More info on CNYGS "Tree Talks" County Packets, and also Assumption Catholic Church Baptisms, Syracuse, NY.

This is in addition to my recent Blog about the Central New York Genealogical Society and their “Tree Talks” County Packets. The publications committee wanted me to tell you all that these packets cover a much larger area than the central part of the state, as their name might imply.

Their members have meticulously transcribed hundreds, perhaps thousands of original records and published them through the years. These county packets are for “49″(!) of the New York State counties, and cover just about all of Upstate. So if you have not yet taken a look at their offerings, please do so.

They also wanted me to tell you about the absolutely fabulous collection of Assumption Catholic Church Baptisms that were published in a special issue of “Tree Talks.” My friend of many years, Dick Barr, took on this massive project and very carefully extracted all of the baptisms from 1844 to 1860, and they are offered for sale by the society as described in their announcement below. This is a very rare opportunity to obtain early Catholic records from Upstate New York, as these records cover many families from outside of Onondaga County as well. Let’s hope that this project is met with a high degree of favor, as there are many more Catholic records that need to see the light of day.


1844-1860 – Syracuse, NY

The December 2006 issue of the Central New York Genealogical Society’s journal “Tree Talks” is now available for sale. Priced at $25.00, this 160-page issue contains over 2,000 fully indexed baptisms. The church was primarily German, although there are some Irish and French baptisms in the volume. The typical baptismal record contains the date of the baptism and the names of the baptized person, the parents, the sponsors, and the officiating priest. One may often find in the record, birth dates and residency or place of origin as well.

These records were meticulously transcribed by Mr. F. Richard Barr, who kept the original spelling and diacritical marks intact. As there was a scarcity of Catholic churches during that era in Central New York, it was not uncommon for a couple to come long distances (sometimes from outside the county) to have their child baptized. Please make check or money order payable to CNYGS and send it to:

CNYGS – Publications (RH)

PO Box 104 – Colvin Station

Syracuse, NY 13205

Dick Hillenbrand

Upstate New York Genealogy

One Response to “More info on CNYGS "Tree Talks" County Packets, and also Assumption Catholic Church Baptisms, Syracuse, NY.”

  • Jeanette:

    I’m working on creating a database and search form for this issue and so far have over 1200 names added from the index. Searching is enabled, though not all the names are added yet. I want to mention that Mr. Barr is aware of my project and has given me pointers on German pronunciation to aid in phonetic search strings.

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