TROY IRISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Troy, New York
The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society
was held on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at the M.J.’s on the
Avenue in North Troy, New York. The following individuals
were in attendance:
Donna K. Vaughn
The meeting was called to order at 6:50 p.m. by Donna Vaughn,
A motion was made by Jan Sullivan and seconded by Joan Howe
to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2007 meeting. The
motion passed. The minutes have been published on the TIGS
President Donna Vaughn asked if everyone had been able to access
the newsletter. She reported that NARA is proposing large
fee increases for photocopying records, especially those involving
the Civil War.
Kris Ayotte noted that many high school graduation classes are
creating e-mail lists for their reunions and that it would be
an excellent place to place an item regarding TIGS membership. Kris
recently contacted the list owner for her high school reunion. Joan
Howe suggested that CCHS be contacted and asked to add a short
notice in their newsletter that is sent to alumni. Ed
Dyer will check with CCHS to see if this can be done. Donna
Vaughn offered to do the same for Green Island.
Kay Brearton, secretary, reported that the four volumes of St.
Mary’s Troy marriage records has been published by the
American Canadian Genealogy Society. A copy
will be donated to the Troy Public Library in the near future.
The current balance in the treasury is $876.29. Cathy
McGrath listed the recent expenditures that had been approved. There
are 95 paid members of TIGS. There continues to be
some confusion about when to pay dues and some people who had
already paid $5.00 for the current year, paid another $10.00. These
individuals will be notified that they are paid through 2008.
Webmaster, Jeanne Keefe, was unable to attend the meeting. Lizette
Strait, List Administrator, was also unable to attend. There
are currently 192 list members.
Bill McGrath is coordinating the work on Volume 3 of the Rensselaer
County Marriage Index. There are 2000 records (4,000
names) in this volume. The grooms are completed
and the information was forwarded to a volunteer in Massachusetts
(Bob McConihe) who is analyzing the data, checking for missing
numbers, duplicate numbers, etc. There are over 30
volunteers from various parts of the U.S. working on this project. When
Jeanne Keefe returns, she will send additional records to Bill
which he in turn will send out to the volunteers to transcribe.
Kris Ayotte is compiling the death information in the 1900 Troy
Discussion of the TIGS T-shirts and sweatshirts was tabled.
The antique appraisal fundraiser will be held at the Mountainview
Fire House on Saturday, June 2, from 10 to 2. The
co-chairs for the event are Donna Vaughn and Jeanne Keefe. Jan
Sullivan, Cathy McGrath, Donna Vaughn, Kris Ayotte and Kay Brearton
volunteered to work the event.
Donna expressed her regret that TIGS members were unable to
participate in the Albany St. Patrick’s Day parade when
it was rescheduled. She was sorry if there was any
The members discussed how access to the new resource list will
be handled; i.e., open only to paid members or open to everyone. A
motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Ed Dyer to open
the resource list to everyone. Volunteers who respond
to requests will be asked to encourage that the requestors consider
becoming paid members of TIGS. The motion was
The next edition of the TIGS newsletter will be published in
June and Donna encouraged members to submit items.
Ed Dyer reported that ten votes were submitted regarding the
proposed changes to the Charter and all were in favor. There
were no negative comments received. Donna will inform
Jeanne Keefe so that the changes can be made in the Charter as
published on the web site.
The poster board presentation has been put on a CD by Lizette
Strait and will be printed. It is expected to be ready
Kris Ayotte recommended that the TIGS logo be included on all
items produced by TIGS.
Discussion of TIGS participation the Irish Fest 2000 was tabled.
Kris Ayotte is working to put together a trip to Ireland, possibly
in April 2008. She will have more information at
Ed Dyer offered to serve as Chair of the Nominating Committee
for the election of officers for the coming year. All
the current officers agreed to serve again; however, any paid
member who is able to attend the meetings is welcome to run for
any office by notifying Ed. A motion was made by
Jan Sullivan and seconded by Joan Howe to approve the slate of
current officers. The motion passed.
Donna informed the members of several upcoming genealogy related
presentations in the local area.
The members expressed their pleasure in meeting Joan Howe who
was visiting from Iowa. Joan is a former Trojan and
has made many valuable contributions to the TIGS web site.
A motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Jan Sullivan
and Ed Dyer to adjourn the meeting. The motion was
approved and the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary