Genealogy

Databases

  • St. Mary's Assumption Parish - Sacramental Records
    Microsoft Access database designed for the organization of parish sacramental records from approximately 1875 to 1917. The database also includes sacramental records from St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish which are considered of "Polish interest" as well as civil records that are considered helpful for genealogical research (e.g. natuarlization petitions).

Digitization Initiatives

  • Albion Council #1330 - KofC - Grand Knight Photographs
    Grand Knight portrait photographs were removed from frames, scanned at 600dpi on a flatbed scanner, saved in .TIFF format, organized, and stored on a flash drive. Original photographs were placed in protective, archival-grade, clear sleeves, placed in an acid-free folder and stored in a clam-shell box.

     
  • Albion Polonia - St. Mary's Assumption Church Digitization Project
    A website designed to record the history of St. Mary's Assumption Church in Albion, New York as well as provide genealogical research assistance to families with Polish-American ancestry. Current efforts are being directed to the digitization of church records and photographs for inclusion within the website. The website is currently a free-to-use resource.

Handouts

  • Technology and Genealogy
    Handout to compliment the presentation entitled "Technology and Genealogy." The handout contains various links to genealogy related websites and technology that are extremely valuable for online research.

Instruction

  • Adjutant General of New York - Reference Sources for New York Civil War Research
    A collection of valuable resources focused around Civil War soldiers located at the Rundell Library in Rochester, NY was used as the subject for this information literacy instruction project. A website was developed in order to provide a step-by-step instructional resource for library users. The site takes users through the initial information needed to conduct a search of Rundell's Civil War collection through several key sources and leaves the user with options to gather further information on their ancestors by accessing information through the National Archives.
     
  • Basic Genealogical Research and Catholic Records
    Presented at Charles D'Amico High School in Albion, New York in conjunction with the school's Service Learning Project. Collaborated with board members from the Orleans County Genealogical Society and teachers from the ACS District to provide introductory level genealogical research instruction to students. As part of the service learning project, students were to select families from the Pendry (Union) Cemetery in the township of Albion. The students were to engage in researching the history of the family and their contributions to the community.
    • Invited Presentation - Charles D'Amico High School, Albion, New York - 2007
       
  • Polish Genealogy - Using U.S. Records to Start Your Research
    This presentation focuses on analyzing and evaluating sources essential in starting Polish-American genealogy. Attention is given to Federal Census records, NYS census, vital records, immigration records, and newspapers. This class has been taught on several occasions to genealogical societies in Orleans and Genesee counties.
    • Invited Presentation - Genesee Area Genealogists, Batavia, New York - 2012
    • Invited Presentation - LDS Family History Fair, Batavia, New York - 2011
    • Invited Presentation - Orleans County Genealogical Society, Albion, New York - February 2011
       
  • Polish Catholic Genealogy 
    This presentation focuses on analyzing and evaluating sources essential in researching the history of Polish immigrants back into German, Austrian and Russian sectors of Poland. Attention is given to the history of Poland around the time of the three partitions (late 18th century), use of Catholic records in the United States, and use of Catholic records in Poland. This class has been taught on several occasions to genealogical societies in Orleans and Genesee counties.
    • Invited Presentation - Genesee Area Genealogists, Batavia, New York - 2012
    • Invited Presentation - LDS Family History Fair, Batavia, New York - 2011
    • Invited Presentation - Orleans County Genealogical Society, Albion, New York - February 2011
       
  • Researching Historic Structures
    A presentation was given to junior and senior level high school students on the fundamentals of historical research for local properties. As a member of the Village of Albion Historic Preservation Commission, the Orleans County Genealogical Society and a student within the History Department at SUNY Brockport, instruction was provided to students on how to locate historically significant buildings in Orleans County, New York and how to conduct meaningful research about the history of the building as a means for long term preservation. This was part of a community service learning project.
    • Invited Presentation - Charles D'Amico High School, Albion, New York - 2009
       
  • Technology and Genealogy 
    This presentation was used to instruct intermediate genealogists on new and emerging technologies that have been developed or adapted for genealogy use. Special attention was paid to the use of databases, digital imaging, and smartphone applications. Several demonstrations were provided to show researchers how to utilize GPS technology within smartphones for cemetery mapping as well as how to search valuable (and free) records databases.
    • Invited Presentation - Orleans County Genealogical Society, Albion, New York - February 10, 2013

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