Central New York Genealogical Society
Box 104, Colvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205

Past Years' Meetings

The 2014 Calendar of Topics

March 8, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. "Writing for Publication" by Patti Haggerty

CNYGS member, educator, and NEHGS Council member, Patti Haggerty has recently had articles published in American Ancestors, the magazine of NEHGS. Patti will describe her research topics, writing process, and publishing efforts.

"Silences in Irish Culture and History" by Kathleen Sullivan

Associate Professor of English, Director of the Irish Literature Program, LeMoyne College. Family research often presents puzzles. This lecture will look at silences in Irish culture and its impact on immigration stories and family history.


April 12, 2014, Full Day Conference, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. "A Focus on the Civil War" by Joyce Cook, Dennis

Conners, Suzanne Greenhagen

Joyce Cook, Tree Talks editor, will present her research on Elmina Spencer, an Oswego resident, who was a valuable nurse and held a prominent position with the Sanitation Commission during the Civil War.

Dennis Conners, Curator, Onondaga Historical Association. This lecture describes extensive Civil War correspondence between a Syracuse Abolitionist and a Confederate soldier.

Suzanne Greenhagen, Historian, Town of Eaton and Village of Morrisville, Member of Civil War Roundtable, Technical

Services Librarian at SUNY Morrisville. A popular presenter, Sue will describe her search for a Civil War soldier.


May 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. "History of the Catholic Church in America and Research Opportunities" by Joseph Titti

Religion has always played an important role in American history. The Catholic Church was the first church to make its presence known in the Americas. Thirty years ago Joe began to research his family and has turned his hobby into a profession that includes teaching at Broome Community College Continuing Education and Broome-Tioga BOCES. His emphasis started with families in the Southern Tier which led him to work with the Catholic Church. He is a member of the Society of Parish Historians of the Syracuse, NY Catholic Diocese.


September 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. "Resources for Genealogists at Onondaga County Public Library" by Holly Sammons

As Head Librarian in the Local History/Genealogy Department at OCPL, Holly will describe the facilities and extensive resources that are available in this superb local collection.


October 11, 2014, Full Day Conference, 9:00 a.m. � 3:00 p.m. "Military History and Genealogy: The French and Indian War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War" by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Historian, genealogist and author, David Lambert's expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian research, military records, Native American and African American genealogical records. New York State played an important role in the French and Indian War and the War of 1812 as well as providing vast resources in life and treasure to the Civil War. David Lambert's lectures will focus on the three wars, and provide sources for researching military records.


November 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. �Genealogy of a House" by Dr. Paul Stewart, Professor at SUNY Oswego, and Steven C. Phillips, businessman, antique collector, and community volunteer.

When Steve Phillips and Paul Stewart purchased a dilapidated fraternity house they turned to the Oswego County Historical Society for information on its history. They discovered that it was part of the holdings of an important and colorful Oswego family. This fascinating story presentation may inspire you to research the history of your home. The work of the Oswego Renaissance Association will also be covered.

The 2013 Calendar of Topics

March 9, 2013   1:00 - 3:30 p.m.  "Digitizing and Organizing Photographs" by Kent Stuetz, NY Archives

Photographic materials in all their diverse variety are among the most difficult to manage and make accessible. With the dawn of new digital technologies, we are now able to share our historical photographs with a wider audience and save wear and tear on the originals. Digitizing your photographic collections opens the door to creative and interesting applications never before dreamed possible. Consider the blossoming world of blogging, websites, e-publications, social media, and so forth, as the natural venue to share your visual historic treasures. And this is only the beginning my friends! (Did you ever see anyone with a paper photograph on Star Trek?)


April 13, 2013   9:00 a.m. � 3:00 p.m.  Randi Koenig, Legacy Genealogy Services

Randi Koenig will speak on a number of topics for the day. She is a wealth of knowledge, specializing in Adoption, Baptists, Catholics, Hispanic, Jewish, Land Records, Heir Searcher, Naturalization, Irish American, German American, Italian American, and Court Records. Randi works with the professional genealogical services firm with over 15 years of hands-on experience. They search locally in the NY Municipal archives, Bergen and Hudson County, NJ repositories, as well as worldwide. They have completed projects that include, but are not limited to, Ireland, St. Lucia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Mexico.


May 11, 2013   1:00 - 3:30 p.m.  "How to be the Perfect Ancestor" by Laine Gilmore

This is a lecture about using methodical approaches to organizing your family research, and assuring yourself that the next generations will be left with an understandable, searchable, and sourced family history documentation that defines the research you have done on your own family histories. Laine will discuss different approaches in organizing both paper and computer research, methods for organizing documents and families, and different ways of writing and documenting your research, as well as simple �problem solving� organization methods. The second part of the lecture will talk about our homes and the historical and family heirloom contents within it. Using similar definitions that a repository or museum would use to decide the fate of a document or item, a checklist can help determine the quality of item in question, and help us decide if it is worthy of keeping it in the family, or donating to a historical society, museum, or organization; or should it be sold or simply put in the dumpster?

