February 2016

Save the Date!!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Journey Through Time"

Genealogy Workshop

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Free Presentations

            For more information, go to our Workshops / Conferences / Webinars page.



  • WCNYGS does not handle genealogical research requests.  
  • We do not have the materials or facilities for conducting genealogical research.  
  • Genealogical research queries/inquiries are handled through the Office of the Wayne County New York Historian, 9 Pearl Street, Suite 3, Lyons, NY 14489.

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Membership in Wayne County New York Genealogical Society permits members' contributions to the society's newsletter and website.


Through the support of the Wayne County Historical organizations, a county-wide genealogical society, the Wayne County New York Genealogical Society (WCNYGS) was formed October 23, 2012, with forty-five charter members.

The Wayne County New York Genealogical Society (WCNYGS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to:

  • Educating its members and the community about proper genealogical research methods and source documentation;

  • Seeks to further the genealogical historical knowledge of its members and community; and,

  • Endeavors to preserving records of genealogical value and make them available to others.

The WCNYGS meets on the fourth Tuesday of each calendar month, January through November, 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m., at the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society & Museum, 120 High Street, Newark, NY. Individuals interested in genealogy and family history are welcome to attend meetings and programs.

Upcoming Dates To Remember!

February 23             Evernote - Part I
Genealogical Gems, Lisa Louise Cooke

Full schedule available at bottom of page.

Monthly meetings of the Wayne County New York Genealogical Society! 

Newark-Arcadia Historical Society & Museum, 120 High Street, Newark, NY

We will be enjoying several of Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gem videos for societies this year during our meetings.   Click here for a short example of her presentations.  

                                            Interested in joining us?

Download Membership Registration - Renewal PDF file found at the bottom of this page, submit the filled form and check for $15 to :

Wayne County New York Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 502
Newark, NY 14513-0502

Information on meeting dates & locations, program announcements and membership applications, etc., can be found & downloaded in PDF format. The WCNYGS Membership-year is January through December.



"When my husband and I purchased an old farm in the town of Arcadia in 2003, we found several old artifacts within the house, including a few photos.  Only one was identified .  Here's what I found out about the couple…"


      WILLIAM FREDERICK LEMBKE                                          SOPHIA P. (RADDER) LEMBKE

                          1861 - 1952                                                                                   1865 - 1937

Both William and Sophia were born to early German immigrant families in Wayne County. 

Sophia's parents , William L. Radder (1828 - 1887) and Elizabeth 'Rupka' Radder (1826 - 1902) settled in Lyons by 1860.  Sophia was born in NY in 1865.

William's parents, William F. Lembke (1833 - 1906), and Amelia 'Shuler' Lembke (1836 - 1907) settled in Galen by 1875.  William and his parents came from the Mecklenburg area in Germany.

William and Sophia were married about 1886 and lived on a farm in Galen until 1905.  By 1910, William and Sophia had moved to California, settling first in San Bernandino and then in Oceanside by 1930.  They are listed as ranchers in the Chino City Directory of 1923.  They are both buried in Oak Hill Memorial Park, Escondido, California.

William's brother, Richard, had owned our home. 

Robert Davis,
Feb 14, 2015, 12:17 PM
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