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Member Meetings & Programs

The Western New York Genealogical Society hosts a minimum of six member meetings a year. These meetings are generally held on the third Saturday of the month during March, April, May, September, October and November (unless special opportunities or conflicts arise). Occasionally, bonus webinars, trips, and workshops may be offered during the year.  


As a special benefit for members, videorecordings and digital handouts are made available whenever possible. 

Upcoming Programs

  • “Birthplace and Crossroads of Western New York” - Speaker Luncheon & HLOM Tour
    “Birthplace and Crossroads of Western New York” - Speaker Luncheon & HLOM Tour
    Sat, Jun 22
    HLOM & Terry Hills Banquet Facility
    Jun 22, 2024, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
    HLOM & Terry Hills Banquet Facility, Batavia, NY 14020, USA
    Join us for our two-part, two-location 50th Anniversary event! Learn more about WNY's history as you attend our special Speaker Luncheon & Holland Land Office Museum Tour [option of morning (9:30am) or afternoon (3:00pm) start].
  • "Save Our Cemeteries" Workshop
    "Save Our Cemeteries" Workshop
    Sat, Jul 13
    Calvin K. Richards Community Center
    Jul 13, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Calvin K. Richards Community Center, 7000 Lockport Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, USA
    Join us as we travel to Niagara County to learn more about cemeteries. This full-day event will take place at two locations - Calvin K. Richards Community Center & Witmer Cemetery (both in Town of Niagara, NY).
  • 50th Anniversary Founders Celebration
    50th Anniversary Founders Celebration
    Sat, Oct 05
    Michael's Banquets
    Oct 05, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
    Michael's Banquets, 4885 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg, NY 14075, USA
    50th Anniversary Founders Luncheon - A full-day conference featuring presentations by world renown genealogical experts, Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS & Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA

Advanced registration is required for all programs.  

After registering for an online program, you will receive a Zoom confirmation email containing the meeting link.


Oct 5, 2024  50th Anniversary Founders Celebration   Download Flyer    

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Program Chair:

Jeanette Sheliga

Upcoming Programs
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Past Programs

2024 Programs

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2023 Programs
Nov 18 2023: Annual Society Business Meeting & Election
Oct 28 2023: "Spotlight on Wyoming County" - Panel Discussion 
Sept 16 2023: "Death Records By A Different Name" presented by Diane L. Richard [Flyer]


May 20 2023: "How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read" with Pam Vestal [Flyer]

Apr 15 2023: "Technology to the Rescue: Free Tools Every Genealogist Needs in their Toolbox" with Linda Debe [Flyer]


Mar 18 2023:  "Using Historical Literature to Explore Your Ancestors Lives" with Karen A. Fortin [Flyer]

Feb 18 2023:  "Maps Galore: Finding & Using Online Maps from the Library of Congress" with Annette Burke Lyttle [Flyer]

Jan 21 2023:  "Mysterious Codes: Passenger Manifests Letters and Numbers” with Christine Cohen [Flyer]

Apr 20 2024: Members Meet-Up - Rochester Genealogical Society's "Genealogy in Bloom" Conference with Jeanette Sheliga

Mar 16 2024 "
Chautauqua County Poor Farm & the Emigrant Train" presented by Michele Henry 

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Feb 17 2024: "Using AI for Genealogy" presented by Margaret M. McMahon [Flyer]

Jan 20 2024: "Wide World of Passports" presented by Debra Dudek  [Flyer]
Prior Programs (2019-2022)

Additional information on past member programs and trips here. 

Member Program Photo Gallery
Buffalo History Museum

Buffalo History Museum

"Buffalo Will See It Through" exhibit

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Society Workshop at Computer Learning Lab

Family Discoveries

Family Discoveries

BIGS Railroad Employee Record Collection

BIGS Library

BIGS Library

Visit to the Buffalo Irish Genealogy Society

City of Buffalo Inactive Records

City of Buffalo Inactive Records

Talk and Private Tour of Facility at River Rock

Library Love

Library Love

Members showing their support for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library and all libraries throughout Western New York

Tracing Our History

Tracing Our History

WNY Genealogy Conference - Documenting Our Families' Journeys

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Society Program on Church Records

Remembering Those Lost

Remembering Those Lost

Erie County (NY) Casualties in WWI

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project

Library of Congress Training - Documenting Veterans' Experiences

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