Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Central NY Genealogical Society Spring Meetings
We are pleased to announce our upcoming two-part program meeting on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The start times are approximate.
1:15 – 3:15 p.m. “The Military Tract – Revolutionary War Bounty Land in Central New
York” - Skip Duett
New York State awarded New York Revolutionary War soldiers bounty land in the Military Tract in Central New York. Comprising 1,680,000 acres, it covered all of the present day counties of Onondaga, Cortland, Cayuga, and Seneca, as well as parts of Oswego, Tompkins, Schuyler, and Wayne counties. This military bounty land opened up Central New York to white settlement and left an enduring system of land designation that survives today. Your New York Revolutionary War soldier may be identified in Military Tract documents. Understanding New York State bounty lands can help you make sense of land transactions in the region, regardless of when your ancestors lived there.
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. A Brick Wall Roundtable Discussion
A brick wall roundtable discussion with Skip Duett, Janeen Bjork and CNYGS members will follow Mr. Duett’s presentation. “Breaking through Brick Walls, One Brick at a Time.” will be presented by Janeen Bjork. Janeen will give a quick lesson on OCR (optical character recognition), the technology that allows scanned newspapers to be indexed and searched online. You will learn how to get around the limitations of OCR to unearth hard-to-find items. Janeen will share the methods she used to break through the brick walls for her toughest genealogy commission - multiple generations of O'Briens, starting out in County Cork, Ireland and continuing to Monroe, Orleans and Onondaga counties.
Mark your calendars for our Full-Day Conference on April 22, 2017. Pamela Vittorio, APG, will present a variety of topics.
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Bust Walls or Break Ground: Tips & Techniques for Solving Genealogical Problems in the mid-1800s
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Early Irish Immigrants to Canada & the U.S.: The Peter Robinson Settlers (1823 & 1825)
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch: bring your own, or visit a local restaurant.
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. - The U.S. Sanitary Records: Tracing Women's Roles During the Civil War
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. - Was Your (Great) Grandma a Suffragette? Records for the Women's Rights Movement: 1848-1920
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Note: Members attend for free; guests pay $5 (half day) on March 18th; guests pay $15 (full day) on April 22nd; If interested the best option is to apply for annual membership