Talks

Jane is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and is available to speak at your group’s meeting or conference in person or via the internet. Contact her or call her at 845-430-9582 to make arrangements.

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The following topics can be customized to meet your group’s needs:


Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions.

The Hudson (North) River valley was an ethnic and religious melting pot long before the late nineteenth century immigrant influx. Find out who was in New York in the beginning. (General interest topic)
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Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records.

Women from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries are challenging to uncover, but we may hear their voices in the documents that recorded their lives. (Beginner and general interest topic)
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Looking for Your New York Tenant Farmer: Little-used Resources

Documents for New York manors and their tenants have survived. Learn how and where to look for your tenant ancestors in these and other records.  (Intermediate-advanced genealogy audience)
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The New York Gateway: Immigration and Migration

New York has been the heart of U.S. emigration since the 1600s. Discover the origins of significant immigrant groups, settlers and New York migration routes. (Topic under development, beginner-intermediate genealogy audience)
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A Tale of Woe: An Eighteenth Century Woman’s Story Using Original and Authored Sources.

Placing someone in historical context can be done for anyone. See how 1714 unwed mother Margaret Wilcockson’s story unfolds with original documents and authored sources. (Topic under development, general interest and intermediate audience)
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New York City and State Vital Records and Their Substitutes

New York is notoriously challenging to find births, deaths and marriages. Learn to navigate New York City and State vital records and their substitutes. (Topic under development, intermediate audience)
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Early Nineteenth Century New York City Research: Using Available Records to Identify Ancestors.

Using census, vital and church records, city directories, OCR, deeds, and maps, find out how to identify New York City ancestors between 1800 and 1850. (Topic under development, intermediate audience)
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A Soldier’s World War II Story

Using letters from the front, local newspapers from home, audio interviews, NARA regimental histories and more, learn how you can reconstruct your soldier’s war-time experience and hear the story of one tank driver from Long Island. (Topic under development, general interest and beginner-intermediate audience)
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Dear Mr. President: Using Presidential Libraries for Genealogy Research.

Branches of NARA, presidential libraries are unique and untapped repositories for personal correspondence to a president. Learn about letters at presidential libraries and how to access the collections. (Topic under development, intermediate and general interest topic)
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Praise for Jane

“Jane gave a talk called ‘Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Ethnic Groups and Religions in the Hudson Valley.’ The audience was captivated by the presentation on who preceded us to the Hudson Valley, the variety of religions that held sway here, and the number of nations that were represented far earlier than any of us thought. Jane kept the informative talk lively and patiently answered many, many questions. Programs like this keep people coming back for more history. Thank you, Jane.”

~Vivian Yess Wadlin, Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society
Highland, New York

“At the November Program for the Orange County Genealogical Society we were rewarded with a fantastic program “Up the North River: An Overview of Pre-1800 Hudson Valley Ethnic Groups and Religions” presented by Jane E. Wilcox. Jane is knowledgeable, creative in her presentation, and very personable. I highly recommend Jane as a presenter. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend one of her programs.” 

~Marilyn V. Terry, Orange County Genealogical Society President
Goshen, New York

 
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