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County Genealogical Society meets, makes plans

Shown in the photographs are Susan Sipos’ research on the Pardee family during the Chautauqua County Genealogical meeting. The other photographs shows 24 years of Washington’s of Dunkirk reunion gatherings

CASSADAGA — Members and guests of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society met at the Cassadaga American Legion hall for their July meeting.

President Gail Dash opened the meeting with a welcome to all and held a “go-around” so that all could introduce themselves. Gail read the minutes of the June meeting, and treasurer Debbie Kotar gave the financial report of the group. John Sipos led all with the pledge of allegiance to the American Flag. Sipos also showed newspaper articles about the last meeting. Maureen Davis volunteered to serve as the society’s secretary. She said she was the secretary for 14 years at one time beginning in 1983.

The annual summer picnic will be held at the Ottoway Park in Westfield on Wednesday Aug. 18 beginning at 4 p.m. with eating at 6. Thanks to Jack Ericson for arranging for the park use. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own food or contact Gail about what they will bring.

This evening, those in attendance talked about their recent projects of genealogy. President Dash showed samples of handmade rugs, quilts and blankets from her family. Walt Sedlmayer showed two large notebooks of information which he has gathered for his project.

Andrew Kolstee has been doing cemetery research on his family for five generations back, and planting flowers. Others talked about their individual research. Sipos showed Washingtons of Dunkirk family photographs of reunion gatherings for the last 24 years, using picture boards.

Susan Sipos showed some of her notebooks which held records of the Pardee family, which she is researching.

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