November RGS Member Meeting - Finding Digitized National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Content
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM Eastern
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General Meetings
Event Description
Finding Digitized NARA Content (Long Program)

Learn about the records of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the herculean task of digitizing them. In addition to the millions of records available through the NARA catalog, many genealogical organizations have worked to scan records as well, leading to many more that can be found by digging through the Ancestry and FamilySearch catalogs.  

Alec Ferretti is a New-York-City-based professional genealogist, who has worked for the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center, researching family histories for high net worth clients.  Alec specializes in the genealogy of 20th century immigrants to the United States.  He is a regular lecturer at genealogical societies and conferences.  He serves as the President of the New York Genealogy & Technology Group, serves actively on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and on the Board of Reclaim the Records, a nonprofit dedicated to wrangling public records from obstinate government agencies. 


Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) – An Introduction (Short Program)

Presenter: RGS Member, Sue Marsjanik

After retiring from the healthcare field as an occupational health nurse for 38 years, Sue’s son-in-law introduced her to genealogy, and she was instantly hooked.  In the many hours spent researching, Sue discovered her great grandmother was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). This prompted Sue to find out more about DAR and has now been a member for nearly 10 years. 

DAR peaked Sue’s interest because it was a service organization, with a strong emphasis on historical preservation, education and patriotism.  Sue has since learned there are others in her lineage, besides the original patriot, who have served in the Revolutionary War, which has fostered continued research of her family roots.

In addition to enjoying time with her family and exploring the Finger Lakes region, Sue is also a RGS member and volunteers at the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard.

Setting: Hybrid
Nazareth University
Otto A. Shults Community Center
Room: Forum- Located in the Shults Commu
Rochester, NY 14618

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Contact Person
RGS is now holding our general monthly meeting at Nazareth University in the Otto Shults Center. Nazareth University is off East Avenue between Fairport Road and French Road in Pittsford, easily accessed by 490 Fairport Rd exit. Enter the campus on the North Drive and park in lots D, E, or F. It’s an easy walk from there to the Otto Shults Center. RGS members will be on hand to help ease this transition and ensure you find the new location. A map and more details can be found here.

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