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TIGS Monthly Meeting Notes
January 2006

Troy, New York

The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, January 19, 2006 at Holmes and Watson Restaurant in Troy, New York. The following individuals were in attendance:

Kris Ayotte
Kay Brearton
Jeanne Keefe
Bill McGrath
Cathy McGrath
Carol Schrom
Lizette Strait
Janice Sullivan
Donna K. Vaughn

The meeting was called to order at 6:50 p.m. by Donna Vaughn, President, who wished everyone a Happy New Year.

A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Cathy McGrath to approve the minutes of the December 15, 2005 meeting. The motion passed. The minutes have been published on the TIGS website.


There was no report from the President. There were no reports from the Vice President or Secretary.

Rick Shea, Treasurer, was unable to attend the meeting. He reported to the President that there is $185 in the treasury and that two new members joined TIGS – Eileen Burton and Terry Bora.

Jeanne Keefe, Webmaster, reported that the bride and groom information from the Marriage Index is finished; she is currently formatting the data and working to get it up on the website. The Alderman files are finished, integrated and in alphabetical order and will be up on the website in the near future. The projects page may need to be redesigned. Jeanne is working on a drop down menu on the website. Jeanne suggested posting a new photo on the website.

Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported on the status of archiving the list. Her request is on the schedule for the person on Rootsweb who is responsible for setting up archives. There are currently 143 list members.

The members discussed the privacy of members’ e-mail addresses. A motion was made by Donna Vaughn and seconded by Jeanne Keefe that as discussed at a previous TIGS meeting and in accordance with E-mail etiquette, TIGS will not post or provide individual e-mail addresses to others. The motion was passed unanimously.


Bill McGrath explained some of the problems he encountered with the Marriage Index files. In some cases, the individuals responsible for entering the data entered the date the marriage was reported instead of the marriage date. Before posting the information on the website it will be necessary to check it against the original records to assure accuracy. Each bride and groom entry must agree. When Jeanne Keefe has integrated the information, Kay Brearton and other volunteers will take it to the County Clerk’s Office to check any discrepancies.

Donna Vaughn thanked Bill McGrath for his write-up regarding the Watervliet Arsenal Tour to accompany the photos published on the website. “The History of Watervliet” information provided by Joan Howe will be added to the Resources list on the website. Once the new Director is settled into her position at the NYS Library, Jeanne Keefe will discuss with her the possibility of opening the Research Library for a Saturday tour.


Sample pages from the publication, “Representative Young Irish Americans of Troy” were shared by Bill McGrath with the members. Jeanne Keefe will work with Bill to add this information to the website.

The members discussed possible tours and speakers for the coming year. Jeanne Keefe volunteered to conduct a tour of Washington Park in Troy. It was also suggested that TIGS could join one of the Stained Glass Tours of Troy which are conducted by Tom Carroll. Kay Brearton will check to see when the next tour is scheduled. Another tour called “Secret Places” which visits hidden gardens in downtown Troy could also be conducted by Jeanne Keefe. The members discussed extending the tours to non-members for a modest fee as a fundraiser for the organization.


Kris Ayotte shared a copy of a recent issue of “Ireland of the Welcomes”, a publication she subscribes to. Jan Sullivan shared her success in locating relatives in Ireland. She was able to locate a cousin in Pennsylvania she never knew and they will meet for the first time in the near future.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at Holmes & Watson on Broadway in Troy.


A motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Jeanne Keefe to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m. The meeting was temporarily re-opened to discuss a suggestion by Kris Ayotte that TIGS add a section to the website offering to help researchers who have “hit a brick wall” in their efforts. Guidelines would be established for requests and suggestions and/or offers of help could be made to the researcher.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Brearton, Secretary

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