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National Genealogical Society Magazine

One of the periodicals that our library receives is the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine.  It is delivered quarterly and contains articles on effectively using various records for family history research as well as columns on genetic genealogy, repositories, technology, writing, and more.

You can learn more about NGS at their website: https://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

NGS also hosts one of the largest genealogy conferences in the country each year.  This year the NGS Conference is May 8-11th, 2019 in St. Charles, MO.  You can learn more about the NGS Conference here: https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org

Come read through our NGS Magazines along with many other periodicals in the NCGS Library.  Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094 and we are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm.

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

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Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Haseley

Throughout the years, our librarians and volunteers have clipped and copied loads of articles and filed them by surname in our library.  These files are such a wonderful resource because the news articles you are looking for may not be found online at a newspaper website such as www.newspapers.com.  

If you have Niagara County ancestors, be sure to visit our library and see what items you may find in our Vertical Files.  This week’s blog post is sharing a few of the articles we have in our HASELEY file.  Many residents of Sanborn and surrounding areas are familiar with the Haseley surname.  There is also a Haseley family website that you can look into if you are interested to learn more about the Haseleys at: http://haseleyfamily.com.

Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094.  We are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm. 

If you are unable to easily visit our library, remember that your membership to the Niagara County Genealogical Society entitles you to one FREE 30-minute Look-up in our Library’s holdings.  More information about our Society, membership and other benefits can be found at: http://niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html.  (Psst: You can apply for a membership and renew online from our website!)

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

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Early Families of Pekin

One of the unique holdings in our library is a book titled, “Early Families of Pekin” by Norman Peirce. This book includes family histories, notes, and more! 

It also includes an index of names to help you easily find your family in it. 


It also includes cemetery plot information:


Here are some links to the cemeteries in Pekin found on FindaGrave: 

Mount View Cemetery: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/65382/mount-view-cemetery 

Pekin Pioneer Cemetery (aka Old Pekin Cemetery): https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/606326/pekin-pioneer-cemetery 

If you have ancestors that lived in Pekin,NY you definitely want to stop in and take a look through this book.

Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094.  We are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm.

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

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Medina, NY City Directories

Our Niagara County Genealogy Society Library has many different City Directories in our collection.  

Included are the Medina City Directories for the years 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972 and 1973.

In addition to finding relatives and ancestors in these directories, be sure to read the beginning of the directory.  They often contain information about the demographics of the area which could provide an interesting insight to the conditions where your ancestors were living.

If you’d like to look through our collection of directories, please visit our library.  We are located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094.  We are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm.

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

In the News

Niagara County in the News

An early tavern owner in the Town of Cambria was William Molyneaux. Molyneaux purchased property and a tavern in 1812, and from then on, the area came to be known as Molyneaux Corners.

In 1826, he built a fine hotel at the intersection of the Ridge and North Ridge Roads, and a brick Greek Revival style home on the south side of the ridge.

The Molyneaux Hotel was operated by William until his death in November, 1830, and by his sons until 1864. It then progressed through several other owners until it burned in 1923.

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Niagara County 1860 Map

One of the items located in our Niagara County Genealogy Library is a map of Niagara County from 1860, reprinted in 1996.  This map includes city street names (including indicators where buildings are on the lots), a division of the city wards (helpful when trying to locate ancestors in census records!), and a Lockport Business Directory.

You can purchase a copy of the map for $3.25 from our library.  We are located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094 and are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm. if you’re not in the area, reach out to us for up-to-date shipping costs.

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

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Genealogy can be life-changing

Originally published in Niagara Gazette & Lockport Journal — 02/10/2019 http://www.niagara-gazette.com

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, a day when sweethearts exchange gifts and enjoy romantic dinners. For genealogists, besides filling up on chocolates, February gives us a month to ponder love. If you think about it, a family tree is based entirely on stories of couples. We find couples married for more than 50 years, couples separated by war, race or religion, and couples who’ve moved on after the death of a spouse. Engagements, marriages and anniversaries are well-documented in historical newspapers and provide opportunities for us to find more than one mention of an ancestor’s love story.

