Webinar to focus on courthouse research

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. entitled “That First Trip to the Courthouse.”

If there is one home truth in genealogy research, it’s this: not everything is available online. Sooner or later, every genealogist has got to make that first trip to the courthouse to check out the original records available there. How to prepare for that trip, the rules of the road, what to expect, and what to ask for.

The presenter, Judy G. Russell, is known as The Legal Genealogist. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:

Two free webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. entitled “Bagging a Live One – Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had.”

Finding a relative who knows something about family history is gold. In this webinar you will learn how to find distant relatives, perhaps ones you never knew existed. You will come away with the skills to identify specific people to look for. And maybe some of these new cousins will become old friends.

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The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Packrat or Genealogist? Effective Methods for Organizing Your Family History Research” on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Are you drowning in a sea of papers, documents, old photographs and other research materials? This talk will cover how to organize family history documents, photographs, etc. for quick retrieval. Traditional methods and computer technology will be featured along with ways for distributing/sharing this information with others.

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Mocavo database to be subject of blog program

Michael Leclerc, chief genealogist at Mocavo, will be the featured guest on Wednesday, Dec. 17 of the Forget-Me-Not-Hour with host Jane E. Wilcox.

Mocavo is a genealogy search engine. Find out how Mocavo works, what types of records can be found in its database, and what Mocavo Gold provides a subscriber.

The program will be broadcast at 10 a.m. For more information, go to:

Free webinar to focus on cemetery research

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.

The topic will be “Lost in Your Cemetery Research? FindAGrave Can Help Unearth Your Answers.”

“Find-a-Grave” may be an overlooked and under appreciated resource for basic online genealogical research. Find-a-grave volunteer, and WSGS president, Vickie Schnitzler, will share information about the organization, website and how to search the more than 120 million graves already posted.

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Jewish genealogy society to meet on Dec. 14

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. There will be a help session at 1:30 p.m.

The topic of the program will be “JOWBR and the Importance of Burial Records.” Jewish genealogical researchers face many special impediments – individuals’ name changes, town and country name changes, Holocaust displacement and others. However, there is one major advantage that can be used to help link generations together – patronymics.

The program will discuss the origin and importance of naming patterns and then show step by step how JewishGen’s JOWBR database can be used as the central source for Jewish burial records. There will be a review on how to read a Jewish headstone and give examples of symbols as well as inscriptions. Also JewishGen’s Memorial Plaque Project will be explained and participants will learn how they can help to grow the database.

The meeting will take place at the Mid Island JCC-Y at 45 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview. For more information, go to the society web site at: jgsli.org

Webinar to focus on North Carolina research

Legacy Family Tree will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.

The topic will be “Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors” and the presenter will be J. Mark Lowe. Understand the geographical and migration patterns that make North Carolina hard to research. Learn which records will lead you to answers and how to find alternate records.

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2 and Who Do You Think You Are?

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Free webinar to focus on HeritageQuest

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar tomorrow, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

The topic will be “HeritageQuest Online – The Ins and Outs.” HeritageQuest contains more than just the Federal census records. It also contains information on immigration, naturalization, land grants, pensions, military records and bank records. This lecture will show you how to navigate this database.

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Our library patrons can access HeritageQuest from home by going to the library website, selecting online services – databases for eresearch and logging on to HeritageQuest with their library barcode number.

NY National Guard enlistment cards to be digitized

The New York State Military Museum, located in Saratoga Springs, is in the process of scanning over 10,000 enlistment cards for the Harlem Hellfighters unit, a black infantry regiment.

The enlistment cards cover the time period of 1920-1949 and are for the 15th / 369th Regiment. The cards have such information as the soldier’s age, address, birthplace, promotions, reason for discharge and civilian job.

The unit was originally formed in 1916 as the 15th Colored Regiment of the New York National Guard. It was one of the few black regiments that saw combat during World War I.

Currently the collection covers surnames beginning with A – F. To see the cards that are already available online, go to the New York State Military Museum website at:

Municipal Archives digitizes New Amsterdam documents

The New York City Municipal Archives has recently provided online access to a series of documents relating to New Amsterdam.

The collection, “Records of New Amsterdam, Ordinances 1647-1661,” is drawn from the collection of New Amsterdam and Common Council Minutes from 1647-1834. The records include manuscripts of proceedings, resolutions, minutes, accounts, and correspondence of Dutch and English colonial governments and corresponding English translations.

Future online collections will include records documenting the settlements of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

To access this collection, go to: www.archives.nyc/newamsterdam

Webinar to focus on Early America marriage records

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar this Saturday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m.

The topic will be “Bundling, Banns and Bonds: Love and Marriage in Early America”. Take a peek at some of the courtship and wedding customs of our ancestors. Presenter Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., is a full time professional genealogist.

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