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Society Membership

Member Benefits

Society Membership

Take Advantage of Our 50th Anniversary Membership Special


This special offer is for new or former members who would like to join (or rejoin) the Western New York Genealogical Society in 2024.

If you join anytime before May 1st, the start of our standard 2024-2025 membership year, you will receive all the benefits of membership from the date your application is accepted.  That's like getting up to four (4) extra months of membership benefits at no additional cost. Please note this promotion, in celebration of our 50th anniversary, is available only for this year.


Sign-up today by clicking the "Join or Renew Online" button or by downloading the mail-in membership form below.

If you are a current member, we encourage you to tell your friends and family who are not yet members about this promotion. We want as many people as possible to enjoy our 50th anniversary celebrations and all the society has to offer.

Membership Period

A society membership runs annually from May 1st to April 30th and starts with the June issue of the Western New York Genealogist, regardless of the date on which you join.  For all annual memberships, renewal is due on or before May 15th each year.  For those joining mid-year, back issues of the Genealogist will be sent electronically.

Member Benefits

Meetings & Programs

Minimum of six meetings (in-person and online) per year featuring speaker programs, workshops, and member field trips.

Western New York Genealogist

Four issues (June, September, December, and March) of our quarterly member publication, the Western New York Genealogist.  Content includes topics such as research strategies and techniques, resource profiles, developments in the field of genealogy, and upcoming regional and national programs.

June Partridge Zintz Memorial Library 

Use of the society's reference library located in the Grosvenor Room of the B&ECPL Central Library (downtown Buffalo). The Zintz Collection contains more than 3,000 books, 700 reels of microfilm, and hundreds of genealogical and historical periodicals. Our library also includes such unique society resources as the Vital Index of Early Western New York Familiesbible and marriage records, and member-submitted ancestor charts.

Website Members Area 

Access to the special "Members Area" of the society's website, which contains such resources as recorded programs, handouts, publication back issues, annual indexes, databases, and records. 

Community & Connection

Share, learn, break down brick walls, and get the latest updates from the society via our website and private Facebook Discussion Group.

Volunteer Opportunities

Help the researchers of today and tomorrow by sharing your time, skills, and expertise with the society.  Participate in ongoing society service opportunities including record transcription and indexing, microfilming and digitization, and community outreach.

Annual Memberships


One Adult.


Annual Dues: $30


Age 18 & Younger.
Digital Version of Publication.
Annual Dues: $10


Two Adults, One Household.


Annual Dues: $35


One Organization.

Print Version of Publication.


Annual Dues: $30

Life Memberships


One-Time Payment.

Individual Dues:  $350

Family Dues: $500

Supporting the Work

Today & in the Future

Your convenient one-time payment* entitles you to a lifetime of membership benefits.


Full balance must be received within one year.   

One-time and semi-annual payment options are available.  

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The membership process just became even easier. Click the link below to join or renew online through our store.

At checkout, simply select whether you will be paying by PayPal or check (to be mailed to address provided).

Prefer to submit your membership or renewal using a mailed paper form?

Click the icon to print/download the appropriate membership form.  When completing, please remember to include your zip code + four to help facilitate society mailings.  Mail your completed form and check (payable to "WNYGS") to the address indicated on the form.

Need Further Assistance?

Have any questions about membership?

Need additional information about the sign-up or renewal process?

Need to update your contact information?

Society Registrar:

Becky Burke


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 338

Hamburg, NY  14075

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