TROY IRISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Troy, New York
The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society
was held on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at the Red Front Restaurant,
Troy, New York. The following individuals were in
Kay Brearton Jim
Mary R. Brown Eileen
Jeanne Keefe Rick
Cathy McGrath Lizette
Bill McGrath Jan
Bill McMahon Donna
The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Donna Vaughn,
President. Donna welcomed Jim Owens, a TIGS member from Maryland,
and Bill McMahon, new TIGS member who joined TIGS this evening.
A motion was made by Rick Shea and seconded by Kris Ayotte to approve
the minutes of the October 18, 2007 meeting. The motion
passed. The minutes have been published on the TIGS website.
There were no reports from the President, Vice President or Secretary.
Cathy McGrath, Treasurer, reported a beginning balance of $1,087.73. Dues
in the amount of $10 were received and $10 was restored to the
petty cash fund; the current balance in the treasury is $1,087.73. There
are 98 paid members. The members discussed the problems
associated with creating membership cards for paid members and
it was agreed that cards serve no purpose. A motion was made
by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Mimi Nicotina to discontinue membership
cards. The motion carried.
Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster, reported that the list of past Exulted
Rules of the Troy Lodge of Elks has been put up on the website. Kris
White was thanked for compiling the data. An announcement
regarding the upcoming trip to Ireland is up on the website. Lizette
Strait, List Administrator, reported there are currently 196 list
Bill McGrath, Project Coordinator, reported the list of grooms
from Volumes 4 and 5 of the Rensselaer County Marriage Index has
been completed. Bob McConihe is performing an analysis
of the data to determine if there are any errors with page numbers
and/or certificate numbers. Bill has begun sending out the
brides’ names for data entry but scanning has only been done
through the letter “C”. Additional help
is needed to complete scanning the list of brides. Jeanne
Keefe will be available to set up the scanner and computer on November
28 at the Rensselaer County Clerk’s Office.
Kris Ayotte provided an update on the trip to Ireland in the spring. Seats
are still available and interested parties may contact Kris for
Donna brought several of the TIGS tote bags with her to the meeting
and they are available to purchase. Orders may also
be given to Donna for T-shirts and sweatshirts.
The latest issue of the TIGS newsletter is available to paid members. Lizette
Strait was thanked for the great job she did with the issue. She
agreed to head up the next issue which will be available sometime
in January 2008.
Kris Ayotte has not received any information on the grant application
and will be submitting a new application. Jim Owens
offered to help with the grant application process.
Mimi Nicotina attended the recent lecture regarding Kilmainhan
Jail that was held at the Celtic Hall in East Greenbush. She
reported that it was an excellent presentation but was disappointed
at the small number in attendance. Mimi will be contacting
NYS Assemblyman Jack McEneny about speaking on a genealogical topic. The
members discussed possible locations for the presentation. Mimi
will look into some possibilities including the East Greenbush
Kris Ayotte had an opportunity to look at some of the old records
from the former Stanton Brewery in Troy which are being donated to
the Rensselaer County Historical Society. She was able
to locate a few personnel records as well as the last will and
testament of Mr. Stanton. She will have the personnel
information put up on the website. There are more records
in another safe and Kris will look at them before they are donated
to see if there is anything of interest to TIGS.
Jeanne Keefe has an opportunity to purchase a refurbished IBM
laptop computer at a very good price. The officers
unanimously agreed that it would be a wise investment for TIGS. A
motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Mimi Nicotina
to approve the purchase of the laptop. The motion was approved.
The members were asked to try to think of ways to raise funds
for the organization and report back at a future meeting. Jim
Owens suggested that TIGS become a 501-C organization. Mary
Beth Brown has some information on 501-C’s which she will
bring to a future meeting for discussion by the members.
A motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Jan Sullivan
to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and
the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m. The next meeting
will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 6:30 PM at the Red
Front Restaurant. There will be no meeting in
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary