TROY IRISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Troy, New York
Meeting Minutes January 17, 2008
The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society
was held on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at the Red Front Restaurant
in Troy, New York. The following individuals were
Kay Brearton Cathy
Eileen Reilly Burton Doris
Anna Denney Joyce
Beverly Iler Lizette
Jeanne Keefe Jan
Pat McAvey Donna
The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Donna Vaughn, President. She
welcomed Anna Denney and Bev Iler to the meeting.
A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Jan Sullivan
to approve the minutes of the November 15, 2007 meeting. The
motion passed. The minutes have been published on the TIGS
There were no reports from the President, Vice President or Secretary. Cathy
McGrath, Treasurer, reported that the beginning balance was $1087.73;
$415 in dues was deposited, $810 was paid to Jeanne Keefe for the
purchase of the laptop computer, $137.18 was paid for shirts and
totes. The current balance is $555.55. Forty-eight
members have paid 2008 dues; six members paid dues tonight and
four dues payments were recently received at home. Cathy
read some of the notes that accompanied the membership/dues forms. There
were many complimentary comments made about the TIGS website and
how it has assisted in genealogy searches.
Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster, reported that Volumes 4 and 5 of the
Rensselaer County Marriage Index are now up on the site. Lizette
Strait, Listowner, reported that there are 194 list members.
Bill McGrath, Project Chairperson, reported that 8,000 names are
contained in Volumes 4 & 5 of the Rensselaer County marriage
records. A total of 32,000 names for the indices are now
available in the database. There are 8,000 names in volumes
6 and 7 and Bill asked for volunteers to scan those volumes.
Kris Ayotte provided an update on the April trip to Ireland. There
are still openings available for the trip and anyone interested
should contact Kris.
Tote bags, T-shirts and sweatshirts with the TIGS logo are still
available. Lizette Strait agreed to coordinate the
next issue of the TIGS newsletter and will request articles. Donna
asked the members to brainstorm for fundraising ideas. Bill
McGrath discussed random acts of kindness and suggested that the
availability of St. Mary Troy baptism, death and marriage records
be disseminated to other lists. Kay Brearton is in
possession of these books and will do lookups. The St. Mary’s
books are also available in the Troy Room of the Troy Public Library. Mimi
Nicotina was unable to attend the meeting, therefore, the item
regarding a speaker was tabled.
Bev Iler, who with her husband, purchased the old Stanton Brewery
business office building, described the interior of the building. They
are renovating the building and converting it into student apartments.
Donna Vaughn will contact the Albany AOH to inform them that TIGS
will be participating in the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day parade
Donna shared information she received regarding an Irish genealogy
cruise. Bill McGrath has learned that NYS vital records on
microfiche are temporarily available at a library in Saratoga Springs. The
members discussed the issue of these records not being available
on line for New York State unlike many other states. Donna
Vaughn offered to look into this further.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2008
at the Red Front Restaurant at 6:30 PM. Jeanne Keefe
offered to demonstrate the operation of the new laptop computer
purchased by TIGS.
A motion was made by Kris Ayotte and seconded by Joyce Musco to
adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and the
meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary