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Jefferson County New York Genealogical Society (JCNYGS)
PO Box 6453
Watertown, NY 13601
President: Thomas LaClair

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 2019 represents our 25th Anniversary of the Jefferson County New York Genealogical Society. We are very proud of this and look to honor the year with memorable events in our 2019 Informer articles. We also are planning a celebratory meeting, with honored guests and cake, on 8 August 2019, this is the true 25th anniversary date.


 The JCNYGS site is a tool providing timely information to our members and guests. Via this site you can write us, send us genealogical queries, view our lecture schedule, learn of materials for sale, as well as accessing various links to other organizations. For our members in good standing, some 300 members in 35 states and Canada, you can use your log-in and password for unlimited access to all informers since 1994. The Informer is the society 24 page quarterly newsletter containing stories and photos on Jefferson County New York people and places thus providing research possibilities in each issue. This site is not specifically designed for research however we have partnered with Nancy "Nan" Dixon, coordinator of the Jefferson County New York GenWeb site, for some of your research needs. You can access her premier research pages through a direct link found on our homepage. Take a moment to notice all the links located at the bottom of the homepage. You may find something new by reviewing their pages.  Thank you for visiting us today and if not already a member, please consider joining us. The membership brochure link is also found on the homepage.


2018 - 2019 leadership: Acting President, Thomas LaClair; Acting Vice President, Larry Corbett; Secretary, Mary Blanchard; and Treasurer, Greg Plantz.

We are seeking a President and Vice President. Thomas and Larry have been in the position for several years and the bylaws state that the leadership should change every two years. If you have an interest in genealogy and enjoy being on the leading edge of activities, consider filling one of these two positions.


           World War I, also known as the First World War, or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. Over nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a result of the war (including the victims of a number of genocides) a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents technological and industrial sophistication, and the tactical stalemate caused by grueling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, and paved the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.


The 2018 - 2019 membership annual dues are $18.00 individuals, $20.00 family. This is no change from the year previous. All members will receive the login and password for the on-line version, if they choose to access it, and all members will receive the printed version. If a member does not want the printed version, we encourage sharing it with a friend, a local library, or place it in a location frequented by others who are could become interested in genealogy. Stray Informers have a way of soliciting new members.

Speaking of Informers, on this website are all the Informers since 1994. For members, these can be searched using Optical Character Recognition technology. Open an Informer for any given year (for convenience, we packaged them a year at a time), save the copy to your desktop, then open your search engine and type a word or name. If anywhere in that publication, the cursor will go to that page.


            JCNYGS and this webpage is run by volunteers. As an organization, we are not able to offer personalized individual help with your family history research. However, we can point you to member organizations throughout the state that might be able to help you. Keep in mind that many times the first stop in researching New York State is to access NYGenWeb (see Nan Dixons link on main page of this site) and click on the appropriate county page for records and contact information. In addition, see the the bottom of the homepage for links to genealogy and history organizations.
         The Jefferson County New York Genealogical Society is a membership organization open to anyone interested in Jefferson County New York genealogy. We encourage, and invite, members, non-members, and prospective members to any of our meetings. The doors are open.
Unless otherwise advertised, meetings are held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Ives Street. The church is located nearly across the street from Immaculate Heart Central School, 1316 Ives Street, Watertown, New York 13601.
Meetings are held ten months out of the year. There are no meetings held during December and January.

The meetings are held the second Monday of the month. 5:30 social time and 6:00 meeting time.

The 30 minutes of pre-meeting social time is one of the best kept secrets. This is a time when members and guests can share information and learn insight on genealogy research locations and points of contacts.

After the pre-meeting social time, the meeting begins on time. The first 5 to 10 minutes are dedicated to society business, i.e. finance report, current events, upcoming events, etc. After business is finished, the guest lecturer is introduced and the remainder of the meeting is turned over to the presenter. Most, if not all, meetings are interactive meaning questions can be asked during the presentation.

The full schedule of presenters is available via a link on the homepage.




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