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Regional & National Programs

Regional & National Conferences

Feb 29 - Mar 2, 2024:

RootsTech Online Family History Conference

Virtual (Free)

May 16-18, 2024:

National Genealogical Society (NGS) Virtual Family History Conference

Virtual ($)

​Jun 23-28, 2024

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

Virtual - Zoom ($)

Jul 14-19, 2024:

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

Pittsburgh, PA ($)

Online Class

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Western New York Genealogy & History

GENEALOGY RELATED

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System:

“Creating Timelines to Aid Genealogy Research” by Sandra Williams Bush

January 27, 2024, 2–3 p.m. EST

Zoom Program

Advanced registration required.

Creating timelines is beneficial to enhance family history research, fill in an Ancestor’s life story, and often help break through a “brick wall”. The speaker will show how to create and use timelines for genealogy research.

Special Collections Tour

January 27, 2024, 3-4 p.m. EST

In- Person at Central Library, Buffalo, NY

Advanced registration suggested.

Free for all ages and recurring the 4th Saturday of the Month. 

Take a guided tour of the Central Library's Special Collections Department.  Learn about the history of the Central Library and get in inside look at our Local History, Genealogy, Map and Rare Book collections, as well as the Mark Twain Room and other exhibits. Meet in the Grosvenor Room, the Library's Special Collections Department, on the main floor of the Central Library at 3pm.  

 

“Using Funeral Programs to Inform Genealogy Research” by Renata Sanders

February 16, 2024, 2–3 p.m. EST

Zoom Program

Advanced registration required.

Funeral programs are a unique artifact of an ancestor’s life. Produced at death, these programs record biographical details along with family names, dates, and locations. All the data that we family researchers love to have in our own collections.

“Incorporating Oral History into Your Research” by Ari Wilkins

February 24, 2024, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. EST

Zoom Program

Advanced registration required.

Oral history can dramatically enhance your genealogical research. Not only can it provide you with names, dates of life events, and places, these narratives can reveal motives for migration, explanations of brief marriages, or descriptions of an ancestor’s personality. Oral histories can offer information that traditional records may not provide.

"Jumpstart Your Genealogy" with Rhonda Hoffman

February 26, 2024, 11:00 a.m.

In-person program at Clarence Library

Advanced registration suggested. 

 

Jump-start your genealogy with this introduction to family history research. You will learn basic genealogy concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of the genealogy resources available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

“New York State Census Records Are The Bomb” by Rhonda Hoffman

March 20, 2024, 2-3 p.m. EST

Zoom Program

Advanced registration required.

Many genealogists use the U.S. Federal Census, but did you know that New York State took ten extra censuses between 1825 and 1925? The details they contain surely make the other states envious. Learn how to explore these records for every nook and cranny.

DNA Testing for Genealogy with Rhonda Hoffman

March 25, 2024, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In-person program at Clarence Library

Advanced registration suggested. 

Are you considering taking a DNA test to learn about your heritage?  Have you taken a test and want to learn more?  Join us to learn the basics of genetic genealogy including the types of DNA testing, what testing can tell you, how DNA can be applied to genealogy research.

"Jumpstart Your Genealogy" with Rhonda Hoffman

March 30, 2024, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

In-person program at Kenmore Library

Advanced registration suggested. 

 

Jump-start your genealogy with this introduction to family history research. You will learn basic genealogy concepts, the types of records used, and an overview of the genealogy resources available through the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

Applying Google Earth Pro to Family History with Rhonda Hoffman

April 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

In-person program at Central Library, TechKnow Lab, Top floor

Advanced registration is required.

This step-by-step workshop will teach you how to plot your ancestors’ movements and overlay historical maps.

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