"Mysterious Relatives" & "How the Weather Affected Your Ancestor" with Ari Wilkins

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

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

Zoom Meeting: Advanced registration required. Register online at:

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Cost: Free to members and the general public.

WNYGS Program

Event co-Sponsored with the Niagara County Genealogical Society

Program Description:

10:30am - Part 1: "Mysterious Relatives": Many researchers encounter mysterious persons living in the household of a relative; or a letter signed by an unknown ‘cousin.’ As a researcher, it is important to investigate and understand the relationship between these strangers and your person of interest. This lecture will discuss cluster research methodology.

12:00pm - Part 2: "How the Weather Affected Your Ancestor": Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and droughts impacted the lives of our ancestors. Learn how weather events may explain disease, death, migration, property loss and much more.

About the Presenter:

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Ari Wilkins has been actively researching family history since 1998, specializing in African American research.

Ms. Wilkins speaks nationally and locally. She has had the honor to speak at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, American Library Association, RootsTech, and a multitude of local societies.

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Last updated: January 31, 2022