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NY state genealogy societies to offer free April programs – Update

Several New York State genealogy societies will be hosting programs in April

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, April 13 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 present “Overview of Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Genealogy Websites” on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Every year “Family Tree Magazine” puts together a list of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites. Many websites appear year after year but in this presentation learn about the websites that are new to the list this year. To register, go to: https://mms.nyrgs.org/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=119798

The Polish Genealogical Society of New York will present “Erie Railroad’s East Buffalo Yard” on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The speaker will present an updated version of a lecture originally prepared by the late Ronald R. Dukarm, that will focus on the Erie Railroad, but will also include views of other railroad operations in the area. It is estimated that four out of five people in Western New York may find a family member who worked on the railroad or steel industries. The speaker will highlight the resources that are available at the Heritage Discovery Center to aid people in their research, and bring examples of what can be found in their archives.  To register, go to: https://pgsnys.online/meetings/

**The Westchester County Genealogical Society will host a  program on Saturday, April 13 at 10 am entitled Tax Records: More Exciting Than You May Think.” To find out how to receive the link for the program, go to: https://www.facebook.com/WCGSinNewYork

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York will present “Help. I Got my DNA Results and I’m Confused” on Sunday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m.  Join us in understanding your results of ethnicity and matches; how to prioritize them, and reduce the thousands of matches to numbers you can research and maybe find keys to expanding your genealogy family tree.  This webinar is for beginners and others who are just stuck or don’t know what to do next.  The presenter will share his processes and techniques to prioritize matches to get organized and feel like you can accomplish something and know what to do next.  There is a $5 fee for non-members. For more information, go to: https://jgsny.org/

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will host a trip to the Jefferson County Historical Society on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. There will be an overview of the Montrois Collection of military memorabilia. For more information, go to the society Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyNyGenealogicalSociety

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Tuesday, April 16 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, April 17  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 Chautauqua Genealogical Society will meet on Wednesday, April 17 at at the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280, 228 Maple Ave, Cassadaga. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to: https://www.chautgen.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/chautgen/

The Rochester Genealogical Society will present its Genealogy in Bloom seminar on Saturday, April 20. The speaker will be Jeanette Sheliga. She will present four talks throughout the day. It will be a hybrid presentation. The seminar is free for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, go to: https://mms.nyrgs.org/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=110646

The Genealogical Society of Rockland County will present “Historical Newspaper for Genealogy” on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. This is will be Zoom only. Local History librarian Joe Barbieri will demonstrate using the historic newspapers portion of the Hudson River Valley Heritage website. Learn how to search, save, and even help edit the transcriptions of Hudson Valley newspapers from the 19th century to modern times. To register, go to: https://newcity.librarycalendar.com/event/historical-newspapers-genealogy-and-fun-44058

The Niagara County Genealogical Society will present “Genealogical Timelines for Organization, Analysis and Problem Solving” on Wednesday, April 25  at 7 p.m.  In researching our family, we gather extensive amounts of records and information to be compiled. Timelines are a tool that allows us to organize our data, and to visually identify patterns, gaps, themes, and relationships. This program will provide examples of genealogical timelines as well as suggestions on creating timelines in Microsoft Word and Excel. To register, go to:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItduqtqj0sG9K3ZGZ9g71fHJ50T-zJjGfS#/registration

The Capital District Genealogical Society will present “Strategies to Improve Cluster Research” on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. When researching ancestors who lived in earlier time periods or regions with few records, the lack of records can create a brick wall in the research. Come learn when to use cluster research, who is in the ancestor’s cluster, how to organize the findings, and the steps for successful cluster research. Registration closes at midnight on the Thursday before the meeting. For more information on upcoming meetings, go to: https://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/saturdays

The Orange County Genealogical Society will be hosting its annual seminar on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be four presentations given by genealogist Melissa Johnson.  The cost is $20. To see a description of the topics and to register, go to: https://ocgsny.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Apr-2024-flyer.pdf

The Central New York Genealogical Society will present “Genealogy Story Slam” on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at the Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church in Dewitt. Come to the meeting prepared to share your genealogy family history story or just come to socialize, ask questions and reconnect. Presenters are encouraged to sign-up in advance by emailing programs@cnygs.org. Presenters will be given 5-10 minutes to talk about your family history or genealogy in general. For more information, go to the society Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CNYGS/

 

 

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