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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

  • “Chautauqua County Poor Farm & the Emigrant Train” by Michelle Henry
    “Chautauqua County Poor Farm & the Emigrant Train” by Michelle Henry
    Sat, Mar 16
    Zoom (Virtual Event)
    Mar 16, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Zoom (Virtual Event)
    When the NY&Erie Railroad opened between NYC and Dunkirk, NY in 1851, daily trainloads of emigrants began arriving, many required financial assistance. Over 60,000 emigrants received County aid in between 1851 and 1876. The records of these families and individuals contain a wealth of information.

Advanced registration is required for all programs.  

After registering, you will receive a Zoom confirmation email containing the meeting link.


Click the link below to download/print a copy of the upcoming program flyer:
  • Henry: "Chautauqua County Poor Farm & the Emigrant Train"[Mar-2024]

SAVE THE DATE: Anniversary Year Opportunities

"Birthplace and Crossroads of Western New York": Roadtrip & Speaker Luncheon

Date: Saturday, June 22nd 

Tour Location: Holland Land Office Museum, 131 W Main St, Batavia, NY 14020

Speaker Luncheon Location: Terry Hills Banquet Facility, 5122 Clinton Street Road, Batavia


Save the Cemeteries Workshop (all day and with lunch) 

Date: Saturday, July 13th

Location: Town of Niagara, NY 


50th Anniversary Founders Luncheon with Thomas W. Jones & Karen Mauer Jones

Date: Saturday, October 5th 
Time: 9
:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Michael’s Banquet Hall, 4885 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg, NY 14075


Special Members-Only Workshop

Coffee and Laptop in Bed

In honor of WNYGS 

50th Anniversary, 

the following Workshop is being offered 

to all WNYGS members 

by the Hernando Computer Club 

of Spring Hill, Florida, 

and the Workshop Presenter,

Charleen Scime. 

Writing Your Family STORY – Virtual Workshop (Zoom)


The focus of this workshop, presented by Charleen Scime, will be to start turning your research into stories you can share with your family. You will learn how to begin and end the narrative on a positive note.

  •  You will decide between a “memoir” and a “narrative” – Memoirs usually focus on a specific episode or time period in the life of a single ancestor, while a narrative generally encompasses a group of ancestors.

  • You will decide the scope of your book - Single Line of Descent, all descendants of a particular relative, or your Grandparents.

  • You will pick a theme – For example your theme could be Immigration/Migration, Rags to Riches, Pioneer or Farm Life, or War Survival.


The class will be on Zoom and run every second and fourth Wednesdays of February (14 and 28), March (13 and 27), and April (10 and 24), 7:00 to 8:30 pm.   Charlene will provide a summary of each class so if you miss one you can catch up. 

This class is for you – even if you don’t think you can write.

Charleen, a member of WNYGS and its 50th Anniversary Committee, is a snowbird and will be teaching the classes for the Hernando Computer Club in Spring Hill, Florida, who is sponsoring this workshop.

The Club is graciously extending this workshop to all WNYGS members at the cost of $20 for the 6 classes, the same cost that their members are paying. 

If you would like to attend and are a WNYGS member, you can register and pay for the workshop at

If you have any questions, email Charleen Scime at

Questions or Suggestions?

Have a question about an upcoming program?

Do you have a suggestion for a program topic or speaker?

Program Chair:

Jeanette Sheliga

Upcoming Programs
Past 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]

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

Click any image to learn more about past WNYGS programs and events.

Writing Workshop - Zoom
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