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Niagara Wheatfield Yearbooks

This past month we received a donations of yearbooks from Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School and Edward Town Middle School.

It was fun looking through these particular yearbooks as they were for the years that my parents (Jan Johnson and Jeff Sheliga) and aunt (Linda Johnson) went to Niagara Wheatfield.

Of course the fun quickly ended when I found my 6th grade yearbook picture!!

Jeanette Sheliga, 6th Grade… 

Did nobody tell me to comb my hair?  Who picked out those glasses?  LOL

If you’d like to look through our yearbook collection, 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, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)

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Niagara County Genealogical Society is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library!

On Saturday, November 23rd, we shared our happy news that we (NCGS) have become an affiliate library for FamilySearch!

When using our NCGS computer in our library, you will have access to an additional 400,000,000+ images on FamilySearch than you do not have access to from home (unless you are already member of their church).

When you are researching in the FamilySearch Catalog, you may come across a collection that is locked by the key above the camera:

If you click on the locked camera, you will see a screen similar to this:

Now if you visit our NCGS library, use our computer, and look at that same collection, you will see the key is no longer there:

And if you then click into the camera, you will then be able to see the images and zoom in to look at them closely:

Come visit 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. 

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Atlas of Niagara & Orleans Counties, New York 1875

Our library collection includes maps and atlases.  One of them is the Atlas of Niagara & Orleans Counties from 1875.  Here is the index of the images:

The details are great in these maps.  You can see where the homesteads were and the names of the owners.

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 research in our holdings, 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, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)

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Society Archives

The following is an article from one of our Niagara County Genealogical Society Newsletters:

July 1994 Issue #3 Volume #16

Here is a link to Ketchum Cemetery on FindaGrave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2427816/ketchum-cemetery

If you would like to become a member and receive our quarterly newsletter, please see our website to join our society!  http://www.niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html

Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)

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Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Carter

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, newspaper clippings, funeral cards, 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

Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)

Society Archives

Society Archives

The following is an article from one of our Niagara County Genealogical Society Newsletters:

October 2003 Issue #4 Volume #25 DOCTORS OF PEKIN 

Source: History of Pekin. Norman Peirce, 974.79 Pek, NCGS Library

Dr. Abraham Hodgeboom lived in Pekin 1837 or earlier. B. 17_ d. May 21? 1849 m. Bata _ Born 1722 d. Mar 7, 1848 ch. Ann lived in Plymouth, Marshall Co., Ind.

Dr. Isaac S. Kidder lived in Pekin various places b. 1796 d. __ m. Elizabeth

Dr. Alfred Poole 1888 lived in Pekin in Eggleston’s house (2998 Upper Mtn) 1870 office in front corner.

Dr. W C Earle 1866-70 Had office ncar Cronkite Tavern 1866 when it burned. M. Agnes __ dismissed from ME Church Jul 4, 1874 lived in Chicago in 1874.

Dr. Clinton Sage Office in rear of home (2965 Upper Mtn) moved to Buffalo later.

Dr. Emmet Pyle? joined N C Med So in 1872 – moved to Mich.

Dr. Walter McChesney 1896 lived in Brosie house 1900 (2975 Upper Mtn). m. Apr I, 1901

Dr. John Foote 1860s Office across from ME Church 1864 m. Mary Jane Foote? Harriet V Foote d. Aug 1855 Who?

Dr. Robt R. Fitzgerald 1901 after McChesney – Pekin a short time then Sanborn.

Dr. Myron Orton 1832-18_ One of first doctors, coming from VT and built house on north cast corner of Townline and Lower Mtn Rd (2967 Lower Mtn) – first president of Niagara County Medical Society.

If you would like to become a member and receive our quarterly newsletter, please see our website to join our society!  http://www.niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html

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North Tonawanda City Cemetery Sweeney (Tonawanda Rural & Wheatfield)

One of the many cemetery books that we have in our Niagara County Genealogical Society Library is a book with transcriptions of the stones from the Sweeney Cemetery.  The book was created in 1976 and was a bicentennial project of the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc.

The book does have an index in the back:

Here is the Find a Grave link to Sweeney Cemetery: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/1973670/sweeney-cemetery.

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 research in our holdings, 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, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)

Society Archives

Society Archives

The following is an article from one of our Niagara County Genealogical Society Newsletters:

September 1998

Issue #3

Volume #20

SCOVELL – EVANS – WAYS CEMETERY


On the north side of Ridge Rd., where the tracks for the Niagara Falls/Lake Ontario Railroad crosses over and continues down thru Model City is the old Leander K. Scovell buring ground. In an open field behind the barn sits this 140 year old cemetery. Surrounding the stones is a stone fence with a hand-wrought gate that still swings freely on its fossilized large stone posts. Inside the fence are nine visible grave markers and seven readable foot stones. The earliest buriel date found was 1839 and the last, Leander K. Scovell died 1887. Leander and his son Leander W. have long since been removed to the Lewiston Cemetery behind the Presbyterian Church.


1. small stone – SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ALICE EVANS, DAUGHTER OF BENJ. AND SUSAN EVANS D. June 9, 1839 15 yrs 6 mo footstone (recording #1 & #2 say 31 May)


2. broken stone – L. K. Scovell Died Aug. 22, 1887 70 years footstone L.K.S.


3. broken stone – Leander W. Scovell Born Aug. 7. 1846 Died Aug. 17, 1872 footstone L.W.S.


4. Large stone – SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF BENJ. E. EVANS WHO DIED NOV. 24, 1839 53 yrs footstone B.E.E.


5. Large Stone – ANN EVANS died October 22, 1840 82 yrs Footstone A E


6. Large Stone – JUDITH EVANS Died April 2, 1843 60 yrs Footstone J E


7. Large stone – JOSEPH EVANS SON OF LEANDER AND EMILINE SCOVELL Died May 3, 1844 16 mo 68 days


8. Large stone – BENJAMIN WAYS Died Dec. 22, 1860 Footstone B. W.


9. Small stone – MINNIE A CHILD OF AGE 67 yrs


This cemetery is on private property owned by Mr. Kerion of Corona del Mar, Calif. The land recently has been offered for sale.

Recorded Oct. 1983 by Dorothy Rolling & Donald R. Jerge

Here is the cemetery on Find A Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2675535/ways-cemetery

If you would like to become a member and receive our quarterly newsletter, please see our website to join our society!  http://www.niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html

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Quilts and Family

Join us on October 23rd @ 7:00pm, 215 Niagara St., Lockport NY as Janice Wiegley teaches us dating techniques, history and caring for our family heirlooms. We will also explore the history of quilts and their place in your family history.

Janice is a librarian in the NCG library and a board member. She has been doing genealogy for more than 20 years tracing her Niagara County roots for many generations.