Early registration is open for NYS Family History Conference

The New York State Family History Conference will take place on Sept. 13-15, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.

Speakers will include: Blaine T. Bettinger, Henry B. Hoff, Karen Mauer Jones, Thomas W. Jones, Terry Koch-Bostic, Judy D. Russell, D. Joshua Taylor, Jane E. Wilcox and many others.

Early registration is through May 31 and costs $165 for members of the New York G&B and $195 for non-members. After May 31, the cost for members is $195 and non-members $215.

For more information or to register, go to: http://nysfhc.org

Thursday, September 13
9:30am: Workshops (additional registration is required)
Noon – 6 pm: Exhibit hall open
1:15 – 4:30 pm: Sessions

Friday, September 14

8 am: Opening Session
9 am – 6:30 pm: Exhibit hall open
9:15 am – 6 pm: Sessions
12:30 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
6:30 pm: Dinner and talk (additional registration is required)

Saturday, September 15
8:30 am – 3:15 pm: Exhibit hall open
9:15 am – 4:00 pm: Sessions
12:15 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
4:15 pm: Wrap-Up Reception

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, April 21, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s program will be “Ellis Island Stories” presented by Fred Voss. Fred is a professional genealogist who leads tours at Ellis Island. He will give an illustrated talk about the past, present and future of this American landmark. He will also tell some of his favorite immigration stories.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks with Kathy McGee will start at 10 a.m., Ask the Experts will start at 10:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:15 a.m.

For more information, check the club website at: www.ifhf.org

New index to Gravesend Town Records available

A new New York City database was recently added to the German Genealogy Group website.

Gravesend Town Records is an index to early records of the town of Gravesend, Kings County, New York. These records are kept at the New York City Municipal Archives.

The records are contained in six books:
Book 1, Town Meetings, 1646 – 1653
Book 2, Deeds & Leases, 1653 – 1670
Book 3, Town Meetings, 1656 – 1705
Book 4, Court Minutes 1662-1699
Book 5, Deeds and Leases 1672 – 1686
Book 6, Patents & Deeds 1645-1701

A search of names will give the Book Number and the number of pages on which that name appears. To find out the procedure and cost of obtaining copies of the records, contact the NYC Records Department at familyhistory@records.nyc.gov. When contacting the Records Department make sure to give the full record, including which books you are interested in and the number of pages.

Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony of New Netherland and became one of the six original towns of Kings County in colonial New York. It was the only English chartered town in what became Kings County and was designated the “Shire Town” when the English assumed control, as it was the only one where records could be kept in English.

These records are transcriptions of the original records and very readable. In addition to the typical records you would expect – patents, property transfers, taxes, arrests, court proceedings, there are marriage, birth and death records.

To search this index, go to: www.germangenealogygroup.com and click on Database Searches and then Other NYC & Long Island.

Several free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

There will be several free webinars offered this week on topics such as religion in the Great Lakes, Lincoln’s records of war and researching female ancestors.

The Wisconsin Genealogy Society will present “On a Mission: Religion in the Great Lakes Region” on Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. The area around the Great Lakes was explored by Jesuits, Methodists, Moravians, Baptists, Anglicans, Quakers, Presbyterians and others. This webinar will focus on major religions in the Great Lakes region, a history and timeline of their arrival and expansion in specific areas, and a discussion on the main denominational repositories for research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6940041915140711427

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Lincoln’s Laws and the Records of War” on Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. President Lincoln’s General Order 100 – “Instructions for the Government of Armies … in the Field” – revolutionized the laws of war and created new records for genealogists to research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6446463448402693891

Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Finding Females: Maiden Name Not Known” on Wednesday, April 18, at 9 p.m. Research is not complete without a maiden name. Usually a difficult problem if not immediately obvious. Learn how to deal with this problem.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6379278890738644481

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Naturalization Know How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship” on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Many records were created when immigrant ancestors became American citizens. Learn what they are and how to find them.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1722626144257627137

West Hempstead Obituary Index updated

The West Hempstead Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes close to 800 entries.

This index includes obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former resident of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The majority of the entries are from 1930 to 1963. New entries will be added on a continuous basis.

The information in the index comes from area newspapers such as The Brooklyn Eagle, Newsday, The Hempstead Sentinel, the Nassau Daily Review Star, and the New York Times.

The index includes the date of death, publication and date of publication.

Anyone interested in copies of articles from this index, can contact Jean King at the West Hempstead Public Library, 516-481-6591 ext 22 or email jking@whplibrary.org.

You can access the link by clicking on the words just above this blog posting or click on
WH Obituaries

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, April 14, at the Bethpage Public Library at 10:30 a.m.

This month’s meeting will be “Italian American Contribution in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services).”
The presenter will be Salvatore J. LaGumina, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Italian American Studies at Nassau Community College. He will share information about the the untold story of many Italian heroes who helped to bring about the fall of fascism. LaGumina is the author of “Long Island Italians” and “Long Island Italian Americans.”

For more information, go to the club website at: www.italiangen.org

Free webinars focus on Oregon research and westward expansion

Two free genealogy webinars will be offered this week on the topics of Oregon research and westward expansion.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion” on Wednesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. Georgia holds a critical place in the history of the expansion of the United States west. Learn the common mistakes that can stall your Georgia research. Explore repositories, history and collections unique to the state.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3788357804369810433

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Your Oregon Ancestors” on Friday, April 13 at 2 p.m. A dozen tips for researching your ancestors who made the 33rd State their home. A bit of history, the best websites, and the places to include if you plan a research trip to the Beaver State.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4869786863915867139

Free webinar to focus on researching land records

Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Land Records: Using Indexes and Deeds to Move Your Research Forward” on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The local courthouse, auditor, or recorder holds records about purchases and sales of your ancestor’s property. Often you can identify where they migrated to or from. The records may identify other family members and close associates. Learn how to locate and understand these genealogical documents.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4504513708845656833

Two local genealogy groups to meet Saturday

Two local genealogy groups will be meeting this Saturday, April 7.

the Huntington Historical Society will meet at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library. This month’s topic will be “Evidence Analysis: Which is the Right Record?” The presenter will be Rhoda Miller.

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

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet at 10 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library. This month’s topic will be “Working Smarter with Your AncestryDNA Results.” Are you overwhelmed by a sea of matches or struggling to find just one identifiable cousin among a small group of matches? This program will discuss tips and tools to get the most out of your AncestryDNA results.

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

Free access to Civil War records on Fold3.com

Fold3.com is providing free access (with free registration) to its Civil War Collection from now through April 15.

This collection currently has 50 titles, with more than 91 million records, so if you’re looking for information on the Civil War veterans in your family tree now is the time to explore these records on Fold3.

Some of the titles in this collection include:
*Civil War “Widows’ Pensions” Files
*US Federal Census 1860
*Civil War Service Records
*Civil War Pensions Index
*Pension Numerical Index
*Confederate Amnesty Papers
*Confederate Casualty Reports
*Confederate Navy Subject File
*Confederate Service Records
*Southern Claims Commission

To start searching the collection, go to: https://go.fold3.com/civilwar/?iid=2102