Sept. 14, 2013  CANCELED due to the New York State Family History Conference

CNYGS/NYG&BS 2013 Biennial Conference

Sept. 20-21, 2013  The New York State Family History Conference

The Central New York Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society have organized and are jointly producing the first ever statewide genealogical conference in New York State, to be held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Liverpool, NY.


Oct. 12, 2013   9-3 PM All Day Conference

9 - 11:30 Dennis A. Hogan to lecture on "Fulton" Website. Fulton History is a �must see �for anyone interested in New York State genealogy. The life work of Thomas M. Tryniski, this unique, rare, and idiosyncratic website contains the digital images of more than 20 million newspaper articles, postcards, and obituaries. In this informative presentation, professional genealogist Dennis A. Hogan willl discuss the design and use of the site. Through real world examples, he will show you how to get the most out of the website�s online resources.

 �Resources for Genealogists at the Cornell University Library�

Bob Kibbee and Virginia Cole will talk about the many resources for genealogists at the Cornell University Library, electronic, archival, published and microfilmed. Although they will take a look at some surprising resources hidden in popular databases such as Ancestry and HeritageQuest, the focus will be on those resources that are unique to Cornell or unlikely to be available anywhere but a large research library.


Nov. 16, 2013   1:00 - 3:30 p.m.  "Conducting Research in Germanic Countries & Deciphering their Records" by Kent Stuetz, New York State Archives

Kent possesses a Master�s Degree from Penn State University in American Studies with an emphasis in local and family history, and has worked as a professional Archivist for the past twenty three years at the Pennsylvania State and New York State archives. "Understanding the records of German-speaking countries presents a sizable challenge when first exposed. Alphabetic nuances, specialized vocabulary, translation, and �foreign� handwriting scripts can all contribute to a very frustrating experience. For example, Germanic church records often combined an interesting blend of Latin and German languages with many individualized adaptations made by local priests. This presentation provides a broad introduction to reading and comprehending records, particularly ecclesiastical records, in German. All the tips and tricks you need to begin this wonderful journey will be explored. Additional helpful resources will be identified to assist you with further instruction in this effort. We will also explore some of the key factors to consider when planning a research trip to Europe."


The 2012 Calendar of Topics

March 10, 2012 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Googling for Genealogy� with Dennis Hogan.  Mr. Hogan is a professional genealogist who specializes in New York State and Ireland.  Come enhance your research abilities by learning to Google your genealogy research.

April 14, 2012 - Full Day Conference, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

You won�t want to miss this national lecturer!

9:00 - 10:15 AM � �Finding Unfindable Ancestors

10:30 - 11:45 AM � �Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor

1:30  -  2:30 PM � �Correlating Sources, Information, and Evidence to Resolve Genealogical Problems

May 12, 2012 - 1:00 - 3:30 PM

Paul Lear, historic site manager for Fort Ontario, will talk about the History of Fort Ontario and the Battle of Oswego, May 5-7, 1814.  Fort Ontario was built in 1755 and later destroyed during the War of 1812.  This landmark has been rebuilt by various armies over the years. During WWI it housed the largest post hospital in the United States.

September 15, 2012 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Blaine Bettinger, author of the Genetic Genealogist blog, will explain DNA in laymen�s terms.  He will lecture on: �Using DNA to Explore Your Genealogy� and �How Autosomal DNA is Changing Genealogy

October 12, 2012 - 7:00 PM

Topic will be "Germany and Pennsylvania" by James M. Beidler. Friday night meeting will be at CXTEC Building on 492 East Brighton Ave Syracuse, NY, two tenths of a mile north of Ainsley Dr.

October 13, 2012 - Full Day Conference

James M. Beidler writes �Roots & Branches,� an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania.  He is a German research expert and a Pennsylvania resident, and both will be the topics of his lectures. meeting is changed to the Northminister Presbyterian Church ( located at 7444 Buckley Rd, North Syracuse, NY 13212  This is located 1/2 way between Bear RD and Taft Rd.  The doors open at 8:30 am meeting to start at 9 am   It is an all day session with lunch served for a nominal donation.

November 17, 2012 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Roger B. Williams, a Syracuse attorney, will talk on "A Lawyer's Guide to Courthouse Research." part 1, part 2, part 3

Roger has been practicing law for more than 40 years, and has used his knowledge of courthouse records to support his genealogical research. With concrete examples, you will learn what records may have meaning for your research, and how to approach the well-indexed and accessible record-systems, to gain the most benefit from your on-site research. This will be an insider's tour of the County Clerk's Office, and the Surrogate's Court records, showing you how to use the indexing-systems to learn of your ancestors' real estate holdings and transactions, as well as their decedent-estate fillings, guardianships, and the like.

Roger is a former CNYGS Board Member and helped start our Website many years ago.

The 2011 Calendar of Topics

March 19, 2011 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Irish Seminar� with Jack Burke; Mr. Burke will be discussing a 5-step program to locate a place of origin in Ireland using the records on this side of the ocean

April 16, 2011 Full Day Conference

Meldon Wolfgang III, author, lecturer and founder of Jonathan Sheppard Books returns to CNYGS. He has been an active and avid genealogists and family historian since 1961. Jonathan Sheppard Books � will be available.

