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Central New York Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 1 – 3 pm, Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY 13104.
We will begin with DNA basics for the beginners in the room. There will be a discussion of the recent changes in the ethnicity features at AncestryDNA (Genetic Communities) and Family Tree DNA (myOrigins).The April 6th announcement by 23andme that they are able to offer ten genetic health risk reports including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.Parkinson’s disease and celiac disease will also be covered. Finally, strategies for hard-to-classify DNA matches, including creating mirror trees and pruning trees.

The meeting is free and open to the public.


Western New York Genealogical Society's April Program: Spotlight on Orleans County Research

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Welcome
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Part I Presentation
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Part II Presentation

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

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Part I: Understanding the Orleans County Department of History with County Historian Matthew Ballard

The frontier wilderness that was Orleans County was a stopping point for thousands of pioneers traveling from New England to western lands. The Orleans County Department of History is a frequent “first stop” for genealogists looking for information about early settlers and families who passed through the region in the early half of the nineteenth century. However, the collections within the historian’s office are different from what one might find in other offices and historical societies throughout Western New York. This program will highlight what the Orleans County Historian has and does not have in regards to collections and information.

Matthew Ballard has served as Orleans County Historian for two years, taking over for the long-tenured C.W. Lattin who concluded his service after 36 years. Ballard authors a weekly column that appears in the Orleans Hub and Batavia Daily News entitled “Overlooked Orleans” as well as a monthly column entitled “Out of the Past”. Current projects in the Historian’s office include an online database of historic markers and sites in Orleans County and the creation of a biannual publication called The Pioneer Record, a historical newsletter for disseminating local history.

In addition to his part-time duties as historian, Ballard is also the Interim Director of Library Services at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, where he serves as faculty liaison to the School of Arts & Humanities. He graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in History from SUNY Brockport, completed his M.L.S. in 2012 from the University at Buffalo, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in American History from SUNY Brockport.

Part II: Family Farming in Orleans County with Local Genealogist and Author Holly Ricci-Canham

Genealogist and local author Holly Ricci-Canham has just released her latest work, Mom & Pop Farming in Orleans County: The Past Brought To Life. Praised by the local historical community, the book includes nearly 400 photographs and 150 farmer interviews. After two years of extensive research, she will discuss the project and offer an intimate profile of a nearly vanished local lifestyle – one filled with hard work and close-knit communities centered around neighborhood churches and schools.

Holly Ricci-Canham is the Founding President of the Orleans County Genealogical Society and the Town of Carlton Genealogist. Prior to her latest work, she authored several other books including Legendary Locals of Orleans County and Carlton and Point Breeze. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Heritage Hero Award. Ms. Ricci Canham grew up on a family fruit and vegetable farm in Kenyonville, New York which later relocated to Albion.

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About Us: The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area's rich genealogical heritage. Our work focuses on the eight counties of Western New York - Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany - that were originally part of the Holland Land Company Purchase.


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