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 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 2018 and 2019 WNYGS Meetings and Events

Sat., November 10, 2018
ANNUAL SOCIETY ELECTIONS with "Notes from Armageddon: Postcards, Propaganda, and the First World War" by Dr. Andrew D. Nicholls
Buffalo History Museum

Sat., March 16, 2019
Beginning Genealogy with Rhonda Hoffman
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library

Sat., April 27, 2019
Field Trip: "Genealogy In Bloom" featuring Katherine R. Willson
Rochester, New York

Sat., May 18, 2019
German Genealogy with Larry Naukam
Buffalo History Museum

Previous Meetings and Events - 2018

Sat., October 6, 2018
Webinar: "Using DNA Testing to Unlock Your Family History" with Tom Dreyer of the NEHGS

Registration link emailed (and mailed) to members on 9/24/18.


Sat., September 15, 2018
"Welcome to the Research Room at the Livingston County Historian's Office" with County Historian Amie Alden

Buffalo History Museum


July 29-August 3, 2018 - Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh: Week in Amherst, NY - Free Evening Lecture Series
Daemen College, Wick Center, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226

  • “DNA Test Results and GPS Bust Through Brick Walls: A Case Study” with Karen Stanbary, CG
  • “Scouring New York Records in Search of the Parents of William Dalton (1796-1836)” with Angela McGhie, CG
  • "Erie Canal Genealogy: The Peopling of Upstate New York and the Midwest"and "An Italian-German-French-Swiss American Boy’s Story: Genealogy in Buffalo in the 1960s" with John Colletta, Ph.D.


    Sat., May 12, 2018
    Grandpa's Invention: Genealogical Research with U.S. Patents

    Buffalo & Erie County Public Library


    Sat., April 21, 2018
    FIELD TRIP: Rochester Genealogical Society's Genealogy in Bloom - Day with Legal Genealogist Judy Russell

    Church of Latter-Day Saints, 460 Kreag Road, Pittsford, New York


    Sat., March 24, 2018
    Breaking Old World: Finding Foreign Places of Birth in American Records

    Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library, Ring of Knowledge


    Sat., March 17, 2018
    Spotlight on Continuing Education Opportunities in Genealogy: “Your Personal Education Plan: Sifting through the Options” with Elissa Scalise Powell



    Previous Meetings - 2009-2017

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