NCGS library notes

Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Green/Greene

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.

I love that you never know what you might find in these files:

If you have family story written out, family group sheets, pictures, pedigree charts, 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 is Board Chairman and Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club, a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)and the National Genealogical Society

NCGS library notes

New Additions to our NCGS Library

This past week we’ve added some new books to our shelves that were donated to us.  Here is a list:

1. Maryland Records Vol.1 and Vol. 2 by Brumbaugh

2. Some of the First Settlers, First Reformed Church of Easton, Penna. by Kieffer

3. History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield [Connecticut] Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (Parts 1 & 2) by Jacobus

4. Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District Vol. 1 – 3 by Manwaring

5. Inheritance in Ontario by MacNamara

6. The Pilgrim Church Register, Plymouth Congregational Church, Lockport, NY

Come look at these books 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.  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 on our website!)

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

NCGS library notes

Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Zimmerman

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.

This folder also included a copy of an old family photo and a copy of a death certificate from 1895!

If you have family group sheets, pictures, pedigree charts, 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 is Board Chairman and Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club, a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists) and the National Genealogical Society

NCGS library notes

Please Share Your Funeral Cards With Us!

We have hundred of surname folders in our Vertical File collection in our Library:

We would love to add to that collection in many ways, but with one of them by adding copies of Funeral Cards.  Here is an example of Stephen Niziol’s Funeral Card:

Look at what Carolyn Epps brought us to make copies of this past fall!  Imagine how many we would have if we all did that!

You can e mail scans of the Funeral Cards to: comments@niagaragenealogy.org or stop in during our library hours on 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!

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

NCGS library notes

New Additions to our NCGS Library

This past weekend we added some books to our NCGS library shelves.  We visited the Historical Society of the Tonawanda’s and made a few purchases for our library shelves:

1. City of North Tonawanda Centennial Celebration 1897-1997

2. Centennial Magazine 1865-1965, North Tonawanda, NY

3. The Rand Family Left a Lasting Imprint on North Tonawanda — and the World!

4. Civil War Veterans of the Tonawandas by Stuart R. Brown (updated 2005)

The website for the Historical Society of the Tonawandas can be found here: https://www.tonawandashistory.org/index.html 

Come look at these books 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.  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 is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club, a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists) and the National Genealogical Society

NCGS library notes

New Additions to our Library

This past weekend we added some books to our NCGS library shelves – particularly our Pennsylvania collection.  These were all books that had been donated to our library.

1. History of Centre & Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania

2. History of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania

3. Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families

4. History of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

5. Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County 1682-1800

6. Pennsylvania Births, Northampton County 1733-1800

7. Pennsylvania Births, Montgomery County 1682-1800

8. Index to Pennsylvania’s Colonial Records Series

9. The German Immigration into Pennsylvania

10. History of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter Counties, Penn. Vol 1 & 2

11. History of Clarion County, Pennsylvania

Thank you to those that donated books to our library!

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 is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club, a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists) and the National Genealogical Society.

NCGS library notes

AmericanAncestors.org Access at NCGS Library

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Don’t forget that our library is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and we have access to their online record collections.  You can search many different ways, but you may want to start by browsing their Databases A-Z.  Do do so, mouseover the Search tab at the top of the AmericanAncestors.org website and then when the window opens up, click on Browse Databases A to Z:

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You can see from just this screenshot that AmericanAncestors.org has over 465 databases that include records from all over the world:

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You can access AmericanAncestors.org from our computer or with your own device if you are linked to our Wi-Fi.

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, a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists) and the National Genealogical Society.

NCGS library notes

Volunteers Needed for a Library Work Day!

Saturday, February 15th

1pm – 4pm

Niagara County Genealogical Society Library

215 Niagara St., Lockport

The Niagara County Genealogical Society (NCGS) is looking for volunteers for an afternoon to help us create some guides for our library. We would like our guides to list our library holdings in certain collections (ex: cemetery books, yearbooks, church records, etc.). These guides could then easily be accessible to patrons of the library and also placed on our website for researchers planning a visit.

We would like to create our guides similar to ones that the Grosvenor Room has in the Buffalo Public Library. You can click here to see an example:
http://www3.buffalolib.org/sites/default/files/pdf/genealogy/subject-guides/CemeteryRecords2014.pdf

What’s involved? We would like to start with our cemetery books. We need for each book to be looked through and then report the name of the cemetery, where it is located, and the range of burial years that are listed (ex: 1862-1944).

Many hands make light work! If a good number of volunteers attend, we could easily accomplish one library guide, if not two!!

Please join us! We promise to play fun music and have treats!!

NCGS library notes

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 exciting 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)