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8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

5299 Jamesville Rd., Dewitt, NY





Presented by Meldon Wolfgang III


Genealogy columnist for the NYS Archives magazine, family historian with more than 40 years experience, and

           specialist in ethnic group research, Mel Wolfgang is also the founder of Jonathan Sheppard Books.




8:30 AM                 Registration

9:00-9:15 AM         Welcome and Introduction


9:15-10:25 AM       Sleuthing in the Stacks: Using Uncommon Resources to Uncover Genealogical Clues

This presentation introduces the researcher to a host of rarely used reference tools and finding aids that can be successfully used by genealogists of all experience levels who have come up against a “brick wall” in their research.  Resources used by other research disciplines are explored, and suggestions are given for conducting a secondary literature search using resources not widely known to genealogists.


10:45-11:55 AM    Researching Birds of a Feather: Cluster Studies and Record Linkage for Genealogists

Sometimes the most effective way to locate the information you need about your family is to research somebody

else who might be completely unrelated.  This presentation introduces genealogists to several useful techniques used by researchers in other academic disciplines – medieval historians, epidemiologists and sociologists – that may help dismantle those “brick walls”.  Learn about techniques that other professionals use to reconstruct historic communities, former neighborhoods and extended families.  Uncovering the network of relationships and patterns in your ancestors’ lives can breathe new life and real results into your research.


12:00 to 1:30 PM       Lunch – bring your own or eat out at local restaurants


1:30-2:45 PM         Beyond the Basics: Techniques for Newspaper Research

Researchers sometimes forget that before it was history, it was news – and their ancestors may have been a part of it. This presentation explores the variety of opportunities presented by newspaper research – especially using rapidly expanding digitized and searchable resources. It examines the evolving views of “public” and “private” information over time, and discusses the often overlooked types of clues that can be found in mainstream and special interest (ethnic and religious) newspapers.  Resources for locating historic newspapers and some of the pitfalls of newspaper research will also be reviewed.


Directions: Take Route 481 to Exit 3W from the North or South and turn right onto E. Genesee Street (Route 5).

Go approximately ˝ mile to second traffic light (Jamesville Rd.) and turn left.  Go approximately ˝ mile. Church

is on the right directly across from Manlius Pebble Hill School.


Guests are welcome for a $20.00 donation.  Annual membership dues are $30.00 per individual.

Contact person: Roberta Kincaid     phone:  315-633-2619   email:

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