Mining for Genealogical Gems

A Conference in Celebration of the
Central New York Genealogical Society's
40th Anniversary

October 19--20,  2001
Quality Inn, Liverpool, NY

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Friday Evening, October 19

4:00 - 6:30 Registration

4:30 - 6:30 NYCOGO Meeting
New York Council of Genealogical Organizations

5:30 - 6:30 Cash Bar
Revolutionary War Display by The Miller Family

6:30 - 9:00 40th Anniversary Celebration Banquet. Remarks by Ralph Best, Chair --
CNYGS Board of Directors

Program: The Revolutionary War Sampler.

The Miller Family brings history to life by stepping back through a "curtain of time" to the 19th Century. As Historical Character Interpreters, they become Mr. Miller's ancestors and show their audience artifacts from the period of the American Revolution and tell how they are used.

The Millers are descendants of Henry Wolcott who came to America in 1628. They have spent many years researching their lineage and are members of the Society of Descendants of Henry Wolcott, and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Saturday, October 20

8:00 - 4:00 Exhibits and Vendors Open

8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 Workshop I

1. Chasing Elusive Women     Diane Snyder Ptak

What is it you want to uncover about the women in your family? Locating information about missing females before 1930 is made easy once you know the key resources that provide that data. Explore old, new, and creative strategies to provide new direction for locating your most elusive ancestors.

Diane Snyder Ptak is the owner/manager of Lineages Unlimited, a family history research business. Her specialties are Irish, Loyalists, Heir Searches, New Yorkers, New Englanders, Elusive Men and Women in the World, and Brick Wall Cases.

2. Long Distance Genealogy
         Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer

If you are here and your ancestors were there, how do you access information about them without traveling?

Ms. Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, is a librarian, archivist, author, and lecturer. Her publications include a book, Long Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History from Home, and articles in several national and regional genealogical magazines, including "The National Genealogical Society Quarterly."


10:00 - 10:30 Refreshments, Vendors, Exhibitors, Technology Room

10:30 - 11:30 Workshop II

3. Chasing Elusive Women     Diane Snyder Ptak
     See above #1.

4. Starting Research at the National Archives in Pittsfield, MA         Jean Nudd

Overview of the National Archives and Records Administration and a discussion of the various records held at the Regional Center in Pittsfield.

Jean Nudd is the lead archivist at the Pittsfield facility. She assists researchers in using federal records and answers mail requests for those unable to visit. Her personal genealogical roots run deep in New England and New York.

11:30 - 1:30 Lunch (Noon), Vendors, Exhibitors, Technology Room

1:30 - 2:30 Workshop III

5. Genograms: Adding a New Dimension to Your Family Charts      Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer

Developed by sociologists, the genogram, a cross between a pedigree chart and a descendancy chart, can help genealogists plot or discover family patterns, including health history, occupation, marital patterns, and family dynamics. (See Workshop I, #2 for brief biography.)

6. Using Immigration Records at the National Archives       Jean Nudd

Brief overview of the passenger arrival records at the Pittsfield facility of NARA. Using reference requests as examples, participants will learn the process of locating an ancestor's arrival record. (See Workshop II, #4 for brief biography.)

2:30 - 3:00 Vendors, Exhibitors, Technology Room

3:00 - 4:00 Workshop IV

7. From Maine to New Jersey: an Overview of Local History/Genealogy Resources.     
            Jean Palmer.

This presentation will include information about book, microfilm and electronic resources in the Onondaga County Public Library's Local History & Genealogy collection. Included will be genealogies and census holdings with specific references to Syracuse and Onondaga Co., NYS New England, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Jean Palmer has worked with the collection at Onondaga County Public Library for over 20 years, starting under the tutelage of Gerald Parsons, FASG, and head of the Local History and Genealogy Dept.(now retired). She is currently the department's Acquisition Librarian.

8. Valuable Ore from the Court House 
            Judge John Austin

Identification of the various courts in operation in New York State and the types of records and other related materials, such as county clerk indices, title searches, and attorney's work product, available from each. The distinction between civil, criminal and equitable actions will be discussed. Identification of published records and the location of unpublished records, with suggestions for searching, will be made. Special emphasis on decedents' estates, guardianships, divorce, adoption, and land controversies.

John Austin, FASG, currently serves as Warren County Judge and Surrogate. He is a past Editor of "The New England Historical and Genealogical Register" and compiler of the Mayflower Families volume on descendants of Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins. He has contributed articles in several genealogical periodicals, and he lectures often on research in New York State.

Wonder what a computer can do for you? Check out the Technology Room!

Genealogy gurus will show you genealogy software, searches using the internet and CD ROM data, peripheral equipment such as hand-held "pilots" and more! Informal atmosphere 10 - 4 Saturday.

Gary Jones, Onondaga Co. Public Library, Adult Services Librarian with the Local History & Genealogy Department; Richard Hillenbrand, historian and genealogist; Norm Young, St. Lawrence Co. Historical Assn., St. Law. Valley Genealogical Society, Co-Coord., St. Law Co. Genweb page; and Stan Maine, SLCHA, SLVGS, Coord., SLCHA Civil War Round Table.

Individual consultations with Diane Snyder Ptak. Bring the information and sources on ONE person who has you stumped. Receive suggestions for next research steps. 25 minute consultations, $25. Limited number of appointments; first registered, first served. Fri. evening starting at 9:00 p.m. and Sat. starting at 12:00 noon. You will be contacted for appointment time after registering.

Exhibitors and Vendors

Exhibitors and Vendors are invited to participate in this conference through pre-registration with the Program Chair. Presenters will also have resources available for sale.


Program Chair: Barbara Schwarting
  6046 Sandbank Road, Jordan, NY 13080
  Phone: 315-689-6460
  Email address: BASchwart@gateway.net

Conference Registrar: Diana J. Law,
  7213 Manlius Center Rd, East Syracuse, NY 13057

CNYGS email:     cnygs@yahoo.com

CNYGS Website: sites.rootsweb.com/~nycnygs

Registrstion, Receipts and Refunds

Please Click on the Registration-Page, to complete and mail our Registration form.

Your cancelled check is your receipt. Refunds will be given when requested prior to September 15, subject to $10 processing fee.

After September 15, registrant will receive a copy of the syllabus with no monetary refund.

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