C - currently being readied for interments, were on display. Ms. Richards is still looking for family members to submit biographies for publication in Volume II. For more information you can reach Ms. Richards at genealogy@allsaintslockport.org.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the free program "Organizing Your Genealogy."

Did you turn your calendar to a new year and vow to get your genealogy papers and files organized this year? Michelle Ann Kratts taught the key principles and basic strategies for organizing our genealogy research.

Michelle Ann Kratts is a former Niagara Falls City Historian, a local history and Adult Services Librarian at the Lewiston Public Library and has written, edited or contributed to several books of local interest including: "The Missed: Tales of Spirit and Tragic End at Niagara", "Haunted: True Tales of Niagara", "Anna Edson Taylor, the Queen of Oakwood", "Angels on the Battlefield: Niagara’s Civil War Past", "The Italians of Niagara Falls" (Vols. I and II), "Buon Appetito: Niagara’s Early Italian-American Culinary Traditions", "From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River" and most recently, "Niagara Falls in World War II".

Michelle holds degrees from Niagara University, the University of Toronto and the University of New York at Buffalo.

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Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society hosted the free program “Timelining our Ancestors." NCGS board member, Carol DiPirro-Stipkovits, showed the benefits of using timelines as a genealogical research tool and how they can assist with organizing.

DiPirro-Stipkovits has been doing family history research for more than 15 years and is in the process of becoming a Board-Certified Professional Genealogist.

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Wednesday June 28, 2017 at 7pm

Have you ever wondered about the history of your house, church or other building?

Janice Wiegley, a librarian in our NCGS library, helped us understand how to conduct research and track down historical facts to create a history of your home or location as she presented the program, "Mapping Your Homes Genealogy."

Wiegley has been doing genealogy for more than 20 years. Her maternal side has deep roots in Niagara County. Her ancestral search began with a family legend that they were descended from Peregrine White, the first known English child born to the pilgrims in America. She has degrees from the University of Arizona, Herkimer College, Alfred State College and plans on a graduate certificate in genealogical studies from Boston University in the near future.

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Wednesday September 27, 2017 7pm

Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. The stories of our ancestors' lives, from birth to death and everything in between, can be found in the pages of archived newspapers.

Jeanette Sheliga taught us the best approach to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors as she presented the program "Above the Fold: Your Ancestors in the News."

Jeanette is a member of the board 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 6 years.

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