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.