New York: Rochester Genealogical Society

The Rochester Genealogical Society, Inc. is one of the oldest genealogical societies in New York State. It was formed in 1938 as a section of the Rochester Historical Society; it became an independent organization in 1977 and was incorporated in 1991.

Most of the Society's 300+ members either live in or have research interests in the Rochester metropolitan area, encompassing Monroe County and five surrounding counties (Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Genesee and Orleans).

RGS has monthly meetings that feature programs of interest to genealogists and provide an opportunity for members and guests to exchange helpful information and tips.  The Society also has an active Computer Interest Group that meets monthly.

Members receive a quarterly newsletter, back issues of which can be viewed on the RGS web page at Information about membership, meetings, publications, officers, projects and activities of the Society can also be found on the web page.

A current project of the Society is to digitize the records of Rochester area churches.  As of March 2009, the records of fourteen churches had been digitized and published on the RGS web page, representing about 8,000 pages.  The records of additional churches are being digitized and added to the web page on a regular basis.