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Family Finders Genealogy Club (Hosted by the Rochester Public Library, Local History & Genealogy Division)

A Monthly* Genealogy Club facilitated by John D. Caulfield

Presented in partnership with the Rochester Genealogical Society

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June RGS Member Meeting - Annual RGS Picnic

We invite you to join us at the Webster Museum and Historical Society for the RGS Annual Picnic. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic me... ...Read More...

DNA Interest Group: DNA Round Table

Open forum for participants to ask questions and offer help for DNA related genealogy.  ...Read More...

Writers Interest Group - temporary date change

**Temporary date change** Join us on 11 July for Writers Group....Read More...

Writers Group

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TIG Meeting - Uncover Your Family's Story Using the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) with Elizabeth Hodges, Senior Genealogy Librarian at Allen County

Created by the staff of The Genealogy Center, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals.... ...Read More...
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Larry Naukam Given NGS Award

On 17 May the National Genealogical Society awarded Larry Naukam the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Lifetime Achievement Award at their 2024 Family History Conference. This award recognizes an individual whose positive influence and leadership have fostered unity and helped make family history a vital force in the community.

When submitting the nomination our RGS President, Eric Vaughn, wrote about Larry’s more than 45 year dedication to genealogy and local history research. Larry was the Director of Historical Services at the Central Library of Rochester as well as serving RGS as Historian/Genealogist, First Vice President, and President. He has also been a volunteer at the FamilySearch Center in Fairport since 1987. Larry has delivered over 250 free presentations to more than 8,000 individuals and authored numerous articles in genealogy and family history. Larry’s enthusiasm to help others interested in starting genealogy classes or programs is notable – whether he is offering his expertise, ideas on speakers, or actively participating.

Larry has been a significant contributor to RGS and has volunteered extensively to scan and digitize records for organizations such as the Newark Public Library, Geneva Historical Society, and New York Heritage. He has been key to the RGS Church Records Preservation Committee making countless records available worldwide.

His many publications include An In-brief Guide to New York Genealogy, and many articles for Genealogical Computing, Genweekly, and The In-Depth Genealogist.

We congratulate Larry on a much deserved award and look forward to his sharing many more years of service and genealogy expertise.