TROY IRISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Troy, New York
The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society
was held on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at the M.J.’s on
the Avenue in North Troy, New York. The following
individuals were in attendance:
Kay Brearton Cathy
Mary Beth Brown Francis
Michele Grudecki Lizette
Jeanne Keefe Jan
Mike McAlonie Donna
Wendy McAlonie Kris
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Donna Vaughn, President. Michele
Grudecki and Mary Beth Brown were welcomed to the meeting. The
members also welcomed back Mike and Wendy McAlonie and Frank Ryan.
A motion was made by Jean Keefe and seconded by Jan Sullivan to
approve the minutes of the August 16, 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 $1293.29. Ten dollars in dues were received and a $20
payment for T-shirt imprints. The current balance in the
treasury is $1323.29. There are 96 paid members.
Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster, reported that everything is up to date
on the website. A new photo has been submitted and will
be put up on the site.
Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported that there are 197
Bill McGrath, Project Chairperson, reported that scanning of Volumes
III and IV of the marriage index is scheduled to begin. Jeanne
Keefe will set up a scanner and laptop in the County Clerk’s
Office. Kris Ayotte and Kay Brearton volunteered to help
Jeanne on Thursday evening, September 27. Bill is waiting
to hear more about the proposed project involving records from
the former 9th Presbyterian Church in Troy.
Kris Ayotte discussed the upcoming trip to Ireland. The
response has been very good; there are currently 30 confirmed reservations
(deposits paid). The trip has been expanded to 44 seats
and there are fourteen seats available. Anyone who
is interested is asked to contact Kris.
The newsletter subcommittee will hold a meeting on Sunday. Donna
would like someone else to take responsibility for compiling the
next issue. Kris Ayotte has not received any feedback on
the grant application. The list of names of past Exulted
Rules of the Troy Elks has been compiled by Kris White; there are
only two names missing. The information will be going
up on the website.
Early on Saturday, the weather was not good at the Irishfest. Later
in the day the weather improved; however, at one point the canopy
provided by Jeanne Keefe was blown down and damaged beyond repair. TIGS
volunteers were able to speak to many people who stopped at the
informational table and distributed TIGS brochures. A motion
was made by Frank Ryan and seconded by Kris Ayotte to reimburse
Jeanne in the amount of $79.95 to purchase a new canopy. The
motion passed. The canopy will be available for use at future
The Red Cross will be sponsoring an event on March 15, 2008 in
Glens Falls and TIGS was invited to participate to dispense information
about the Society. The matter will be discussed when
more information is available.
The repertoires of St. Mary’s baptism (3 volumes) and death
records (1 volume) have been published in hard cover by the American
Canadian Genealogy Society. A motion was made by Frank
Ryan and seconded by Kris Ayotte for the expenditure of $200 for
the cost of the books plus mailing. When they are received, they
will be donated to the Genealogy Room of the Troy Public Library
as a gift from the Troy Irish Genealogy Society. The
A friend of Kris Ayotte has come into possession of old records
from the former Stanton Brewery in Troy. They plan
to donate the records to the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Kris
will have an opportunity to look through them before they are donated
to determine if there are any worthwhile records for TIGS to transcribe
and make available on the website.
A motion was made by Frank Ryan and seconded by Bill McGrath to
adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and the
meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m. The next meeting will
be held on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM. Members
are asked to check the website for details on the location of the
There were several items placed on the genealogy table for those
who were interested. Mike McAlonie brought a book about County
Roscommon and Kris Ayotte brought a CD that contained poetry that
had been written by her father-in-law years ago and put to music
by her son.
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary