Schedule of Meetings and Events

The Western New York Genealogical Society hosts a minimum of four member meetings a year. These meetings are generally scheduled for the third Saturday of the month during March, April, May, September, October and November (unless special opportunities and/or conflicts arise). Locations may vary, so please remember to consult the most current published event descriptions. Additional paid trips, workshops and activities may also be offered during the year.

As an added benefit, copies of handouts and presentation materials as well as videorecordings are shared with our members whenever possible.

Upcoming 2022 WNYGS Meetings and Webinars


Saturday, October 8, 2022, 2022 10:30a-12:00p EST
"Intro to U.S. Church Records: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church" with Sunny Morton
Hybrid Meeting. Advanced registration required for online participants.

Saturday, November 19, 2022 10:00a-12:00p EST
Annual Business Meeting & Elections and "Finding Your 19th Century Ancestors on Fold3: Is There a Better Way?”with Brian Rhinehart
Online Meeting. Advanced registration required.


Previous Webinars and Meetings


Saturday, September 17, 2022
"Courthouse Records of Western New York" with Jeanette Sheliga

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
WNYGS Sponsored GRIP Webinar: “Reconstructing the Lives of Our Farming Ancestors” with Annette Burke Lyttle

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Jewish Genealogy 101" with Lara Diamond

Saturday, April 16, 2022
"From Birth to Death: New York State Vital Records" with Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, B&ECPL

"Saturday, March 19, 2022
WNYGS Member Meeting: "Ready for Release Day: Prepping for 1950 Census Research" with Amanda Perrine

Saturday, February 19, 2022
WNYGS Member Meeting: "Mysterious Relatives" & "How the Weather Affected Your Ancestor" with Ari Wilkins

Saturday, January 15, 2022
WNYGS Member Meeting: "Spotlight on Niagara County" Panel Discussion

Saturday, November 20, 2021
WNYGS (Zoom) Annual Meeting & Elections and "Migration Across America" presented by Peggy Lauritzen

Saturday, October 23, 2021
WNYGS Zoom Meeting: "Faster than the March of Man: Canal Connections in the Nineteenth-Century" presented by Pamela Vittorio

Saturday, September 18, 2021
WNYGS Zoom Meeting: "The Third Coast - How the Great Lakes Shaped America" presented by Cari Taplin

Thursday, August 26, 2021
GRIP 2021 - WNYGS Sponsored Webinar: "Ship Manifests: An In-Depth Look" presented by Rich Venezia

Thursday, August 26, 2021
GRIP 2021 - WNYGS Sponsored Webinar: "Ship Manifests: An In-Depth Look" presented by Rich Venezia

Saturday, May 22, 2021
WNYGS Zoom Meeting: "Getting Acquainted with the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)" presented by Jeanette Sheliga

Saturday, April 24, 2021
WNYGS Zoom Meeting: "Trace Your Revolutionary Roots" presented by Bryna O'Sullivan

Saturday, March 20, 2021
WNYGS Zoom Meeting: "DNA Testing for Genealogy" presented by Rhonda Hoffman


Past WNYGS Meetings and Events - 2009-2020


Click here for an extended list of past meetings and events.