NCGS library notes

Tree Talks-The Central New York Genealogical Society Quarterly

The Central New York Genealogical Society began publishing its quarterly Tree Talks in 1961 to publish abstracts of pre-1850 records of historical and genealogical interests from the five Central New York Counties.  Their coverage expanded to cover forty-nine upstate New York counties.

Tree Talks are published in March, June, September, and December.  The March, June, and September issues include information from certain counties.  The December issue usually has a special project (such as a complete transcription of a census or church record) and also a subject and every-name index to the March, June, and September issues from that year.

We have binders in our library organized by county for the Tree Talks that we have received.  Here are two image examples from the Chemung County binder that we have.

You can order County Packets from the Central New York Genealogical Society that includes the pages for each county that they have published up to a certain date.  Some counties they are no longer adding information to, so you can order the entire packet on the county.  Niagara County is one of those counties that they are no longer including in their current publications.  You can learn more about the Central New York Genealogical Society here at their website: https://cnygs.org

I will be doing future blog posts on Tree Talks and giving more detailed information of what our collection contains.  If you’d like to look through our collection of Tree Talks please visit our 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. 

If you do not live close to our library, you can become a member of our Society and take advantage of our Look-up Program.  The Look-up services is available to members only.  Members are entitled to one FREE 30-minute Look-up in the Library’s holdings.  After the free Look-up, additional are available for a nominal fee.  Look-ups for the membership year need to be requested by December 14th.  You can apply for membership right from our website at: http://niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html.

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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NCGS library notes

Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Bower/Bowers

Throughout the years, our librarians and volunteers have clipped and copied loads of news articles and filed them by surname in our library.  Files like these may also include pedigree charts, family group sheets, pictures, and more if members have donated them.

If you have family group sheets, pictures, etc. that you would like to donate to our Vertical Files, please contact us!  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 or you can reach us by e mail at: comments@niagaragenealogy.org

If you are unable to easily visit our library to check out our Vertical Files, 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.

Events

Using Land Records & Sanborn Maps for Genealogy

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, June 19th from 7-8:30 pm at 215 Niagara St, Lockport NY as Jeanette Sheliga explains how she finally broke through a brick wall by using land records. In this presentation you will learn how to find land records (both online and at County Clerk’s offices), be given an introduction to Sanborn Maps and how they can help you determine where properties are and the structures located on them, and then tips on putting it all together to help tell the story of your ancestors. It is a jam packed session full of local examples.

We’ll be going LIVE on Facebook for this month’s program! We hope to see you there but if you’re not local, check us out at 7PM as we work out the kinks live.

Jeanette Sheliga is the Niagara County Genealogical Society Vice President as well as a board member and the organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club. She is a music teacher by day and spends much of her free time on her favorite hobby of genealogy. She has been a genealogy guest lecturer for many local organizations and libraries since 2011.

Member Spotlight

Get to Know Our Members

Name/Location and any other credentials/background that you would like to provide:  My name is Carol DiPirro-Stipkovits, I am the Niagara County Genealogical Society President, a Member and have a monthly genealogy column in the Niagara Gazette and Lockport Union -Sun and Journal. I was born in North Tonawanda but now live in Cambria.

How long have you been researching your family tree? I’ve been dabbling since before the internet, when it was Microfiche at my local library in my teens. I started back at it about 15 years ago. but when my sister gave me my maternal grandmother’s notebook where she kept dates, recipes, grocery lists, etc. …i was hooked. I needed to know more about her life.

Who is your favorite ancestor? I admire my paternal grandmother, Estella Giardino Rosso, very much. She traveled from Italy for weeks on a ship with her two small children (2 & 3 years old) shortly after the death of her oldest child, to join my grandfather in the US. Upon arriving she was held in the Ellis Island infirmary for 2 more weeks waiting to be released to my grandfather. They eventually went on to own a home and raise 10 children with very little. They achieved the American dream.

Estella Giardino Rosso

Describe one of your brick walls – My great grandmother, Nellie Constantina. After my grandfather was born, her husband, Francesco Rosso/Russo, left for America never to return to Italy for his family. I struggle to find records on her.

What are some of the surnames in your family tree that lived in our Western New York area? Giardino, Cote, LaPlante, Rosso, Russo, Rossow,

What was something surprising that you discovered while researching your family tree? My Mom’s ancestors have deep roots in Canada dating back to the founding of it as New France in the early 1600’s. Many of their names are listed on a commemorative plaque of Quebec’s earliest pioneers.

