TROY IRISH GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Troy, New York
The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish
Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, February
16, 2006 at Holmes and Watson Restaurant in
Troy, New York. The following individuals were
In the absence of the President,
the meeting was called to order at 6:45 p.m.
by Kris Ayotte, Vice President.
The minutes of the January meeting
were approved and they have been posted to
the TIGS website.
There were no reports from the President.
There were no reports from the Vice President
Rick Shea, Treasurer, was unable
to attend the meeting; however, he submitted
his report that there are 42 paid members and
$215 in the treasury. Rick has been unable
to attend the last few meetings. Lizette Strait
asked if there are two names on the account
in the event that Rick is unavailable to sign
checks. Kris Ayotte will look into the matter
before the next meeting.
Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster, reported
that a new photo has been placed on the website
and she recommended that the photo be changed
every two weeks. She has also put up a photo
of Holmes and Watson as the current meeting
place. Due to many work commitments she has
been unable to do much work on the Marriage
Index but will get back to it as soon as she
is able. The members discussed the possibility
of a scanning training session in the evening
since the County Clerk’s Office is open
one evening a week. It would allow more volunteers
to help with the project.
Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported
there are currently 142 list members. The request
for archiving is still on the schedule for
the individual at Rootsweb who handles those
It was agreed that it is too soon
to pursue the Saturday NYS Library tour since
the new director has just taken over her responsibilities
The agenda item regarding the new
project “Representative Young Irish Americans
of Troy” was tabled.
Kay Brearton checked on the Tiffany
Stained Glass Window Tour. The next scheduled
tour will be on Saturday, September 16, 2006.
Kris reminded the members that election
of officers will take place in May and it will
be necessary to form a nomination committee.
An announcement will be posted on the list
requesting volunteers to serve on the committee.
Committee members do not have to live locally;
membership on the committee is open to all
The members discussed the “Brick
Wall” project and agreed that it would
be a worthwhile undertaking for the Society.
Guidelines for requests will be formulated.
OPEN GENEALOGY FORUM
Kris shared a newspaper article
from the Albany Times Union sent to her by
Donna Vaughn regarding a proposal to utilize
a 50 acre site adjacent to Oakwood Cemetery
to create a park that would have spectacular
views of the Adirondacks, the Hudson River,
the Erie Canal and the Catskills. The author
of the article, David Sampson, suggested that
creating such a park might make funds available
to maintain the cemetery.
The next meeting will be a St. Paddy’s
Day Potluck meeting on Thursday, March 16,
2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Donna Vaughn.
Information will be posted on the website.
Jeanne Keefe distributed information
about the Ballykilcline Society Reunion scheduled
from June 25 to June 27 in Albany and Rutland
VT. Jeanne has been invited to speak at the
brunch on Monday, June 26 at the Holiday Inn
Turf in Albany.
A motion was made by Lizette Strait
and seconded by Jeanne Keefe to adjourn the
meeting. The motion was approved and the meeting
adjourned at 7:45 p.m. Respectfully submitted,
Kathleen Brearton, Secretary