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Genealogy Interest Group (GIG)

The Genealogy Interest Group (GIG) is for anyone interested in genealogy and learning more about how technology can help them be more successful in their family history research. We welcome beginners and experienced researchers!

GIG aims to:

  • foster an interest in family history and genealogy;
  • provide a regular discussion forum for members;
  • provide information on sources; and
  • use technology whenever it will help us be successful.

Our monthly meetings have featured group members and guest speakers presenting diverse topics such as social media, genealogy websites, computer file organization, document preservation, computer security, and scanner demonstrations. An effort is made to allow time at the end of each meeting for general discussion and sharing among the group members.

We will be posting our 2018 calendar shortly, until then, here is our 2017 calendar


February 27, 2017

Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolkit? Presented by Skipp Duett

Genetic genealogy – DNA testing for genealogy - is getting a lot of publicity.This presentation will give you a basic introduction to genetic genealogy you need as a genealogist and serve as a steppingstone for a much deeper understanding.

About the Author:

Skip Duett is a professional genealogist specializing in Central New York and Mohawk Valley research. The author of the Mohawk Valley Ehles and Allied Families, he serves on the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Family History Advisory Committee and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, and CNYGS. He is actively involved in the newly-formed CNYGS DNA Interest Group and attends numerous genealogy institutes and conferences. Skip has been researching his own family in New York for over 20 years and accepting clients since 2013.

March 27, 2017

Genealogy Roundtable

Our presenters are members that have been doing genealogy for years and will provide an interesting evening of learning in the usual informal setting where questions are encouraged and contributions are always welcome.

Tracy Minsterman - How to use Archive Grid

Roger Pape - Unreliable Secondary Sources

Paul Fleischmann - Fulton History: newspaper Boolean searching

John Driscoll - His experience getting started in genealogy

- - - and an OPEN DISCUSSION after the presentations!

April 24, 2017

Historical Roadside Markers and Finding Primary Sources presented by Susan Hughes

Learn about the Roadside Marker Grant Program offered by The William G. Pomeroy Foundation including historical markers, National Register, and the newest category, Legends & Lore.

Susan will discuss the supporting documentation needed and offer research tips on finding and identifying primary sources. Many of these are also excellent resources for genealogical research.

About our presenter:

Susan Hughes is Director of the American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association and Historical Grants Specialist for the Pomeroy Foundation. She holds an M.A. in History.

May 22, 2017

Italian Genealogy presented by Frank Ricciardiello

Frank Ricciardiello will present: "Tracing Your Family Roots with the Internet" - a review of websites proven useful for researching your Italian families. A listing of websites will be provided.

About the Speaker:

Frank Ricciardiello, Professor of Italian language and literature, has taught at Le Moyne College in Syracuse for the past 12 years. He is mostly retired now, but still teaches a few classes at Le Moyne and at the OASIS Senior Center. He specializes in Italian language and culture. In addition, he conducts a men's singing group for OASIS called the Men of Note and enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

June 26, 2017

The Search for My Mothers History presented by Dan Sheehan

A fascinating tale of Dan’s quest to trace his mothers story, both here in the US and in Ireland and Scotland. He will also include some travel experiences in Ireland and Scotland.

About the Speaker:

Born in Brooklyn, Dan moved to Long Island. He’s a Cortland State Grad and Upstate Med (Med Tech). He has lived in Baldwinsville since 1969.

July 24, 2017

Tracing Your Civil War Ancestor presented by Sue Greenhagen

Most of us have an ancestor who served during the Civil War. Finding facts about that service can be challenging. Sue will give us some expert guidance on ways to get this information.

About the Speaker:

Suzanne Greenhagen, Historian, Town of Eaton and Village of Morrisville, Member of Civil War Roundtable, Retired Technical Services Librarian at SUNY Morrisville. A popular presenter, Sue will describe tracing your Civil War ancestor.

August 28, 2017

Find A Grave & Cemetery Research Tips presented by Susan Proch.

Learn how the Find A Grave website can help you with your cemetery research. This website is more than just a collection of gravestone photos! You’ll learn how easy it is to become a contributor. Sue will also include some tips on cemetery research, including photo tips, to make your visit to the cemetery a success.

About the Speaker:

Susan has been a Find a Grave contributor and photo volunteer for five years, but her interest in cemeteries goes back to her childhood. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, but has lived in CNY for 40+ years. She received her MS degree from SUNY-ESF and is currently Director of Professional Development at the Greater Syracuse Assoc. of Realtors®.

September 25, 2017

Following the Genealogical Proof Standard Using Evidentia, presented by Tracy Minsterman.

Doing genealogy can be great fun, but frustrating at times. Once you have all your facts, you can place them in your database or online tree. In this discussion we’ll address the elements of the genealogical proof standard (GPS) and show how they can help you improve the accuracy of your family tree. We’ll do this using an app called Evidentia.

About the Speaker:

Tracy Minsterman has been doing genealogy as a hobby for the last decade but more seriously for the last few years. She gains much of her information from online seminars and podcasts and likes to share the knowledge she gains with others interested in genealogy.

October 23, 2017

Join Us for a Genealogy Roundtable

Several of our members will pitch in with items and ideas that they have been working on. The result is a Roundtable of SHARING helpful ideas and information. As always, questions and comments about any talks are welcome and encouraged.

And, if you have any ideas or projects that you are working on and would like to speak about them, please give Sue a heads–up so she can plan time for your contribution.

November 27, 2017

Military Research presented by Lee Sherman

Lee Sherman is going to talk about his family's military service and how they found the records of a couple other family members who were in the service.

About our presenter:
Lee is a retired US Navy veteran and also retired from Crucible Steel. He got involved with genealogy because of his wife Jane's research. They travel through NYS seeking family cemeteries.

All meetings are held at the Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale, NY (behind St. Margaret's Church), from 6pm - 7:55pm.

Questions? Contact Susan Proch!

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