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Genealogical Society Hears History of Dewittville Poor Farm

John Sipos, historian for the village of Cassadaga, recently spoke to the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society at the Barker Library in Fredonia on the history of the Dewittville Poor Farm. The genealogical society meets on a monthly basis on the third Tuesday of each month from March through November. Walt

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Lois & Norwood Barris Receive Elial T. Foote Local History Award

The award was presented to Lois at the Fredonia Opera House Saturday, September 29. The award is the Elial T. Foote Local History Award, which was presented for the first time during the County Bicentennial. It is sponsored by the office of the County Historian, and the Chautauqua County Historical

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Norman Carlson Speaks on Collections at the Fenton

Members of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society met recently for their monthly business meeting and program at the Barker Library in Fredonia. Guest speaker was Norman Carlson from Busti, who serves as the person in charge of collections at the Fenton Historical Society in Jamestown. Mr. Carlson said that he

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Barbara Wise Presents on Nelson Family

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society meets on the third Tuesday evening in the Barker Library in Fredonia for a business meeting and a program. George Davis is the president, and welcomes visitors and new members to the meetings. At the recent meeting, Barbara Nelson Wise, historian for the town of

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Cassadaga Village Historian Speakers to Society

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society meets once a month in the Barker Library for their meeting and to discuss recent findings. A room of genealogical records is open for research purposes. The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. New members and

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Veteran Genealogical Resources in Chautauqua County

Good Evening. My talk tonight is about genealogical resources on veterans in Chautauqua County. Probably the best way to discuss this topic is by the various wars For the Revolutionary War there are several sources locally: Rev. Frederick Kates’ 2 volume set Revolutionary Soldiers of Chautauqua County has information on

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Norwood J. Barris (1924-2011)

December 27, 1924 – September 6, 2011 Norwood J. Barris, 86, of Park Avenue, Dunkirk, died Monday, September 5th, at the Chautauqua County Home. He was born in the Village of Forestville, on December 27, 1924, the son of the late Milton O. and Edna (Van Schoonhoven) Barris. After he

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Norman Carlson’s Overview of the History Fair

The Chautauqua County Bicentennial History Fair is now history itself. I was present, along with Randy and Sue Hinsdale and Bob Schultz, at the Busti Historical Society booth. I also represented the Chautauque (yes, we spell it that way) Archaeology Society throughout the event. The Busti booth was one of

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Networking at the Chautauqua County History Fair

Ideas and information were flowing between participants at the Chautauqua County History Fair. It is hard to tell who was learning more. Was it the people manning the booths or the people visiting the fair. I do know that I got there early enough to snoop around. With coffee cup

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Cassadaga Historian Speaks to Genealogical Society

Cassadaga village historian John Sipos was the recent guest speak at the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society in Fredonia. Sipos has been the village historian for nearly six years, and a resident of the village for four decades. During that time, Sipos has collected many articles of history on the village,

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