Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer

146 Roosevelt Rd.
Hyde Park, New York 12538
USA

Phone: 845-229-9552

Email: Christine3cats@gmail.com

Contact between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM US Eastern


Specialties:

  • Research techniques and sources
  • Long-distance genealogy
  • The published Pennsylvania Archives
  • Family health history
  • Food history


  • Lectures:

    B=Beginning; I=Intermediate; A=Advanced
    Please contact me for more details about any talk you're interested in.

    RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

  • Beginning Your Family History Research (3 hours) (B)
  • Finding Clues for Ancestors' Foreign Origins (B, I)
  • Methods That Might Break Through Brick Walls (B, I)
  • Planning a Genealogical Research Trip (B, I)
  • Same Name, Must Be Same Person: Is That Really Your Ancestor? (B, I)

    RESEARCH IN ORIGINAL SOURCES
  • Getting the Most from an Obituary (B, I)
  • Not Just Metes and Bounds: Getting the Most from Deeds (B, I)
  • What Did Your Ancestors Leave You? Probing into Probate (B, I)

    RESEARCH IN PUBLISHED SOURCES
  • Genealogical Magazines: How Can They Help Me? How Do I Use Them? (B, I)
  • Finding Family at the Library: Optimizing Research in Genealogies and Local Histories (B, I)
  • Has Someone Already Done Your Research for You? (B, I)
  • Lost In Pennsylvania? Try The Published Pennsylvania Archives (I, A)

    LONG-DISTANCE TOPICS
  • But the Courthouse is 400 Miles Away! Accessing County Level Records from a Distance (B, I)
  • Long-Distance Genealogy: When You are Here and Your Ancestors Were There (B, I)

    INTERNET TOPICS
  • Grandma Married Whom?!? Evaluating Internet Sites (B, I)
  • Finding Your Family on the Internet (B, I)
  • Using HeritageQuest Online for Genealogical Research (B, I)
  • A Vast Online Library: Finding Ancestors in (Free!) Books Online (B, I, A)
  • When You Can't Go There: Take a Virtual Research Trip (B, I)

    GENOGRAMS & HEALTH HISTORY
  • Discovering and Charting Your Family Health History (I, A)
  • Genograms: Adding a New Dimension to Your Family Charts (I, A)

    ARCHIVES AND PRESERVATION
  • Finding Ancestors in Archives (I,A)
  • Fire! Flood! Hurricane! Hard Drive Crash! Are Your Genealogical Materials Safe from a Disaster? (B, I, A)
  • Preserving Heirloom and Modern Scrapbooks (3 hour version for archivists and librarians; 1 hour version for genealogists) (B, I, A)
  • Preserving Your Family Papers, Photographs, and Books for Future Generations (B, I, A)

    FOOD AND COOKING RELATED
  • Like Grandma Used to Make: Researching Ancestral Foodways (can be modified to focus on a particular group's foodways) (B, I, A)
  • Share Your Heritage with a Family Cookbook (B, I, A)

    MISCELLANEOUS
  • Evaluating Genealogical Evidence (B, I)
  • Grandpa Did What?!?!? Dealing with Family Secrets and Skeletons (can be used as a luncheon talk) (B, I, A)
  • How to Get the Most out of a Genealogy Conference (B, I)
  • Organizing Your Family History Research (B, I)
  • Ten Things Every Family Historian Should Know (B)
  • Writing Your Family History (3 hours) (B, I, A)

  • Collection Development for Genealogical Libraries (3 hour talk for librarians)


  • Speaking Conditions:

  • Honorarium, lodging & transportation
  • Will travel
  • Will supply camera-ready masters for handouts
  • Require screen, table, and microphone (if needed)
  • Video/audio taping negotiable
  • Will develop new lectures upon request
  • No home housing, please


  • Previous Engagements:

  • May 2012: Lost in Pennsylvania? Try the Published Pennsylvania Archives. National Genealogical Society conference
  • 2 June 2012: Analyzing Genealogical Evidence; Same Name, Must Be Same Person: Is That Really Your Ancestor? and Methods That Might Break Through Brick Walls. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society (fall 2011 seminar; postponed because of snow storm)
  • 20 October 2011: Caring for Heirloom and Modern Scrapbooks. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
  • 20 September 2011: Caring for Heirloom and Modern Scrapbooks. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society
  • 4 May 2011: Caring for Heirloom and Modern Scrapbooks. Greater Hudson Heritage Network
  • 30 March 2011: Using HeritageQuest Online for Genealogical Research. East Fishkill [NY] Public Library
  • 16 November 2010: An Amazing Online Library: Finding Ancestors in Google Books. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society
  • 24 May 2010: How and Why to Do Genealogical Research. The Culinary Institute of America (series of talks by employees for employees)
  • 15 September 2009: Planning a Genealogical Research Trip. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society
  • 17 March 2009: Evaluating Genealogical Information from the Internet. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society
  • 25 Oct. 2008: Take a Virtual Research Trip. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society seminar
  • 3-6 September 2008: But the Courthouse is 400 Miles Away! and Grandpa Did What?!? Dealing with Family Skeletons and Stories. Federation of Genealogical Societies conference
  • 19 May 2008: Caring for Heirloom and Modern Scrapbooks. Long Island Library Resources Council
  • 20 November 2007: Share Your Heritage with a Family Cookbook. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society
  • 11 August 2007: Planning a Genealogical Research Trip. Putnam County [NY] Historical Society
  • 4 August 2007: But the Courthouse is 400 Miles Away! Haines Falls [NY] Public Library
  • 12 May 2007: What Did Your Ancestors Leave You? Probing Into Probate. Orange County [NY] Genealogical Society conference
  • 24 March 2007: Long Distance Genealogy. Patterson [NY] Library
  • 28 October 2006: What Did Your Ancestors Leave You? Probing Into Probate and Organizing Your Genealogical Materials. Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society seminar
  • 19 September 2006: Fire! Flood! Hurricane! Hard Drive Crash! Are You Prepared for a Disaster? Dutchess County Genealogical Society
  • 12 August 2006: Share Your Heritage with a Family Cookbook. Dover [NY] Library
  • 19 July 2006: Like Grandma Used to Make. Beaver County [PA] Genealogical Society
  • 18 July 2006: Long Distance Genealogy. North Hills [PA] Genealogical Society
  • 14 July 2006: Like Nonna Used to Make. Roots in the Boot conference, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
  • 22 April 2006: Genograms: Adding a New Dimension to Your Family Charts. Virginia Genealogical Society conference

    Upcoming Talks


  • Bio:

    Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, has a master's degree in library science and a graduate certificate in archives. Most recently, she was the reference librarian and archivist at The Culinary Institute of America for eleven years. She has been doing genealogical research since 1979, and has been Vice President for Programs and Vice President for Publicity for the Dutchess County [New York] Genealogical Society since 1988. She is a member of several genealogical and professional societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society, and state and local societies. Her training as a librarian and archivist is useful to her in developing talks about research for genealogists.

    Ms. Crawford-Oppenheimer's book, Long Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History from Home, was published by Betterway Books in 2000. Articles she has written have appeared in, among other magazines, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, and Family Tree Magazine. She writes a column for the Armstrong County [PA] Genealogy Club Quarterly.

    Ms. Crawford-Oppenheimer has spoken on topics as varied as basic genealogy, long-distance genealogy, family health history, and the published Pennsylvania Archives at national conferences since 1996 and at meetings of the Dutchess County [NY] Genealogical Society, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, the Capital District [NY] Genealogical Society and other societies. Most of her talks include discussions of both print and Internet supporting materials. She lives in Dutchess County, New York, with her husband and five cats.

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