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NY genealogy societies offer free March programs

Several New York State genealogy societies will be hosting programs in March.

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with genealogical research. For more information, email librarian@bigswny.org

The Orange County Genealogical Society will present a talk “Through Her Eyes” on Saturday, March 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the 1841 Historic Courthouse in Goshen. This talk is about the life of a woman born in Newburgh right before the turn of the century, Mamie Holley. She learned to drive when women didn’t drive; she worked in a lawyer’s office when women typically didn’t work and went to business school when women didn’t typically go on to higher education. The presenter of the talk is this woman’s granddaughter.

The Ontario County Genealogical Society will present “Deep Dive Into the Census” on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.  For more information, go to: https://www.ocgsny.net/programs

The Polish Genealogical Society of New York will present “Using Evidence Summaries to Assist Your Analysis” on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.  Learn how evidence summaries can be used to analyze your data to make sure your proof argument is logical and complete. The case study follows the Brambach piano manufacturing family of New York.  This presentation highlights some of the incredible experiences families endured during this era, and explains the records used to recount their stories. To register, go to: https://pgsnys.online/meetings/

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will present “American Indigenous Peoples in the 1,000 Islands” on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Watertown. Portions of Jefferson County are well known for one or more native pathways. There is no registration needed for this program. For more information, go to the society Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyNyGenealogicalSociety

The Westchester County Genealogical Society will host a  program, “Breaking Down Irish Brick Walls,” on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am. To find out how to receive the link for the program, go to: https://www.facebook.com/WCGSinNewYork

The Western New York Genealogical Society will present “Chautauqua County Poor Farm and the Emigrant Train” on Saturday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. When the NY&Erie Railroad opened between NYC and Dunkirk, NY in 1851, daily trainloads of emigrants began arriving, many required financial assistance. Over 60,000 emigrants received County aid in between 1851 and 1876. The records of these families and individuals contain a wealth of information  To register, go to: https://www.wnygs.org/meetings

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York will present “Immigration, Naturalization and Repatriation in the WWI Era” on Sunday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. Both during and particularly after the war, the emergence of new European countries meant new rules and regulations controlling movement and emigration. Simultaneously, panic over an assumed mass influx of war refugees spurred the US Congress to pass restrictive laws that imposed quotas on would-be immigrants. There is a $5 fee for non-members. For more information, go to: https://jgsny.org/

The Rochester Genealogical Society will present “Incorporating Oral History Into Your Family Research” on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:45 p.m. Oral history can dramatically enhance your genealogical research. Not only can it provide you with names, dates of life events, and places, these narratives can reveal motives for migration, explanations of brief marriages, or descriptions of an ancestor’s personality. Oral histories can offer information that traditional records may not provide. For more information, go to: https://nyrgs.org/upcoming_events.php

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with genealogical research. For more information, email librarian@bigswny.org

The Rochester Genealogical Society will have a DNA Help Session on Wednesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.  It will take place at the Irondequoit Public Library. DNA Help Sessions are designed to assist individuals and/or small groups answer DNA questions and help guide you in utilizing DNA in your research. Please register and complete the short registration form and if you have any questions, please email DNA@nyrgs.org.

The Capital District Genealogical Society will present “Pedigree Triangulation: A Key Methodology for Genetic Genealogy” on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m.  Registration closes at midnight on the Thursday before the meeting. For more information on upcoming meetings, go to: https://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/saturdays

The Niagara County Genealogical Society will present “Tracing Your Irish Surname History” on Saturday, March 23  at 10:30 a.m. This presentation will examine some of the most common Irish surnames and their surprising origins, including those brought to Ireland from elsewhere. It will also provide suggestions on some of the best sources for researching your Irish surname history. To register, go to:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkduGqqjkiHtD5N7QRtWtIaQhwSEFsLieF#/registration

The Genealogical Society of Rockland County will present “DNA Testing Companies for Genealogy” on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. This is will be Zoom only. Join genealogist Eric Migdal as he discusses the pros, cons and features of the 4 major DNA testing companies. Learn about the costs for testing and subscriptions and using the information you receive after the test is completed. Also pros and cons of each testing company will be reviewed based on his own experience and usage. To register and receive the Zoom link, go to: https://newcity.librarycalendar.com/event/genealogical-society-rockland-county-meeting-dna-testing-companies-44057

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