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Upstate New York Welsh Directory

In the late nineteenth century Welsh immigrant Billie C. Williams held community singing meetings on the upper floor of his general store in Farmersville Station, New York. The store is the white building on the left edge of the photograph. Today Welsh immigrants and the descendants of Welsh immigrants continue to meet in communities throughout New York State. This directory will help you find them. Please email additions and corrections.

Updated March 15, 2012



Upstate? Where's that?

For the purposes of this directory, and this web site in general, "upstate New York" means that portion of the state of New York that lies outside of New York City and its suburbs, which means most of the state. However, New York City Welsh groups are also listed.

  • Albany, New York

    St. David's Welsh Society of the Capital District
    Contact: St. David's Welsh Society of the Captial District, c/o Mary Prytherch, 14 Glenwood Street, Albany, NY 12203. Phone: (518)377-7970. Email: welsh@dragonflower.com

  • Binghamton, New York

    Welsh Society of the Southern Tier
    Welsh Society of the Southern Tier (Binghamton, NY region) 113 Front Street, Owego, NY 13827. David Allen, President. Email: cymry@stny.rr.com

  • Buffalo, New York

    St. David's Society of Greater Buffalo
    No current contact information available. Please contact this site if you have information.

  • Freedom, New York

    Salem Welsh Church and Cemetery
    This is the only Welsh church still standing in western New York. In 1995 it was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. See: Wikipedia article. Originally Welsh Calvinistic Methodist, Salem was built in 1855. Activities include: newsletter, annual worship service (The White Service) held the 1st Sunday in June. Records available. Annual society membership is $1.00 (includes newsletter) from Salem Cemetery Society, Inc., c/o Lynda Tucker, 11355 Genesee Street, Alden, NY 14004. For historical records contact: Donalene Jones Ring, Church Historian, (June-Sept) PO Box 192, Sandusky, NY 14133-0192 or (Sept-June) 3721 Golfview Rd., Sebring, FL 33872-5000.

  • Hudson River Valley

    Hudson Valley Welsh Society
    The Hudson Valley Welsh Society is a loose knit group of people of Welsh descent or ancestry living in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York. They meet three or four times a year to share meals, conversation, cultural events and fun times. Some of their meetings are held in or around Newburgh, NY. They also have an online forum at Yahoo Groups. Contact: Hudson Valley Welsh Society, Eleanor L. Milliken, 65 Henry Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550. (914) 565-4659

  • New York City

    St David's Society of the State of New York
    Contact: The St David's Society of the State of New York, The Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    Welsh Congregation of New York City
    Meets for services at 3:00 p.m. at the Rutgers Church, 236 West 73rd Street, New York City, NY 10023. Contact: info@nycwelsh.org

  • Remsen, New York

    Remsen-Steuben Historical Society
    While not a Welsh organization, the Welsh have a very strong presence in RSHS. The Remsen-Steuben district of Oneida county was the site of major Welsh settlement in the nineteenth century. The society maintains several historic Welsh churches including its headquarters at Capel Cerrig - Stone Church which houses a library-archives-museum. Stone meeting house is open to the public Saturdays from 1-4pm May, June, July & August. For an appointment call: Gail Putnam 315.896.2281 OR Patricia Hill 315.831.5279. The society published Remsen-Steuben Cemetery Burial Lists and Index which is available for purchase. The society also sponsors the annual Remsen Barn Festival. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Remsen-Steuben-Historical-Society/130351947042441. Contact: Remsen-Steuben Historical Society, PO Box 284, Remsen, NY 13438.

  • Rochester, New York

    St. David's Society of Rochester & the Genesee Region
    No current contact information available. Please contact this site if you have information.

  • Slate Valley Area - Eastern New York State

    The Poultney Area St. David's Society
    Preserves Welsh culture and history in the Slate Valley area of Vermont and New York. Granville and Middle Granville, NY are located within the Slate Valley Area. Contact: Janice Edwards wagsjan@sover.net or pasds88@yahoo.com See also Slate Valley Museum.

  • Utica, New York

    St. David's Society of Utica
    A very active group covering all of Oneida County; sponsors picnics, gymanfa ganu, potlucks, St. David's Day Banquet, special events, concerts, historic churches. Contact: St. David's Society of Utica, 2311 West Highland Ave, Yorkville, NY 13495-1810, Phone: 315-797-3247, email stdavidinfo@SaintDavidsSociety.org

  • Web-based Communities

    Upstate New York Welsh Heritage Online Group
    Upstate New York Welsh Heritage (originally Western New York Welsh Heritage) is an organization that exists only in an online, virtual state on the Interent's World Wide Web (WWW). Membership is free and open to anyone with Welsh connections and ancestry in upstate New York. Members come from various US states, Canada and the UK. Activities include group web page, posting and reading group messages, online chats on various topics, sharing documents, photographs and links. Membership information

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