Schedule of Meetings and Events

The Western New York Genealogical Society hosts a minimum of four member meetings a year. These meetings are 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 published event descriptions. Additional paid trips, workshops and activities may 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.

2017 Scheduled WNYGS Meetings and Events


Sat., November 18, 2017
Annual Society Meeting & Elections with Special “Our Military Story” Program

Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, New York

During our November meeting, members will be voting in annual elections and participating in an exciting day of programming. Library of Congress Veterans History Project trainers will be traveling to Buffalo to present a special two-hour workshop designed to increase participants' understanding of the personal aspects of oral history interviewing and the technical aspects of audio and video documentation. Additionally, Buffalo History Museum staff will be offering special docent-guided tours of “For Home & County”, a new World War I exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war and the sacrifice of 968 lives from Western New York. Attendees will explore local stories and view rarely before seen artifacts from the collection.

Advance registration is required, and seating is limited.

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Previous Meetings - 2017


Sat., October 7, 2017
Western New York Genealogy Conference Logo- Buffalo, New York - October 7, 2017

The Western New York Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society are pleased to host the Western New York Genealogy Conference, a full-day event celebrating Western New York as a unique place of shared history and community. Designed for researchers of all experience levels, the two-track conference will include presentations by highly respected national experts Dr. Blaine Bettinger, D. Joshua Taylor, and Jane E. Wilcox among others.

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Sat., September 16, 2017 - Genealogy Workshop: Finding Passenger Lists 1620-1950s
Presented in partnership with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Central Branch, Buffalo, New York

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Sat., May 20, 2017 - "Members Only" Talk & Tour: Irish Research Techniques
Presented in partnership with the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society
Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

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Sat., April 22, 2017 - Spotlight on Orleans County Research
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Central Branch, Buffalo, New York

  • Understanding the Orleans County Department of History with County Historian Matthew Ballard
  • Family Farming in Orleans County with Local Genealogist and Author Holly Ricci-Canham

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    Sat., March 18, 2017 - March Meeting: Genealogy 101 with Librarian Rhonda Konig
    Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Central Branch, Buffalo, New York

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    Previous Meetings - 2009-2016


    Click here for an extended list of prior WNYGS meetings and events.



    Last updated: May 24, 2017