The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society
was held on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at the M.J.’s on the
Avenue in North Troy, New York. The following individuals
were in attendance:
Ed Dyer Lori
Jeanne Keefe Jan
Cathy McGrath Donna
The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Donna Vaughn,
A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Ed Dyer to
approve the minutes of the April 19, 2007 meeting. The
motion passed. The minutes have been published on the TIGS
There were no reports from the President, Vice President or
Cathy McGrath, Treasurer, reported that the balance
in the treasury is $906.29. There are 94 paid members. The
members discussed ordering checks and establishing a petty cash
fund for minor expenditures. A motion
was made by Kris Ayotte to approve creating a petty cash fund
in the amount of $15 and requiring that the Treasurer be notified
a week in advance of any expenditures that require a check. The
motion was seconded by Ed Dyer. The motion was approved.
Webmaster, Jeanne Keefe, reported that everything is up to date
on the site. Lizette Strait, List Administrator,
reported that there are 192 list members.
Bill McGrath, Project Chairperson, recently spoke with the Rensselaer
County Clerk, Frank Merola, who has offered to give TIGS brochures
to individuals who sign in at the Clerk’s Office to research
their records. Bill suggested that a copy of the
brochure and the business cards be sent to list members to allow
them to download and print. The members agreed that this
was a good idea and it will be implemented. Bill
mentioned the recent issue of the Historian in the Times Record
newspaper. It was an excellent account of the history
of Troy parks. Volume III of the Rensselaer County Marriage
Index has been transcribed and is in the process of being checked
to make sure that the bride and groom data match. Once
that is completed, the bride and groom data will be merged and
the information will be posted on the web site. The
next project will be Volumes 4 and 5 and several members offered
to assist with the scanning.
Bill suggested a new project – recording the dedications
on the various stained glass windows in Troy churches. Jeanne
Keefe believes someone has done that and will check into it.
Kris Ayotte agreed to meet with Jeanne Keefe and learn to manage
the website in order to assist Jeanne.
Kris Ayotte provided an update on the proposed trip to Ireland
in the Spring of 2008. Once an itinerary, date and
price are determined, the trip will be advertised on the TIGS
TIGS T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available for sale at
meetings. The shirts come in stone washed green and
white and are short and long sleeve T-shirts and sweatshirts. The
donations are $10, $15 and $18 respectively.
The introduction for the resource lookup list is being reviewed. When
the review is completed, Jeanne Keefe will add the lookup list to
the website under “Resources”.
The next edition of the newsletter will be published in June. Donna
reminded the members that articles are invited for publication. Pat
Connors has sent a very interesting article for the June edition. Mini
Nicotina is working on an article regarding the service of Troy
soldiers in WWI.
The Antique Appraisal Fair is scheduled for June 2 from 10-2. Donna
has sent an announcement to “The Advertiser” and
members were given copies of the flyer about the event to post
. The members had an opportunity to view the poster
board prepared by Lizette Strait which will be used at
the Fair on the June 2 and future events.
Two items were tabled – the Irish Fest 2000 and the Garden
Ed Dyer has not received any additional nominations for officer
positions for the next year. A motion was made by
Ed Dyer and seconded by Jan Sullivan to close the nominations. The
motion was approved. The ballot for voting
will be posted on the web site.
Joyce Musco brought a copy of an 1865 Troy newspaper for the
A motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Lori Skiff
to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and
the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary