Topics of Meetings Held in 2009-2010
September 15, 2009
Planning a Genealogical Research Trip
If you've been doing genealogical research for a while, you've
probably curious about the area where your ancestors lived. If
you've gotten books about the area and seen pictures of it, they may
have whetted your appetite to see the real thing. While you can
accomplish a lot through long-distance research, there is no
substitute for seeing, in person, the area where your ancestors
lived, and you may be able to research in sources there that aren't
available anywhere else. Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer will discuss
planning in advance so you have all the information you need to do
your research, and can make the best use of your time.
Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer has been doing
genealogical research since 1979. Articles she has written have
appeared in several national periodicals, and she has spoken at
national conferences. Her book, Long-Distance Genealogy, was
published by Betterway Books in 2000.
|October 24, 2009
Fall 2009 Seminar
Searching for Your Ancestors ... on the Internet
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|November 17, 2009
Ginny Buechele will discuss the background of the
Dutchess County Archives and the Dutchess County Historian position,
what the present situation is, what needs to be done, and what
people can do to make it happen.
As a local historian and genealogist, Ginny has
helped individuals from across the country and around the world to
learn more about their roots in Dutchess. Since 2003, she has been
advocating for appointment, and now reappointment, of a Dutchess
County Historian and compliance with local, state and federal
regulations pertaining to records management. Ginny believes history
and genealogy go hand in hand: you can't have one without the other
and you can't know where you are going unless you know where you
came from and what grounds you in your community.
Ginny Buechele is a retired paralegal; recipient of
the 2004 Dutchess County Historical Society Helen Wilkinson Reynolds
Award; recipient of the 2006 NSDAR Historic Preservation Award; and
a founder, former co-president and current member of the Fort
Homestead Association, seeking to obtain ownership of and preserve
and rehabilitate the Revolutionary War homestead of Major Abraham
Fort located on South Road, Poughkeepsie.
|January 19, 2010
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. Bringing a favorite genealogy reference book for
"show and tell" is also an excellent conversation starter.
|March 16, 2010
German History and Heritage in New York
From the earliest days of European colonization of
New York, German immigrants were here. They were craftsman,
merchants, farmers and leaders who contributed to the growth of the
state. They came when it was a Dutch colony, and stayed. They came
as Palatines immigrants, and settled the frontier. They served in
war and peace. They came to our cities and brought their language,
culture and talents. Joseph Lieby will discuss the various aspects
of Germans in New York.
Dr. Lieby is a retired educator who performs
professional genealogical research, specializing in New York. In
addition, he is involved in several genealogical organizations,
including the Orange County Genealogical Society and the New York
Chapter of Palatines to America.
|May 18, 2010
Rhinebeck's Black Community: From Slavery to Freedom
Steven Mann will focus on the interaction Rhinebeck's
Black community had with the rest of the town's citizenry before and
after the Abolition of slavery. He will also discuss the little
neighborhood of Oak Street, formerly known as Tar Pot, and the Negro
section of the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
Steven Mann, a Catskill native, is a regional
genealogist focused on the English and Dutch Quakers.