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Jeanette Sheliga

Jeanette lives in Lockport, NY and has been researching her family tree since 2002. Her career is a public school band teacher which she has done for over twenty years.

She began genealogical lecturing at the North Tonawanda Public Library in 2011 and soon after formed the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club of which she managed for ten years.

In 2013, she became a Board Member for the Niagara County Genealogical Society.  She is also the society President, NGS Delegate, and the Program Chairperson.  Jeanette became Chairman of the Board on March 2020 and held that position for over a year and a half.

Jeanette has proven her ancestry and joined many lineage societies including the: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, First Families of Pennsylvania, National Society Descendants of American Farmers, and the National Society of Mayflower Descendants.  She was elected as Chapter Registrar for her local Niagara Falls DAR Chapter in June 2020 and held that position for a year and a half.

In the Fall of 2020, Jeanette became the Virtual Genealogical Association's (VGA) Corresponding Secretary and was elected to become a member of the Board of Directors for the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS) and selected as the Programming Chair.

Jeanette officially started Jeanette's Genealogy in January 2021 by filing a DBA with the local government.

In August 2021, she completed the ProGen Study Group 49.

Jeanette became the President and owner of the Virtual Genealogical Association January 2022.

In December 2022, Jeanette completed the ProGen Practicum 02 program.

Jeanette has been a guest lecturer locally and internationally since 2011. She has had the privilege to speak for organizations such as the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, the Family History Academy, the Allen County Public Library, Family Tree University, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and RootsTech.

Recently Jeanette was published for the first time co-authoring an article titled Delayed Birth Records in the United States with Sunny Morton in the NGS Magazine v. 50, n. 1 (January-March 2024).

Genealogy Lecturer

Jeanette has been giving lectures on Genealogy in the Western New York area since 2011.  As a public school educator, she enjoys educating others on her favorite pastime.

Society Memberships

Jeanette belongs to many National, State, and local societies:

  • National Genealogical Society
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
  • Virtual Genealogical Association
  • National Society Daughter's of the American Revolution
  • National Society Descendants of American Farmers
  • First Families of Pennsylvania
  • General Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • Niagara County Genealogical Society
  • Western New York Genealogical Society
  • Polish Genealogical Society of Western New York
  • Chautauqua County Genealogical Society