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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!

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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)