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Genealogy society to host cemetery preservation workshop

The Western New York Genealogical Society will present a “Save Our Cemeteries” workshop on Saturday, July 13 from 9 am to 4 p.m. in Niagara Falls.

The morning program include presentations at the Calvin K. Richards Community Center.

10 – 10:45 am – “Uncovering the Past: Using Cemetery Records for Genealogy Research”

11:00 – 11:30 am – “Importance of Volunteerism”

11:30 am – Noon –  “Cemeteries in New York State”

In the afternoon, from 1:30-4 p.m., participants will travel to the Witmer Cemetery and participate in four rotating sessions:

Session #1:  A tour of the cemetery to share results of restoration process there.

Session #2:  Learn the proper way to clean headstones.

Session #3:  Landscaping and combatting invasive species.

Session #4:  Local masonry expert demonstrates headstone repair and resetting techniques.

The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To register for the workshop, go to:


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