Free webinar to focus on migration patterns

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior To 1860″ on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m.

Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow and how can identifying trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors.

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

Early registration ends May 31 for family history conference

Early bird registration for the New York State Family History Conference will end on Sunday, May 31. The conference is scheduled for September 17 -19, 2015 in Syracuse.

Conference fees are: $150 early bird/$175 regular for 3 days; NYG&B and CNYGS members $125 early bird/$150 regular for 3 days; $125 early bird/$150 regular for 2 days; NYG&B and CNYGS members $100 early bird/$125 regular for 2 days.

Lunch and lectures cost $30 each and can be purchased individually. Friday dinner and lecture is $45 and can be purchased individually.

Conference syllabus will be provided to all attendees on a flash drive. A printed syllabus may be purchased.

Hotel room conference rate at the Holiday Inn and Conference are $129 per night plus fees and taxes.

For information on the programs, go to:

Albany genealogy research trip scheduled for October

The New York Genealogical and Biography Society’s annual Albany research trip is Thursday-Saturday, October 29-31, 2015. It will take place at the New York State Archives and the New York State Library.

The program includes:
*Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts.
*A private consultation with a professional genealogist.
*Access to a professional genealogist for all three days of the program.
*Welcome gathering on Wednesday night (Oct. 28) and dinner on Thursday night.
*Wine and cheese reception on Friday evening.
*Lunch in the library on Saturday.
*Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton.

If you need additional information please email or call (212) 755-8532 x211.

Price: Members $295/ Non-Members $360. Tickets can be purchased via the online store at:

For hotel reservations, call the Hilton directly at 518-462-6611 for room reservations and use code 1GENEB.

Free access to military databases from

To commemorate Memorial Day, is offering free access to two of its military databases NOW through Wednesday, May 27 to guest users.

The two databases that will be available are:

*Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775
*Massachusetts Revolutionary War Pensioners’ Receipts 1799-1807 and 1829-1837

The Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England database contains over 35,000 records of service for individuals in Massachusetts who served from the seventeenth century to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. These records were compiled from many different sources to create as comprehensive a list as possible.

The Revolutionary War Pensioners’ Receipts contains images of the receipts, including the original signatures or marks of the pensioners.

You must create a free guest user account to access these collections. For more information, go to:

Free webinar to focus on early census records

The Florida Genealogical Society will present a free webinar this Thursday, May 21 at 9 p.m. entitled “Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 ‘Tic Marks'”.

It’s exciting to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond. Those tic marks seem to get in the way as we try to extend our pedigrees. Just what do they mean, and how can they help? This lecture provides a case study following an eastern Kentucky family back into the area of Germantown, Pennsylvania.

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

Three free webinars available this Wednesday

This Wednesday, May 20, is a great day to expand your genealogy horizons. Three free webinars will take place, one in the afternoon and two in the evening.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Martha Benshura – Enemy Alien” at 2 p.m. Not all of our ancestors became naturalized citizens. The one who didn’t suddenly became suspect when war divided their native countries from their new homes, creating the kinds of records genealogists love.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Make Your Ancestry Come Alive Using Your DNA” at 8 p.m. This webinar will provide an easy to understand introduction on how to use your DNA to help find your ancestry and verify that it is correct. It will explain how Y-DNA, mtDNA, atDNA and X-chromosome results for you and your relatives can be used to support traditional family history and break through brick walls.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The WPA Era: What It Created for Genealogists” at 9 p.m. The 1930s and 1940s government programs put many to work. The Works Progress Administration workers created record transcriptions, abstracts, indexes plus courthouse, cemetery, church, and manuscript inventories. This webinar will address how to find some of these records online.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday


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

The topic for the meeting will be Members’ Forum. There will be a Help Session from 10-11 a.m. with the program beginning at 11 a.m.

The library is located at 47 Powell Avenue. For more information, check the club’s website at

New entries added in NYS historical society pages

New entries have been added to our pages Genealogy Resources at New York historical societies.

Now there are links for historical societies in Central and Western New York.

Just click on the link at the top of the page to see all the areas of the state that have been completed.

German Genealogy Group to meet this Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the VFW in Hicksvile.

The topic will be “German Research Online” and will be presented by James M. Beidler. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors.

Mr. Beidler’s book, “The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide,” will be available at the meeting for $15.00. Mr. Beidler is a graduate of Hofstra University and writes a column for German Life magazine.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Fold3 World War II collection free through May 15

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the genealogy database will provide free access to its World War II collection through May 15.

The collection has over 72 million records and includes the following:
Headstone Applicatioins, 1925-1963
WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files
WWII U.S. Air Force Photos
Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII
307th Bomb Group Records
WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards

To access the collection, go to: