Over 200 years of family genealogy presented
The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society met recently in the Fredonia Barker Library for a special presentation on family genealogy by Victor Richardson of Brocton. The genealogy group meets once a month for a program on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Walt Sedlmayer is the president, and Gail Dash is the vice president. Margaret Curtis serves as the recording secretary and Debbie Kotar serves as the treasurer. Treasurer Kotar showed a family Bible filled with notes and articles which she received in the mail from California. Kotar said the Bible will be placed in the historical records.
Newsletter Editor Wayne Leamer reported on the latest issue of the quarterly newsletter and said he is working on the next one. Publications Chairman Ruth Davis Nichols said a library in another state ordered 28 genealogical record books for their library.
Richardson’s family dates back to 1621 in America when Robert Cushman arrived at Plymouth Colony on the ship called the Fortune. Cushman had procured the charter for the Plymouth Colony. The family settled and grew in America, and Richardson is in the 12th generation of the Cushman family. Richardson had a family genealogy book called “Robert Cushman: The Puritan Historian Genealogy.” The 655-page book included the years from 1617 until 1855, and was passed down through the generations and Richardson inherited the family book from his mother, Alletha Richardson. Dash assisted Richardson in some of the research and organization for the speech. A very interesting and informative presentation was enjoyed by all.
The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday, June 20 in the Barker Library at 6:30 p.m. New members and visitors are welcome.