Schedule of Meetings and Events

The Western New York Genealogical Society hosts a minimum of six 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 2023 WNYGS Meetings and Webinars


Saturday, January 21, 2023
"Mysterious Codes: Passenger Manifests Letters and Numbers” with Christine Cohen
Virtual (Zoom) Member Program

Saturday, February 18, 2023
"Maps Galore: Finding & Using Online Maps from the Library of Congress" with Annette Burke Lyttle
Virtual (Zoom) Member Program

Saturday, March 18, 2023
"Using Historical Literature to Explore Your Ancestors' Lives" with Karen A. Fortin
Virtual (Zoom) Member Program

Saturday, April 15, 2023
"Technology to the Rescue: Free Tools Every Genealogist Needs in their Toolbox" with Linda Debe
Virtual (Zoom) Member Program

Saturday, May 20, 2023
"How to Write Ancestral Stories Your Relatives Will Want to Read" with Pam Vestal
Virtual (Zoom) Member Program

Previous Webinars and Meetings


Saturday, November 19, 2022
Annual Society Business Meeting & Elections and "Finding Your 19th Century Ancestors on Fold3: Is There a Better Way?”with Brian Rhinehart

Saturday, October 8, 2022, 2022
"Intro to U.S. Church Records: Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church" with Sunny Morton

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

Past WNYGS Meetings and Events - 2009-2021

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