PROGRAM CANCELED: April 2020 Field Trip

WNYGS Field Trip and Member Meet-Up: Rochester Genealogical Society's “Genealogy in Bloom” featuring Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

Important Cancellation Information:
The Rochester Genealogical Society has made the decision to CANCEL its planned 2020 Genealogy In Bloom Conference in Pittsford, NY on April 18th in direct response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore, the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS) will be no longer be hosting the associated bus trip and member meet-up. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Program Time: 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Registration will open at 8:30 a.m.)

Event Location: Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 460 Kreag Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534.

WNYGS members will be traveling to Rochester for a day of learning and networking with the members of the Rochester (NY) Genealogical Society as they host an all-day program with expert Mary Kircher Roddy. Sessions will include:

  • Using Spreadsheets in Genealogical Research: Are you afraid of spreadsheets because you don’t know how or where to start? Or are you comfortable with spreadsheets but think there might be a trick our two out there that you don’t know? In this talk, Mary will get the beginners up to speed, and share with experienced users tricks she’s learned in more than 25 years of spreadsheet use as an accountant, a writer and a genealogist.

  • Ins and Outs of Indexes - Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds and More: Indexes for county records can be the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch continues to digitize and make available more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with the different indexing systems and how to use them.

  • Writing the Story When They Left No Stories:You've spent years (or decades) working on your genealogy. Now it's finally time to take all that data and put it together into a story that your relatives - yes, even your spouse and children! - will want to read. She will show you how to take your data and "fluff it up" with the kinds of details that draw your reader into the story of their ancestors' lives.

  • I Remember Mama - But Not Her Maiden Name: Women can be hard to identify. If they married, they probably changed their names. See more than 20 great strategies for finding the maiden name of "troublesome" women in your family's past - and a few more strategies for discovering married names for those sisters, daughters and aunts who have "disappeared."

    About the Speaker: Mary Kirchner Roddy, CG grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005. Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL and her children attended Monaleen School. Fifteen years later, the genealogy is still a work in progress. But the trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore. Mary has published articles in Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. She's currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates which she discovered in her genealogical research. Mary frequently lectures around the Seattle area, and is an active member of Seattle Genealogical Society. Her husband's most recent sabbatical brought them to Sydney, Australia and while he taught at the University of Western Sydney, Mary spent her time swapping research strategies and methodologies with the genealogists at the Botany Bay Family History Society. She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, The Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society.


    Important Two Part Event Registration Information:

    Program Registration:
    Pre-registration for the program is required. [If you do not pre-register, you will not be guaranteed a copy of the lecture syllabus.] The event is free for RGS members and $30 for guests. Individuals must register online at the RGS' website at (beginning March 1st).

    Lunch Break:
    There will be a 1 hour and 15 min break for lunch. For those attendees who plan on bringing their own lunch, there will be tables and chairs available for their use. [Please note: Since this is a LDS Church, attendees have been asked not to bring any coffee or tea drinks.]

    Optional Free WNYGS Bus:
    Thanks to the generosity of the Margaret Bauman and Fredericka Kaiser Fund, the Society will be offering free transportation to and from the event for up to 20 members. Grand Tours will be the tour operator. Members will be transported using a standard school bus; the bus has open steps with a handrail. (Cost: Transportation is free for Society members, but donations in support of WNYGS are gratefully accepted).

    The schedule is as follows:

  • 7:15 a.m. Promptly depart from NYS Thruway Authority Park and Ride (Exit 49 - Depew: Paved, lit parking lot for 50 just before the toll booths - across from Garden Place Hotel on Transit Road)
  • 8:30 a.m. Arrive at venue
  • 4:15 p.m. Departure from Pittsford, NY
  • 5:30 p.m. Return to Park and Ride

    Seating is limited. Advanced registration (with valid WNYGS member number) and completed liability waiver are required for all participants. [Maximum one ticket per Individual Member and two tickets per Family Member.] Please reserve your seat on the bus no later than April 11th by visiting For those without email access, please call Jennifer Liber Raines at 716-550-2439 to make arrangements.

    Last updated: March 12, 2020