Board for Certification of Genealogists offers free webinars

The Board for Certification for Genealogists will be offering a day of free webinars on Friday, October 19 through Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

There will be five one hour sessions. If you are interested in watching any of the webinars, you must register for the sessions are you interested in. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

11 a.m. – Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’a Promise
12:30 p.m. – Deeper Analysis: Techniques for Successful Problem Solving
3 p.m. – John Jacob Kramer: Case Study of Mistaken Among Revolutionary War Soldiers
4:15 p.m. – Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events
5:30 p.m. – The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad

To register for any of these webinars, go to:

Several free webinars set for this week

Several free webinars are being offered this week covering topics of French research, Y-DNA, California research and vital records.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Tips and Techniques for French Records” on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. What do you do when you want to research your French-Canadian ancestors and don’t speak or read French? This webinar will cover techniques for working through French language records, including typical formats, when to use a word list or dictionary, and when to spend the money on a translator.

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The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The Y-DNA Test Should Be Your Favorite” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This webinar will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Few events in America have had the impact of the California Gold Rush – an event that lasted seven short years. The Gold Rush swelled the population of California by the hundreds of thousands. People rushed in from all over the world. Did it beckon your ancestors, too?

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present “New Access to an Old Index: Good News for Immigration Research” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. The webinar will provide an introduction to the Name Index from the 1890s to the 1930s, part of which is now available to researchers through the National Archives online catalog. The National Archives Staff has digitized the index and it is searchable by name. It includes investigation and deportation files.

To log on to the webinar, go to: and select the appropriate date.

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Everyone knows about vital records, right? This presentation looks at the history of vital records in the United States, variations of those records, and alternatives.

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Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There is a Help Session at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic is “The Website.” The FamilySearch website is one of the most robust tools for genealogists, but many of those resources are not so obvious. IGG member Marie Scalisi will give an in-depth guide to getting the most out of the FamilySearch website. This talk will aid all genealogists, from beginners to experts.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Jewish Genealogy Society workshop scheduled for November 4

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will present the 28th annual “Jewish Genealogy 101” from 12:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This workshop is a four hour plus course on sources and strategies for conducting Jewish genealogical research. Instructors will explain where and how to find Jewish records which exist in the U.S., Europe and Israel.

The registration fee includes:
*A full year membership to the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
*PDF copy of the workshop manual and Avotaynu’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy”

Cost is $45 for registration by October 28, $55 after October 28 or at the door.

For more a registration form, go to the club website at:

Several free genealogy webinars offered this week

Several webinars will be offered this week with topics on Chicago, adoption, Catholic records and

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Chicago Rises from the Ashes” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 put Chicago on the map. Inventions surfaced, methods of dealing with potential epidemics were developed, and people came from around the world to learn about cultures they would otherwise never experience. Learn how this event in Illinois’ history affected personal and educational lives. If your ancestor lived anywhere in the vicinity, the chances are he or she attended this monumental event.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “In Search of My Brother’s Mother – An Adoption Story” on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Presenter Beth Foulk always knew her brother was adopted. After their mother passed, and the adoption files were uncovered after more than 50 years in the back of a closet, she couldn’t have imagined the journey they’d embark on.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Strategies for Using FamilySearch” on Friday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. As one of the go-to resources for research FamilySearch is an amazing site that few take the time to explore. Learn how to get more information from this website through search techniques, wiki resources, and more.

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International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Catholic Heritage Collection on Findmypast” on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. Learn about the rich genealogical resources that can be found in Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Collection.

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Several local genealogy groups to meet this week

Several local genealogy groups will be meeting this week.

The Connetquot Public Library will be having a presentation on “Italian Genealogy for Beginners” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The library is located at 760 Ocean Avenue in Bohemia. For more information, call 631-567-5079.

The German Genealogy Group will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Orientation begins at 7 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. This month’s program will be “St. Malachy’s Home and Orphanage” presented by Joseph Coen, archivist of the Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Malachy’s opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways, where it was known as St. Malachy’s Ocean Home. It closed in 1943. His presentation will include information about what records are available and how to request them.

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The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Sachem Public Library. This month’s program will be “DNA for Adoptees or How, Instead of a Bike, I Got a Sister for My Birthday” presented by Chuck Weinstein. Chuck was adopted at birth and using DNA, he has been able to unlock the history of his biological family and contact both cousins and a sister who were unaware of his existence. Chuck has been researching his family history for over 25 years and is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island.

For more information, go to the club website at:

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library. This month’s program will be “National Archives and FamilySearch Strategies” presented by Dorothy Dougherty with the National Archives.

The library is located at 145 Pigeon Hill Road in Huntington Station. For more information, call 531-427-7045.

Many free webinars scheduled for beginning of October

There are many free webinars scheduled to kick-off the first week of October.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Remote Research in the Databases of the DAR Genealogical Research System” on Wednesday. Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been collecting genealogical information since 1890 to support both the application process for membership and to honor the service of Patriots. The Society operates a large library in Washington, DC. Over the last few years they have scanned and provided public access to extensive online resources.

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Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. Learn how vitally important this kind of testing can be when you use DNA as an active tool in the genealogical toolbox. This case study will show you how pairing good research and DNA testing can be the perfect marriage.

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Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Writing a Family History” on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. In this webinar, learn how to pull from your research to craft a captivating story your family will want to read. The presenter will share tools on how to get organized and help you identify a starting point for your first story.

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International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “The Home Archivist” on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Learn how to become your own home archivist and preserve documents, photos and heirlooms.

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The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The GPS, Document Analysis and Citations” on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. This presentation discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard, document analysis and evaluation, and citation standards, and how to make them second nature in your genealogical research.

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New genealogy podcast launched by Amy Johnson Crow

A new genealogy podcast, Generations Cafe, was recently started by certified genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. She has over 20 years experience helping people with their genealogy research.

Podcasts will be produced weekly and will be between 15-30 minutes long. The shows will be a mix of Amy by herself or with an expert guest.

There are three episodes so far:
Is Perfectionism Ruining Your Genealogy?
Finding All of the Daughters in the Family Tree
4 Things You Should Do with Every Genealogy Source

To listen to the podcasts, go to:

NYS Genealogical Research Death Index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths up to August 31, 1968.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes deaths for the five boroughs of New York City.

The index provides the date of death, gender, age at death, New York State file number and residence code. In order to interpret the residence code number, you must go to the far right of the page and click on the red tab that says About. Scroll down to attachments and open either the third attachment for Out of State codes or the fourth attachment for New York State Gazetteer.

To search the index, go to:

Two free webinars scheduled for the end of September

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “North Carolina Land Grants Overview” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Land records can provide useful genealogical information beyond just time and place, such as relationships, clues to wealth, occupations, neighbors, and more. Land Grants are of particular interest because they represent the first time a particular plot of land was allocated to settlers, and also because the grant process required a number of steps and often took several years. North Carolina has original documents going back to 1663, and the free website has searchable data on all the grants along with many original document images.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service will present “Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service Records at the National Archives” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

This webinar will be an overview of the historical immigration and naturalization records available at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. These records begin in the early 1900s and continue until 1975. Participants will learn about research aids and learn how to request files from the National Archives.

To attend the webinar, go to: and select the appropriate date.