NCGS library notes

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.

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We are looking for enthusiastic library volunteers to join our team!

Genealogy libraries are a real treat: totally free, but accessible to all. They give genealogists the opportunity to use resources that can knock down brick walls or at the very least, move them forward in their research. 

As a volunteer librarian, you will help people learn about their ancestors in our area. We will provide training so no experience is necessary just a passion for genealogy and willingness to help others.

If you are in the WNY area and would like more information about volunteering, email Jeanette at jsheliga@me.com

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Wightman Family History Books

Our library contains many family history books that have been donated by genealogists.  We have five books on the Wightman family.  The first two were written by Wade C. Wightman:

These books contain genealogies that also include pictures.  They were written in 1990 and 1994.

The remaining three are binders written by James Edward Wightman. 

They include items such as stories, newspaper clippings, pictures, military information and much more!

If you are connected to the Wightman family, please visit our library to look through these resources!  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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Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Barns/Barnes

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 particular file also includes some copies from an old family bible.

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 and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

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Newfane Century Yearbooks

Part of our library collections are the Newfane Central School’s yearbooks.  We have the following years: 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1958.

1948:

1953:

I checked the yearbook collections at both Ancestry and MyHeritage and found that we have some unique years (1942, 1945, 1947, and 1948) in our library that they do not have:

If you’d like to look through our Newfane Yearbooks, 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 and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

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Grove Place Cemetery

Grove Place Cemetery – Town of Chili, Monroe Co., NY Compiled by June C. Feder

Our NCGS Library has many great resources for New York State and this book is a great example of that!  It is a transcription book for a cemetery located in the Town of Chili, Monroe County.  The table of contents explains when some of the information of captured: starting in 1928!  I can imagine that many of the stones look different now and their inscriptions may not be as easily, if at all, legible.  This book would be able help if you happen to have ancestors buried in Grove Place Cemetery.  

Here is a link to Grove Place Cemetery on FindaGrave: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/64735/grove-place-cemetery 

Here is a link to Grove Place Cemetery on BillionGraves: https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Grove-Place-Cemetery/159674

If you’d like to look through our Grove Place 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. 

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 and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

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Tree Talks-The Central New York Genealogical Society Quarterly

The Central New York Genealogical Society began publishing its quarterly Tree Talks in 1961 to publish abstracts of pre-1850 records of historical and genealogical interests from the five Central New York Counties.  Their coverage expanded to cover forty-nine upstate New York counties.

Tree Talks are published in March, June, September, and December.  The March, June, and September issues include information from certain counties.  The December issue usually has a special project (such as a complete transcription of a census or church record) and also a subject and every-name index to the March, June, and September issues from that year.

We have binders in our library organized by county for the Tree Talks that we have received.  Here are two image examples from the Chemung County binder that we have.

You can order County Packets from the Central New York Genealogical Society that includes the pages for each county that they have published up to a certain date.  Some counties they are no longer adding information to, so you can order the entire packet on the county.  Niagara County is one of those counties that they are no longer including in their current publications.  You can learn more about the Central New York Genealogical Society here at their website: https://cnygs.org

I will be doing future blog posts on Tree Talks and giving more detailed information of what our collection contains.  If you’d like to look through our collection of Tree Talks 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 and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

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Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Bower/Bowers

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, 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 and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.