Upcoming Events

RGS Writers Group

Do you want to preserve your family history in an engaging and interesting manner but aren't sure where to start?  Join your fellow family historians for l... ...Read More...

DNA Interest Group Meeting...Forensic Genetic Genealogy - a Game Changer for Cold Case Work

Special Guest Presenter: Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick
Internationally recognized forensic genealogist
Co-Founder and former Co-Executive Director of th... ...Read More...

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

Are you... ...Read More...

March RGS General Meeting - Incorporating Oral History into Your Research

Presenter: Ari Wilkins, Genealogist Lecturer 

Oral history can dramatically enhance your genealogical research. Not only can it provide you ... ...Read More...

DNA Help Sessions

Registration is required for DNA Sessions. Please register and complete the short registration form and if you have any questions, please email DNA@nyrgs.o... ...Read More...

Intro to Genealogy Part III - Life Stories

The third session, Life Stories, will look at a number of other types of records or databases that will fill in your ancestors’ life stories. What happene... ...Read More...
All Events

 Genealogy in Bloom

20 April

Registration Opens 1 March

Spend a day with other genealogists as we listen to Jeanette Sheliga talk about:

  • County Courthouse Records in New York State
  • NY State Censuses - you won't believe what's hiding there
  • Sanborn Fire Maps for Genealogy
  • Getting Acquainted with the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Learn about available records you may not know exist, what the Sanborn maps can tell you about your ancestor's life, and how using a research plan could help you break through that stubborn brick wall. Even if your ancestors have no New York connection, you could learn tips and techniques to apply to your research in other states.

This event is being held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 460 Kreag Road, Pittsford, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Attend in person, bring your own lunch, and gain the opportunity to converse with other genealogists and perhaps find the clue to unlock your research. A book sale and raffle will also take place on-site. Don't live nearby? It will also be available via Zoom.

Registration opens March 1st and pre-registration is required. The cost is $30 for non-members and free to members. Join RGS for $25 and save $5. Your membership will be good until June 2025.


Jeanette Sheliga of Jeanette's Genealogy lives in Lockport, NY and has been researching her family tree since 2002 and lecturing since 2011. She has had the privilege of speaking to societies and libraries locally and virtually all over the world. Jeanette is the President of the Virtual Genealogical Association (VGA) and holds positions in local, state, and national societies. She has completed the study groups of ProGen 49 and ProGen Praticum 02 as well as attended many genealogy institutes.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this exciting annual event.