Hall House Genealogy Support Group


Contributing Writer
Janet Wahlberg 

One of the many resources that the Hall House offers is a Support Group that meets monthly. We currently have about 50 members and our interests and areas of research are varied as are our skill levels. The leadership works hard to provided programming that addresses the individual members needs by offering a different topic each month at our meetings. 

Over the last year, programs offered were: Dating and Preserving Photos, Fulton History Site, English Research, Updates and Using Find A Grave, Using Timelines to Solve Genealogical Questions, Digitizing and Preserving Photos & Documents and Resources Available at the Grosvenor Room at the Buffalo Public Library. Still to come this year are programs on Immigration, Irish Research, Solving Brick Walls and our Christmas Party. We take a different look at Brick Walls. Everyone is invited to bring us their Brick Wall and we Brainstorm solutions as a group. These have been quite entertaining as well as offering excellent strategies. We bring leftover cookies to the Christmas party and discuss unique holiday traditions and relatives. Most of us have some of each. In addition to our specific topic each month we attempt to pair a Web site that would be most helpful to this topic. 

The Support Group sponsored a series of workshops this year focused on those wishing to research their Swedish Heritage. It was divided into 3 parts: Beginning Research (applicable to research for any ethnicity), Moving Your Family Back Across the Pond, and finally instruction on Emibas and Arkiv, primary resources for those looking for their family in Sweden.  

We also offered a workshop on Basics of DNA in September and on February 23, 2019 we will present DNA 201 Analysis with GED Match. March, April and May will be a 3-part series on using Census Records. All our Workshops are on Saturdays from 10:30 -12:30. There will be information in the paper and on the Fenton History Center Facebook page as well as the Fenton Genealogy Support Group at the Hall House Facebook Page.

The leadership of the group is in the process of planning a Genealogy Conference for April 2019. It will be held locally and will offer a wide variety of topics from the most basic courses for those who are just starting to research their family history to more advanced and specific topics. 

We invite you to join us for our meetings held the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 at the Hall House Research Center at 73 Forest Avenue. The October meeting is being held on October 24th as the leaders will be out of town on the usual date. You are welcome to attend one or two meetings without cost. After that we ask that you join the Fenton History Center, basic membership is $40. Give us a try, you will meet others with this Magnificent Obsession we share and grow your expertise. 

To read Janet Wahlberg’s previous genealogy columns or to delve deeper into her writings and insights for searching out and recording your own family’s genealogy, please go to jamestowngazette.com and visit Janet’s own web page.