October 2020 Two-Part Member Webinar


Historic Photo Erie Canal Lockport
Image Source: Library of Congress Digital Collection

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Webinar: Zoom Meeting

Cost: Free to members. Advanced registration is required.

October Member Program: "The Queen City of the East" and "The Young Lion of the West": Western NY Canal Boomtowns with Pamela Vittorio


Program Description: The presentation highlights how three generations of canals (1817–1918) shaped and influenced boomtowns of the western division, like Buffalo and Rochester, and the villages in between. Learn about various record types—many created by the canal commissioners—that document canal construction, boatbuilding, canal families, and merchants’ transactions, and how using these records can elevate your genealogical research.


About the Presenter: Pamela Vittorio holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern History and Languages. She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the English Language Studies Department at the New School, (Parsons School of Design) in NYC, author of several ELT educational textbooks and video series, and a professional genealogist. Pamela acquired a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and a PLCGS in Canadian Studies (2020) and Librarianship (2019) from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (Toronto U). Pamela attends GRIP, IGHR, SLIG yearly, and has been a speaker at many history and genealogy conferences, including NGS and NYSFHC. Her research specialty areas include workers and boatmen on North American Canals, DNA/Genetic Genealogy, NY State and New England; Canadian (Ontario and Quebec), Italian, Irish, Polish, and Jewish genealogy; the Civilian Conservation Corps, migration patterns, women's suffrage, and house histories, as well as heirlooms and artifacts. She has memberships in APG-NE and APG-NY, CNYGS, NEHGS, NYG&B, NGS, Ohio GS, Ontario GS, Old Saybrook Historical Society, CT, Quebec Genealogical e-Society, American Name Society; and is an active volunteer at several genealogical organizations and historical societies. Currently she serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango, NY, and as the volunteer genealogist-at-large and a member of Collections Committee, Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY.


Registration: This zoom presentation is free to all Society members. Advanced registration is required, and members can sign up online beginning October 3rd. Once registered, individuals will receive the program link in the confirmation email.



Last updated: October 3, 2020