9:00 - 10:15 AM � �If You Think You�ve Looked Everywhere, It�s Time to Think Again: Uncommon Research Tools That Can Lead to Uncommonly Good Results

10:30 - 11:45 AM � �To The Honorable Board of Supervisors�� Identifying and Using the Obscure and Uncommon Records of Local (City, Town, and County) Governments

1:00 - 2:30 PM � �So You Think You Know All About City Directories? A Guide to Deconstructing A City Directory & Extracting Every Bit of Information From It�s Pages

May 14, 2011 - 1:00 - 3:30 PM

Meet Me At The Mausoleum � Conversations in Oakwood Cemetery� presentation by Darothy DeAngelo and Sue Greenhagen. They will portray various residents of the cemetery � not everyone is famous but they will have a story.

C.R. Jones, a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies and conservator emeritus of the NYS Historical Association, will be �Setting Things Right: the   Conservation of Gravestones.

Sept 10, 2011 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Stephen Clarke, member of NEHGS and Rochester Genealogy Society will lecture on:  �Black Sheep in the Family Barnyard� and �The Three Uncles: Biographical; Sketches of Fred Grieb, Mike O�Brien and Paul Grieb

Oct 14-15, 2011

CNYGS� 50th Anniversary Banquet and Conference

Program Speakers and Biographies

�Ah Ha! I�m a Genealogist and Lovin� it� Barry J. Ewell*

�Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know - Lessons 1-5.� Barry J. Ewell*

�Researching Rural Communities: Local Government Records and Other Sources.� Suzanne Etherington, Ph.D.

�Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know - Lessons 6-10.� Barry J. Ewell*

�Often Overlooked: Genealogical Records in Colleges and Universities.� Edward L. Galvin

�Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know - Lessons 11-15.� Barry J. Ewell*

�Onondaga County Public Library: One of the Best Kept Genealogical Secrets.� Holly Sammons - Onondaga County Public Library

�Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know - Lessons 16-20.� Barry J. Ewell*

�Gadgets for the Traveling Genealogist.� Roger B. William
Gadgets for the Traveling Genealogist
Gadgets for the Traveling Genealogist � Resources
Setting up a Free Genealogy Tool Box, Introduction
Placing your Genealogy �Books� on a Kindle
NEHGS Suggestion - Scanner

* Copies of Barry Ewell's presentations are no longer available. Link to Barry�s Blog on Genealogy

Nov 12, 2011 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Patricia E. Evans, Chenango County Historian: Research Sources available in Chenango County, NY

The 2010 Calendar of Topics

March 20, 2010 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

�The Fox Sisters: 19th Century Spiritualists� skit by Darothy DeAngelo and Sue Greenhagen

�What Can Town Historians Tell Us?� expert panel of town historians will discuss what information is available followed by questions and answers

�Two Irish Case Studies with Two Different Immigration Patterns� by Shawn Doyle


April 10, 2010 � Full Day Program

Jean F. Nudd, Archivist at National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Region - Pittsfield

9:00 - 10:15 AM � �Military Records at the National Archives�

10:30 - 11:45 AM � �Navigating the Bureaucracy � Using Federal Websites�

1:00 - 2:30 PM � �Using Pre-1850 Census to Find Family Relationships� 


May 8, 2010 - 1:00 - 3:30 PM

�Brief Talk on Revolutionary War� by Bob Gang in full uniform

�Crossing the Ocean�; �Reading Foreign Civil Records When You�re Not Fluent in the Language� and �Research in Broome County, N.Y.�  by Joseph Titti. Mr. Titti excels in Italian genealogy; the first two lectures will have an Italian emphasis


Sept 11, 2010 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM Lisa Alzo, author and lecturer 

�365 Ways to Discover Your Family History�

�20th Century Desperate Housewives�


Oct 16, 2010 - Full Day Conference Program Scott Andrew Bartley, genealogical researcher with over 20 years of experience specializing in Colonial US, New England and Eastern Canada

9:00 - 10:15 AM � Even the Best Indexes Have Flaws but Watch Out for the Worst

10:30 - 12:00 PM � American Probate System

1:00 - 2:15 PM � The Family Search Program; Its Uses and Meaning � Unedited Version

2:30 � 3:45 PM � How to Organize & Preserve Your Genealogical Papers


Nov 13, 2010 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

�What�s New in the Genealogy Technology World� by Al Fasoldt, Post Standard columnist (Handout: Internet Genealogy - What's Good! What's Not! . . . and What Are We Going To Do About It? by Bettie Cummings Cook, CG)

The 2009 Calendar of Topics

March 21 - 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM

�How to Prepare for your NEHGS Trip� by Harlow Dunton

�Finding My Roots in the Mohawk Valley� by Mack Duett, author of The Mohawk Valley Ehles and Allied Families�. Mack will talk about writing the genealogy.


