Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Meetings & Events

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When: The third Tuesday of September, November, January, March and May
Time:   7:30 PM
Place:  Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints (LDS)
            204 Spackenkill Road
            Poughkeepsie, New York 12603

The LDS Church is located on Spackenkill Road, at the corner of Twin Hills Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. It is about two miles east of Route 9 or about one mile west of Route 376.

Please Note:  If Spackenkill Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the meeting will be cancelled.

Genealogy Classes

When:  Selected Mondays
Time:   10:30AM to Noon
Place:  East Fishkill Community Library, Alley Room
            348 Route 376
            Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Please register in advance at EFLibrary.org

2017 Calendar

Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
7:30 PM

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"DNA Testing for Genealogists"

DNA testing is the big new thing for genealogists, but it raises questions.
What should you take into consideration before testing? Why are there so
many tests? What can you learn from the many tests now available, and
which should you choose for their particular purposes? How should you
interpret the results, and how should you decide which matches to contact?
What’s a haplogroup, and what can you do with it? Is there a surname DNA
project for your family names? If so, how can you participate, and what will
you learn? “My family through we were German, but it turns out we’re
Italian(?)” How reliable are ethnicity results?

Our speaker, Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, has been doing
genealogical research since 1979, and has been Vice President for Programs
and Vice President for Publicity for the Dutchess County [New York]
Genealogical Society since 1988. Ms. Crawford-Oppenheimer's book, Long
Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History from Home , was
published by Betterway Books in 2000. Articles she has written have
appeared in, among other magazines, the National Genealogical Society
Quarterly , the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine , the Western
Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly , and Family Tree Magazine .
She writes a column for the Armstrong County Pennsylvania Genealogy and
Museum News .
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
7:30 PM

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"Geneology: Sharing and Inspiration"

The meeting will be an informal, open forum where attendees can discuss their research problems and see if others have suggestions to help them or share research breakthroughs and tell how they made them. Attendees can also bring their favorite genealogical book and discuss why it is important to them.

*If Spackenkill Schools are closed because of weather, the meeting will be canceled.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:30 PM

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"Researching your Native American Ancestry: How government archives, oral history and genetic testing can help"

Documenting your indigenous ancestry can be difficult due to families covering up their ethnicity, census record inaccuracies and public mistrust of oral histories.  It is important to understand the value of oral histories where languages were not written, and how to shore up these histories with tandem archival documents from the time period, even though the ancestor may not be directly named therein.  DNA testing can also help, as more people are tested, to verify relationships to others who have found documentation, in the same way that all ethnicities can be helped.  An overview of local tribal histories will be used as illustration.  Some of this material will be covered in the "Family Trails" column of the March 24th issue of the Highlands Current.

Our speaker, Valerie LaRobardier is a professional genealogist, municipal historian and president of the Dutchess County Genealogical Society.  She claims Micmac, Wampanoag and Sami among her ancestors, both documented and yet to be documented, and is the genealogist for the Schaghticoke First Nations tribe.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
7:30 PM

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"The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration and Migration"

New York has been the heart of U.S. immigration since the 1600s. Discover the origins of key immigrant and emigrant groups and settlers and where they went. Learn the New York migration routes and transportation modes that your New York ancestors may have taken. Putting your ancestors in the context of their times is key for researching them. Some research resources and ideas are featured.

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