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 23, 2016 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 27, 2016 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 and Paul Harvey, WNYGS President Rhonda Konig, WNYGS Outreach Chair Jennifer Lieber Raines and NC Deputy Historian Craig Bacon. Participants were asked to write down their questions and then NCGS 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 30, 2016 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented the program "The Best of the Web: Ancestry, Find A Grave and American Ancestors."
Have you ever been on a web site and just didn't know how to use it or get the most out of it?
NCGS Vice President Jeanette Sheliga taught participants how to use: Ancestry.com, Find A Grave.com and American Ancestors.org.
These three web sites have great genealogy information on them and if you don't know how to get the most out of a site, you may be missing out on finding your ancestors. This class helped participants learn the tips you need to make the most of your internet research!
Sheliga 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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Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented a panel of local historians for the April program. They were: Francis Gallagher from the Town of Wilson, Suzanne Dietz from the Town of Porter, and Board member Cindy Ribbeck representing the Town of Royalton as the town historian had a conflict that evening.

Frank and Sue told about their backgrounds and how they came to be historians, what their position entails, what kind of records are available and where they are housed, and what projects they are involved in. Cindy spoke about the past and current town of Royalton historians, past and current Village of Middleport historians, and some town and village resources.

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Wednesday May 25, 2016 at 7pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented the program "DNA and Genealogy." Carol DiPirro-Stipkovits, our newest NCGS board member, explained the basics of DNA, how to choose the right test for your brick wall, what to do with the results you already have and how it can help you look at your research with a fresh set of eyes.

Stipkovits has been doing family history research for over 15 years and recently began the process of becoming a Board-Certified Genealogist. Born to an Italian father and French-Canadian mother, she is first generation American with a well documented family tree showing deep roots in Italy and Canada.

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Wednesday June 29, 2016 at 7 pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented a program on “Polish Genealogy”. The speaker, Dave Newman, discussed Polish history, understanding Polish surnames, Polish genealogical references, the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State (PGSNYS) and PGSNYS databases.

Dave has been involved with genealogy for 20 years, 18 of those years as President of the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State. He has worked on several Polish genealogical databases including the Dziennik dla Wszystkich and Polak W Ameryca. He has traveled to Poland 15 times, one of which was to marry his wife Agnieszka. Dave is a frequent speaker on Polish Genealogy around New York State.

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Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 7 pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society presented the program "Getting the Most of Cemeteries in Your Genealogy Research." Cemetery research is an integral part of genealogical research. Michelle Ann Kratts taught the importance of visiting cemeteries, how to find a cemetery where your ancestors are buried, how to locate graves, how to make a gravestone rubbing, what records are available, cemetery photo tips, online cemetery resources, and local helpful information.

Michelle Ann Kratts is a former Niagara Falls City Historian, a local history 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 and From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River. Her latest work, Niagara Falls in World War II, will be released by the History Press in November of 2016. She holds degrees from Niagara University, the University of Toronto and the University of New York at Buffalo.

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Saturday October 29, 2016 at 1 pm

The Niagara County Genealogical Society mey to talk about the NCGS Library. Recently, we were lucky enough to have Rhonda Konig, librarian and genealogy specialist at the Grosvenor Room at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, evaluate our extensive library holdings.

We were able to share her report which highlights specific areas of needed focus as well as where our strengths lie. We are excited to move ahead with her suggestions; as such we will be looking to our members for valuable feedback.

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