07 Oct

Western New York Genealogy Seminar

Saturday, October 7, 2017 -
8:30am to 4:30pm
Event Location: 
Embassy Suites Buffalo, 200 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Western New York Genealogical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS) are pleased to host the Western New York Genealogy Seminar celebrating Western New York as a unique place of shared history and community. Designed for researchers of all experience levels, this day-long event will feature six presenters and seven programs. Conference participants will:

  •  Attend informative, insightful, and engaging presentations discussing research methods and strategies, statewide and regional resources, and local genealogical projects
  • Network with other genealogists, historians, researchers, and genealogical society representatives
  • Participate in optional (pre and post) conference tours in and around Buffalo.

Full-day registration opens May 15, and costs $45 for WNYGS and NYG&B members, and $55 for non-members. 

Optional pre and post conference tours and events will be available for an additional cost. 


Event Schedule

Start Time

End Time

Session #


8:30 a.m.

9:15 a.m.




9:20 a.m.


Event Welcome

9:20 a.m.

10:20 a.m.

Session 1A

Pathways from New England to New York

9:20 a.m.

10:20 a.m.

Session 2B

Early Probate in New York: From Colonial Dutch and English to Statehood

10:20 a.m.

10:50 a.m.



10:50 a.m.

11:50 a.m.

Session 3A

Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry

10:50 a.m.

11:50 p.m.

Session 4B

Rochester Genealogical Society Record Digitization - Case Study

11:50 p.m.

1:15 p.m.


Lunch Break

1:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

Session 5A

A Tour of New York State Repositories

1:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

Session 6B

Fulton History

2:15 p.m.

2:45 p.m.



2:45 p.m.

3:45 pm

Session 7

The Future of Genealogy


4:00 p.m.


Closing  Q&A period



Blaine Bettinger, JD, PhD

Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is an intellectual property attorney by day and a DNA specialist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at Excelsior College, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Dennis A. Hogan

A frequent lecturer, Dennis A. Hogan is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in New York State and Ireland. He serves as both the Vice-President and the Coordinator of the Computer Interest Group for the Rochester Genealogical Society. Mr. Hogan is also the Historian for the Town of Gorham. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Larry Lavery

Larry Lavery is a member of the Rochester Genealogical Society where he served as Vice-President, chairing the Computer Interest Group for many years. He is a retired electrical engineer with paternal roots in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties. He lobbied to form the “Church Records Preservation Committee” in 2005. The scope of the effort has expanded to cover all community records of value to genealogists. The archive now holds over 300,000 pages of church, cemetery and town historian records for Monroe County.

James Paprocki

Jim Paprocki has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is knowledgeable about database construction and in accessing them through the Internet. In addition to being co-administrator and webmaster of the Rochester Church Indexing Project, he also is currently Assistant Webmaster for the Rochester Genealogical Society.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

D. Joshua Taylor is a nationally recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Passionate about family history, Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). He is also the immediate past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? and can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Jane E. Wilcox

Jane E. Wilcox is a contributing editor of The New York Genealogical & Biographical Record and serves on the New York State Archives Advisory Committee. She speaks nationally for conferences, institutes and webinars and hosts The Forget-Me-Not Hour podcast twice a month at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/JaneEWilcox. With her company, Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, in Albany, Jane specializes in colonial and early national New York and area research. She also serves on the NYG&B’s New York Family History Advisory Committee and is writing the authorized guide to the New York State Archives. She has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, a bachelor's degree in history and English literature from the University of Michigan and teacher's certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.