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May Meeting of the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS):

"Grandpa’s Invention: Genealogical Research with U.S. Patents"

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Branch, 1 Lafayette Circle, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Presented by Western New York Genealogical Society and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Searching for patents and navigating the U.S. patents system can be an overwhelming task. This workshop will take away some of the mystery and highlight the possible rewards. Did a relative member come up with a great idea? Did they take the steps to protect their invention? In addition to the specifics of the invention a patent can include: biographical information, name changes, the inventor's citizenship, addresses, employer information, names of executors, and signatures.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) website
  • Searching the database
  • Introduction to the print resources
  • Overview of specialized patent resources

Instructor: Andrew C. Maines, MLS, PTRC Representative & Government Document Librarian, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Visit to download a PDF version of the event flyer.

Special travel advisory for those who use of the Skyway (Route 5): Please make note of ongoing NYSDOT construction; specific to Saturdays, the Buffalo Skyway will be open to outbound (westbound) traffic only

DNA Interest Group of the Central New York Genealogical Society (CNYGS)

TWO MEETINGS: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 1-4 p.m. and Friday, May 18, 2018, 1-4 p.m.

The meetings will differ based on the questions that are asked. Both will begin with an overview of the basics of DNA testing. The most popular websites for DNA testing and matching will be compared: ancestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage and GEDmatch. The comparison will include the costs, the number of participants, the interfaces, and the results from the family members of the presenter (all who have given their permission to have their results shared). Ethnicity estimates for individual family members from all five will be shown to demonstrate how widely they vary.

Bring your questions and your laptops!

Genetic Genealogists of all levels are welcome, no need to register. The programs are free.

Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, Community Room 1, 5110 Jamesville Rd, Dewitt, NY 13078

From County Cork to Clarkson: Cracking the Case of the O’Brien Clan

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rochester Genealogical Society, The Clover Center, 1101 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14610

TV researcher and Genealogist Janeen Bjork will discuss the challenges she faced in tracking the 18th Century O’Brien family of County Cork to New York State and beyond. She will give a quick lesson on OCR (optical character recognition), the technology that allows scanned newspapers to be indexed and searched online. You’ll learn how to get around the limitations of OCR to unearth hard-to-find items. She will share the methods she used to break through the brick walls for her toughest genealogy commission - multiple generations of O'Briens, starting in County Cork, Ireland and continuing to Monroe, St. Lawrence, Orleans and Onondaga counties. See for an example of her work, a presentation on her maternal Italian family's ancestral home towns, and the story of how her great-grandfather and her grandfather worked in Rochester on the New York Central Railroad (October 14th program for the Italian Genealogical Group of Long Island).

June 13 - 16, 2018 - Buffalo, NY

Palatines to America German Genealogy Society National Conference - June 13 - 16, 2018 - Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo - featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. and Baerbel K. Johnson, AG. Registration information available on website soon,

August 11, 2018 - Henderson, NY - Heritage Day

Each August, on the 2nd Saturday of the month, the grounds of the Henderson Historical Society comes alive with exciting Crafter booths, food vendors, community groups, free demonstration and entertainment. It's like a great family reunion, the Henderson area-community gathers o celebrate its heritage and enjoy the best of New York State high quality craft offerings. The event begins about 9am with crafter tents set up between the winding walking path and the 1820's authentic log cabin. Games and activities are available for families and children. The Heritage Day event is free and open to the public with parking adjacent to the grounds. The main Church building has a handicap accessible ramp and the Park Pavilion has handicap facilities. There is something for young and old alike! Come join the fun and be a part if history!

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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