Digital Public Library to be subject of free webinar

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present a free webinar this Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m.

The topic will be “Digital Public Library of America: an introduction to the basics.”

This free online collection of books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials is available to anyone with Internet access. Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials and the DPLA brings these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together in a single platform and portal.

You must register to participate in the webinar. To register, go to:

Free German genealogy webinar scheduled for tonight

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present a webinar tonight at 8 p.m. entitled “German-American Resources for Genealogists.”

Researching ancestors from German-speaking Europe comes with many challenges. The quality and availability of resources may differ greatly, depending on an immigrant’s place of origin, time of departure, and more. Investigation is further complicated by the fact that documents — including many created in America — were not only written in German, but in a script that even native speakers cannot easily read today. This webinar will offer suggestions on how to use German-American resources in genealogy.

You must register to participate in the webinar. To register, go to:

Civil War records available for free from Fold3

In remembrance of the Civil War’s commencement in April 1861, Fold3 is offering all records in its Civil War Collection for free through the end of April.

Explore Civil War documents featuring everything from military records to personal accounts and historic writings. Soldier records include service records, pension index cards, “Widows’ Pension” files, Navy survivors certificates, Army registers, and much more. Other record types include photographs, original war maps, court investigations, slave records, and beyond. Items such as the Lincoln Assassination Papers, Sultana Disaster documents, letters to the Adjutant General and Commission Branch, and the 1860 census are also contained in the Civil War Collection.

Confederate-specific records include Confederate service records, amnesty papers, casualty reports, and citizens files, as well as Confederate Navy subject files and Southern Claims Commission documents.

To access these records, just go to:

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday


The Italian Genealogy Group will meet on Saturday, April 12, at the Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue.

The Help Session will start at 10 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10:30 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Dorothy Dougherty, with the National Archives, who will discuss Alien Registration Files.

For more information, go to the club’s website at:

Free webinar on estate records set for Friday

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m.

The topic will be “Estate Records – More Than Just Wills,” presented by Linda Woodward Geiger.

This session will introduce a large variety of documents that may be located within the Estate files of individuals dying with or without a will. The records may provide researchers with direct or indirect evidence of heirs of the deceased, descriptions of property (both real and personal), occupation, literacy, and other interesting tidbits.

You must register to participate in this program.

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Census schedules topic of free webinar

The Friends of the National Archives Southeast Region will present a free webinar on Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m.

The topic will be “Farms, Factories & Defectives: The “other” Census Schedules” and it will be presented by Amy Johnson Crow, CG.

Some census years had other schedules taken at the same time. These include schedules about agriculture, industry, and even people deemed to be “defective.” These “other” schedules can shed light on the lives our ancestors led.

You need to register for the webinar in order to participate. To sign-up go to:

Full run of Brooklyn Eagle available through library

The Brooklyn Public Library recently updated its online version of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper to include issues through 1955 and changed the website address to the collection.

The collection has new search features including being able to print just a portion of a page, print the whole page or share it on social media or email.

You can now access the collection by going to:

You can also access all the issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle at another website called Fulton History Post Cards. Don’t be fooled by the title — not only does this site include all the issues of the Brooklyn Eagle but also includes digitized newspapers from all over New York State.

Just click Enter on the home page and then use the left side of the page to search the historic newspapers.

For more information, go to:

Two free webinars to take place on Saturday

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m.

The program is entitled “Descendancy Research,” and will be presented by Michael Brophy.

Researching living descendants of your ancestors can give your family history new life. Learn what traditional genealogy and reverse genealogy have in common and how they differ. Mr. Brophy will discuss the reasons for conducting the research along with proper methodology, sources and exciting websites to explore.

Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.

You must register for the program in order to participate.
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Also on Saturday, Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar “Googling Around with Google and other Technology,” at 4 p.m.

The presentation will be given by Geoff Rasmussen. Topics included are: how to use Google Alerts; how to better craft Google Searches with Douglas Barry’s customized Google Search form; how and why to search with a digital image instead of a phrase and how to view historical state and county boundaries with Google Earth.

You must register for the program in order to participate.
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German Genealogy Group to meet on Thursday

German Genealogy Group to meet on Thursday


The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, April 3, at the V.F.W. Hall at 320 S. Broadway in Hicksville. Orientation starts at 7 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The topic will be “Finding Your Ancestors’ Immigration Records and Stories at Ancestry” presented by Loretto Dennis Szucs, Vice-President of Community Relations at and
Juliana Szucs Smith, Senior Communication and Education Associate at

With over 13 billion historical records at Ancestry, sometimes important clues are overlooked in some of the richest immigration collections and some of the smaller collections you might not have thought to use. This presentation will show you how to find and use these collections most effectively.

Loretto Dennis Smith has more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, archivist, author, editor and community leader. She serves on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies as a member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee and the Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society.

Juliana Szucs Smith has been with for more than 15 years. She has written articles for online and print genealogical publications and for many years, she was the editor of The Ancestry Daily News and Ancestry’s Weekly Journal.

For more information, go the the club website at:

Archives at Queens Library conducts obituary searches

The Queens Borough Public Library owns microfilm of many newspapers in New York. The Archives at Queens Library conducts obituary and death notice searches for customers using these resources.

To submit a request:
*Include the complete name of the person. If the surname has an
unusual spelling please provide variant spellings.
*Include the complete date of death including day, month and year.
Requests that include only the month and year will be returned.
*There is a fee of $8.00 per name. Please make the check or money
order payable to the Queens Library.

Customers are limited to three names per request. Turnaround time is 5 to 10 business days upon receipt of request and payment.

Please send requests to:
Queens Library
Archives at Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, N.Y. 11432

Please be sure to include the name Archives at Queens Library. Without it the Archives’s response will be delayed.

For more information call (718) 990-0770.