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  • Our mission is to make as many records available as possible. Covering the entire seven counties in Western New York and Northcentral Pennsylvania. Our society also strives to introduce young and old to the fun and rewards of the field of genealogy.

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    Mary E. (Ferguson) Bryant

    1941-2015

    It is with great sadness that we must tell you that our founder and mentor, Mary Bryant, died Thursday afternoon (May 7, 2015) in Olean NY. She had been in failing health for quite a while. Now she is free, but we are mourning. Our deepest condolences go to her husband, John, and all of her family.

    Painted Hills Genealogy Society would not exist today if it were not for Mary's determination and unflagging dedication. She had the dream, found the people, and worked the hours to get it started - and then worked, and worked, and WORKED to expand what she dreamed of.
    Mary chose and guided well - of our current officers, I am the newbie - I've only been with PHGS for seven years. We have long-standing volunteers and a crop of new volunteers coming up to ensure that we continue to fulfil her vision - free information for everyone.

    - Barb Hyde
    President


    2015 - Livingston County - We have expanded the PHGS website to include another New York county!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO DEANNE HARVEY KNAPP! Besides recently becoming the "First Lady of Ossian" (husband Dwight is the new Town of Ossian Supervisor), she has been named as the Coordinator for Livingston County for our newest county.

    Livingston County borders both Allegany and Steuben counties to the north. For a long time, Steuben county has maintained some Livingston border cemeteries because families don't pay much attention to county lines in life or in death. This winter Deanne has volunteered to coordinate a new Livingston County section for us. We are transitioning now.

    The initial content for Livingston County is the cemeteries from the Steuben County index page, If you have opened a Livingston county cemetery from the Steuben County index page, go to the Livingston County index to find your cemetery.

    PHGS strives to place on the Internet the burials at all cemeteries in our counties to assist family history researchers and to preserve history. If you have family and friends at Livingston County cemeteries and their info is not listed, pleaase send us an email.


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  • 2015 - We have new volunteers! I put out a call on Facebook for volunteers to help us keep up with all of the cemetey updates and got a fantastic response. A heartfelt thanks on behalf of the entire PHGS family. Some are already busy learning what they need to know to support our efforts and others are still waiting for me to get my act together and start them off.


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