Topics of Meetings Held in 2004-2005
|September 21, 2004
|"Using DNA in Genealogical Research" -
Anita Anderson Lustenberger, CG
DNA analysis can pick up where the paper trail
ends. It is not a substitute for traditional research but is a
very useful new tool that can supplement it. If the studies are
constructed correctly, DNA analysis can test hypotheses, confirm
lineages and variant surnames, strengthen weak paper trails,
eliminate “wrong” lines, and suggest where the genealogist
should focus future research.
Anita Anderson Lustenberger, CG, is a
professional genealogist specializing in the Hudson Valley. She
is also a certified genetic counselor. She has lectured at many
national conferences, as well as at regional conferences and
local societies, and has had articles published in national
journals. She is a trustee of NYG&B, NEHGS and a former trustee
of APG. One of her current projects is co-authoring a book on
early (pre-1790) New York taxpayers.
|November 16, 2004
||"Orphan Trains" - Tom Riley
The orphan trains era 1854-1929 was the
largest mass relocation of children in American history. Over
400,000 children were shipped out of New York City, Boston and
Chicago on trains and sent across America and adopted by farm
families and professionals in every state. 2 became Governors of
states and 5 became senators. The orphan trains were the
brainchild of Charles Loring Brace, Connecticut minister who was
appalled at the conditions he saw in New York City. On any given
day 10,000 orphans wandered the streets of the city.
Tom Riley is a writer/photographer who used to
work for the Rockland County Times and other papers. He has
written 6 books, mostly self-published, with a new one on Orphan
Trains soon to be published by Heritage Books.
|January 18, 2005
||The meeting will be an informal, open forum
where attendees can discuss their research problems and see if
others have suggestions to help them. Attendees are also invited
to share research breakthroughs and tell how they made them.
We also hope to have demonstrations for small groups of the
computer programs available in the LDS Church library.
|March 15, 2005
|"Ten Things Every Family Historian Should
Know " - Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer will discuss
ten basic rules that all family historians, beginning or
advanced, should keep in mind when researching their family
tree. Attendees are welcome to contribute stories of how
following these maxims has helped them in their research.
Ms. Crawford-Oppenheimer is the Vice-President
for Programs of the Society, and the author of the book
Long-Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History from
Home. She is also the reference librarian at The Culinary
Institute of America.
|May 17, 2005
|"The German Palatine Emigrations to
America" - Dudley Schneider
The talk will include information on the
pre-1710 settlement of East and West Camp; Palatines to Ireland
and Newburgh, New York; and the 1710 immigrants to East and West
Camp. The last section will include discussion of the emigration
from the Palatinate to Holland, then to England, and then to New
York City, and to the East and West Camp settlements, followed
by the scattering of the Palatines.
IBM retiree Dudley Schneider is a long-time
resident of the Town of Poughkeepsie who discovered his Palatine
ancestors in 1995.