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.

WCNYGS does not handle genealogical research requests. Genealogical Research queries/inquiries are handled through the Office of the Wayne County New York Historian, 9 Pearl Street Suite 3, Lyons, NY 14489. <http://www.co.wayne.ny.us/departments/historian/historian.htm>.

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 and visit us at our website: http://www.wcnygs.com .

Interested in joining us?

Using the index on the left side of this page you can select the "Contact Us" label and on that page you can download the Application or Renewal document. It is available in both the Microsoft Word format (.doc) or the Adobe PDF format.

October Meeting of WCNYGS
Tuesday October
28, 20147:00 PM
at Newark-Arcadia Historical Society

Following the Business Meeting the program is:
Searching for Orphans
Presented by: Michael Keene
Description: Many Rochesterians will remember reading newspaper accounts looking back to the 1839 Rochester Orphan Asylum and the 1901 fire that destroyed this forerunner to today's Hillside Children's Center, drawing some 1200 people searching for the bodies of their children and the young relatives of acquaintances. Michael T. Keene provides an in depth look at the challenges and difficulties immigrants and others faced, and as a result the fate of their children, many of whom were abandoned to the streets leading to the development of a social system including orphanages, foster care, the orphan trains, and prison reform.

Bio: Michael Keene is the award-winning producer of Visions: True Stories of Spiritualism, Secret Societies & Murder. He is also the author of several other books of local history. After working as a financial planner in the financial services industry for 25 years, Mr. Keene currently lives in Pittsford, New York.

2015 Membership Renewal is due in January. The NEW renewal form is available at the bottom of the "Contact Us" page of this website.

The WCNYGS website is <http://www.wcnygs.com >. 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.

Kickoff meeting of the Funeral Home Registry Preservation Committee