Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Topics of Meetings Held in 2007-2008

September 18, 2007

"The Hudson Valley in the American Revolution"
Dutchess County was right in the middle of revolutionary activity in the Hudson Valley, sending supplies and equipment both north and south. Victor A. Salamone will discuss the strategic importance of Dutchess County and surrounding areas in the Revolution.

 

Victor A. Salamone is a retired New York State Social Studies teacher. He is a co-author of eight books on World War II. He holds a Masterís Degree in Modern European History from Fordham University and another Masterís from Manhattan College in Religious Studies. He has studied the military history for twenty years and annually attends a Civil War Symposium in Petersburg, Virginia.

November 20, 2007 "Share Your Heritage with a Family Cookbook" - Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
Learn what's involved in creating a family cookbook, including collecting and writing down recipes; adding family memories and memorabilia; copyright concerns; and possible formats for publication.  Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, is the reference librarian and archivist at The Culinary Institute of America, as well as a genealogical author and speaker.  Her publications include a book, Long-Distance Genealogy, and articles in several national and regional genealogical periodicals, including the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.
January 15, 2008 "Members Helping Members"
Our traditional January meeting is 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.  There will also be demonstrations of the computer programs available at the LDS Church library.
March 18, 2008 "Westward in New York and Beyond" - Joe Lieby
In this presentation, the factors that caused many to move into western New York and sometimes beyond are discussed.  The availability of land through large land purchases such as the Holland Land Purchase, and military grants made the west attractive.  The development of the Erie Canal made it easier to move west and do business in the western lands.  Land records, military records of land grants, Canal Board records and other records of those early settlers are discussed to enable the researcher find clues to their pioneer ancestors.
 
Joe Lieby is a retired educator who has been providing professional research, specializing in New York.  He is involved in several genealogical organizations including the Orange County Genealogical Society, where he is an officer, and the New York Chapter of Palatines to America, where he serves as newsletter editor.
May 20, 2008 "Organizing Your Genealogical Materials" - Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer
Having your genealogy papers, photos, and data well organized may make the difference in making progress with your family history research.  Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer will discuss different methods of organization that others have found helpful, from file cabinets to computer files.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, is the reference librarian and archivist at the Culinary Institute of America, as well as a genealogical author and speaker. Her publications include a book, Long-Distance Genealogy, and articles in several national and regional genealogical periodicals, including The National Genealogical Society Quarterly.