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Rochester Genealogical Society to host all day seminar

The Rochester Genealogical Society will present its all day seminar “Genealogy in Bloom” on April 20, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This is a hybrid event and the in-person venue will be at Nazareth University Otto Shults Center.

The guest speaker for the seminar will be Jeanette Sheliga. She will be presenting four sessions:

County Courthouse Records in NYS – This presentation tours numerous New York State County Courthouses and demonstrates common records one can expect to find along with examples of unique records that researchers may not be familiar with. Also discussed are dissolved courts, various index systems, and finding digitized courthouse records.

NYS Censuses: You Won’t Believe What’s Hiding There – New York State conducted 10 State censuses between 1825-1925. Some of the questions asked for the State censuses provide details prior to the beginning of civil registrations and decades before a similar question was asked on the Federal censuses.

Sanborn Fire Maps For Genealogy – The Sanborn Map Company published many detailed maps of cities and towns around the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Using them, in conjunction with other sources, can help tell the stories of your ancestors and give you a picture of what their living conditions and communities were like during the time that they resided there.

Getting Acquainted With The Genealogical Proof Standard   This presentation will introduce the Genealogical Proof Standard and demonstrate how following through the steps will help you solve your genealogy research questions and hopefully bust through some of the brick walls.

Registration will open on Friday, March 1, 2024. The cost is $30 for non-members and free to members. Join RGS for $25 and save $5.

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