Free webinar to focus on Italian genealogy

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wednesday, August 27, at 2 p.m., entitled “Researching Your Italian Ancestors.”

The availability of Italian records has increased exponentially in the past few years, making research much easier than it has been. In this overview, learn to find the records you need (on film, on site and on line), what to look for in the records, and a tiny bit of history to put it all into perspective.

The presenter, Ruth Lapioli Merriman, works preparing digital images from Italy for publication on the FamilySearch website and on the website of the National Archives of Italy. She has been an accredited Italian researcher with ICAPGen for 10 years and is passionate about Italian genealogy.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Profile: Western New York Genealogical Society

The Western New York Genealogical Society was founded in 1974 to help preserve and encourage interest in the area’s genealogical heritage.

Its focus is on the eight Western New York counties:

Membership is $22 for the first year and $20.00 per year after that. Members receive a subscription to the quarterly JOURNAL, issued June, September, December and March. Each issue contains 48 pages including unpublished records, queries, book reviews, and Bible record information.

Members also can register New York related surnames in the surname list distributed annually to members and register New York related ancestors charts in the Ancestor File.

For more information, or to obtain a membership application, go to:

Genealogy show continues on Wednesday

The next episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

The episode will feature actor Kelsey Grammar.

For more information, go to the TLC website at:

Three free webinars to take place on Wednesday

Three free webinars will be take place this Wednesday, August 20.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a program at 2 p.m. entitled “Find A Grave: The World’s Largest Cemetery Database.”

Explore Find-A-Grave, the largest cemetery database in the world and a must-have tool in your genealogy toolbox. Learn insights and methodologies for using the site for family history research. Suggestions will be provided about contributing your own photographs to the site.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Staying Safe Using Social Media” at 8 p.m.

Are you hesitant to use popular social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter or even Pinterest and share your genealogy research because of issues involving personal information and privacy? Learn how to safely navigate these sites and still get the most out of them.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Seven Strategies for Finding the Hard Ones,” at 9 p.m.

This presentation goes through step-by-step procedures using 7 strategies for finding the most challenging data. Strategies include the use of collaboration, search engines, the tomes, property records, broadening your search, on-site hard copy, and DNA evidence.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Webinar on Tuesday to focus on The Hidden Web

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. entitled “The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper.”

The presenter will be Cyndi Howells Ingle, creator of the Cyndi’s List website.

When Google and traditional search engines don’t return useful information, don’t stop there. This webinar will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The “hidden web” lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. Also under discussion will be the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online.

To register for this free webinar, go to:

After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link for the night of the webinar and handout information.

Genealogy societies of New York State

There are several genealogy societies throughout New York State that can be very useful to you in researching ancestors of the different regions.

In this blog, periodically we will feature different genealogy societies in New York State and the benefits of membership for each group.

We will begin by featuring the Capital District Genealogical Society, located in Albany. One of the missions of the society is to provide help to those seeking information via queries on relatives and/or family who in the past had connections to the Capital District and adjacent counties.

This society covers the following counties:
Albany County
Columbia County
Fulton County
Greene County
Montgomery County
Rensselaer County
Saratoga County
Schenectady County
Schoharie County
Washington County

Membership is $15 a year and includes a newsletter. Members are entitled to unlimited queries in the newsletter.

The society also has two items for sale: 1854 Albany County Map on CD-ROM for $15.00 and 1855 New York State Albany County Census on CD-ROM for $20.

For more information about the society, go to:

Genealogy show continues on Wednesday

The next episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

The episode will feature actress Valerie Bertinelli.

For more information, go to the TLC website at:

Webinar to focus on recharging your research

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Research Recharge – Turning Old Clues into New Leads,” on Friday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.

Have you hit an impasse in your research? Are you searching the same databases or record groups and getting the same old results?

Presenter Lisa Alzo will present fresh ways of looking at data you’ve already collected, strategies for smarter searching your favorite databases (and new ones) for clues, and tips for identifying what you may have missed the first time around.

You need to register for this free webinar. For more information, go to:

Family Tree Magazine announces best websites for 2014

Family Tree Magazine has recently published its list of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2014.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the list. To celebrate the landmark, this year there are 15 categories of websites. These include:

Best State Websites
Best Historic Newspaper Websites
Best Military Genealogy Websites
Best UK & Irish Websites
Best Canadian Websites
Best Big Genealogy Websites

To access all the categories, go to:

Genealogy show continues on Wednesday

The next episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

The episode will feature actress Rachel McAdams and her sister Kayleen McAdams.

For more information, go to the TLC website at: