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New York genealogy societies offer many June programs – Update

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

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with genealogical research. For more information, email

Orange County Genealogical Society will preset “Genealogy for Artifacts” on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the 1841 Historic Courthouse in Goshen. The presenter, Joe Cahill, will show his method for researching the history of artifacts and the families who owned them.  The research room will be open from noon to 3 p.m. after the program. For more information, go to:

The Southern Tier Genealogical Society will present a Show and Tell program on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Way in Vestal. Dig out your favorite photos, scrapbooks, and family heirlooms. If you don’t want to speak to the whole group, you needn’t; but bring a display if you can. Did you travel to a new resource location? Have you discovered a great new source of info on the internet? Read a great helpful book? Come one, come all, and enjoy.

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will travel to the Historic Union Hotel in Sacketts Harbor on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m.  to view  the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Voices and Votes.” For more information, go to the society Facebook page at:

The Westchester County Genealogical Society will present “Unlocking the Power of Cluster Research” on Saturday, June 8  at 10 am.  To find out how to receive the link for the program, go to:

The Western New York Genealogical Society will offer an “Introduction to Genealogy Class” on Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Arcade Historical Society.  Are you interested in finding out more about your family history but don’t know where to start. Join us! For more information, go to:

The Rochester Genealogical Society will present “AI and Genealogy” on Tuesday, June 11. This program will explore the fascinating interplay of genealogy, technology, and language, and how AI tools, particularly large language models like GPT-4, are changing genealogical research and analysis. The presenter will highlight the practical applications, ethical considerations, and the ongoing journey of mitigating AI’s limitations. For more information, go to:

The Rochester Genealogical Society will have a DNA Help Session on Wednesday,  June 12 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

The Polish Genealogical Society of New York will present “Above the Fold: Your Ancestors in the News” on Thursday,  June 13 at 7 p.m.  Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information, and historical context for your family history.  This presentation will help teach you how to better search for your ancestors in the news and how they can help lead you towards answering your genealogy research questions. Examples will include newspapers contributed by PGSNYS to NYS Historic Newspapers. To register, go to:

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Tuesday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with genealogical research. For more information, email

The Genealogical Society of Rockland County will present “Immigrant Cluster Communities” on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m. This program will cover: How to identify chain migrations/cluster communities using key records; ways to share and collaborate with other researchers, and the benefits, pitfalls, and obstacles associated with a shift to “virtual” cluster communities; and how to use tools such as social networking sites, Wikis, etc. build online genealogical communities. This is will be a hybrid meeting.  To register, go to:

The Chautauqua Genealogical Society will meet on Wednesday, June 19 at at the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280, 228 Maple Ave, Cassadaga. Andrew Kolstee will discuss researching his fourth great-grandfather John Wheeler who came from Oneida County and settled first in Gerry and later in Poland. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to: or

The Capital District Genealogical Society will have an in-person meeting at the Clifton Park-Half Moon Public Library on Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. The topic will be “How Alice the Genealogist Avoids the Rabbit Hole.” Don’t let unexpected genealogical finds send you down a rabbit hole any longer. In this video class we will cover concrete strategies for staying focused on what matters most, while not losing track of opportunities that present themselves. You’ll also learn about free tech tools that you can put in place to give you peace of mind, take back those lost hours, and help you be more productive. For more information, go to:

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York will present “Researching Our Families: Three Case Studies” on Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.  For the third annual members’ talks, Alex Calzareth, Emily Garber, and Renee Steinig will each present a case study that demonstrates how they solved a genealogical problem and made new discoveries in their own family research.  There is a $5 fee for non-members. For more information, go to:

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will present “Mapping Ireland’s Records” on Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m. The speaker will provide examples of just how local some names are and how impossibly widespread others can be. In addition, some of the webinar’s focus will be on maps of the geographic areas used to collect the records, including the technical background involved in creating the maps and how to use the maps to shed light on the surnames and families. To register, go to:

The Niagara County Genealogical Society will present “Going Beyond the Will: Probate Records in Genealogy” on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. When first looking in probaterecords, many genealogists stop at the will, but the will is just thebeginning! This class will discuss other records created and how to find anduse them in your research. For more information, go to the society’s Facebook page at:

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