April 18 - Dr. Marian Henry, Historian/Genealogist, Rochester

Genealogical Society

10:00 -11:15 AM - �Helpful Finding Aids for Genealogy in NY State�

11:30 - Noon - �Hannah, Wife of Edward Gove � Evaluating Conflicting Sources�

1:00 - 3:00 PM - �Plat Mapping Workshop� Participants will take the description of a deed and make a plot on a piece of graph paper.  Contact Roberta Kincaid March 18 to April 4 if you wish to participate - a $7.00 fee will be required for supplies.  As table space will be limited you may also wish to bring along a hard surface such as a clipboard to use as a base for the mapping.


May 9 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM  - Kent  Stuetz, NYS Region 5 Advisor Officer - �Update on�s Partnership with the NYS Archives and New LDS Resources�. Handout: Requesting NYSL Materials Electronically through Excelsior

Blaine Bettinger Ph.D., The Genetic Genealogist - �Using DNA to Explore your Ancestry�


Sept 12 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM - Peter Evans. Wayne County Historian

�Research in Wayne County, NY�


Oct 17 - Full Day Conference Program  -  �Outside the Box� by Meldon Wolfgang III, founder of Jonathan Sheppard Books, genealogist for 40 years, specializing in immigrant and ethnic group research in the urban Northeast.

9:00 - 10:15 AM - �Birds of a Feather: Cluster Studies and Record Linkage for Genealogists�

10:30 - 11:45 AM - �Uncommon Research Tools Equal Uncommonly Good Results�

1:00 - 2:30 PM - �Beyond the Basics - Techniques for Newspaper Research�

Jonathan Sheppard Book Exhibit - books and maps available for sale.


Nov 14 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM  - Julie Dowd, Northern NY American Canadian Genealogical Society

�French Canadian Research�

The 2008 Calendar of Topics

March 8 - 1:00 PM - 3:15 PM

�The Joys, Surprises, and Cautions in Telling Your Life Story� by Eileen Kent of Utica, a member of the Association of Personal Historians. She has a business called STORIES of a LIFETIME and she will lecture on preserving family stories.  As a prelude to her talk, an expert panel will be discussing Irish research.

April 12

10:00 AM - Noon - �Genealogical Resources at Rundel LibraryandGerman Researchby Larry Naukam, head of the Local History and Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Genealogical Resources at Cornell University and �Using Maps in Genealogy� by Bob Kibbee, Map and Geospatial Information Librarian, and Virginia Cole, PhD, Olin Library reference librarian. Cornell has numerous genealogical materials and a large collection of 280,000 paper maps, several thousand atlases and many files of digital maps. Cornell Library Resources for Genealogical Research

May 10 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

 �Brick Wall Battering Rams� by Dick Hillenbrand, a member of the Association of   Professional Genealogists.  Dick will speak about some new ideas and resources to solve genealogical problems.  Members will be encouraged to submit their brick wall problems.

Sept 13 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

�Genealogical Resources at the JCHS� and �Battleship in the Wilderness� by Tim Abel, PhD, the Director of the Jefferson County Historical Society and an archaeologist who has conducted dozens of excavation projects in northern New York.  �Plate Glass Negatives� by a representative of the Lyme Heritage Center, will lecture on a treasure trove of civil war era negatives from a photographer�s shop in Clayton.

Oct 11 - Full Day Conference Program  
Stephen Morse, PhD - guest speaker
Guests are welcome for a $20 donation. 

8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 � 9:45 a.m.
"One-Step Webpages:  A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools"
The One-Step website started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database.  Shortly afterwards it was expanded to help with searching in the 1930 census.  Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes over 100 web-based tools divided into 13 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on e-bay.  This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.


10:00  � 11:00 a.m.
"One-Step Webpages:  A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools" (continued)
11:15  � 12:15 p.m.
"What Color Ellis Island Search Form should I use?"
In April 2001 the Ellis Island ship manifests and passenger records went on-line.  A few weeks later the One-Step Ellis Island website was created to make this resource easier to use.  Since that time the One-Step site has been greatly expanded to include new search capabilities and an array of color-coded search forms.


This talk will describe the evolution of the website from both a historical and a practical perspective, and provide a beacon for navigating through this color maze.

Lunch  Bring your own lunch or eat out.  A map of local restaurants will be provided at registration.

1:30 � 2:30 p.m.
"Playing Hide and Seek in the US Census"
Even before the 1930 Census was unlocked on April Fool's Day 2002, researchers began wondering how they were going to locate people's records.  The lack of indexes presented a real challenge.  Several solutions to this problem have since evolved.  The One-Step Census website presents a street aid for finding records.  A similar aid exists on the NARA website.  Commercial websites have developed extensive indexes which are available for a fee. The One-Step website has since been expanded to include 1910, 1920, and 1940 as well.  This presentation describes and contrasts these various solutions of searching in these census years. 


