TROY IRISH GENEALOGY
Troy, New York
Minutes of the Troy Irish Genealogy
November 17, 2011
Timothy Stone called the meeting to order. TIGS welcomed
two new members: Barry Consindine?? of Troy and Chris Connell of
Waterford. Chris is affiliated with the Watervliet and Waterford
Historical Societies. She distributed a free card for free admission
to the Waterford Museum.
Kelly Grimaldi agreed to record the meeting minutes.
They are as follows:
The Treasurer’s report was presented by Lizette
Strait as follows: There are 85 paid members. Previous cash balance
(October 2011) totaled $3,833.42. Expenses for this period totaled
$1062.39 for a computer and the adoption of four Civil War Veteran
Gravesites for restoration. A deposit of $30 was made for three
new members. The case balance for November is $2,801.03. Petty cash
on hand - $21.63. Total assets: $2,822.66.
The new computer purchased for TIGS will allow the
website administrator to manage the site from home. The 17 inch
screen provides room for viewing 2 Excel sheets side by side. The
computer is fully loaded with CS-5, Photoshop, DreamWeaver and Word.
All TIGS archives are now on-line.
List Administrator’s Report: List members total
247 to date. 210 Facebook likes are noted.
Ongoing Business: The TIGS booth for the Victorian
Stroll will be set up again this year at the Rensselaer County Historical
Society. Kris is still looking into wireless capabilities for website
display. Bill McGrath offered to assist with the setup of the computer.
Project updates were presented by Bill McGrath. The
Troy Newspaper Project notification was sent to 50 genealogy sites
in the United States and Canada. The years spanning 1859 –
1868 are complete and include 1,600 marriage records and 6,747 death
records. The years spanning 1869 – 1878 have been transcribed
and proofread. They will be sent to Jeanne Keefe in approximately
The Nail Factory Cemetery records are being transcribed.
They include 10 pages with approximately 1,000 names. Most of the
deceased are young children and babies.
St. Mary’s Cemetery interment records in book 3 are finished.
Bill needs to assemble the file into 250 cases and send to Jeanne.
Book three includes 5,142 death records from January 1919 –
April 1935. Many of the dead are WWI soldiers. Book 2 is expected
to be downloaded. Bill received the flash-drive from Jeanne.
The West Troy Advocate Newspaper is comprised of
500 pages. Work on this project is in progress. The TIGS website
will post 30 interesting biographies from Troy newspapers including
a picture of the person featured (or an ink illustration) and links
to information on their homestead. All persons featured are prominent
figures in politics, the Clergy or in business.
New Projects: The Kate Mullany House has been added
to the National Historic Register. Pictures of the house and the
Mullany gravesite will be at the Burden Iron Museum.
Bill is in receipt of the State Street Burial Ground
records and the Removals from St. Mary’s Cemetery, Albany
provided by Kelly Grimaldi. The records will be transferred to a
format that can be posted on the TIGS website.
Mary Lee Dunn, a TIGS member from Maine asks if there
is any interest in sponsoring a speaking engagement for Irish Poet
Kieran Furey. Members were polled and it was suggested that the
Waterford Museum serve as a potential host site.
The Waterford Museum is currently featuring “Irish
in Waterford” exhibit going on until February. Members present
expressed an interest in a tour. A motion was made, seconded and
carried to schedule a tour on February 16, 2012 with dinner afterward.
Tim Stone and Chris Connell will firm up the plans for a tour.
Miscellaneous Business: The suggestion was made to
post significant purchases made from the TIGS account to the mail
list to allow members access to information on how their dues money
is utilized. Members should know how their $10 annual dues are used.
For example, this month’s purchases included a computer that
will allow enhancements to the website to be made faster and more
efficiently. Also, the sponsorship of Civil War soldier’s
gravesites is a wonderful contribution to Historic St. Agnes Cemetery.
In addition, it was suggested that a list of all
projects completed or in process this year be posted on the mailing
list. We should highlight the fact that TIGS is “investing
in our future from our past.”
Presentations for 2012: Lizette will give a presentation
in March. Subject to be announced. Donna Vaugh plans a presentation
towards the end of 2012.
Any member who wishes to schedule a presentation should contact
Locations for Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held on January 19, 2011 at Moscatiello's.
Future meeting locations will be discussed and decided upon in January.
St. Agnes Cemetery offered to host a catered meeting in its Map
Room in May or June. This idea will be expanded upon at a later
With no further business to discuss, the meeting
Respectfully submitted on this day, November 18, 2011
to Tim Stone for review.