Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Topics of Meetings Held in 2003-2004

Spring 2004 Seminar:  Making Sense of the Census - April 24, 2004

September 16, 2003

"Getting the Most from HeritageQuest Online" - Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
HeritageQuest Online is a set of databases available through several libraries in the region or through membership in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Patrons of participating organizations can have access to these databases from their home computer. The databases include over 25,000 scanned books and all available US Censuses (some indexed) with more material to be available in the future. The talk will focus on what is available through the service and how to get the most from it.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer is the author of the book Long-Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History from Home, and has been a speaker at many local and national genealogical meetings and conferences.

November 18, 2003

"I Know It's There Somewhere! Finding What You Want on the Internet" - Donna Moughty
The Internet is one of the largest finding aids available to genealogists, but like all finding aids, it's important to understand how it is organized and what tools one needs to make the best use of it. Donna will talk about how to use various search engines, both for the Internet in general and within specific sites, to locate genealogical information.

Donna Moughty, a former regional sales manager for a technology company, has been conducting family research for over 10 years. She teaches genealogy classes for beginners and lectures on a variety of subjects including Internet and Irish research.

January 20, 2004

An informal program, taking place in the library instead of in the usual meeting room. Linda Koehler will demonstrate some of the programs available on the computers (including the ability to access Ancestry.com online) for small groups while other members meet over refreshments to talk about research problems they hope others can give them insight into or how they have overcome brick walls.
March 16, 2004 Cancelled due to Snow
May 18, 2004 "What Did Your Ancestors Leave You? Probing into Estate Files" - Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
A discussion of various aspects of researching estate files, including what probate is, whose estate files you should look for, how to access estate files, the kinds of documents that may appear in them, and what you can learn from these documents.