Greece Pioneer Family Project, Vol. 2

If you are a member of a Pioneer Family who was living in the Town of Greece before 1872, we would like to hear from you. Co-authors Marie Villone Poinan and Jo Ann Ward Snyder are now accepting additional family submissions for Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece, Volume 2, which will be published in the fall of 2022.
(Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece, Volume 1 , which contains the stories of over 40 Greece families, is now available for purchase by visiting the Greece Historical Society gift shop or online from Amazon by clicking here. Visit our “200 years” section above to see the complete list of included families.)
To be included in Volume 2, your family must have lived in the Town of Greece before 1872. If your family qualifies, please download and submit the five documents below by May 1, 2022. You will be contacted by Marie or Jo Ann within 30 days.

Museum Closed in January and February

The Greece Historical Society museum will be closed on Sundays from December 26th through February 27th. We will resume our Sunday hours on March 6, 2022.

Our next second Tuesday of the month educational program will be held at the Greece Public Library on the evening of February 8. View our calendar in the Upcoming Events section for details.

If you would like to meet with us during January or February, you may stop in during our regular Monday office hours or call us to make an appointment.

New book from the Greece Historical Society

In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Town of Greece in 2022, the Greece Historical Society is honoring the families who settled in the area before 1872 with a book set titled Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece. Researched and written by Marie Villone Poinan and Jo Ann Ward Snyder, the set contains vignettes, photos, and input from current family members that highlight each family’s contribution to the town.


An initial shipment of The Pioneer Families of the Town of Greece, (volume I) has now arrived at the Greece Museum gift shop

For those who pre-ordered and paid for the book, you can pick up your copy by visiting the Museum gift shop between 10 am and noon on Mondays or by calling (585) 225-7221 to arrange a time to come in. 

Copies may now also be purchased by stopping in during our scheduled office hours. We have a limited supply available with an additional shipment expected very soon. Your cost at the museum is $30.00, which includes NY state sales tax.

In addition, the book may be purchased from Amazon by clicking here. The Amazon cost is $27.95 plus tax (plus shipping if you do not have Amazon Prime).

Greece Olympia Exhibit

Our newest exhibit, titled “The History of Greece Olympia”, which opened on Sunday, October 24th, will continue to be available when the museum re-opens in March.


Please plan to stop in to see memorabilia and pictures of how the school has developed over the years and the changes that have occurred.

Greece Pioneer Family Project


Are you a member of a Pioneer Family of the Town of Greece? If you are or think you might be, the Greece Historical Society would like to hear from you.


The Greece Historical Society will commemorate the 2022 Bicentennial of the Town of Greece by publishing a book in November of this year which will recognize and celebrate the families who settled in the Greece area before 1872 (our 1st fifty years as a town).

If you descend from a family who settled in the Town of Greece before 1872, please consider helping us include the story of your family. We want to hear the story of how your family came to town and feature them in a vignette that includes photos and stories that you would provide.

If your family was living in Greece before 1822, you would also be eligible for a “Pioneer Certificate” to be issued by the Society.

To get started, please complete our questionnaire and one family tree chart as best you can. Downloads are available below. Return both forms either by email to or by USPS mail to:
Greece Historical Society
PO Box 16249
Rochester, NY 14616
Attention: Bicentennial Committee

We will then contact you to work on finalizing your story for publication. If you’re a bit uncomfortable getting started, send us what you can and we can help. The important thing is to get started.

The deadline for submitting your input is July 31, 2021. Be sure to include your phone number and email on all correspondence so that we can contact you.

For any questions or help completing your documents, please e-mail us at

1) Download QUESTIONNAIRE here

2)Download one of the family pedigree charts here
Six Generation Chart
Five Generation Chart
Four Generation Chart