Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two genealogy webinars will take place this week covering the topics of the Great Migration and citation techniques.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration” on Tuesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of families left the south in the 1900s, headed north. Their destinations were Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and beyond. This webinar looks at communities in the urban north and illustrates what can be learned about the county of origin in the south, by studying the communities where they arrived.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2762471676044596227

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Citation for Beginners” on Friday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to produce quality work.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5539650030411078915

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ continues this Monday

The genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? will continue this Monday, December 10, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time and continue for three weeks.

The following schedule has been released:

Monday, December 10 – Josh Duhamel travels to England to learn about his 12 times great-grandfather.

Monday, December 17 – Matthew Morrison discovers his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. Regina King uncovers an ancestor who was a civil rights activist in Alabama.

For more information, go to the show website at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Huntington Historical Society to host research trip to Salt Lake City

The Huntington Historical Society will sponsor a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City from Sunday, April 7 to Sunday, April 14, 2019.

The reservation deposit of $50 is due on Sunday, December 15, 2018.

The trip fee includes:
*Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
*Shuttle transportation between the hotel and airport
*Monday and Friday night dinners and Wednesday night “schmooze”
*Presentation by staff of Heritage Consulting and Services
*Individual research guidance by trip staff

The cost of the trip is $800-$840 per person double occupancy for a standard or deluxe room and $1,160 to $1,240 for single occupancy. There is a minimum of 14 people and a maximum of 20.

This price DOES NOT include airfare. The final payment will be due on January 26, 2019.

For more information, contact Bill Chamberlain at wachamb@verizon.net

Free webinars focus on Scottish research and PERSI

Three free webinars will take place this week featuring topics on indexes, PERSI and Scottish research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Ins and Outs of Indexes” on Wednesday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. Learn about 15+ indexing systems discover strategies to use when you can’t find the index or instructions to it.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1544408504475919107

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “PERSIbilities: Better Research with ACPL’s Periodical Source Index” on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 p.m. This presentation will look into PERSI, discuss its partnership with FindMyPast and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of this valuable genealogical resource. The presenter will demonstrate a variety of search tips, discuss how researchers can obtain copies of the journals they locate on PERSI, and report on ongoing digitization work.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6013117330248619267

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Scotland’s Resources” on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. There are dozens of sites available to help you in your Scottish research once you are ready to move beyond Scotlandspeople. Sites like GENUKI, ScotlandsPlaces, SCAN and the National Library of Scotland are just a few of the free websites available to you from ‘across the pond.’

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/680274828444428035

New York State Marriage Index available for free online

For those during research in New York State, an early holiday gift has been delivered by the not-for-profit group, Reclaim the Records, recently announced that a portion of the New York State Marriage Index is now available online for free.

Previously, this index could only be accessed by using microfiche cards available in 11 public libraries and the National Archives in New York City. Currently the years available online are from 1881-1952. In the next few months the index in continue to 1965.

Most of the years are searchable alphabetically by surname and brides and grooms are combined in the same annual file. There are some years where the brides and grooms names are in separate indexes and there are also some years where the listing is by Soundex code and not alphabetical.

The index has been uploaded on the website Internet Archive. To start searching, go to: https://archive.org/details/nymarriageindex

Two free webinars scheduled for Saturday

Two free webinars are scheduled for this Saturday, December 1.

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Solving Adoption Mysteries in Your Family Tree Through DNA” at 11 a.m. Genetic genealogist Maurie Gleeson will show how DNA can be used to solve adoption mysteries in your family.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3005535218778015234

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Always Time for Timelines” at 1 p.m. Timelines illustrate your ancestor’s life and can do more than identify gaps in your research. The chronology in your genealogy program does not provide context. A variety of timelines can easily add context to your ancestor’s life and bring the past alive.

To register for the webinar, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1629398554352199426

Several local genealogy groups to meet in December

Several local genealogy societies will be meeting in December.

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Preserving Your Past: Home Archiving” on Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Feel free to bring an item – such as a diary, letter or photo – for the presenter to examine and learn how to preserve it.

You need to register for this program. You can register through the library website at www.pmlib.org or by calling 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will present “Jewish Given Names” on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview. The speaker will be Debra Braverman. Jews have distinct given names and naming traditions. This presentation will explain sources of different names and naming patterns based on geographic origin and language.

For more information, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Genealogy Enthusiast” on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. For more information, call the library at 631-654-4700.

The Brentwood Public Library will present “Digital Maps and Family History” on Saturday, December 22 at 10 a.m. Learn to create a map of the important locations on your family tree using Google maps.

For more information, call the library at 631-273-7883.

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ to begin December 3

The genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? will premiere its new season on Monday, December 3 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time and continue for three weeks.

The following schedule has been released:

Monday, December 3 – Mandy Moore discovers her Australian ancestors and learns how they got there.

Monday, December 10 – Josh Duhamel travels to England to learn about his 12 times great-grandfather.

Monday, December 17 – Matthew Morrison discovers his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. Regina King uncovers an ancestor who was a civil rights activist in Alabama.

For more information, go to the show website at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Two free webinars to focus on railroad history, Georgia research

Two free genealogy webinars will take place on Wednesday, November 28.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Railroad Records and Railroad History” at 2 p.m. Did great-grandpa traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may give us personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2288421634582302977

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Georgia Research Locations; Not Just for Georgia Researchers” at 8 p.m. Learn details about unexpected Georgia research spots regardless of your ancestor’s location or yours. The webinar will cover five research locations: Huxford-Spear Genealogy Library, Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Thomasville Genealogical Library, the Georgia Archives and the Southeast National Archives. It is surprising what you will find on those ancestors who never even went to Georgia.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4768948456068430339

Free webinars focus on government documents, ancestral villages

Two free genealogy webinars will take place this week.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “More Than Just the Census: Federal Government Publications for Genealogical Research” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. The U.S. Government Printing Office is the largest publisher in the world, giving federal depository libraries in each Congressional District government published books full of personal information and history on our ancestors. This webinar will demonstrate the types of information to be found in books and databases as close as the nearest federal depository library in your Congressional District.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7343375765735486211

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean. Topics will include resources for locating the ancestral village, problems encountered, resources other than archives, translation options, and what to expect in return and how to evaluate.

To register for this webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4126659940891896066