2:45 � 3:45 p.m.
"Deep Linking and Deeper Linking:  How I get the most out of existing Search Applications"
Deep linking provides a means of optimizing the information extracted from existing third-party websites in general, and from search applications in particular.  Various means of deep linking are introduced such as URL editing, using search forms, and placing a man in the middle.  These are the very techniques that are used by many of the tools on the One-Step website. Then the tables are turned and methods of blocking others from deep linking to your website are described.  The legalities of deep linking are also discussed. The purpose is not to make you an expert at improving other people's websites.  Rather it is to expose you to the techniques that were used on the One-Step website and give you a better appreciation for what is there and how to use it.  As such, no knowledge of webpage programming is required.  However, if you have such knowledge you will be able to apply the ideas presented here yourself.
Biographical Data
Stephen Morse is an amateur genealogist who has been researching his Russian-Jewish origins.  Several years ago he developed some web-based searching aids which, much to his surprise, have attracted attention worldwide.  He has received both the Outstanding Contribution Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, and the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists.
In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He has held research positions at Bell Labs, IBM Watson Research, GE Corporate R&D, and Compagnie Internationale pour l'Informatique in France. He has been involved in development at Intel Corp, Alsys Inc, and Netscape. He has taught at CCNY, Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley, SUNY Albany, Stanford University, and San Francisco State. He has authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 25 years ago.

Nov 8 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

�Discovering Your House History� by Rick Porter of Finger Lakes House Histories.  He will speak on researching house histories.  As a preliminary offering there will be an expert panel discussion on heritage societies and how to join them.

The 2007 Calendar of Topics

March 10  1:00 PM - 3:30
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Local Government Sources and How to Prepare for a European Research Trip: Ken Stuetz, Regional Advisory Officer with the New York State Archives, will discuss oft-forgotten sources that can be found in local municipalities. His second talk should be very helpful to those planning research trips.
April 14  
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10:00 AM - Reading Old Handwriting and Early vital Records in New York State: Presented by Dr. Marian Henry, Historian/Genealogist for the Rochester Genealogical Society, the audience will be treated to lessons in 18th and 19th century handwriting analysis as well as to the vital records found in the Vosburgh and Barber and Bowman collections.

1:00 PM - Holland Land Company Records and Finding the Ladies: Dr. Henry details the early 19th century Holland Land Company records that are so helpful to those doing western New York research and lastly she gives numerous aids to help us trace our female ancestors.

May 12   1:00 PM
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Crossing the Pond: Techniques for Finding Your Elusive Eastern European Ancestors and Identifying Immigrant Cluster Communities: Lisa Alzo, M.F.A., author of Three Slovak Women and Finding Your Slovak Ancestors and numerous magazine articles, will share her experience in genealogical research in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Sept. 8    1:00-3:30 PM
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Cryptic Clues in the Boneyard Video by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack offers tips on cemetery research, grave photography, and tombstone rubbings.

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Using Military Records at the National Archives (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4) and Using Pre-1850 Census to Locate Familial Relationships (part 1, part 2): Archivist Jean Nudd from the NARA Office in Pittsfield, MA, will share her knowledge of the holdings in NARA.

Oct. 20 Day Long Conference
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Dick Eastman, who is well known online for his website "Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter", will be presenting four lectures.

8:30 am Registration


9:00 � 10:15 am

The Latest Technology for Genealogists

This presentation will feature a look at today�s technology.  The topic is subject to change as new products and services are announced. Mr. Eastman will discuss devices and software to make genealogy easier:  handheld computers, GPS receivers, shirt-pocket sized scanners and more. Listing of products mentioned in presentation


10:30 � 11:45 am

Genealogy Searches on Google

Extracting the most genealogy information possible from everyone�s favorite search engine.  This presentation will cover two primary topics:  (1) how to search for genealogy information on Google in ways that most people never thought of and (2) how to view thousands of full-length genealogy books at no charge.


Lunch Bring your own lunch or eat out.  A map of local restaurants will be provided at registration.


1:00 � 2:15 pm

Where is Genealogy Software Headed?

This is a bit of a crystal ball exercise.  Dick Eastman claims that most of our latest genealogy programs are very old-fashioned.  Many have not changed significantly in 20 years and yet there is hope on the horizon.  Mr. Eastman will show demos of the latest trends in web-based genealogy software.


2:30 � 3:45 pm

Photographing Old or Delicate Documents and Photographs

Use your computer BEFORE you snap the picture!  This presentation will discuss lighting, photo stands, macro lenses and even software to be used before the shutter is pressed.  There will also be a brief discussion of software used to enhance photographs after the picture is taken.  The presentation will focus on digital cameras and �digital darkroom� techniques.


Biographical Data


Dick Eastman kept his first genealogy database on 80-column punch cards.


For some 30+ years, Dick Eastman has been honing his vision of the future to improve our picture of the past.  A high school writing assignment started him asking questions about family, and tuned his ear to the stories of Eastman, Dow, Deabay and Theriault elders at family reunions.


Along with this growing curiosity about his roots, an early interest in ham radio awakened his penchant for all things electronic, and he was ready for computers almost before they were ready for him.  This odd combination of interests came together, and by the early 1970�s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards.


