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TIGS Monthly Meeting Notes
June 2005

These notes were taken and transcribed by TIGS Member Kathleen Brearton and
originally distributed through the TIGS mailing list.


The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Troy City Hall. The following individuals were in attendance:

Kristin Ayotte              Cathy McGrath
Kay Brearton                Mimi Nicotina
Ed Dyer                       Eileen Shea
Jeanne Keefe                Rick Shea
Bill McGrath                Lizette Strait
                Donna K. Vaughn

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Donna Vaughn, President. The minutes of the May 21, 2005 meeting have been reviewed by the members who were present, approved and posted to the TIGS website.


Lizette Strait, List Administrator, reported that there are currently 95 individuals subscribed to the list.

There were no reports from the Vice President or Secretary. Rick Shea, Treasurer, reported that four members had paid dues and he is looking for a bank that will offer free checking for the organization. Several members paid their dues at the meeting. Jeanne Keefe suggested that Rick check with Citizens Bank which offers free checking to another organization she belongs to.

Donna Vaughn asked for ideas to recruit new members to the organization. After some discussion, it was decided to send information about the organization to The Advertiser, the TroyRecord and to the Times Union website. Donna will look into posting information on the local Time Warner Cable station.

The Emly information, compiled by Lynn Grice, will be posted to the website by Jeanne Keefe. Donna pointed out that many surnames have been posted to the website without e-mail addresses for interested parties to contact. She recommended that everyone add summaries or details to each surname in addition to contact information. Jeanne will establish links on the surname page for any additional information sent to her.


Bill McGrath reported on the meeting he, Jeanne Keefe and Ed Dyer had with Frank Merola, Rensselaer County Clerk. Mr. Merola was very receptive to the idea of TIGS members providing help with preserving vital records held in his office. It was decided that volunteers from TIGS would copy the marriage records index which cover the years 1908 through 1935. Jeanne Keefe will bring a full page scanner and a laptop to the Clerk’s Office and provide training on their use to volunteers. When the pages have been scanned, the images will be distributed via the internet to volunteers who will enter the data on EXCEL spreadsheets. The information will be copied to a CD and given to the Clerk’s Office to be used for lookups.

Bill reported that the Troy City Directory project is going well. He has been contacted by more individuals who have offered to help. Pat Connors has an 1893 city directory and has offered to work on that issue. Bill explained that the date is entered on EXCEL spreadsheets and Jeanne Keefe will put them together to post on the TIGS website.

There may be additional Burden records at the RCHS. When a new Librarian is appointed, Bill will try to determine what data could be copied. One interesting document he is aware of is the Discharge Book for the iron works; it might be an interesting project for the TIGS group.

Donna Vaughn is waiting for a response from the Rootsweb Administrator regarding the steps to take to archive TIGS list messages.


Lizette Strait suggested that the organization invite speakers to meetings advertising their appearances to attract new members. Mimi Nicotina will contact Siena College to see if any faculty who teach Irish history courses would be willing to speak to the group. Lizette also suggested posting a membership application with a brief bio of the TIGS organization on the website. The members agreed that it was a good idea and Lizette offered to develop an application form and the bio. Application forms could also be placed at local libraries.

The extensive collection of research tips compiled by Bill McGrath are ready and will be entered on the website by Jeanne Keefe.

Donna Vaughn brought several books about Cohoes to the meeting and invited members to look through them. The idea of the group taking a trip to Ireland in 2006 was briefly discussed. Donna Vaughn suggested that people should visit the Irish Heritage Museum branch in North Albany. She said it is small but has some interesting books and there is no admission charge. Recently, Donna picked up several brochures outlining some interesting local tours, especially those sponsored by the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. The Tiffany Windows of Troy tour is scheduled for September 24; registration for this popular offering usually fills up quickly.

The next meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. in Troy City Hall. Those who wish to have dinner prior to the meeting will meet at the Ilium Café across from City Hall at 5:15 p.m.

A motion was made by Cathy McGrath and seconded by Mimi Nicotina to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Brearton, Secretary



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