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


Meetings of the Central New York Genealogical Society are held six times a year, and are open to all. Guests may attend the March, May, September, and November meetings for a $5 donation. Full day conferences in April and October are $20 for the full day or $10 for a half-day session. Annual membership dues:  $30.00.

Instruction in some phase of genealogical research is usually the subject. Experienced genealogists share their specific area of expert knowledge. Workshops are sometimes held at which beginners may obtain help with their research.

Meetings are held at, Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd, DeWitt, NY, unless otherwise noted.

See below for directions, or click on this link: [Location]

The 2015 Calendar of Topics

March 14, 2015 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. �From Muscles to Motors on the Farm: Henry Ford and the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930� with Dr. Milton Sennett; This free event is made possible through the Speakers in the Humanities program with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Fordson, first mass-produced in 1918, gave farmers an affordable source of mechanical power. Henry Ford's entry into the tractor business sparked a conflict in the farm machinery industry that had long-term consequences for American life on and off the farm. The transition from horse power to tractor power, from muscles to motors, took place during an era of rapid social change in American life. Farm families were trying to adjust to new marvels everywhere - airplanes, automobiles, and electricity on the farm, telephones, radio, consolidated rural schools, indoor plumbing, rural free delivery, better roads, and refrigeration. 

The lecture uses rare images from the archives of the great tractor manufacturers and depictions of the seasons of agricultural work before the factory farm replaced the family farm. These visual cues will encourage the sharing and preservation of memories of farm life among all members of your community.

Dr. Milton C. Sernett, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and History, Syracuse University Dr. Milton C. Sernett, Professor Emeritus, taught at Syracuse University for over thirty years. He has published seventeen books and numerous articles and essays, many of them dealing with American abolitionism, the Underground Railroad, and African American history. His current book project is a history of the "the great tractor wars" of the 1920s and the influence of Henry Ford on American farm life.

April 11, 2015 � Full Day Conference    Dennis Hogan, is a professional genealogist who specializes in New York State and Ireland and has been lecturing since 2003. All eight of his great grandparents emigrated from Ireland and settled in or near Ontario County. Mr. Hogan is Vice President/Coordinator of the Rochester Computer Interest Group. He also volunteers in the research room of the Ontario County Historical Society.

     9:00 � 12:00 AM � �Google Maps & Google Earth�

     1:15 - 2:15 PM �   �Survey of Brick Wall Techniques�

     2:30 � 3:30 -        �Quick and Easy Cousin Bait�

May 16, 2015 - 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. �Hunting for Ancestors in Central New York� Sheila Tucker was Cayuga County Historian from 2004-2011 and has been the town of Fleming historian for nearly 40 years. She�s worked with hundreds of people seeking information on their ancestors, their house or their town. One of her most important projects was a survey of Cayuga County involvement in the Underground Railroad. That effort landed several local buildings on a national registry. She is the author of The Township of Fleming, Cayuga County, New York, 1823-1973. Sheila has presented exhibits on Cayuga County inventors and did a Civil War presentation.

Sept 17-19 2015 � New York State Family History Conference: Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Liverpool, New York. Sponsored by CNYGS and New York Genealogical & Biographical Society www.nysfhc.org   

Oct 17, 2015 �  Pamela Vittorio is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Dept of English Language Studies/Parsons School of Design at the New School University, in NYC. She refined her historical methodologies skills in an interdisciplinary MA/Ph.D. program in Languages, Literature, and History of the Near East at NYU.  Pamela is an author of several English language learning texts and a frequent presenter at international conferences in the fields of language teaching and corpus linguistics. She has done extensive research on the Erie Canal over the past decade on a wide variety of topics and  frequently conducts workshops and programs on Erie Canal social and cultural history, language, women's studies, the Civil War, and genealogy throughout the year.  Currently, she is the editor of CLCBM's From the Boatyard newsletter and a CLCBM Board of Trustee member. She will obtain a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University in spring 2015. She will be speaking on the following topics:

�They traveled by Packet Boat: Finding Your Erie Canal      Ancestors� Finding 19th and early 20th century ancestors who worked or traveled on the Erie Canal 


�Locking Through: Finding Your Canal Town Ancestors� Explores various ways to search for/track canal ancestors and their possible routes/locations, both online and in archives


�More Than a Picture: Reconstructing Your Ancestors Lives through Newspapers & Primary Sources�

Nov 14, 2015 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM - Moya Dumville from Westlake Conservators.com will be discussing paper conservation

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Board Meetings

The CNYGS Board Meetings are open to the public; we invite your input and ideas. Of course, as an all-volunteer Board, we may also encourage your participation.

Our Board Meetings are presently scheduled for the following dates, at the same location (see below) as our general meetings, at 10:00 AM:

  • March 14, 2015

  • May 16, 2015

  • November 15, 2015

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Location of our Meetings:

    Our Program Meetings are held at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd, DeWitt, NY, unless otherwise noted.  We thank them greatly for sharing this wonderful facility with our members and guests.

    Directions: from the south- take I-481 North to exit 2- Jamesville; turn left on Jamesville Rd; go 1.1 mi; church is on the left. From the north- take I-481 South from either the Thruway or I-690, or from the northern suburbs to exit 3W Dewitt. Merge onto E. Genesee St. (route 5) heading west. First light is Erie Blvd, next light is Jamesville Road. Turn left on Jamesville Road and go about 3/4 mile. Church is on the right directly across from the Manlius Pebble Hill School.

Please park in the south parking lot.    

Click here for a Web-map from Mapquest.

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