What are some of your favorite online resources? I upgraded my Ancestry subscription to Full Access and LOVE it. Depending on the region I am researching my favorites are Patriomoinequene.ca, familysearch.org, italiangen.org, hungaryexchange.com, findagrave.com, Fultonhistory.com, genealogiequebec.com, fold3.com, newspapers.com and I love chat boards (yes, they still exist!) for particular branches of research. I have about 35 Google alerts set that have helped me too. I am also a member of many societies, via online, in countries and states that are significant in my research. Genealogists are so eager to help each other.   Facebook groups are amazing in that way too.

What are some of your favorite local resources? Our NCGS library, of course, is not only a great resource for records but the librarians are very knowledgeable. Joining local societies really kick started my research. The people I interact with at programs make me feel like a newbie! So much to learn if you just reach out and ask.  The local historians office is a great resource too. They know the history of your area, old street names and clues about the people who lived there.

What are some of your favorite ways to educate yourself to become a better genealogist? I read so much! Not only about genealogy standards and research but the history of where my ancestors originated which gives me a better understanding of the world’s timeline. Look for anniversary books from historical societies in your area of research. For $15 I purchased a 200 year history of the small town in Canada my maternal grandparents were from and found biographies of so many ancestors. I also try to attend as many local/regional seminars as possible every year and take online courses in the cold winter months.

Have you had you DNA tested?  If yes, which websites? Yes, I did the Ancestry DNA test. When I only vaguely understood my results and everything that went with it, I offered to teach a DNA class at our society. This forced me to figure it out and it was the best thing I could have done! I now consider myself a bit of a DNA guru. I’ve also found new cousins which is a bonus!

What is some advice that you would share with a beginning genealogist?

Talk to your elderly relatives now. I put it off and its a big regret. Take a recorder and ask them questions, let them talk. Years from now when you’re tree is leafy, listen to these recordings and you’ll recognize the people in your tree.

Don’t add anything to your family tree without a source attached and don’t trust anyone’s info unless you see the source yourself.

Take your time. Genealogy research is so much more than copying and pasting facts. Learning who your ancestor was when alive will add so much to their story.

Find your tribe! Join a genealogical society and get involved, you won’t regret it.

NCGS library notes

Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Campbell

Throughout the years, our librarians and volunteers have clipped and copied loads of news articles and filed them by surname in our library. 

Files like these may also include pedigree charts, family group sheets, pictures, and more if members have donated them.

If you have family group sheets, pictures, etc. that you would like to donate to our Vertical Files, please contact us!  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 or you can reach us by e mail at: comments@niagaragenealogy.org

If you are unable to easily visit our library to check out our Vertical Files, 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.

Events

Using Land Records & Sanborn Maps for Genealogy

Join us on June 19th @7:00pm, 215 Niagara St., Lockport NY as Jeanette Sheliga explains how she finally broke through a brick wall by using land records. In this presentation you will learn how to find land records (both online and at County Clerk’s offices), be given an introduction to Sanborn Maps and how they can help you determine where properties are and the structures located on them, and then tips on putting it all together to help tell the story of your ancestors. This free program is a jam packed session full of local examples.

Jeanette Sheliga is the Niagara County Genealogical Society Vice President as well as a board member and the organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club. She is a music teacher by day and spends much of her free time on her favorite hobby of genealogy. She has been a genealogy guest lecturer for many local organizations and libraries since 2011

NCGS library notes

St. Paul’s (Friedens) Church, Akron Rd – Bk 1, 2, 3, 4

One of the books we have in our Erie County portion of our library is the St. Paul’s (Friedens) Church book.  It’s call number is 974.796 Akr.  The book appears to have been bound from digital images from a microfilm.  The cover of the book indicates that there are four Books (1, 2, 3, and 4), but I only saw images for Books 2, 3, and 4.

Here is the image from the beginning of Book 2 and a sample page:

Here is the image from the beginning of Book 3 and a sample page:

Here is the image from the beginning of Book 4 and a sample page:

If you’d like to look through our St. Paul’s (Friedens) Church Akron Rd Bk 1, 2, 3, 4 book please visit our 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. 

If you do not live close to our library, you can become a member of our Society and take advantage of our Look-up Program.  The Look-up services is available to members only.  Members are entitled to one FREE 30-minute Look-up in the Library’s holdings.  After the free Look-up, additional are available for a nominal fee.  Look-ups for the membership year need to be requested by December 14th.  You can apply for membership right from our website at: http://niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html.

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