Central New York Genealogical Society
Box 104, Colvin Station
Syracuse, New York 13205


Meetings of the Central New York Genealogical Society are held six times a year, and are open to all. Guests may attend the March, May, September, and November meetings for a $5 donation. Full day conferences in April and October are $20 for the full day or $10 for a half-day session. Annual membership dues:  $30.00.

Instruction in some phase of genealogical research is usually the subject. Experienced genealogists share their specific area of expert knowledge. Workshops are sometimes held at which beginners may obtain help with their research.

Meetings are held at, Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd, DeWitt, NY, unless otherwise noted.

See below for directions, or click on this link: [Location]

The 2014 Calendar of Topics

March 8, 2014, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. "Writing for Publication" by Patti Haggerty

CNYGS member, educator, and NEHGS Council member, Patti Haggerty has recently had articles published in American Ancestors, the magazine of NEHGS. Patti will describe her research topics, writing process, and publishing efforts.

"Silences in Irish Culture and History" by Kathleen Sullivan

Associate Professor of English, Director of the Irish Literature Program, LeMoyne College. Family research often presents puzzles. This lecture will look at silences in Irish culture and its impact on immigration stories and family history.


April 12, 2014, Full Day Conference, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. "A Focus on the Civil War" by Joyce Cook, Dennis

Conners, Suzanne Greenhagen

Joyce Cook, Tree Talks editor, will present her research on Elmina Spencer, an Oswego resident, who was a valuable nurse and held a prominent position with the Sanitation Commission during the Civil War.

Dennis Conners, Curator, Onondaga Historical Association. This lecture describes extensive Civil War correspondence between a Syracuse Abolitionist and a Confederate soldier.

Suzanne Greenhagen, Historian, Town of Eaton and Village of Morrisville, Member of Civil War Roundtable, Technical

Services Librarian at SUNY Morrisville. A popular presenter, Sue will describe her search for a Civil War soldier.


May 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. "History of the Catholic Church in America and Research Opportunities" by Joseph Titti

Religion has always played an important role in American history. The Catholic Church was the first church to make its presence known in the Americas. Thirty years ago Joe began to research his family and has turned his hobby into a profession that includes teaching at Broome Community College Continuing Education and Broome-Tioga BOCES. His emphasis started with families in the Southern Tier which led him to work with the Catholic Church. He is a member of the Society of Parish Historians of the Syracuse, NY Catholic Diocese.


September 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. "Resources for Genealogists at Onondaga County Public Library" by Holly Sammons

As Head Librarian in the Local History/Genealogy Department at OCPL, Holly will describe the facilities and extensive resources that are available in this superb local collection.


October 11, 2014, Full Day Conference, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. "Military History and Genealogy: The French and Indian War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War" by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Historian, genealogist and author, David Lambert's expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian research, military records, Native American and African American genealogical records. New York State played an important role in the French and Indian War and the War of 1812 as well as providing vast resources in life and treasure to the Civil War. David Lambert's lectures will focus on the three wars, and provide sources for researching military records.


November 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. “Genealogy of a House" by Dr. Paul Stewart, Professor at SUNY Oswego, and Steven C. Phillips, businessman, antique collector, and community volunteer.

When Steve Phillips and Paul Stewart purchased a dilapidated fraternity house they turned to the Oswego County Historical Society for information on its history. They discovered that it was part of the holdings of an important and colorful Oswego family. This fascinating story presentation may inspire you to research the history of your home. The work of the Oswego Renaissance Association will also be covered.

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Board Meetings

The CNYGS Board Meetings are open to the public; we invite your input and ideas. Of course, as an all-volunteer Board, we may also encourage your participation.

Our Board Meetings are presently scheduled for the following dates, at the same location (see below) as our general meetings, at 10:00 AM:

  • March 8, 2014

  • May 10, 2014

  • September 13, 2014

  • November 15, 2014

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Location of our Meetings:

    Our Program Meetings are held at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd, DeWitt, NY, unless otherwise noted.  We thank them greatly for sharing this wonderful facility with our members and guests.

    Directions: from the south- take I-481 North to exit 2- Jamesville; turn left on Jamesville Rd; go 1.1 mi; church is on the left. From the north- take I-481 South from either the Thruway or I-690, or from the northern suburbs to exit 3W Dewitt. Merge onto E. Genesee St. (route 5) heading west. First light is Erie Blvd, next light is Jamesville Road. Turn left on Jamesville Road and go about 3/4 mile. Church is on the right directly across from the Manlius Pebble Hill School.

Please park in the south parking lot.    

Click here for a Web-map from Mapquest.

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