Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Topics of Meetings Held in 2010-2011

September 21, 2010 Everything I Need to Know about Internet Security I Learned from my Mother

Few tools have have become as pervasive as the internet. The power of virtually unlimited connectivity also brings new risks.  In this session, we'll describe some of these risks and a few time-tested common-sense approaches to making ourselves more secure on the web.

Mark Nelson, CISSP, CSSLP, is a Senior Software Engineer with the z/OS (mainframe computer) Security Design and Development Team at IBM Poughkeepsie. In addition to his design and development work, Mark is an active speaker on computer security, having spoken to user groups on four continents. He has also published extensively in the field.
November 16, 2010 A Wonderful, Accessible Online Library: Finding Family History in Google Books

You may be surprised to learn that Google Books contains much genealogical information, and even published family histories. Learn how to search it efficiently and how to obtain materials that aren’t full text in Google Books.

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer is a nationally known genealogical writer and speaker, and author of the book: Long Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Ancestors from Home.
January 18, 2011
Members Helping Members

An informal discussion where members (and non-members) can share marvelous finds and brick wall breakthroughs, or ask questions about their own brick walls.
March 15, 2011

The Home Front in Roosevelt's Home Town

Carney Rhinevault will do a presentation, with slides, based on his recent book by this title. The book includes material drawn from a journal of happenings in Hyde Park and Staatsburg during part of World War II, kept by Helen Myers, and discusses what everyday life was like in the area at that time. Copies of the book will be available at the meeting.

Carney Rhinevault is a surveyor and the Town of Hyde Park Historian.

May 17, 2011

The Civil War Sesquicentennial: Has  Research Gotten Easier? 

Edward J. Shaughnessy will discuss researching Civil War soldiers at archives. The National Archives and New York State Archives have made record searching easier over the last several years. Nonetheless, researchers still need to follow leads at the Archives.

Edward J. Shaughnessy, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Sociology & Law Graduate School & University Center, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY, where he was a Professor of Sociology and Law for 35 years. He was Trustee and President of the Dutchess County N.Y. Historical Society.

Shaughnessy holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology & Jurisprudence from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, 1973, now the New School University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law and History from Fordham University. His B.A. in History is from The Catholic University in Washington D.C.

Shaughnessy’s article “A Death in the Narrows” appeared in Naval History Magazine in Vol.14, # 2, April,2000 p. 48 ff. He has written extensively on the U.S. Marine Corps in the Civil War. He was the Bieler-Raider Fellow of the USMC researching the Civil War. Shaughnessy was a Senior Research Fellow for the Navy ASEE Program at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida where he worked on a study of courts-martial profiles. He has been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow to the Institute for Criminal Law, University of Oslo, Norway. He was Exchange Professor of Justice at the National Police College, England.  He has published works on the subjects of Bail and the 8th Amendment, Obscenity and the 1st Amendment. He was Justice of the Court in Dutchess County, N.Y.  He lives in Millbrook, N.Y.