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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.

2017 Calendar

February 27, 2017

Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolkit? Presented by Skipp Duett

Genetic genealogy DNA testing for genealogy - is getting a lot of publicity.This presentation will give you a basic introduction to genetic genealogy you need as a genealogist and serve as a steppingstone for a much deeper understanding.

About the Author:

Skip Duett is a professional genealogist specializing in Central New York and Mohawk Valley research. The author of the Mohawk Valley Ehles and Allied Families, he serves on the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Family History Advisory Committee and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, and CNYGS. He is actively involved in the newly-formed CNYGS DNA Interest Group and attends numerous genealogy institutes and conferences. Skip has been researching his own family in New York for over 20 years and accepting clients since 2013.

March 27, 2017

Genealogy Roundtable

Our presenters are members that have been doing genealogy for years and will provide an interesting evening of learning in the usual informal setting where questions are encouraged and contributions are always welcome.

Tracy Minsterman - How to use Archive Grid

Roger Pape - Unreliable Secondary Sources

Paul Fleischmann - Fulton History: newspaper Boolean searching

John Driscoll - His experience getting started in genealogy

- - - and an OPEN DISCUSSION after the presentations!

April 24, 2017

Historical Roadside Markers and Finding Primary Sources presented by Susan Hughes

Learn about the Roadside Marker Grant Program offered by The William G. Pomeroy Foundation including historical markers, National Register, and the newest category, Legends & Lore.

Susan will discuss the supporting documentation needed and offer research tips on finding and identifying primary sources. Many of these are also excellent resources for genealogical research.

About our presenter:

Susan Hughes is Director of the American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association and Historical Grants Specialist for the Pomeroy Foundation. She holds an M.A. in History.

May 22, 2017

Italian Genealogy presented by Frank Ricciardiello

Frank Ricciardiello will present: "Tracing Your Family Roots with the Internet" - a review of websites proven useful for researching your Italian families. A listing of websites will be provided.

About the Speaker:

Frank Ricciardiello, Professor of Italian language and literature, has taught at Le Moyne College in Syracuse for the past 12 years. He is mostly retired now, but still teaches a few classes at Le Moyne and at the OASIS Senior Center. He specializes in Italian language and culture. In addition, he conducts a men's singing group for OASIS called the Men of Note and enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

June 26, 2017

The Search for My Mothers History presented by Dan Sheehan

A fascinating tale of Dans quest to trace his mothers story, both here in the US and in Ireland and Scotland. He will also include some travel experiences in Ireland and Scotland.

About the Speaker:

Born in Brooklyn, Dan moved to Long Island. Hes a Cortland State Grad and Upstate Med (Med Tech). He has lived in Baldwinsville since 1969.

July 24, 2017

Sue Greenhagen presents Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors.

August 28, 2017

Susan Proch presents on the popular website Find A Grave.

September 25, 2017

Tracy Minsterman Tracy Minsterman presents "Following the Genealogical Proof Standard Using Evidentia".

October 23, 2017

Round table discussion on various subjects.

November 27, 2017

Lee Sherman presents on his own family research.

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

2016 Central New York Genealogical Society