Central New York Research. The eclectic ramblings of doing genealogy and growing up in that part of Upstate New York that is the central and Finger Lakes regions. With ancestors all over the northeast and beyond, there will be forays outside the area with trips and news on family history as well as local history.
Yesterday was the all day April meeting for the Central New
York Genealogical Society (CNYGS). On a beautiful, sunny and warm spring day--practically
the first one we’ve had in Central New York; there was an estimated 89 people
The low point of the day was, of course, missing our Hospitality
person, Clarissa Stalknecht. I don’t think Clarissa missed a meeting in the
last ten years as she has put out refreshments and luncheons for the all day
meetings. President, Chris Wilcox, did a beautiful tribute to her at the
beginning of the meeting. The luncheon went on as she had originally planned
before her sudden death, but it took a rumored 18 people to do what she usually
accomplished alone! That fact alone shows her dedication and work that she did
for the organization.
Almost time for lunch break
The high point of the day was our speaker Lisa Alzo. She did
four separate presentations. First addressing the Packrat in all genealogists
and ways to cope with all the stuff that we tend to accumulate. Then both
before and after the lunch break she discussed different methods to help us get
our family stories written and out there for others to be able to read. Lastly,
she did a brief over-view of many different applications that can help us to
get organized, find the time, and to actually write. I have heard Lisa present many
times at different conferences and through online webinars. Yesterday I came
away with even more tips and ideas as well as inspiration.