October 1, 2005 -- (8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)
the Jamesville-DeWitt Middle
Large Group Instruction Room,
Randall Road, Jamesville, N.Y.
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Corn, MA, FGBS, is a fifth-generation Manhattan native, a
professional genealogist, and a Fellow of the New York Genea- logical
and Biographical Society. She writes the New York City Research
column for the New England Historic and Genealogical Society's website.
Roger D. Joslyn,
FASG, is a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, the
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Utah Genealogical
Association. A Certified Genealogist since 1981, he has been a
full-time professional genealogist since 1978.
is a special, full-day program about New York City research, with
presenters who are outstanding, well-known and learned genealogists.
Leslie and Roger want you to know that, while some of you might not
have New York City interests, the material in their presentations is
applicable to other research areas, not only in terms of the kinds of
sources they will discuss, but also their techniques and methodology
will be useful for your research issues.
8:30 -- Registration.
Members, no charge.
-- $5 each for morning and afternoon sessions.
9:15 -- Introductions
9:30 -- Biting the Big Apple: A Taste of New York City Research.
With emphasis mostly on 19th-century records of the City's
five Boroughs, this is a "meat and potatoes" discussion of
what area records there are, where they are, what is indexed, and
what is published, with little-known sources, indexes finding-aids,
information on how to use the records and case-study examples. Much
of the discussion is applicable to other American big cities. Roger
D. Joslyn, CG, FASG
10:45 -- Genealogical Treasures in the New York County Clerk's
Office -- Division of Old Records.
Using the case-study of a famous naturalized
American, this presen- tation describes the major 19th and
20th-century holdings of this under-utilized and fascinating
repository, and how to research there.
Records included are his name-change, county-level
naturalization, city directory listings, state censuses, corporate
records, and lawsuits.
Record-groups and research techniques also apply to most
County Clerk's Offices throughout the United States. Leslie
Corn, MA, FGBS
Noon -- Lunch. Please bring your own lunch, or
eat out. Seating will be made available in the school cafeteria. A
map of local restaurants will be available at the Registration Desk.
1:30 -- 19th-Century Passenger Arrival Lists and Naturalization Records.
This session will discuss the history of
naturalization and immigration, using New York City as an example,
and the records chronicling these events, where to find them, and how
to use them, with research examples to illustrate methods. Roger
D. Joslyn, CG, FASG
2:45 -- Marriages Made In... New York: Civil, Religious, Published
and, Often, Elusive.
Using case-studies, including those of
Phineas T. Barnum and Fiorello LaGuardia, a chronology of marriage
laws from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, this presentation
describes some of the lesser- known ways of finding marriage records,
especially when the usual avenues don't work. There's a section about
the differences between 20th-century marriage certificates and
marriage licenses and how to search for them, and a description of
the NYS Marriage Record Index (1881 -- 1954). Leslie
Corn, MA, FGBS