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 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
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 History.com" 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 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:
Location of our Meetings:
Program Meetings are held
at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299
Jamesville Rd, DeWitt, NY, unless otherwise noted.
thank them greatly for sharing this wonderful facility with our members
Please park in the south parking lot.
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