Monthly Meeting Notes
TROY IRISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Troy, New York
The regular monthly meeting of the
Troy Irish Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, April 20, 2006
at the Holmes & Watson Restaurant in Troy, New York. The following
individuals were in attendance:
George Butler, guest
The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Donna Vaughn, President.
A motion was made by Rick Shea and seconded by Jeanne Keefe to
approve the minutes of the March meeting. The motion passed; the
minutes have been posted to the TIGS website.
There were no reports from the President. Donna welcomed back the
McGraths and Sheas. She also thanked Jeanne Keefe for the gavel
she has donated for use by the President at the meetings. There
were no reports from the Vice President or Secretary.
The members discussed the feasibility of distributing membership
cards to paying members of TIGS. The consensus was that it was a
good idea. Lizette Strait agreed to print the cards when a design
was decided upon and Kris Ayotte would laminate them. The logo/design
would be in conformity with the logo/design chosen for the T-Shirts/sweatshirts.
A motion was made by Rick Shea and seconded by Jeanne Keefe to approve
issuing membership cards. The motion passed.
Rick Shea, Treasurer, reported that there are 42 paid members and
$215 in the treasury. Donna turned over dues received at the March
meeting from Ann White and Sheila McVeigh. After some discussion
it was agreed that Rick and Donna will meet at a branch of Citizens
Bank to sign signature cards creating an either/or signature for
the checking account. In accordance with the TIGS Charter, dues
are payable June 1; Rick will post a reminder to members regarding
the annual dues.
Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster, noted that a new photo has been put up
on the site and she would like to change the photo every two weeks.
Members were encouraged to submit photos to Jeanne. She has sent
the marriage index information to Bill McGrath.
Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported that there are 145
list members. As new people subscribe to the list, Lizette will
invite them to become members of TIGS. The members discussed how
to encourage more list members to become dues paying members of
TIGS. Sheila McVeigh felt that $5.00 was too low for the dues, but
the majority of the members feel that in these beginning years,
the amount of dues was reasonable and could be raised in the future,
if necessary. Jeanne Keefe will add a note to the projects page
explaining to users that by paying the $5.00 dues they are providing
any necessary financial help for current and future projects.
Bill McGrath, Project Chairperson, explained the next steps to
be taken with the marriage index information. He has found many
inconsistencies in the data and will be going to the Rensselaer
County Clerk’s Office to reconcile the data. The Young Irish
Americans of Troy computer file is extensive and Jeanne Keefe is
not sure the website can support it, especially the photographs
which take up a lot of space. Bill McGrath will resend the file
with the information to Jeanne and she will check on the space situation.
The proposed Saturday tour of the NYS Library was tabled until a
The Albany Duck Tour company will be conducting tours in Troy this
year and Donna Vaughn will check with them to get further information
on dates and times for the tours.
Bill McGrath told the members that he recently attended a very
interesting speech at the Troy Public Library regarding local cemeteries
and customs surrounding death. It was sponsored by the Rensselaer
County Historical Society.
Jeanne Keefe explained that she will be conducting a tour of Troy
for RPI students and there is the possibility that TIGS members
could join the tour or she could arrange a separate one. The title
of the tour is “Hidden Spaces” and the tour group will
visit gardens within the city.
Mike McAlonie, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, was unable
to attend the meeting and submitted the results of his work to Donna
Vaughn. The following individuals were nominated for offices: President
– Donna Vaughn; Vice President – Kris Ayotte; Treasurer
– Rick Shea and Cathy McGrath; Secretary – Kay Brearton;
Webmaster – Jeanne Keefe; List Administrator – Lizette
Strait and Kris Ayotte. Rick Shea declined the office of Treasurer
and Kris Ayotte declined the position of List Administrator. Mike
McAlonie will facilitate the election procedure.
Members were reminded that Jeanne Keefe will be the speaker at
a brunch for the Ballykilcline Reunion on June 26 at 9:00 a.m. Donna
Vaughn believes that there is still time to make reservations for
this event and information regarding the brunch will be posted on
The “brick wall” project was discussed. Kris Ayotte
asked that it be tabled to allow her additional time to set the
guidelines for the project.
The members discussed possible designs for the proposed T-shirts/sweatshirts
for TIGS. A design that would include Uncle Sam’s hat placed
upside down with shamrocks coming out of it was one of the more
popular suggestions. Mike McAlonie has an acquaintance who majors
in graphic design and offered to assist in designing the logo.
Jeanne Keefe will create a surname list to enable people to connect
with the Oakwood Cemetery database donated by Brad Miter. It is
an interactive file and anyone who has information about ancestors
buried in Oakwood Cemetery was encouraged to send the information
to Jeanne Keefe so that she can add to the records that he has compiled
Donna Vaughn read some questions that were sent to her from a list
member regarding issues such as the current controversial illegal
immigration problems and the impact of sperm bank donors on genealogy.
Possible reasons for low attendance at monthly meetings were discussed.
Kris Ayotte will research old meeting minutes and attempt to contact
people who have attended meetings in the past but have not returned.
Lizette is waiting for Rootsweb to act on the archiving request.
OPEN GENEALOGY FORUM
Donna shared the name of a website – grillyourgranny.com
– that has excellent family trees. She shared the one she
had purchased for her family.
In the course of introducing themselves, Donna Vaughn and George
Butler discovered that they are related. It was an amazing breakthrough
for Donna who had been researching the Butler side of her family.
A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Rick Shea to
adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned
at 8:30 p.m.
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary