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Quilts and Family

Join us on October 23rd @ 7:00pm, 215 Niagara St., Lockport NY as Janice Wiegley teaches us dating techniques, history and caring for our family heirlooms. We will also explore the history of quilts and their place in your family history.

Janice is a librarian in the NCG library and a board member. She has been doing genealogy for more than 20 years tracing her Niagara County roots for many generations.

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Quilts and Family

Join us on October 23rd @ 7:00pm, 215 Niagara St., Lockport NY as Janice Wiegley teaches us dating techniques, history and caring for our family heirlooms. We will also explore the history of quilts and their place in your family history.

Janice is a librarian in the NCG library and a board member. She has been doing genealogy for more than 20 years tracing her Niagara County roots for many generations.

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American Ancestors

In yesterday’s blog post I mentioned the few Mayflower “Silver Books” that we have in our holdings.  One of the benefits of coming to our genealogy library for research is that we also subscribe to the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s website American Ancestors.

You can use their website to learn as they have many links to subject guides, webinars, lectures, and how-to videos.

You can also use their website to search their online databases.

One of the databases they have on American Ancestors are the Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants (the “Silver Books”) that they have digitized!  It was part of a collaboration with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  You can read more about it here: https://www.americanancestors.org/silverbooks.

They announced in May of 2018 that they completed the digitization project of all 31 volumes of the “Silver Books”:  https://dbnews.americanancestors.org/2018/05/14/mayflower-families-fifth-generation-descendants-1700-1880-is-now-complete/.

NEHGS also has a Mayflower 2020 webpage that you may be interested in checking out here: https://mayflower.americanancestors.org

Please visit our NCGS library to use our subscription to the American Ancestors website!  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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An Original Census Volume from 1870

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I did a mini vacation in Cleveland, Ohio.  We enjoyed the Zoo and the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame in addition to catching up with some friends and family that lived out that way.  One of the people we hung out with was Sunny Morton and her husband.  Sunny was our special guest speaker that we brought to NCGS in June 2018.

Together we visited the Cleveland History Center (https://www.wrhs.org/) which includes the research library for the Western Reserve Historical Society.  Within their archives, they have an original local volume of the Ashtabula County, Population and Non-population Census Schedules, 1870.  

We asked and they did not require us to wear gloves to touch the document.  I promise we were very careful! 

Jeanette Sheliga (L) and Sunny Morton (R)

I was fascinated to see how the book was organized.  We gently flipped through the pages to see the various Schedule 1s (Population) for townships located within the Post Office District.  At the end of each township, were the corresponding Schedules 2 (Mortality), 3 (Agricultural), and 4 (Industry).  

It was really neat to see the Population and Non-Population Schedules so close to each other.  Often times on Ancestry, you have to look in different collections to find your ancestors across all of the schedules.  Here is an example where you can see the Population and Mortality Schedules right next to each other:

A very helpful feature of the 1870 Census is that on the Mortality Schedule they included the family number of the deceased.  See how there is a #13 before Cora Dyer’s name on the right?  The page on the left is her family listed in the Population Schedule as Family #13. 

The very last page of the Census Volume was the Schedule 5 which were the Social Statistics of Ashtabula County.  

Sunny recently gave a webinar for https://familytreewebinars.com on Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2019: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage.  Webinars at FamilyTreeWebinars are free for the first week they are posted or you can subscribe to their website for $49.95/year for unlimited access to their library of almost 900 webinars.  I spend a lot of time on their website learning about all different aspects of genealogy – I highly recommend them!

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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Early Families of Pekin

One of the unique holdings in our library is a book titled, “Early Families of Pekin” by Norman Peirce. This book includes family histories, notes, and more! 

It also includes an index of names to help you easily find your family in it. 


It also includes cemetery plot information:


Here are some links to the cemeteries in Pekin found on FindaGrave: 

Mount View Cemetery: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/65382/mount-view-cemetery 

Pekin Pioneer Cemetery (aka Old Pekin Cemetery): https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/606326/pekin-pioneer-cemetery 

If you have ancestors that lived in Pekin,NY you definitely want to stop in and take a look through this 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.

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