Schedule of Meetings and Events

The Western New York Genealogical Society hosts a minimum of four member meetings a year. These meetings are scheduled for the third Saturday of the month during March, April, May, September, October and November (unless special opportunities and/or conflicts arise). Locations may vary, so please remember to consult the published event descriptions. Additional paid trips, workshops and activities may be offered during the year.

As an added benefit, copies of handouts and presentation materials as well as videorecordings are shared with our members whenever possible.

Upcoming WNYGS Meetings and Events


The full list of 2016 meeting topics will be formally announced in February of 2016. Until then, please mark your calendar with the following program dates:

  • March 19, 2016 - Researching Institutional Records in New York State
  • April 16, 2016 - Using New York State Newspapers in Your Research
  • May 21, 2016 - Native American Research
  • September 24, 2016 - WNYGS Fall Luncheon and Lecture
  • October 22, 2016 - Save the Date
  • November 19, 2016 - Save the Date and Annual Society Elections

    Previous Meetings and Field Trips- 2015


    November 21, 2015
    Researching House History with Cynthia Van Ness, Director of the Library and Archives, Buffalo History Museum and Rhonda Konig, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

    October 24, 2015
    Genealogical Research at the Genesee County History Department: Opportunities and Resources with County Historian Michael J. Eula, Ph.D.


    September 12, 2015
    Fall Luncheon & Lecture: Two Presentations by Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., Author & International Family History Expert


    June 27, 2015
    Optional Paid Field Trip: The Historic Hull House: Window into Western New York Pioneer Life

    May 16, 2015
    Deeds and Land Records: Genealogical Goldmine with Genealogist James R. Lawson

    April 18, 2015

  • Non-Profit Cemeteries in NYS: Understanding Oversight, Rights, and Responsibilities with Cynthia Craig, Investigator, NYS Department of State - Division of Cemeteries
  • HeritageQuest Update with Rhonda Konig, Librarian, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

    March 21, 2015
    Cross Border Cousins: An Introduction to Canadian Genealogy with Steven Fulton, UE, Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society


    Previous Meetings - 2009-2014

    Click here for an extended list of prior WNYGS meetings and events.


    Upcoming State and Regional Genealogical Conferences


  • April 16, 2016 - Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society - Gathering of the Clans [Buffalo New York]
  • September 15-17, 2016 - New York State Family History Conference [Syracuse, New York]
  • October 15, 2016 - Buffalo Family History Conference [Williamsville, New York]



    Last updated: Thursday, December 10, 2015