It was only natural for him to play with PCs and Macintosh computers when the information age invaded households across the continent.  He immediately saw new and better and faster ways of researching his family.  This was too good to keep to himself, so it�s no surprise that the internet became his playground, where he would exhort others to bring their ancestors into this digitized world.


In the mid-1980�s, Dick actually went knocking on the door of a rising online star called CompuServe to propose a genealogy forum:  a move by which he built a community of family historians over the next 14 years.  He preached the benefits of technology to an even wider audience of genealogists, including national and international genealogical organizations, and of course, GENTECH, an organization that helped him to spread his message.


For the past 11-plus years, Dick has pursued his mission through an online periodical he writes every day, simply called �Eastman�s Online Genealogy Newsletter.�  He loves to share technology �finds� that can help both new and seasoned genealogists.

Nov. 10    1:00-3:00 PM

Jim Meyer of Meyer Bookbinding Co. in Auburn will be giving a presentation on Rebinding and Restoring Old Family Bibles and Historical Books.  He will also be on hand to offer free estimates of how much it would cost to restore your family bible so be sure to bring yours to the meeting!

Members will discuss favorite publications. A Librarian from OCPL will discuss recent acquisitions in the Local History Department.

The 2006 Calendar of Topics

March 11 Irish Genealogy

Anne Ruggeri, genealogy chairperson of the Irish American Cultural Institute, 1:00 PM will help you find your Irish ancestors.

April 8 Who�s Your Most Interesting Ancestor?

During this sharing session CNYGS members and 10:00 AM guests should be prepared to make a short (3 minute limit, please) presentation about their favorite/most interesting or most illustrious ancestor. Why is he/she interesting and how did you find out?

1:00 PM Writing About Your Ancestors

will be easier after you view the NEHGS video Genealogical Writing Style Guidelines and Practical Advice by Henry Hoff. You�ll be ready to turn your 3 minute presentation into a full page in your family history!

May 13 Oneida County Resources:

Mary Anne Buteux, a volunteer at the Oneida County Historical 1:00 PM Society who also does private family research, will tell us what�s available on line and where to go to find vital records, naturalization papers, land records, probate records, and historical information.

Sept. 9 Using Census Records

The first Federal census was taken in 1790 and many have been taken 1:00-4:00 PM since then. Today these records have the potential to reveal much about your family's history. During this workshop you will learn how to search them and use the indexes to them. You will also learn how to use the New York State Census. Presentation by Wayne Wright, NYSHA

Oct. 14 Day-long conference:

Curt B Witcher, Manager, Historical Genealogy Dept, Allen County 8:30 AM- Public Library Program to be held at Jamesville DeWitt Middle School.

3:45 PM Mining the Mother Lode: Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Purposes

Effective Use of the ACPL Historical Genealogy Dept.

Using Military Records for Genealogical Research

Using Church Records in Your Genealogical Research

Nov. 4 What�s New in the Genealogy Department of the OCPL

Librarian Holly Sammons will bring us 1:00 PM up to date on the genealogical resources available at and through the Onondaga County Public Library, including HeritageQuest and the Syracuse Newspapers Archives. Program to take place in the Curtin Auditorium at the OCPL Central Library.

The 2005 Calendar of Topics

March  12 - 10AM - Board Meeting

               -  1 PM - Genealogical Research in Madison County
                            Sue Greenhagen, Town of Eaton Historian and
                Technical Services Librarian at SUNY Morrisville; Roberta
                Kincaid, Certified Genealogical Record Specialist (CGRS);
                and Harold Witter, Family Genealogist and author of
                Witter Genealogy, will present research resources and
                ideas. Please join us as we kick off our new season at
                the new site!

April 9   -  10 AM - Tips and Tricks for Finding Your Female Ancestors
                           Patti Haggerty, CNYGS Board Member, using
                David Dearborn's video, Finding A Wife's Maiden Name
                (NEHGS - New England Historic and Genealogical Society).
                The discussion includes her personal experiences in
                breaking down brickwalls of five different Abigails.

            - 1 PM - Researching the 'Net -- My Favorite Website.
                           Open Forum -- Each of us has a favorite family-
               history research Website. Bring yours along with its web-
               address (URL), and share how it is useful, and any of its
                drawbacks. A list will be collected and distributed to the
                membership (and posted here, of course).

May 14  - 10AM - Board Meeting

             -  1 PM - Using Digital Cameras to Film Historical Documents
                          Kent Stuetz, Regional Advisory Officer with the
                 New York State Archives, will discuss and show how to
                 film historical documents using a digital camera,
                 including different types of cameras, settings, filming
                 techniques, and secret tips.

Sept. 10   - 10AM - Board Meeting

               -  1 PM - Plant Your Tree On The Web
                            Mary D. Taffet will discuss the steps involved
                 in publishing your genealogical data on the Web,
                 including choices of website hosts, consideration of
                 privacy issues, and use of various programs to prepare
                 and upload your data.
                            Mary received a 2001 GENTECH Scholarship for
                 her project, Automatic Tagging of Genealogical Data
                 to Enhance Web-based Retrieval.

