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., 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


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. Participants will:

  • Attend informative, insightful, and engaging presentations that discuss research methods and strategies, statewide and regional resources, and local genealogical projects
  • Network with other genealogists, historians, researchers, and genealogical society representatives
  • Participate in optional (pre and post) conference tours and events in and around Buffalo.

    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.

    Space is limited and advanced registration is required.


    Sat., November 18, 2017 - Annual Society Meeting & Elections with Special “Our Military Story” Program
    Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, New York

  • Annual Meeting and Society Elections
  • Lecture & Exhibit - “For Home & County” – Exploring the WNY Experience in World War I
  • Optional Workshop - Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project Interviewer Training


    Previous Meetings - 2017

    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


    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


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


    Previous Meetings - 2009-2016

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

    Last updated: May 24, 2017