Meetings and Events



Each of the Society’s monthly meetings are open to the public and are held at 7 pm on the second Thursday of each month* in the cafeteria of Villa Maria College.  The College is located at 240 Pine Ridge Road in Cheektowaga NY.

* There are no meetings held during the summer months (June thru August) or in December when the Society hosts its annual Christmas party for members and guests.

March 14, 2019 – Learn how to use DNA in your Genealogy Research.  Presentation by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

DNA testing has become increasingly popular among genealogists, yet many people don’t really understand what to do with their test results or how to use them to verify and extend their family trees. After a brief overview of the different kinds of DNA tests available (autosomal, mitochondrial, y-DNA) and their applications in research, Julie will focus on autosomal DNA testing. She’ll help you understand your ethnicity estimates and why they might vary from what you expect, suggest resources for evaluating and analyzing your DNA matches, and demonstrate the use of chromosome browsers, GEDmatch, and DNA Painter.

April 11, 2019-Denise Oliansky presentation “How I found my Birth family thru records”

May 9, 2019-Dr. Rosanne Higgins Presentation on the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project
Rosanne Higgins was born in Enfield, Connecticut, however spent her youth in Buffalo, New York.   She studied the Asylum Movement in the nineteenth century and its impact on disease specific mortality.  This research focused on the Erie, Niagara, and Monroe County Poorhouses in Western New York.  That research earned her a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1998 and lead to the publication of her research. Her desire to tell another side of ‘The Poorhouse Story’ that would be accessible to more than just the scholarly community resulted in the Orphans and Inmates series, which chronicles fictional accounts of poorhouse residents based on historical data. She continues to write historical fiction based in Buffalo, New York.


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