Genealogy show continues this Wednesday

The next episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will take place on Wednesday, July 30, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

The upcoming episodes will feature:
Valerie Bertinelli
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Lauren Graham
Kelsey Grammer
Rachel McAdams

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

Tours of Municipal Archives offered in the Fall

Tours of Municipal Archives offered in the Fall

NYG&B

Two Repository Tours to the Municipal Archives in Manhattan will be offered in the Fall by the New York Genealogical and Biographic Society.

Municipal Archives Tour #1: Basic Orientation
September 12 – 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Marcia Kirk, the new Director of the Municipal Archives, will host this basic orientation, focusing on the vital records and fundamental resources held at the Municipal Archives. Following visits to the Visitor Center, the City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room where they may conduct their own research. This program is a rare chance to research in the Municipal Archives when it is closed to the public, so there is no waiting for work stations or staff attention.

Municipal Archives Tour #2: Beyond the Basics
Oct. 24 – 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Marcia Kirk, the new Director of the Municipal Archives, will host this “beyond the basics” orientation focusing on lesser-known genealogical resources held at the Municipal Archives such as City Cemetery (aka Potter’s Field) records; Bodies in Transit records and Almshouse History of Inmates. Following visits to the Visitor Center, the City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room where they may conduct their own research.

Cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members. To register you may call 212-755-8532, ext. 211 or sign up via the online store.

Department of Homeland Security to host free webinar

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of the Department of Homeland Security will host a free webinar on Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m.

The topic will be “Women Who Lost Citizenship through Marriage.”
The Expatriation Act of 1907 mandated that all women acquired their husband’s nationality upon marriage. As a result, between 1907 and 1922, countless women lost their U.S. citizenship through marriage to non-citizens. This webinar examines citizenship records documenting these women’s resumption of U.S. citizenship, first through naturalization under the Married Women’s Act of 1922 and then through an expedited repatriation program inaugurated in 1936.

For more information and to register for the webinar, go to:
http://goo.gl/TqcZwP

More free New York records added on Ancestry.com

The following databases were recently added to the New York page of Ancestry.com.

*New York Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates, 1799-1804
*New York Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service, 1861-1865
*New York Pension Claims by Disabled Revolutionary War Veterans, 1779-1789.

All of these records can be searched for free on Ancestry.com’s New York site. You will need to set up a free account with Ancestry.com.

To access the New York website, go to:
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_ancestry.shtml

Genealogy show to begin tomorrow night

The new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will begin on Wednesday, July 23, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

Six new episodes will be featuring:
Valerie Bertinelli
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Lauren Graham
Kelsey Grammer
Cynthia Nixon
Rachel McAdams

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

Genealogy show to begin on July 25

The new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will begin on Wednesday, July 23, at 9 p.m. on TLC.

Six new episodes will be featuring:
Valerie Bertinelli
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Lauren Graham
Kelsey Grammer
Cynthia Nixon
Rachel McAdams

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

New York prison records available on Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com just released more than 130 years of New York prison records ranging from 1797 to 1931.

New York, Governor’s Registers of Commitments to Prisons, 1842-1908
Contains prisoner records for 15 prisons in the state of New York.

New York, Discharges of Convicts, 1882-1915
Governors were required by law to keep registers of all applications for and grants of clemency. This collection includes images of the registers for recording discharges of convicts serving in state prisons who had their sentences commuted and were discharged.

New York, Executive Orders for Commutations, Pardons, Restorations and Respites, 1845-1931
This collection includes eight volumes of restorations to citizenship that New York governors issued to convicted felons.

New York, Prisoners Received at Newgate State Prison, 1797-1810
Newgate Prison was New York’s first state penitentiary, opening in 1797 on the Hudson River. The prison closed in 1828, and the remaining prisoners were removed to Sing Sing Prison.

All of these records can be searched for free on Ancestry.com’s New York site. You will need to set up a free account with Ancestry.com.

To access the New York website, go to:
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/research/res_ancestry.shtml

More New York content added to death records website

The Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records website has recently added more content for New York State.

The following items were added in July:

- Jefferson County Estate Claims Index
- Monroe County: Burials in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery (Clarkson, NY)
- New York City: Brooklyn Daily Eagle Newspaper 1841-1955 (update: several more years added)
- Saratoga County Cemeteries
- Schenectady County: Park View Cemetery Burials (Schenectady, New York)
- Schenectady County: Vale Cemetery Burials (Schenectady, New York)
- Westchester County: Field Library Obituary Index (index of death notices from Peekskill, New York newspapers from the mid-1800s to the present)

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

Free guide to U.S. federal census records available

The genealogy website Mocavo has developed a free 17-page guide to researching the U.S. Federal Census records.

To download the free census research guide, go to:
http://blog.mocavo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Mocavo-United-States-Federal-Census-Guide.pdf?utm_source=announcement_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=free_access_to_census&utm_content=download_guide

In addition, Mocavo provides free index searching for all the U.S. federal census records.

Free access to Revolutionary War records until end of July

Free access to Revolutionary War records until end of July

The genealogy website Fold3.com is providing Free Access to its Revolutionary War Collection for the remainder of July.

Some of the records available include:
Pensions Records
Service Records
War Rolls
Payment Vouchers
Service and Imprisonment Cards
Service Records of Volunteers

For more information, go to:
http://go.fold3.com/revolutionary-war/?xid=1757