With love in the air, I hope you enjoy this story submitted by genealogist Bill Bush which shows how genealogy can not only be life changing…it can also open us up to an entirely new future.

Bill & Martha Bush

“I am 75 years old and have enjoyed my genealogy hobby for the past 25-30 years. I was born and raised in and around Lockport. Following the loss of my wife in 2010, I intensified my involvement in family history research and was invited to submit my DNA to the BUSH surname DNA Project based at Penn State University and I was excited with the results.

The project verified my paternal lineage back to my 8th great grandfather Reynold BUSH (1600-1686) in Feering Parish, England. Reynold had a son John and John had three sons, Samuel (1647-1733), Jonathan (1650-1739), and Abiel (1661-1739). Only nine of the several hundred participants in the project fell into “Group A” with lineage to Reynold BUSH.

We were notified of the DNA similarity between us and given the e-mail addresses and encouraged to communicate with our 8th cousins. In early 2016, I came across the e-mail list and contacted a couple of them to see if anyone wanted to share BUSH research. One participant who was identified in Jonathan’s lineage was a Dale BUSH and his e-mail was listed as “marthateacher”. In my query, I simply introduced myself and asked if Dale would be interested in sharing BUSH genealogy information with me. Later the same day, I received a very cordial e-mail from Martha, daughter of Dale BUSH. She explained that Dale had died in 2008 at age 101 and had been a genealogy hobbyist for over 60 years and she would be very willing to share information with me.

Future e-mails revealed that she was a widow who had lost her husband in 2010 and lived in Lake Arrowhead, CA about 125 miles from my location in Thousand Oaks, CA. Our weekly e-mails quickly became bi-weekly and then daily and over the next several months we shared reams of BUSH genealogy research and our e-mails became punctuated with hour-long phone calls and after about six months we met for lunch… and it was compatibility, comfort and chemistry at first sight.

Over several months in late 2016 and early 2017, I emptied my Thousand Oaks home, leased it as a rental and moved into Martha’s home and into her life and in late September 2018, we became happily married 8th cousins at age 75 (me) and 79 (she).

We just know that her dad, Dale BUSH, provided the DNA connection to bring us together after 400 years of sharing an 8th great-grandfather in 17th century England. As the experts say, “Genealogy can be life-changing” and Martha and I are proof of that.”

Carol DiPirro-Stipkovits is president of the Niagara County Genealogical Society. She has been doing family research for more than 15 years and blogs at www.noellasdaughter.com.

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History of Niagara County

One of the books we have in our library collection is titled “History of Niagara County, N.Y., with Illustrations Descriptive of its Scenery, Private Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactures, and Portraits of Old Pioneers and Prominent Residents.”  Wow!  If I had ancestors that lived in Niagara County in 1878, I would definitely want to read this book to look for my ancestors and also to get an idea of what the county was like at that time.

One of the residents that is featured in this book is the Honorable Hiram Gardner.  According to his biography, he was born in Dutchess County in 1800 and moved to Lockport in October of 1822 where he held many appointments including County Judge and Surrogate.   It said, “Judge Gardner was for more than half a century a legal practitioner, and his conspicuous ability and talent were successfully directed to the elevation of the judicial office and of the legal profession.  He was not a politician.  His ideas of political honor were of the most elevated character, and though holding public offices more than twenty-five years, he never sought official preferment or solicited the vote of any man.”  He lived in Lockport until his death in March 1874.  

The book includes a sketch of Hiram Gardner and another one of the residence of Mrs. Judge H. Gardner.  I assume the residence pictured is where Hiram Gardner passed away on Niagara Street in Lockport.

If you’d like to look through this book yourself, please visit our library.  We are located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094.  We are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm.

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