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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!

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Der Brief —–The Newsletter of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York and Das Haus

One of the many periodicals that we have in our NCGS Library are the Der Briefs which are the newsletter for the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York and Das Haus.  The are an active group that meets monthly.  You can learn more about them at their website (https://dashausmuseum.org) and read below about joining their organization:

Come visit our NCGS Library and look through the Der Brief along with our many other periodicals that we have.  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.  

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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The Descendants of William Leete

Compiled by Edward L. Leete – 1884, second edition 1934

One of the Family History books we have in our NCGS Library is The Descendants of William Leete.

I did an Ancestry.com search for the Leete surname in Niagara County in their US Federal Census Collection and there were over 100,000 results of Niagara County Leetes.  I did a similar search in Find A Grave and found 13 results of Leetes buried in Niagara County.

If you have Leete’s in your family tree, come visit our NCGS Library.  You can look at our Descendants of William Leete book along with our many other family histories that we have.  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. 

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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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Records Martinsville (North Tonawanda, NY) To 1900

The title page says:

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Records

Martinsville, North Tonawanda, NY

(Formerly Town of Wheatfield)

Up to 1900

The translated records were transcribed by Norma Stolzenberg, 1985

Note: Pages A through K were taken from Cemetery Records in addition to Church Records.

Here is the FindaGrave website for this cemetery: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2378502/saint-pauls-lutheran-cemetery? 

Come read through our St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Records book along with our many other books in the 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. 

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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Cemetery Records Niagara Falls Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Niagara Falls, NY March 1937 Mrs. Roy E. Fowler – Regent Compiled by: Mrs. Frank E. Lawrence and Mrs. Charles E. Wooddell

I had the opportunity to visit the DAR Library and National Headquarters a few weeks ago when I attended the FGS 2019 Conference (https://fgs.org/) in Washington, D.C.

I was curious about the DAR building and I found this video about the DAR Library a few days ago on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5sseNwVPxPg.  At about 2:42 into the video, the narrator is talking about the history of the growth of the DAR library collection saying: “The most valuable sources for this expanding collection were the Daughters.  Members generously donated the histories and records of their ancestors.

When DAR State and Chapter Librarian positions were created, even more resources poured in.  A healthy competition between Chapters and States developed, as they attempted to out-do one another with the number of books they donated.  Local Chapters began searching old cemeteries for headstones of patriots and submitting transcriptions from those headstones as well as other local records to expand the variety and wealth of resources of the collection.”

DAR Library in Washington, D.C.:

Shortly after watching that video, I was working on organizing our Niagara County collection of books in our own NCGS library.  I couldn’t believe my surprise when I came across a book titled, Cemetery Records, Niagara Falls Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Niagara Falls, New York (March 1937).  Just like the video mentioned, here was a book of cemetery transcriptions put together by a local DAR chapter!  I wonder if they sent a copy of this book to the DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.!

According the index, the contents of the book include:Dickersonville (Ridge Rd) CemeteryFilmore (At East Porter – Town of) CemeteryHosmer (Lake Rd.) CemeteryLewiston (Town of Lewiston) CemeteryPekin (Old Cemetery) CemeteryRansomville (Town) CemeteryTower (Tower Corners) CemeteryYoungstown Cemetery

What is so wonderful about a cemetery transcription book like this, is that it was done many years ago (1937) and that the headstones that they transcribed may no longer be there or legible today.
If you’d like to look through our many cemetery books including this Cemetery Records one, 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. 


Our library is in need of volunteer librarians.  Please contact Jeanette at jsheliga@me.com if you are interested in learning more!

DAR Library Selfie!!

Attachments area Preview YouTube video The DAR LibraryThe DAR Library

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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Diary of Marie Witmer Jan 1926-Jan 1927

Located in our Family History collection is this binder that has a transcription of a Diary of Maria Witmer from January 1926-1927.

I found Marie Witmer in the 1930 Census living with her brother, Andrew Laur.  Marie is on line 44:

Come read the rest of Marie’s Diary along with our many other family histories that we have in 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

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 – Miller


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

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American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society

One of the periodicals that our library receives is American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).  It is delivered quarterly and their two goals are to give their readers news about their organization and to have useful and engaging articles from a variety of perspectives on many facets of genealogical research.

Earlier this year, NEHGS launched a new research tool on their website https://www.americanancestors.org/ giving their users the ability to create online trees called American AncesTREES.  You can build a tree for free on their website with a guest account or pay for an upgrade.

You can learn more about American AncesTREES in this NEHGS webinar at: https://youtu.be/NJlL-CowG4A

Don’t forget that we subscribe to the NEHGS American Ancestors website for our library patrons!  You can read more about that in an earlier blog post here: https://niagaracountygenealogy.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/american-ancestors/

Come read through our NEHGS American Ancestors magazines along with our many other periodicals in the 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. 

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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Genealogical and Family History of Western New York, Volumes 1-3 Compiled under the Editorial Supervision of William Richard Cutter, A.M. 1912

As it states in the Introductory, these books contain histories of the prominent people of the region (in 1912).  

If your ancestors were lucky enough to be listed among the prominent people, you will definitely want to check out this resource!

The three-volume set contains many pictures throughout the family histories of the prominent people.

These books are currently out of copyright protection and can be found online, however, the version that I found at Archive.org did not have the pictures viewable on the pages.  Compare a picture from our book and then below it, a screenshot from Archive.org of the same digitized page.

The pictures above help prove that “not everything is available online!”  

There is an index for the three volumes at the back of the third volume.

One of our volunteers previously abstracted the index from volume three to create one for each of the volumes.

If you’d like to look through our Genealogical and Family History of Western New York books, 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. 

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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Warrensburg Cemetery Book

Our NCGS has resources from many different places.  One of them is a cemetery transcription book for Warrensburg Cemetery in Warrensburg, NY.  Warrensburg is located in Warren County, west of Lake George.  What is great about an older resource, such as this book, is that the stones were transcribed over 30 years ago.  A stone that was readable back then, may not be readable now. 

Here are links to the Warrensburg Cemetery:

Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/208763/warrensburg-cemetery

BillionGraves (no records have been added yet): https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Warrensburg-Cemetery/148555

If you’d like to look through our Warrensburg Cemetery 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. 

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