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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

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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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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)

NCGS Adventures

New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/

I spent some time hanging out in the NYG&B booth at the FGS 2019 conference.  NYG&B is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year having been formed in 1869 and has almost 5000 members. NYG&B publishes many materials including the revised edition (2017) of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer which is a 868 page, two-volume set.

In 2018, NYG&B became the new home of Kinship Books as the co-founders and owners donated the assets of their business to NYG&B.  Kinship Books has been publishing New York books for over 50 years from Rhinebeck, NY.  Their books include transcribing religious records, account books, store ledgers, census records, and more… focusing heavily on the areas surrounding the Hudson River.  You can view the book collection and order online at: https://kinshipny.com/.


NYG&B also has online record collections open to their members that are currently being housed at FindMyPast.com.  Right now, NYG&B members are given access to FindMyPast.com in order to view the records and, as a bonus, all North American record collections as well as the ability to build a family tree at no additional charge.  

News to me (though it was announced in their Spring 2019 New York Researcher publication), is that NYG&B has been working hard on creating their own records platform to be housed on their own website (https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/) and moving away from keeping their holdings at FindMyPast.  They hope that the new records platform will be ready to launch by the end of 2019.


Some of the benefits that the new platform will feature are a reorganization of their collections making them easy to search and browse, the ability to automatically process new digital collections, and for members to be able to download full periodicals such as The Record (not one page at a time).


NYG&B members will still have access to FindMyPast until their year membership is up and then after that, it will most likely be going away.  Therefore, don’t wait too long to take advantage of the FindMyPast collections while you have the opportunity if you are a NYG&B member!


Sue Miller, the Director of Programs for NYG&B that I was talking to today, hopes that many of us from Niagara County and Western New York attend their New York Genealogy Seminar on October 12th, 2019 in Syracuse, NY.

You can learn more and register for the seminar here at: https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/events/new-york-genealogy-seminar-syracuse-ny.


Road trip!!

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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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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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.

NCGS Adventures

My First Genealogy Institute

From June 24-28, I attended my first genealogy institute! The one I chose was the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) https://www.gripitt.org/ at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. I mostly selected it for two reasons: one was because it is the closest to where I live and secondly because Tom Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS was teaching the course Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation.

I had heard that maybe Tom Jones was going to retire from speaking soon and I didn’t want to lose my chance to learn from him. Especially since he was speaking on a topic that I have been struggling with which is creating source citations. I know some people might find it strange that somebody would choose to spend money and a week of their time learning about citations, but I was excited about it.

I felt like I was able to keep up with the information the first day, and then I started to feel information overload. Luckily the handout was amazing and I can refer to that as I continue to process the information and start to put it into practice. When asked, I teased that we spent a whole morning talking about the semi-colon! Which we did, although we also talked about many other punctuation markings. I don’t think I ever knew there was such a thing as an en dash or em dash!

We were given pre-reading before the institute along with homework each night. The pre-reading was an article that Tom Jones wrote for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) and it was of particular interest as it referenced a family that lived for a time in Niagara County. I mentioned to Tom during a break that I live in Niagara County and we got to talking over the course of the week. He mentioned there was somebody in my area that he was hoping to make a connection to as she was a DNA match to him and could help break a brick wall. It turns out that I knew the person he was talking about (she is a music teacher in Orleans County) and I reached out to her and helped them connect! What a small world! I felt really happy that I was able to help Tom in that small way as he has helped the genealogy community so much over the years.

I got the chance to talk to and thank the GRIP Co-Directors. It is hard to not “geek out” when meeting these well-known genealogists. I did approach Elissa Scalise Powell and personally thank her for her webinar that she gave to the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS) titled Your Personal Education Plan: Sifting through the Options as it opened up my eyes to what level genealogist I was and what I needed to do to become a better researcher.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, Jeanette Sheliga, and Deborah Lichtner Deal

It was really neat to walk around during the breaks and hear bits of conversation. Everyone there was so nice and were “speaking my language.” You could feel comfortable sitting with strangers at a table during mealtime and have plenty to talk about. Three of the evenings, they had speakers give a lecture that you could optionally attend if you wanted to. Maia’s Books https://www.maiasbooks.com/ was also there and you could browse all of the books during the breaks. I *may* have bought a few books… like 5 of them, but I promise to read them!

Members of WNYGS with LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM CG, CGL. WNYGS sponsored her Thursday evening lecture.

I really enjoyed my week at GRIP. It was a great opportunity to network, make friends, and learn from others. A few of us WNYGS members http://www.wnygs.org had carpooled together. I stayed in a hotel across the street from the campus which was very nice and I had paid for the campus meal plan which was delicious. I also took some time during the breaks to look at a few of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Portfolios https://bcgcertification.org/ that they had on display. I very much look forward to the next time that I can attend a course at GRIP!

Receiving my Certificate of Completion from Dr. Tom Jones

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

NCGS library notes

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.

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Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Campbell

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.