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Join Us For Our Next WNYGS Zoom Meeting and Webinar:
"The Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America" with Cari Taplin

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Western New York’s strategic location on the Great Lakes has made it both a terminus and gateway of migration. First home to Native American communities, the region was later settled primarily by New Englanders following the Revolutionary War. The opening of the Erie Canal provided an easy route west, attracting the first of many waves of immigrants from Europe. Many people remained in the area and have been followed by immigrants from around the world.

The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area's rich genealogical heritage. Our work focuses on the eight counties of Western New York - Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany - that were originally part of the Holland Land Company Purchase.

The Society's Objectives:

To collect and preserve all available records relating to early settlers in Western New York.
To make these records available to researchers.
To further genealogical knowledge and research through education.
To foster record preservation by government agencies, organizations, and individuals.


It’s that time of year! The Nominating Committee is currently working to put together an official slate of candidates for our upcoming board elections. Positions up for election include Registrar (serving 2022-2023) and two Director positions (serving 2022-2024). [By-Laws require you must be a Society member to run.] Please contact Vice-President Nancy Gavin Koester (ngktrees@gmail.com) with any nominations by 7 August 2021. If you are interested in volunteering but would like additional information on position commitments and responsibilities, she would be happy to provide those details.

>> Interested in getting involved with WNYGS but not sure you have time to serve on the Board? Consider being part of a committee. Again, contact Nancy at ngktrees@gmail.com for more infomation.

The health of WNYGS relies on volunteers like you who are willing to learn and lead.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”
- Elizabeth Andrew

Recent News, Events, and Updates

04/07/2021: Monthly Library Research Assistance Program Reinstituted

12/31/2020: COVID-19 UPDATES: Monthly Library Research Assistance Suspended Through 02/28/2021

12/15/2020: Society Announces 2021 Board Members

07/15/2020: COVID-19 UPDATES: Monthly Library Research Assistance Suspended Through 12/31/2020

06/15/2020: COVID-19 UPDATES: An Important Message from Society President Bob Balistreri

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