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.


This presentation is for all people who have said to themselves at one time or another that they wish they knew more about who their family was, but have not started the journey (or are just starting). We can help you find those people, help you record the information in an organized way and share tips & strategies for using local and online resources to get you started!

We want to stress you do NOT have to spend money on subscriptions to sites to get this information, or spend money for software. There are thousands of FREE resources and that is what we will concentrate on.

Niagara County Genealogical Society Board Chair, Shelley Richards was the presenter. Shelley has 20 years of experience researching her family and many other family's history in the Western NY community. She is also author of two books about St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lockport, NY.



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Saturday Febuary 23, 2019 at 1pm

Shelley Richards, our Board Chair, shared her research tricks when using fultonhistory.com.

This presentation focused on helping genealogists better utilize one of the most valuable free websites around for those researching New York State ancestors – fultonhistory.com.

This session helped participants maximize their time and success in finding those elusive obituaries, marriage announcements and general articles in more 830 New York State newspapers, as well as 400 from other states in the USA.

We reviewed the sections of the site and the quirks of using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. Specifically, we focused on search techniques for key vital data including narrowing it down to specific towns and years, finding names that are historically misspelled and finding obituaries with little information.

Our participants came away with various “formulas” to try when searching for their ancestors. We briefly discussed how to capture and save the images for your records.

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Wednesday March 27, 2019 at 7pm

Niagara County Historical Society Executive Director, Melissa Dunlap, and Assistant Director, Ann Marie Linnabery, detailed the history, lives and careers of Aaron Mossell and his family.

Mossell, a prominent African-American businessman, petitioned the Lockport School Board for five years to integrate the city schools so that all children would get an equal education. His emphasis on education was passed on to his children, all of whom graduated from college and pursued careers in law, medicine, business and the ministry.

Following the program, Brenda Reaves, of the History Center’s “Step Back in Time” players, portrayed Aaron’s wife, Eliza Mossell, and talk about her life, her husband and her family.

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Wednesday April 24, 2019 at 7pm

Are you considering taking a DNA Test to learn about your heritage? Have you taken a test and want to learn more?

Rhonda Hoffman taught us the basics of genetic genealogy including the types of DNA testing, what testing can tell you, how DNA can be applied to genealogy research, and DNA testing for adoption/unknown parentage.

Rhonda Hoffman has been a genealogy librarian for 17 years and currently serves as the Genealogy Specialist for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System. She has a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY Geneseo. Rhonda has been researching her own genealogy for two decades and previously owned a part-time genealogy research business. Rhonda is the editor of the Western New York Genealogical Society’s JOURNAL and volunteers for Search Angels, a nonprofit organization which helps reunite adoptees with their birth families through the use of DNA testing and traditional genealogy research

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Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 7pm

More and more genealogists find themselves having to learn to navigate between a birth family and an adopted family. Ward Bray, APG shares his expertise in adoption research. Ward will gave us his step by step guide to begin the process of finding birth families.

Ward R. Bray, APG, has been an LDS Family History Center volunteer librarian for over thirty (30) years and has a weekly shift. He is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) performing research for clients for over twenty (20) years. He is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo (Business Management) and Niagara Community College (Computer Technology).

Ward specializes in Western New York as well as Welsh and English genealogical research. Ward is experienced with Kinship Report preparation for cases in Erie and Niagara County New York Surrogates Court. Ward has helped to reunite families who were separated due to adoption using research and DNA.

Ward has presented various genealogical-related topics to organizations including Church Records, Land Records, Adoption and Forensic Genealogy (expert witness efforts for Surrogates Court cases).

 

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Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 7 pm

Jeanette Sheliga explained how she finally broke through a brick wall by using land records. In this presentation you will learn how to find land records (both online and at County Clerk’s offices), be given an introduction to Sanborn Maps and how they can help you determine where properties are and the structures located on them, and then tips on putting it all together to help tell the story of your ancestors. It is a jam packed session full of local examples.

Jeanette Sheliga is the Niagara County Genealogical Society Vice President as well as a board member 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. She has been a genealogy guest lecturer for many local organizations and libraries since 2011.

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Wednesday September 25, 2019 at 7 pm

Death Records are very useful in tracing your family tree. So often, in genealogy, we need to start with a person's death to move backwards in time to their birth and, hopefully, connect them to their parents.

Jeanette Sheliga packed this presentation with examples of documents concerning records of death, when they began to exist, and where to find them. Topics include: death certificates, death indexes, obituaries, funeral home records, church records, cemetery records, coroner's reports and more!

Jeanette Sheliga is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

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Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 7 pm

Janice Wiegley teaches us dating techniques, history and caring for our family heirlooms. She also explores the history of quilts and their place in your family history.

Janice is a librarian in the NCG library and a board member. She has been doing genealogy for more than 20 years tracing her Niagara County roots for many generations.

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