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Troy, New York

November 16, 2006 Meeting Minutes

The regular monthly meeting of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society was held on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at Minissale’s Café in Troy, New York. The following individuals were in attendance:

Kris Ayotte
Jack Seppi
Kay Brearton
Eileen Shea
Jean Coffey Foss, guest
Rick Shea
Bill McGrath
Lizette Strait
Cathy McGrath
Jan Sullivan
Lauretta McGuirk , guest
Ellen Tolan
Mimi Nicotina
Donna Vaughn
Peggy Seppi
Sharon McGuirk Wagar, guest
Ann White
Jeanne Keefe

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Donna Vaughn. Lauretta McGuirk and Sharon McGuirk Wagar, were welcomed to the meeting and introduced to the members.

A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Kris Ayotte to approve the minutes of the October 18, 2006 meeting. The motion passed. The minutes have been posted to the website.


Donna reported on a recent visit to the Genealogy Room of the Denver City Library in Colorado. She was surprised to find a book there entitled, “Reminisces of Troy 1790-1807”. The librarian made a copy of the book and Donna offered to do lookups for anyone interested. It was suggested that the index to the book be published on the website.

Kris Ayotte continues to search for meeting locations. Kay Brearton suggested that the Irish Mist be reconsidered again. Lizette Strait suggested the Lakeview Restaurant in Averill Park.

There was no report from the Secretary.

Cathy McGrath reported that there are 61 paid members and the amount in the treasury is $536.79 with a $6.29 check outstanding.

Webmaster, Jeanne Keefe, reports the website is up to date. Lizette Strait reports there are 191 list members.

Project Chairperson, Bill McGrath, reported over 200 brides names from Volume 2 of the Marriage Index that required clarification were checked by Kay Brearton. Jeanne Keefe has checked the matching numbers. Bill is working to clear up any remaining problems with the index. Three volunteers worked to extract the deaths from the 1903 Troy City Directory.


Donna reminded everyone of the deadline for ordering the TIGS logo on sweatshirts/T shirts. Jeanne Keefe purchased five T-shirts that will be printed with the TIGS logo and offered for sale at meetings and local events. Donna would like a group from TIGS represented at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Albany. Jeanne Keefe will look into the cost of purchasing a banner.

Kris Ayotte shared the extensive list she compiled from list members who have offered to do lookups for people in resources they either own or have access to. Jeanne Keefe will place the list on the website. The members expressed their thanks to Kris for the great job she did with organizing the resource list.

There were 200 people who attended Jeanne Keefe’s recent presentation at the RCHS. The members thanked Jeanne for the excellent program. A link to the Times Union article about her presentation will be put on the website. Jeanne has not heard back from WMHT regarding TIGS involvement in their auction. Donna will follow up with WMHT.

Jeanne designed a membership card and Cathy McGrath will bring cards to the next meeting. The supply of brochures has run out. A motion was made by Lizette Strait and seconded by Mimi Nicotina to authorize an expenditure of $60 to purchase paper and ink for additional brochures. The motion passed. Bill McGrath suggested TIGS brochures be placed in the record room at the County Clerk’s Office. The agenda items regarding the NYS Library tours and the Garden Tour were tabled.


Donna asked the members to review the organization’s charter and bring suggestions for any changes to next month’s meeting. The members discussed Donna’s idea of publishing a newsletter. It was agreed that it would be a good idea; Mini Nicotina and Ann White offered to work with Donna. A motion was made by Kris Ayotte and seconded by Donna Vaughn to develop a TIGS newsletter. The motion passed.

Bill McGrath discussed a potential problem with Volume 2 of the marriage index. He is working with the County Clerk to determine the location of the supporting data.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 14. The location will be determined and posted to the list.


A motion was made by Jeanne Keefe and seconded by Jan Sullivan to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved and the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m. At the close of the meeting, Jean Coffey Foss, a guest, joined the members.

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Brearton, Secretary



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