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Land Records and Sanborn Maps program- June 19, 2019 by Jeanette Sheliga

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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.

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

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.

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.

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Join us Wednesday for ‘Finding your Birth Parents’


An early adoptee, c. 1940s (International Social Services / National Archives)

More and more genealogists find themselves having to learn to navigate between a birth family and an adopted family. Join us at the Niagara County Genealogical Society, 215 Niagara St in Lockport NY on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm as Ward Bray, APG shares his expertise in adoption research. Ward will give us his step by step guide to begin the process of finding birth families.

Ward R. Bray, APG, has been an LDS Family History Center volunteer librarian for over thirty (30) years and has a weekly shift. He is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) performing research for clients for over twenty (20) years. He is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo (Business Management) and Niagara Community College (Computer Technology). 

Ward specializes in Western New York as well as Welsh and English genealogical research. Ward is experienced with Kinship Report preparation for cases in Erie and Niagara County New York Surrogates Court. Ward has helped to reunite families who were separated due to adoption using research and DNA.

Ward has presented various genealogical-related topics to organizations including Church Records, Land Records, Adoption and Forensic Genealogy (expert witness efforts for Surrogates Court cases).

Everyone is welcome at this free program!

Events

Upcoming Event – Finding your Birth Parents


An early adoptee, c. 1940s (International Social Services / National Archives)

More and more genealogists find themselves having to learn to navigate between a birth family and an adopted family. Join us at the Niagara County Genealogical Society, 215 Niagara St in Lockport NY on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm as Ward Bray, APG shares his expertise in adoption research. Ward will give us his step by step guide to begin the process of finding birth families.

Ward R. Bray, APG, has been an LDS Family History Center volunteer librarian for over thirty (30) years and has a weekly shift. He is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG) performing research for clients for over twenty (20) years. He is a graduate of SUNY at Buffalo (Business Management) and Niagara Community College (Computer Technology). 

Ward specializes in Western New York as well as Welsh and English genealogical research. Ward is experienced with Kinship Report preparation for cases in Erie and Niagara County New York Surrogates Court. Ward has helped to reunite families who were separated due to adoption using research and DNA.

Ward has presented various genealogical-related topics to organizations including Church Records, Land Records, Adoption and Forensic Genealogy (expert witness efforts for Surrogates Court cases).

Everyone is welcome at this free program!

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Join us Wednesday for ‘DNA Testing for Genealogy’

Are you considering taking a DNA Test to learn about your heritage? Have you taken a test and want to learn more?

Join us at 215 Niagara St., Lockport NY on Wednesday, April 24th from 7-830pm as Rhonda Hoffman teaches us the basics of genetic genealogy. Her program will include the types of DNA testing, what testing can tell you, how DNA can be applied to genealogy research, and DNA testing for adoption/unknown parentage.

Rhonda Hoffman has been a genealogy librarian for 17 years and currently serves as the Genealogy Specialist for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, NY. She has a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY Geneseo.

Rhonda has been researching her own genealogy for two decades and previously owned a part-time genealogy research business. Rhonda is the editor of the Western New York Genealogical Society’s JOURNAL and volunteers for Search Angels, a nonprofit organization which helps reunite adoptees with their birth families through the use of DNA testing and traditional genealogy research

Events

Upcoming Event -DNA Testing for Genealogy

Are you considering taking a DNA Test to learn about your heritage? Have you taken a test and want to learn more?

Join us at 215 Niagara St., Lockport NY on Wednesday, April 24th from 7-830pm as Rhonda Hoffman teaches us the basics of genetic genealogy. Her program will include the types of DNA testing, what testing can tell you, how DNA can be applied to genealogy research, and DNA testing for adoption/unknown parentage.

Rhonda Hoffman has been a genealogy librarian for 17 years and currently serves as the Genealogy Specialist for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, NY. She has a Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY Geneseo.

Rhonda has been researching her own genealogy for two decades and previously owned a part-time genealogy research business. Rhonda is the editor of the Western New York Genealogical Society’s JOURNAL and volunteers for Search Angels, a nonprofit organization which helps reunite adoptees with their birth families through the use of DNA testing and traditional genealogy research

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Please join us!!

Please join the Niagara County Genealogical Society at the Niagara County Historical Society Meeting Room, 215 Niagara Street, Lockport NY on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm as Niagara County Historical Society Executive Director, Melissa Dunlap, and Assistant Director, Ann Marie Linnabery, detail the history, lives and careers of Aaron Mossell and his family.

Mossell, a prominent African-American businessman, petitioned the Lockport School Board for five years to integrate the city schools so that all children would get an equal education. His emphasis on education was passed on to his children, all of whom graduated from college and pursued careers in law, medicine, business and the ministry.

Following the program, Brenda Reaves, of the History Center’s “Step Back in Time” players, will portray Aaron’s wife, Eliza Mossell, and talk about her life, her husband and her family.