Society Membership

A society membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and starts with the June issue, regardless of the date on which you join.

If you are interested in membership, please complete the WNYGS membership form and mail with payment. Please remember to include your zip + four code to help facilitate Society mailings.

If you are renewing your membership, please remember to use the WNYGS Renewal Form. Membership renewal is due on or before May 15th each year.

Should you have any questions about membership or the process do not hesitate to contact our Registrar at

Membership Categories

    Dues first year $22.00 and $20.00 per year thereafter.

    Same household and receiving one publication.
    Dues first year $27.00 and $25.00 per year thereafter.

    Individual $350.00 and Family $500.00
    May be paid over course of one year. Please indicate your payment preference (one time payment, semi-annually, quarterly, other).

    If living outside of the United States, please contact the Registrar for current rates and delivery options.

    Membership Benefits

  • MINIMUM OF FOUR MEETINGS per year featuring speakers, workshops, and member field trips.

  • SUBSCRIPTION TO THE WNYGS JOURNAL. Each quarter (June, September, December and March) you will receive a forty-eight page issue which includes such content as unpublished records, articles, research strategies, best practices, and upcoming events. Digital and print versions of back issues are also available to members.

  • USE OF THE JUNE PARTRIDGE ZINTZ MEMORIAL LIBRARY, the Society's reference library located in the Grosvenor Room at the Central Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in downtown Buffalo. This reference collection contains more than 3,000 books, 900 reels of microfilm, as well as other unique regional resources.

  • PARTICIPATION IN AND ACCESS TO WESTERN NEW YORK RELATED SOCIETY MATERIALS including the Surname List , the Locality List , Ancestral Charts, and Bible Records.

  • COMMUNITY AND CONNECTION. Share, learn, break down brick walls, and get the latest updates by visiting the WNYGS website ( and Facebook Group.

  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. Help future Western New York descendants, the Society, and the larger genealogical community by sharing your time, skills, and expertise.

    Last updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2017