Irish Family History Forum to meet on Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, February 16, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month the topic will be “Show and Tell.” Members will share interesting research experiences, suggestions, photos, heirlooms, etc.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a short break from 11 – 11:30 a.m. for refreshments and Ask the Expert. The program will continue at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org

African American collection available for free in February

In celebration of Black History Month, the genealogy website Fold3.com is making its African American Collection free for the month of February.

Some of the subjects in the collection include:

*Colored Troops – Civil War Service Records

*Civil War – MA 54th Infantry Regiment Records

*Board of Commissioners – Emancipation of Slaves in DC

*Court Slave Records for DC

*Amistad Federal and Supreme court records

To start searching these records, go to:  https://go.fold3.com/blackhistory_free?xid=2313

 

Free access to marriage recods collection available at MyHeritage

The genealogy website MyHeritage.com is providing free access to love-related records from today through February 17.

Though normally you would need a subscription to look at records on MyHeritage.com, no subscription is need to access these records for this time period.

Marriage records not only include the names of the bride and groom but can contain their birth place, current residence, occupation and parents names.

Not only are there marriage records available for the U.S. but also many foregin countries. Some of the countries included in the free access include: Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, Great Britian, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Wales.

You will need to set up a free user name and password to access the records. To start searching the records, go to: https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-2020/marriage-divorce?s=343663401

 

Several free genealogy webinars offered this week

Several free genealogy webinars will take place this week on such topics as Illinois law, genetic genealogy, newspaper research and work house records.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Revelers, Hogkillers and Disobedient Children: Early Illinois Laws” on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. The laws our ancestors lived by tell their own story of life in earlier times, and, from the very first territorial statutes, enacted in 1809, the choices made by legislators about what laws were needed give context to family history. Using early Illinois laws as genealogical resources, we are able to tell the stories of a time when the big concerns were Blue Laws, wild animals, and children needing humbling.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1580559354350300674

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree” on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. A genetic family tree is the list of genealogical ancestors from whom you inherited DNA. One of the goals of genetic genealogy is to recreate this genetic family tree through a process called “chromosome mapping.” Chromosome mapping uses cousin matches to identify which segments of DNA came from which ancestors. This webinar will look at the fundamentals of chromosome mapping and some tools you can use to begin to map your DNA.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/747919844440223564

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Newspapers for Genealogical Research” on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Discover the wide array of information about your ancestors that can be found in newspapers, and learn the best search strategies for finding and searching historic newspapers through a number of free and subscription-based websites.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2133790725348272643

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Using Work House Records for Genealogy Research” on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Learn how this little used resource can assist researchers in researching your pauper ancestors.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1143521074688684801

‘Finding Your Roots’ continues this Tuesday

“Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., continues on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on Tuesday, February 12 at 8 p.m.

Feb. 12 – Roots in Politics – Politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio each see a shared vision of the American melting pot reflected in their ancestors’ stories.

Feb. 19 – No Laughing Matter – Comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman find their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

Feb. 26 – Hard Times – Filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny find distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

April 2- The Eye of the Beholder – Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley find their identities challenged—and affirmed.

April 9 – All in the Family – This show features actor Ty Burrell, and radio host Joe Madison. Also a look at how a summer camp for children is using genetic genealogy to help young people better understand their identities.

Two local genealogy groups to have meetings this week

Two local genealogy groups will meet this week.

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, Feb. 6, at the VFW in Hicksville.

Orientation starts at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. This month the program will be “Genealogy Jeopardy.” You can play or be an audience member! Join in the fun as a contestant on Genealogy Jeopardy. Two teams will compete for points in categories like “Where There’s a Will…” and “Any Port in a Storm.”

For more information, go to the club website at: www.germangenealogygroup.com

The Italian Genealogical Group will meet on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Bethpage Public Library. This month the program will be “Crash Course in Italian History.” The presenter will be Alec Ferretti. He will focus on Southern Italy and the social factors which influenced our ancestors. Alec has been researching his family for over 10 years and is a professional genealogist.

Help session will start at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin 10:30 a.m.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.italiangen.org

 

 

 

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

There are three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week covering the topics of Australian research, DNA and British Isles Research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Six Feet Down Under – Cemetery Records in Australia”  today at 8 p.m. There will be a discussion of the history of burial practices in the colony of New South Wales as well as current legislation regulating burials and cremation and a look at current trends, practices and statistics for burials in Australia. The focus of the webinar will be on resources available for locating details of people who were buried or cremated in Australia since European settlement in 1788.  Discussed will be free and subscription print and online resources that provide these details.

To register, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=910

Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “DNA for Beginners” on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Have you taken a DNA test and wonder “now what?” Curious about using DNA for genealogy research but don’t know where to begin? We will start at the beginning…the very beginning. Learn all about genetic genealogy, but without all the science. But just enough to build your understanding of what DNA is, types of DNA, how it is used in genealogy, how the different testing companies compare, and much more. We’ll also go over common genetic genealogy terminology and basic inheritance patterns.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6095900668093205260

International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “British Isles Research at the Family History Center” on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. In this webinar you will learn about the wealth of records available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8521246296088239874

 

 

‘Finding Your Roots’ continues this Tuesday

“Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., continues on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on Tuesday, February 5 at 8 p.m.

Feb. 5 – Freedom Tales – S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

Feb. 12 – Roots in Politics – Politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio each see a shared vision of the American melting pot reflected in their ancestors’ stories.

Feb. 19 – No Laughing Matter – Comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman find their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

Feb. 26 – Hard Times – Filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny find distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

April 2- The Eye of the Beholder – Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley find their identities challenged—and affirmed.

April 9 – All in the Family – This show features actor Ty Burrell, and radio host Joe Madison. Also a look at how a summer camp for children is using genetic genealogy to help young people better understand their identities.

Free genealogy webinar to discuss genetic genealogy

The Southern California Genealogical Association will present “Looks Like We’re Cousins – Tips for Genetic Genealogy Collaboration” on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.

Collaboration is a key principle of genetic genealogy analysis. In this session we will explore tips and tricks for successful collaboration with your genetic cousins. Identify useful information you can request from them. Put your skills to work as you draft and revise your own communications and tap into the full power of DNA test results by improving your correspondence with your genetic cousins.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9132235013125311491

War of 1812 Pension Files recently updated

The War of 1812 Pension Files collection at Fold3.com has recently been updated. You do not need a subscription to Fold3 in order to view the records.

The pension files have now been digitized up to and including most of the letter P.  Pension files can be a valuable source for genealogical information. In 1813 and 1816, Congress approved a military pension for soldiers who served between 1812 and 1815 and suffered a disability or death. In 1871 and 1878, Congress expanded the pensions to include veterans who served at least 14 days in the war or any engagement and to their widows.

A pension can include rank, place of residence, age or date of birth, and time of service. A widow’s application can include her place of residence, her maiden name, date and palce of marriage, circumstances of her husband’s death and names of children under 16.

The collection is organized by state or organization and then by surname. Keep checking back as new records are added on a continuous basis.

To search the collection, go to: https://www.fold3.com/browse/247/h5iT6dgqR