Oct.  1 - (9 AM -- 3 PM) - Conference: Finding and Using New York
                 City Records, at the Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School's
                 Large Group Instruction Room, located at 6280 Randall
                 Road, in DeWitt.
                          Leslie Corn, MA, FGBS, and
                          Roger Joslyn, CG, FASG, nationally-known
                  genealogists will be our presenters. Click Here for more
                  details about this exciting Conference.

Nov.  12 - 10AM - Board Meeting

             -   1PM - Genealogical Research Using Invention Patent
                          Pamela Lipe Revercomb will discuss the
                  government documents and original patent record books,
                  not available electronically, that she used to learn about
                  patents that her ancestors had invented.
                          Mary D. Taffet will discuss how more recent patent
                  records can be searched using the Internet.

The 2004 Calendar of Topics

March  13 - 10AM - Board Meeting
               -  1 PM  - Making the Best Use of the Onondaga
                 Historical Association Research Center and
                 Archives - Michael Martin, Associate Archivist and
                     History of Syracuse Cemeteries
                 - Dennis Connors, Curator of History, Onondaga Historical

April 3   -  10 AM - Genealogical Research using Rhode Island

            - 1 PM - Genealogical Research using Massachusetts
                 - Ruth Quigley Weller, Research Director of the New
                 England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

May 1    - 10AM - Board Meeting (in the Church Gymnasium)
             -  1 PM - Share Your Family Trees and Treasures
                             (Click on this Link, to see PHOTOS)
                 - CNYGS Members - This program is to be presented
                 by all members of our society in the Gymnasium. Bring
                 something to share, such as a genealogy or family
                 history, or family artifacts (i.e., tools, quilts, clothing
                 and Family Bibles. Come and see how others have
                 organized and preserved family histories and heirlooms.
                 To reserve space, please contact Donna Johnson Brown,
                 by email to: [email protected], or by mail to:
                 137 Crooked Land Road, Tully, NY 13159.

Sept. 11   - 10AM - Board Meeting
               -  1 PM - Using Death Records in Your Research
                  Barbara will include many records surrounding a death
                  to help with your family research: civil, newspaper,
                  cemetery, sextant, funeral home, stones, internet, and
                  taking pictures of an preserving the stones.
                           Barbara Dix, retired Oswego County Historian

Oct.  2  - 10AM - Tracing your Civil War Ancestors, On and
                  Off the Internet
                  - Darothy DeAngelo, authority on the Civil War, and
                  Sue Greenhagen, Reference Librarian, Morrisville College,
                  will show us how to find our Civil War ancestors using
                  traditional methods and Internet resources.

            -  1 PM - Lineage Organizations and How to Join Them
                  A panel of lineage society members will discuss the
                  societies and how to join them.
                         DAR - Leola Crane Sutton
                               SAR - John Downing
                         Civil War Organizations - Darothy DeAngelo
                         Mayflower Society - Marion Chester and
                                Sharon Matyas.

Nov.  6   - 10AM - Board Meeting
             -   1PM - Why Did They Come Here? How Our                   Ancestors May Have Ended Up In New York
                  This talk will examine some of the political, economic,
                  and social contexts in which our ancestors lived, and
                  thus compelled them from their ancestral homelands
                  to New York State, thereby helping us to develop a
                  fuller sense of our family history.
                          Robert Arnold III, Record Services, New York State

The 2003 Calendar of Topics

March  15 - 10AM - Board Meeting
               -  1 PM  - Preservation of Photographs - An introduction to
                 photographic history, proper storage and care, indirect
                 information about dating old photos, with time for
                            Gary Albright, Conservator - George Eastman
                 House Museum, Rochester NY

April 12   -  10 AM - Pennsylvania Migration Trails
                  Considering the trails and reasons why your migrating
                  ancestors left Pennsylvania will give you some clues
                  as to where to search for their origins there.

              - 1 PM - When there is no Will there still is a Way
                  Probate records and the analysis of what one might
                  find in them. We will explore the Russell Index System
                  that is prevalent in Pennsylvania.
                            Elissa Scalise Powell, CGRS, has been doing
                  genealogical research since 1985, and helps others
                  find their ancestral roots through community college
                  classes in beginning genealogy and computers.

May 10     - 10AM - Board Meeting
               -  1 PM - Genealogy Databases for the PC
                             Norm Young has instructed several
                   beginning genealogy courses, has demonstrated-
                   genealogy databases and is president of the
                   St. Lawrence Valley Genealogy Society.

Sept. 13    - 10AM - Board Meeting
                -  1 PM - Digging Up the Dead with a GPS
                  Learning to use a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)
                  receiver and mapping software for your genealogy
                  research. A GPS receiver can help you find your way
                  to a cemetery, mark the exact location of an
                  abandoned cemetery or even a specific grave site.
                           Gary Jones and Anton Ninno -- Gary is a
                  librarian with the Local History / Genealogy Dept of the
                  OCPL. Anton is a staff trainer at OCM- BOCES, helping
                  teachers integrate technology into their classrooms
                  and student projects.

