Saturday, April 13, 2013

Speaker Profile-Terry Koch-Bostic

Terry Koch-Bostic is a lifelong enthusiast of family history.  She has said that growing up in a family of ten children and being one of seventy-six first cousins on her mother’s side made her wonder – who are all of these people and where did they come from?  During her successful career as an advertising and marketing executive in New York City, she planned her days off to coincide with the hours of the New York Public Library or the Municipal Archives. Her idea of the typical two hour advertising lunch was not sipping Martini’s like Mad Men, but to slip away to NARA and screen microfilm of the 1880 census. Today, as a professional genealogist, she pursues her passion full time and specializes in New York City, Long Island and Irish and German-American research. Terry also serves as a NGS Board member and on the NYG&B Education Committee.

Terry attributes her greatly expanded genealogical learning curve in the late1980’s to attending lectures at the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society and reading their publications, the Record and the Researcher ( Today, she is gratified to be able share her knowledge of New York research and to be part of the first New York Track at a NGS Family History Conference, sponsored by the NYG&B.

Terry invites you to learn more about interesting New York sources and research techniques. Pencil the NYG&B luncheon into your schedule and we promise spicy stories, a great two hour lunch but sans the Martini!

Thursday, 12:15 p.m., T233, "Read All About It! Finding Spicy Stories of New York Ancestors in Newspapers Online." The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Luncheon. Speaker Terry Koch-Bostic.

Friday, 4:00 p.m., F357, "New York’s Censuses and City directories: Linking Ancestral Records Across Decennial Gaps."

Terry will also be giving a lecture on county histories as part of the NGS Records track:
Saturday, 8:00 a.m., S404, "County Histories AKA Vanity or Mug Books: Biographical Facts for Genealogists or Total Fiction?"

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