CNYGS CONFERENCE

Curt B. Witcher

Department Manager, Historical Genealogy Department

Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

October 14, 2006

8:30 AM – 3:45 PM

Large Group Instruction Room

Jamesville DeWitt Middle School

6280 Randall Road, Jamesville, NY (directions on back)

 

8:30 am   Registration

 9:00 -10:15 am  Mining the Mother Lode: Using Periodical Literature for Genealogical Research

Extremely significant quantities of family and local history data are published in the newsletters, journals, quarterlies, and magazines of the world’s historical and genealogical societies. Yet, so many genealogists leave periodical literature untouched when conducting their research and investigating secondary sources of data.  This lecture identifies the major types of periodical literature, what indices are available and how they can be used most effectively, and where one can find specific publications.  Special attention is given to the Periodical Source Index as the largest and most comprehensive subject index in the genealogical field.

10:30 - 11:45 am  Effective Use of the Allen County Public Library Historical Genealogy Department

Providing a detailed description of the holdings of the Historical Genealogy Dept of the ACPL , this lecture folds research methodology  into an exploration of the resources of the nation’s second largest genealogical research facility.  Consideration is given not only to materials available for research on-site but also to how researchers can access data about the collection remotely.

 Lunch   Bring your own lunch (seating is available in the school cafeteria.) or eat out.  (A map of area restaurants will be provided at registration.)

 1:00 - 2:15 pm Using Military Records for Genealogical Research

This lecture is an in-depth look at military records, from the earliest times of our country’s history to the present day.  Discussed are the five major types of military records; where one can find such documents; a look at typical data found in sample records; and a detailing of what one might call other “minor” military records.  It is good either as a beginning or intermediate lecture as the basics are covered along with strategies for getting the most from the information given in military records.

 2:30 - 3:45 pm Using Church Records in Your Genealogical Research

An “up-close” look at various types of church records, how to find such documents in the areas where one’s ancestors lived, and strategies for accessing as many church records and church-created documents as possible.  Some time is devoted to recognizing record keeping practices and archives, and determining the addresses of archives for various denominations.

  

Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings; a $5.00 donation is appreciated.

Annual membership is $30 for individuals, and $35 for families.

Contact person:          Patti Haggerty, CNYGS Program Chair (315-446-7069)

                                    Allen R. Lewis, CNYGS Publicity Chair (315-471-5907)

            (Box 104, Colvin Station, Syracuse NY  13205)

Email: CNYGS-Publicity@twcny.rr.com

Web: www.rootsweb.com/~nycnygs

 

Directions to Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School

6280 Randall Road, Jamesville, NY

 

From the South.—Take I81 north exiting at I481. Continue on I481 to exit 3W (State Route 92/Dewitt/East Genesee Street). Merge right onto East Genesee Street and go west straight to second traffic light (about 0.5 mile) and turn left onto Jamesville Road. At next traffic light (about 0.4 mile), turn right onto Randall Road. Continue on Randall Road to Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School on the left (about 0.8 mile).

 From the North.—Take I481 south exiting at 3W (State Route 92/Dewitt/East Genesee Street). At the stop sign turn right onto East Genesee Street and go west straight to second traffic light (about 0.3 mile) and turn left onto Jamesville Road. At next traffic light (about 0.4 mile), turn right onto Randall Road. Continue on Randall Road to Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School on the left (about 0.8 mile).

 From the West.—Take I690 east to I481 south towards Dewitt. Exit at 3W (State Route 92/Dewitt/East Genesee Street). At the stop sign turn right onto East Genesee Street and go west straight to second traffic light (about 0.3 mile) and turn left onto Jamesville Road. At next traffic light (about 0.4 mile), turn right onto Randall Road. Continue on Randall Road to Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School on the left (about 0.8 mile).

 From the East.—Take New York State Routes 5 or 92 towards Fayetteville/Dewitt. Continue straight on SR 92 after SR 5 becomes Erie Blvd. Immediately at the next traffic light turn left onto Jamesville Road. At next traffic light (about 0.4 mile), turn right onto Randall Road. Continue on Randall Road to Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School on the left (about 0.8 mile).

  

A Note about the Allen County Genealogical Collection

The Allen County genealogical collection includes more than 332,000 printed volumes and 362,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. More than 50,000 volumes of compiled genealogies represent work already done on American and European families, and range from brief typescripts to well documented multi-volume works. Nearly 5000 genealogies on microfiche and numerous family newsletters complement this collection. The extensive collection includes complete coverage of major New York State records. Members are encourage to visit Genealogy Department’s Website in order to appreciate fully the significance of their collection: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/index.html