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 two months when traditional meetings are not held: in July for our summer picnic, and December when the Society hosts a

July 2017 – member and guest picnic. CANCELLED.

August 10 – “A Family History Show & Tell” by Marie-Cecile (nee Okoniewski) Tidwell, PhD.

Video presentation of her paternal family tree & history of their Buffalo family-owned business Matthew C. Okoniewski Funeral Home

September 14, 2017 – “Finding Genealogy Records in Erie County” by Speaker Patricia L. Fulwiler, Deputy County Clerk, Erie County Clerk’s Office.

Patricia L Fulwiler serves as the Legal Deputy for the Erie County Clerk, currently Peggy A. LaGree, Acting, and has been with the Erie County Clerk’s Office for 9 (fun filled) years, and was previously In-House Counsel for Hunt Real Estate Corp. and President of Network Title Agency of New York.  She is affiliated with the State of New York courts and received her J.D. degree from Thomas M. Cooley law School and her B.A. degree from Michigan State University.

October 12, 2017 – officer and trustee nominations,  “A Family History Show and Tell”, by Denise Oliansky, followed by research night.

November 9, 2017 – officer and trustee elections. “European Immigration” by Joe Golombek, History Professor at Buffalo State College.

December 14, 2017 – member and guest Christmas party.

Polonia & Community Events

September 9, 2017 – Genealogy Fair, St. Gabriel’s RC, Elma, NY.

‘Grandma Said She Was From Poznan: An Introduction to Polish Genealogy’  by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz. 

Do you have a story or two about your family’s ancestry, but not much else to go on? Would you like to learn how to trace your family history to discover where your ancestors came from in Poland, but you’re intimidated by the language barrier? Julie will demonstrate how to use those family stories to start your research into your family tree. Using examples drawn from her own research into her family of Polish immigrants to Buffalo, New York, she will identify key websites and strategies that will allow you to trace your family in both U.S. and Polish records, and she’ll offer some resources for overcoming that language barrier as well.
Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz is a family historian, speaker, and Western New York native who has been actively researching the origins of her own Polish family and that of her husband, Bruce (100% WNY Polish-American) since the mid-1990s.  Her areas of interest include villages in all three partitions of Poland (Prussian, Russian and Austrian) and she reads records in Polish, Russian and Latin. She volunteers as an administrator and regular contributor to the Facebook group, “Polish Genealogy,” and is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State, the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, and the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts. Her article, “The Insider’s Guide to Geneteka” (co-authored with Maciej Adam Markowski) was recently published in the Winter issue of the PGSA journal Rodziny. Julie currently resides in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.
 Polish Happy Hours

Check here for a list of 2017 Polish Happy Hour Events.

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