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NCGS Membership

It’s that time of year again!  If you haven’t yet renewed your Niagara County Genealogical Membership, you can do so online here: http://niagaragenealogy.org/member_renewal.htm

If you are not currently a member and would like to join us, please do!  You can do so online here: http://niagaragenealogy.org/new_member_app.htm or you can print an application to mail in from here: http://niagaragenealogy.org/pdfs/ncgs_membership_app.pdf.

Our membership calendar year is considered January 1st through December 31st.

NCGS Membership comes with the following privileges:

  • Newsletter: NCGS members will receive a quarterly newsletter. This 8-page newsletter contains genealogical material and records relating to Niagara County as well as Society news. Members may also post free queries in the newsletters. Newsletters are available through your choice of e-mail or postal mail.
  • Look-Up Program: NCGS has a Look-Up service available to members only. Each membership in the Society entitles you to one FREE 30-minute Look-Up in the Library’s holdings OR one Obit Look-Up in the Lockport Public Library. After the free Look-Up, additional Look-Ups are available for a nominal fee. Look-ups for the membership year need to be into our library by December 14th.
  • Society Meetings: Meetings are open to all and are generally held at 7pm on the last Wednesday of each month except January, February, and sometimes March are held on a Saturday afternoon (no meetings in July, August, November & December). Our programs are usually at the Niagara County Historical Museum meeting room. Meeting topics are listed in the quarterly newsletter and here on the website. Topics have covered areas such as computers & genealogy, ethnic groups, local families, travel and research hints. Our local members, who have e-mail, will receive a notice of meetings approximately one week before the meeting.

In addition to those privileges, your membership dues help us maintain and grow our Library!  We have a wonderful collection of books and vertical surname files.  Our society is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and we have access to their online record collection at our library.  We are also a FamilySearch affiliate library and have access to locked images in their catalog.  Please visit our library at 215 Niagara St., Lockport on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm and take advantage of our collections!

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We’ve started some Special Interest Groups (SIG) for Members this past year.  The two SIGs we are running right now are a Book Discussion Group and a Webinar Discussion Group.  Our next SIG is the Book Discussion Group on March 9, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Sanborn-Pekin Free Library (5884 West St., Sanborn).  We will be discussing the book: The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Ireland.

Some of our goals for the future are to rebuild our NCGS website (hopefully with a members-only area) and to accession books and records to build up our Niagara County Collection in our library.  It’s an exiting time!  Please join us!

NCGS library notes

Marriages from Buffalo, N.Y. Newspapers 1811-1884 1999 June Partridge Zintz

We are one of the many local libraries that has this wonderful resource of Buffalo Marriages from 1811 – 1884.  According to the book, it is a compilation of an index file located at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.  The index file includes almost 14,000 marriages that appeared in Buffalo (English language) newspapers.  The author also consulted the original marriage records in the Erie County Clerk’s Office to obtain missing dates and maiden names (when available).  

You get an idea of the scope of this project just from the list of abbreviations alone:

Sample page:

There is also a Bride and Other Name Index in the back of the 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 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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Illustrated History of Montgomery and Fulton Counties, New York 1878, reprinted 1981

You can get an idea of what the book contains from the first page of the Table of Contents:

Here is a sample page from the book:

This book is available for free at Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/historyofmontgom00beer), however the quality of image is much clearer in the book on our shelf.  Compare for yourself.  Here are images from Archive.org:

Here are the same pages from our book in the NCGS Library:

Another great feature of this book is that it has an index!!

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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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)

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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)

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A Call for Funeral Cards!

One of my favorite resources in our Niagara County Genealogical Society Library is our Vertical File Collection.  We have file cabinets filled with folders organized by surname.


During my lecture last week on Death Records, I asked the audience to please share copies of funeral cards that they might have in their collections of people that are connected to Niagara County.  We’ve already had some members stop in to share their funeral cards and newspaper clippings with us!

You can e mail scans of the funeral cards to: comments@niagaragenealogy.org or stop in during our library hours Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1-4:45pm and one of our librarians can make copies of the funeral cards on our copy machine. 

We appreciate the help to preserve our Niagara County ancestors!