Dutchess County Genealogical Society

Spring 2004 Seminar
 

Topic: Making Sense of the Census
Speaker: Roger Joslyn, C.G., FUGA, FGBS, FASG
Date: Saturday, April 24th, 2004
Time:  8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Place: Mid-Hudson Library System Auditorium
103 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
Registration: $30.00 Advance   
$35.00 At the door
$7.50 Optional Lunch Buffet -
includes deli meats, cheese, breads, salads

Roger Joslyn, C.G., FUGA, FGBS, FASG, has been a full-time professional genealogist since 1978, certified in 1981. Roger provides full-service research, due diligence, expert witness testimony, coordination of national and international research--for private clients, attorneys, heir-search firms, Indian tribes, and others services. He is a past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a former trustee of APG and the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a member of many national and regional genealogical societies. He contributes articles to scholarly journals and publications and lectures and teaches at national, regional, and local conferences and seminars.

Topics:

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CENSUS
This presentation covers important historical aspects of the census, a vital source for genealogical research, and explores examples of problem areas and some possible solutions to them. The discussion includes the underutilized non-population schedules.
THREE FEMALES 10-16...: MAKING SENSE OF PRE-1850 CENSUSES
Before 1850, only the name of the head of a household is listed and for this reason the earlier censuses are not used to their full potential, or avoided altogether. This presentation will provide researchers with a good understanding of the pre-1850 Federal and the few corresponding state censuses.
NEW YORK STATE CENSUSES AND TAX LISTS
Describes and discusses the availability and use in genealogical research of the New York State censuses, which provide considerably more detail than the Federal censuses, and tax lists, which also provide many important details about individuals and families. NOTE: Even if you donít have New York ancestors, this may help you learn how to work with these tools in other states.
FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK
This presentation will focus on New York State genealogical source records, such as probate petitions, state censuses, and Civil War lists: their location, content, and use, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth century, all with the intention of quieting the myth that New York is a genealogical graveyard. NOTE: Even if you donít have New York ancestors, this may help you learn how to work with these tools in other states.

Directions -
The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) is in Poughkeepsie between the Adriance Memorial Library and a Sunoco gas station (the Sunoco is on the corner of Market and Montgomery Streets). The MHLS Auditorium is next door to MHLS and shares the parking lot.

From the East: From Route 22 or the Taconic State Parkway go west on Routes 44 or 55. These two routes join in Poughkeepsie to form the westbound arterial. Follow the arterial around the Sheraton Hotel and go straight (south) to the eastbound arterial and turn left. From the eastbound arterial (Church Street) make a right (south) at the first light onto Market Street. MHLS is on the left in the second block.

From the West: From the Thruway or Route 9W go east on combined Routes 44 and 55. After crossing the Mid-Hudson Bridge, turn right (south) at the third light, onto Market Street. MHLS is on the left in the second block.

From Route 9 North or Route 9 South: Exit to combined Routes 44 and 55 East. At the third light, turn right on Market Street. MHLS is on the left in the second block.

If the MHLS parking lot is full, additional parking is available at the YMCA on the southwest corner of Market and Montgomery Streets.


 

For more information about this seminar, call Linda Koehler at (845) 462-2361 or e-mail Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer.