Western New York Genealogy Conference Logo- Buffalo, New York - October 7, 2017

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To enhance attendees’ experiences, local repositories and sites will be offering optional paid tours pre and post conference. All proceeds from these events will benefit the hosting charitable organization. Interested individuals should register directly with the organization. Seating is limited, and advanced registration is required.

Friday, October 6, 2017 (Pre-Conference)

>> Option A: Forest Lawn Cemetery and Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center - "Archives Talk and Cemetery Trolley Tour"
Location: 2062 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14208
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

As one of the first deliberately designed and professionally landscaped rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 161,000 individuals on its picturesque 269-acre grounds. Each year, thousands of visitors come to enjoy all that Forest Lawn has to offer. Unmatched natural beauty – hills, valleys, lakes and streams. Sculptural masterpieces. Living history. Most importantly, the stories of those who now rest in peace under our care - from a U.S. President and foreign royalty, to captains of industry, artists, inventors, veterans from every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary War and people like us who have quietly built the community that we and our families enjoy.

Forest Lawn staff will present an insider’s look at its Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center, a 3,140-square-foot archival “center of excellence” that protects, conserves, and makes publicly accessible more than 1.2 million historical and genealogical documents. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a one-hour docent-led trolley tour immediately following the presentation.

Cost: $20; register by calling Laurie at (716) 332-2233.


>> Option B: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library: Grosvenor Room Lock-In - "Understanding Regional Genealogy Research Resources and Strategies"
Location: 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York 14203
Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (with additional "release" times at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.)

The Buffalo & Erie County Library's Grosvenor Room is home to an outstanding collection of unique, rare and historically significant genealogical materials. Join us as genealogy librarian Rhonda Konig presents an insiders' guide to Grosvenor Room resources. Whether beginner and veteran researcher, learn how to get more out of your library research efforts. Immediately following the talk and tour, library staff and Western New York Genealogical Society volunteers will be on hand to assist attendees with their research.

Cost: Free; $10; register online or via telephone at (716) 716-858-7189.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017 (Post-Conference)

>> Option C: Buffalo History Museum - "Resources Talk and Museum Tour"
Location: 1 Museum Court, Buffalo, NY 14216
Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Genealogy is the story of people and locations. Through our exploration of our ancestors, we reveal the story and heart of Buffalo & Erie County. Join the Cynthia Van Ness, the Director of Library and Archives at The Buffalo History Museum, as she highlights genealogical and historical resources available to researchers from our collection. As a special bonus for conference, we're offering docent-led tours of the Museum and exhibits immediately following the presentation.

Cost: $10; register online or via telephone at (716) 873-9644.


>> Option D: Hull Family Home & Homestead - "Pioneer Homestead Tour and Talk"
Location: 5976 Genesee Street, Lancaster, NY 14086
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and New York State Register of Historic Sites, the Hull House is a Federal style home that was built around 1810 by Warren Hull, a Revolutionary War veteran and one of Erie County's earliest pioneers. The structure is currently recognized as the oldest masonry dwelling in the county. This special program will include a guided tour of the Hull Family Home and Homestead (including family cemetery) with a discussion of ongoing preservation and restoration efforts by Foundation President Gary Costello.

Cost: $10; register by calling (716) 837-0898.

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Last updated: May 15, 2017