Topics of Meetings Held in 2008-2009
September 16, 2008
Projects in Progress at FamilySearch.org
David Bishop will talk about ongoing projects at the Family
History Library including a project to scan the 3.5 million
microfilms at the library and make them available via the Internet.
This will eventually provide researchers with almost all of the
content available in Family History Centers, over the internet 24/7.
This website will be free of charge. Currently, pilot.familysearch
has hundreds of thousands of microfilms already available for
viewing. David will talk about ways to access this information as it
becomes available, and will also discuss a related indexing project.
David Bishop has been the director of three Family History Centers,
(Scarsdale, Bronx, and Poughkeepsie). Currently, in the Church, he
oversees the four Family History Centers in the Newburgh area,
(Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Middletown). He is also
responsible for promoting pilot.familysearch and
familysearchindexing in this area.
|October 25, 2008
"More Genealogy for Less Money"
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Hyde Park United Methodist Church
Hyde Park, New York
Click here for details.
|November 18, 2008
Opportunities to Work Together: New
Initiatives of the Dutchess County Historical Society
Steven Mann will discuss with us future plans for
the Dutchess County Historical Society in relation to the
Quadricentennial of Hudson-Fulton-Champlain, programming efforts
that have been developed for the next few years, and new work
being done with the various collections within the Society. He
will also speak about the upcoming October 2009 conference
focusing on the Quakers and their influence in education,
business and the arts in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley.
Mr. Mann, a native of Catskill, is president of the Dutchess
County Historical Society and a trustee and former president of
the Museum of Rhinebeck History. He has dedicated much time to
the history of the Hudson Valley and the influence of the large
Quaker community in this area.
The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.
|January 20, 2009
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.
Members who have had DNA testing done are invited to share how
this has helped them. Bernie Rudberg will bring DNA testing
|March 17, 2009
Evaluating Internet Web
These days, many genealogists research on the
Internet before checking any other source. With the ease of
posting material on the Internet, both correct and incorrect
data tend to spread at a geometric rate. If we find
information about an ancestor on the Internet, how can we
assess its potential accuracy?
Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer will give us
some guidelines to help with this question. Ms.
Crawford-Oppenheimer has spoken at several national
genealogical conferences as well as at regional and local
societies. Her book, Long-Distance Genealogy:
Researching Your Ancestors from Home, was published in
|May 19, 2009
Crossing the Ocean with the Internet
With more sources coming online all
the time, tracing your ancestors across the ocean to their European
home towns has never been easier. Leslie Albrecht Huber will discuss
some important web sites for making your cross-ocean connection.
Ms. Huber is a
genealogical lecturer and freelance writer. She formerly worked as a
professional genealogist, helping many families trace their U.S. and
Western European roots. Dozens of Leslieís articles have appeared in
over 20 different magazines and journals, including Family
Chronicle, Evertonís Genealogical Helper, Ancestry, Internet
Genealogy, Family Tree Magazine, The History Channel Magazine,
and others. She has also written articles for scholarly publications
and genealogical journals.
Leslieís areas of
specialty are Western European, particularly German, research. Visit
her web site at
www.understandingyourancestors.com for lots of information about
how our Western European ancestors lived.