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Tree Talks is the Central New York Genealogical Society's 64-page quarterly publication. Within Tree Talks are articles by noted genealogists, abstracts of records of genealogical significance and reviews of publications. An every name Index is currently published annually, containing surnames from March, June and September issues. Printed copies of individual publications and searchable DVDs are available for sale. We also offer County Packets for sale, which contain county specific research from our Tree Talks journals. Downloadable every name indexes from a few of our Tree Talks publications are available free online. We are working on making every index available online, so check back often.

The Central New York Genealogical Society began Tree Talks in 1961 to present abstracts of records from the post-Revolution era, to about 1860, of historical and genealogical interest from five central New York counties. By 1964, when New York State chartered the Society as a nonprofit educational corporation, coverage had expanded to forty-six of the state's sixty-two counties. Presently, forty-nine upstate New York counties are covered.

Material printed in Tree Talks is largely contributed by CNYGS members. Genealogical and historical records printed include those from Surrogate Courts and County Clerks' Offices, plus abstracts of church, cemetery and newspaper vital records. Members have supplied many Bible records and day-books of doctors, ministers and store-keepers. Tree Talks also contains book reviews of new genealogical publications.

An early census, or other significant record, with index, has been published as one issue of Tree Talks since 1974. The record transcribed is chosen because: it is the earliest unpublished census of that county; the county was on a migratory route, or was a parent county; names can be supplied by member-researchers for the initials used in the original enumeration; and finally, because of the research interests of the volunteer subscribers.

We have listed titles of lead articles from past issues of Tree Talks so that you may better know the contents of these issues. Back issues are available for sale. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Click here for a publications order form*.

Click here for the Tree Talks DVD and Flash Drive order form.

Tree Talks Publications and DVDs are now available for purchase by credit card through Paypal! (Please note that the PayPal payment options on this page are only available for items being shipped within the United States. If you are purchasing items to be shipped outside the United States, please e-mail us at cnygs@yahoo.com as we will need to calculate shipping costs.)

Individual Tree Talks Issue
Issue Number or Date
County Packets: Albany - Columbia
County Packets: Cortland - Herkimer
County Packets: Jefferson - Ontario
County Packets: Orange - Schuyler
County Packets: Seneca - Yates
Censuses and Other Publications: Broome County - Erie Canal
Censuses and Other Publications: Essex County to Madison County
Censuses and Other Publications: Oneida County - Oswego County
Censuses and Other Publications: Otsego County - Syracuse (part)
Censuses and Other Publications: Syracuse (end) - Yates County
Tree Talks on DVD or Flash Drive

* The CNYGS has small quantities of a few publications that are not listed on our publications order form. These include:

  • Click here for a sample page of the Onondaga County Mortality Schedules for the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Federal Censuses.

Some of our members have graciously transcribed or annotated genealogical records, which the CNYGS has made available to our members and the genealogical community at large. Click here for a link to these records.

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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