Oct.   11 - 10AM - Board Meeting
             -  1 PM - New York State Historical Library at
                   Cooperstown, NY -- Resources
                           Wayne Wright, Associate Director
                  Discover the many genealogical resources in this regional

Nov.  8   - 10AM - Packrat or Genealogist? Effective Methods
                   for Organizing your History Research
                 Explore both traditional methods and computer technology
                 to organize family history documents, photographs, and
                 other important papers and data for quick retrieval, as
                 well as tips for distributing- and sharing this information
                 with others.

             -  1 PM - Beyond the Family Tree: How to Write A
                    Compelling Family History
                 It is easy to overlook the stories of how our ancestors
                 lives were influenced by local and world events and
                 conditions. This workshop will show how to liven up your
                 family history by placing your ancestors in the larger
                 context and will demonstrate how to produce interesting
                 copy using such items as vital records, documents,
                 photographs and more.
                              Lisa A. Alzo, Ithaca, NY
                 Lisa has taught genealogy courses at BOCES and given
                 talks at area historical societies.

The 2002 Calendar of Topics

March  16  - Technology and Genealogy:  Selecting and using
                  Digital Cameras, Scanners & CD-Recorders ("burners").
                  Family historians will want to attend, to gain valuable
                  information for use in their own family history
                           Al Fasoldt, Technology Writer Syracuse Post
                           Standard and Newhouse News Service, Point &
                           Click host, and "Random Access" radio show host.

April 13   -  1 PM - Preparing for A Successful Research Trip
                            Panelists:  Harlow Dunton, Roberta  Kincaid
                            CGRS, Roger Williams

May 11   - 10AM - The Ease of Doing French-Canadian Genealolgy,
                and Some of its Problems

              -  1 PM - Name Changes and Variations in French-Canadian
                           Roger Lawrence, American-Canadian Genealogical
                           Society - Manchester, NH

Sept. 14  -   1 PM - Reading Early American Handwriting
                            Videotape, produced by 123-Genealogy
                   Location-change:  to be held at the Jamesville-DeWitt
                            Middle School, off Randall Road in DeWitt.

Oct.  12  - 10AM - Board Meeting
             -  1 PM - Post-Revolution Settlement of Central NY: Military
                 Tracts and Other Land Tracts that Attracted People
                  -- How Central New Yorkers Got Here
                           James Darlington, Adjunct Professor of Geography
                           and History at SUNY-Cortland
                  Broad patters that brought people from certain regions
                  to settle in central NY, and the makeup of our local
                  ** CLICK HERE for Mr. Darlington's SLIDES **

Nov. 9    - 10AM - Board Meeting
             -  1 PM - A Lawyer's Guide to Finding Genealogical Records
                    -- Courthouse Resources
                              Roger B. Williams, Esq. - Syracuse
     Roger has been practicing law for over 30 years and exploring genealogy for the the past 10 years or so. In this presentation, he will share the ways in which his legal experience has helped him find family records and supported his research. You will have an insider's tour of the typical county courthouse, and know where to look and what to ask for when you visit your ancestor's locations. Finally, you will understand the record-keeping and indexing systems in use locally, which apply with minor variations across the U.S.

The 2001 Calendar of Topics

March 17  - "Church Archives - A Resource for Genealogists"
              Peter Christoph, Archivist for Lutheran Church Upstate N.Y.
              Rev. Charles Marks, United Methodist Church Commission for
              History and Archives
              Joan Green, Asst. Archivist, Episcopal Diocese of Central
      New York

April 21    -  "Lighting Your Fire, and Getting Started in Genealogy"
               Clancy Hopkins, Editor of the Informer (Newsletter of
               the Jefferson County Genealogical Society

May 12     -  "Flatlands and Rock Farmers: Research in Vermont and
                    Pathways to New York"
                Alice Eicholtz, PhD, CG, Director of Lifelong Learning,
                     Norwich University

September 15  - "Show and Tell" -- CNYGS Members share their
                genealogical discoveries and surprises of the past year.
                One of the best ways to learn research methods is from
                other genealogists and family historians who have had
                successes in breaking down a research-barrier, creatively.

October 19 & 20 -- CNYGS 40th Anniversary Celebration
                     "Mining for Genealogical Gems"
                Speakers include Diane Snyder Ptak, Christine Crawford-
                Oppenheimer, Judge John Austin and others.

November 10   - "Using Genealogical Journals to Research Your Family
                 Joyce Cook, Librarian -- Fulton Public Library

Previous Topics & Resources  

March 18, 2000   Henry Z. Jones, Jr., FASG:

                (10 AM) "When the Sources Are Wrong!"
                (How to spot and overcome the obstacle of errors in
                 primary and secondary sources.)

                (1 PM)   "Tracing Origins of Your Early 18th Century
                Palatine Emigrants," and "What's New In Palatine
                (A step-by-step plan for pinpointing and fully tracing
                your ancestors' European roots.)

Hank Jones graciously provided us with a copy of his notes. The handouts from his talk may be printed from these links:

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