TROY IRISH GENEALOGY
Troy, New York
April 19, 2012
1. Acting president, Tim Stone called the meeting
to order and introduced new members Nicole and Jay Maloney and Terry
2. Meeting minutes will be taken by Kelly Grimaldi.
Treasurer’s Report submitted by Lizette Strait
and read by Donna Vaughn in Lizette’s absence. The previous
balance in March 2012 was $3,201.86. There were no expenses between
then and now. A deposit in the amount of $80 was made and included
dues payments for 2012 – 2013. Petty cash on hand totals $21.63.
Total assets - $3303.49. There are 65 paid members to date.
A suggestion was made to post the names of paid members on the website
with date of payment. Tim Stone suggested this may be a privacy
breach and will review the bylaws.
List Administrator Report: Brad reports there are
255 list members.
Facebook Report: Donna reports TIGS has 227 “likes”.
Members and non-members are free to post.
4. Project Updates: Bill McGrath reports that Book
2 of the St. Mary’s Cemetery interment records from May 1910
– December 1918 have been scanned and transcribed. They were
sent to Jeanne to download to the website. There are 3,434 names
in Book 2. Book 1 and Book 3 have already been downloaded to the
website. Book 4 is being scanned. A new scanner is on order. Scanners
are needed but must check with Jeanne Keefe to see when they may
visit her office.
The Troy newspaper project continues to make progress.
Work is continuing on formatting the final 10 years of records from
the Troy Daily Whig 1869 – 1878. The death records for this
time period have been reviewed and are in final format. Marriage
records have to be analyzed before they can be put into a final
file. Once death and marriage records are finished, they will be
sent to Jeanne for uploading to the website.
It was noted that the Rensselaer County Historical
Society has a 20 page booklet called: “Black and white and
Read” which categorizes the history of Troy newspapers. They
will allow TIGS to borrow the book for scanning.
5. New Business: Donna Vaughn reported that she attended
a meeting for the Spindle City Historical Society and there was
talk of forming an affiliation with TIGS. It is a large organization
with a nice museum. They have 231 members and $12,000 in their treasury.
All agreed it would be a natural partnership. Donna will go to the
Spindle City Historic Society next week and see where we may collaborate
Tim polled the group to see if there was interest
in a group trip to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Three
to four people would consider going on this trip.
In order to attract new members, it was suggested that a Genealogy
Day be held at the Troy Library. All present agreed this was a wonderful
idea and Tim Stone will follow up with the head librarian. A Saturday
in the spring or fall would be best.
Gerri Sherri has stepped down from her position as
president. The following nominations were presented for the slate
President – Tim Stone
Vice President – Chris Cooney
Treasurer – Lizette Strait
Co-Secretaries – Kelly Grimaldi and Mike Gilligan
The next meeting will be held on May 17th at Moscatello’s
Restaurant. Elections will be finalized at that time. The slate
of nominees will be posted on the website and a request for votes
will be made.
7. Other Business: Donna Vaughn will offer a genealogy
seminar on May 7th at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna at
6:30 and on May 17th at the Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians at
7 PM. For more information on the May 7th event call Kelly at 463-0134.
For more information on the May 17th seminar, please email email@example.com
Heidi reported that a tour of Oakwood Cemetery will
be offered during the NYS Heritage weekend (May 19th). The tour
will be led by historian, Mike Barnett and will include the Gardner
Earl Chapel which has recently been placed on the National Historic
Register. Oakwood Cemetery’s new website went live thanks
to a grant from the City of Troy.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was
Respectfully submitted, Kelly Grimaldi