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Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)

The Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) is for anyone interested in genealogy and learning more about how technology can help them be more successful in their family history research. We welcome beginners and experienced researchers!

GIG aims to:

  • foster an interest in family history and genealogy;
  • provide a regular discussion forum for members;
  • provide information on sources; and
  • use technology whenever it will help us be successful.

Our monthly meetings have featured group members and guest speakers presenting diverse topics such as social media, genealogy websites, computer file organization, document preservation, computer security, and scanner demonstrations. An effort is made to allow time at the end of each meeting for general discussion and sharing among the group members.

2018 Schedule of Events


February 26, 2018

A Tribute to Valentines Day & Love

In recognition of the special meaning of Valentines Day we are having vignettes by our participants of their family’s love stories! We want you to engage in the talk too, show off some of your family’s history, photos and love stories.

March 26, 2018

Best of RootsTech Online presented by Tracy Minsterman

Tracy Minsterman will guide us through free online content from the nation's largest genealogy conference, RootsTech. See the latest and greatest innovations in our hobby and learn from leaders in the field from the comfort of your own home or your local library.

About Our Speaker:
Tracy Minsterman is a Senior Programmer/Analyst at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She has been a member of the Genealogy Interest Group for three years and enjoys learning new research strategies and sharing them with the group.

April 23, 2018

NextGen– Getting the Younger Generation involved in Genealogy presented by Melanie McComb

Melanie McComb will show us how to use NextGen tools to get the next generation involved in family history research.

About Our Speaker:
Melanie McComb is The Shamrock Genealogist.
She is a genealogist, blogger, speaker and is the social media coordinator for NextGen Genealogy Network.

May 2018

No Meeting

June 25, 2018

Using Local Sources, presented by Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian

Matthew Urtz will help us learn about local primary sources and how to utilize them to improve our ancestral research.

About our presenter:
Matt is the Madison County Historian since April 2010. He is also Vice President and Region 9 Coordinator for the Association of Public Historians in New York State. He is widely published and has done over 30 presentations, public and private. He and Madison County have received many awards and commendations for educational projects by NYS.

July 23, 2018

Scottish Research, presented by Paul Fleischmann

Paul (McPherson) Fleischmann will outline some topics for tracking the ancestry of our Scottish relatives. He will start with Internet search capabilities available about Scotland. This will include a brief review of resources for those planning on visiting Scotland.

Then we will check out some resources that aren't Scottish - but are very good ways to look for immigrant pathways through Canada!

About our presenter:
Paul Fleischmann is a retired aero-space mechanical engineer and, since retiring in 1999, has been more involved in learning and teaching genealogy.

August 27, 2018

Brick Walls, Road Blocks, presented by Tom Clasper

The talk will focus on Brick Walls, that I tend to call Road Blocks and possible approaches on getting through or around them.

About our presenter:
Tom has been searching his roots since 1985, beginning with the original family tree software (PAF) developed by the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) which evolved into Family Tree Maker 2017. Tom has used many resources, both paper based and on-line, to find primary documentation for his family tree and other people.

September 24, 2018

Using The Census Without Losing Your Senses, presented by Amanda Perrine

Learn to how make census research work for you by following a New York family from 1940 back to 1790. Our focus will be on the federal census, particularly pre-1850 census records, the New York state census, and special census schedules like agriculture and mortality.

About our speaker:
Amanda started researching her family history as a pre-teen. She received her Master's in Library Science and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Cultural Heritage Preservation from Syracuse University. She is currently the director of Maxwell Memorial Library where she leads monthly genealogy roundtables. When not at work on her genealogy she can be found with her husband and son exploring Central and Western New York.

October 22, 2018

Fort Ontario Research!

A remarkable historical resource sits right in our “backyard”, the Fort Ontario State Historic Site and Post Cemetery in Oswego. We have two Fort representatives to discuss this resource.

About Our Speakers: Caroline Lamie & Corey King

Corey King -
Is an Oswego resident and 2016 SUNY Oswego graduate. Since 2016 he has volunteered at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. On a daily basis he did reenactments as a bugler and helped with interpreting history at the Fort. In 2017, Corey started doing research on our Post Cemetery, updating all of the files on all of the people in the cemetery.

Caroline Lamie –
Is a lifelong resident, and has a strong interest in local history and ancestry. In 2010 Caroline started volunteering at Fort Ontario State Historic Site and was hired as office manager in 2016 and applied new technology to research Fort Ontario records.

Check out the Fort Ontario Facebook page!

November 26, 2018

Roundtable Discussion!

Join in our Roundtable discussing our members interests:

  • Experiences with DNA testing. Members are encouraged to share their journey into the DNA side of genealogy research.
  • Dave Clutton will talk about researching newspapers.
  • Subjects of interest to YOU!
Please come and learn, listen, or share.

December 2018

No meeting

All meetings are held at the Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale, NY (behind St. Margaret's Church), from 6pm - 7:55pm.

Questions? Contact Susan Proch!

Central New York Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 104, Colvin Station, Syracuse, New York 13205-0104
Contact us at: cnygs@yahoo.com

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