German Genealogy Group to meet on Thursday

German Genealogy Group to meet on Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hicksville V.F.W. There will be an orientation session at 7 p.m.

The program will be “No Vitals/No Problem! : Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence.” The presenter will be Judy G. Russell, also known as The Legal Genealogist.

A Certified Genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand genealogical issues ranging from how to use DNA in family research to the way the law affected our ancestors’ lives and the records they left behind. Judy is a Colorado native with roots deep in the American south on her mother’s side and entirely German on her father’s side.

The V.F.W. is located at 320 South Broadway. For more information, go to the club website at:

Interment records available for Albany cemetery

A new database has recently been added to the Troy Irish Genealogy Society transcription project. It is the interment records for St. John’s Cemetery in Albany, NY.

There are 12,731 interment records for the cemetery ranging from 1841 to 1887. The records can be searched by surname.

An interesting fact is that those buried there are not just from New York. Individuals were identified from the following states; California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia.

To search the records, go to:

Locating heirs to be topic of Saturday genealogy meeting

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. There will be a Getting Started session from 9:30 – 10 a.m.

The program topic will be “Research Techniques for Locating Heirs” and will be presented by genealogist Melissa Johnson.

Ms. Johnson is experienced in forensic genealogy research, including locating missing heirs and providing due diligence in cases with legal implications. She has done extensive research in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the British Isles.

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street. For more information, call 631-654-4700.

Webinar to focus on Google search tips

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. entitled “New and Must Have Google Tips for Genealogy.”

Google continues to evolve and change every day. In this webinar, Lisa Louise Cooke will give you an update on the most recent Google changes, and then discuss advanced search strategies for genealogy that you probably aren’t using, but you must have in order to get the best results possible.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is the producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast.

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

Jewish genealogy group to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview.

There will be a help session at 1:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 2 p.m. This month’s program will be “New (and Antique) Resources for German Jewish Genealogy.”

After researching his German Jewish ancestors for nearly 60 years, John Lowens is still learning much about them. John inherited fascinating collections of archival photos and documents and is currently scanning hundreds of World War I era photo postcards written to his grandparents. He will share some of these photocards, which tell fascinating and sometimes tragic stories of middle class Jewish life and death in western Germany.

Mr. Lowens will also speak about new indexing projects, initiatives at the Leo Baeck Institute, and other resources that have made the civil and Holocaust records from Germany far more accessible in recent years.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday


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

There will be a help session at 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 11 a.m. This month’s program is “Irish Famine Records at NARA” and the speaker will be Dorothy Dougherty with the National Archives in New York City.

The Bethpage Library is located at 47 Powell Avenue. For more information, go to the club website at

Freedom Webinar Series to begin on Feb. 20

Legacy Family Tree will present a special series of webinars this year entitled the Freedom Webinar Series.

The first webinar in the series, “Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom,” will take place on Friday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. Other webinars in the series will take place on April 24, July 31 and Sept. 25.

The years right after the Civil War were critical years for all southerners, white and black. Amazing records reflect that incredible time during those years. This session will explore several record sets and will point to where they can be found.

The presenter, Angela Walton-Raji, is a founding member of and host of the weekly podcast, The African Roots Podcast.

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

Webinar to discuss immigrant travel to the U.S.

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. entitled “A Guide to Overseas Genealogy.”

Crossing the pond is easier than you think. This webinar will cover the history of immigrant travel into the US and how to find genealogical records in most European countries. A list of books and over 70 American and European websites for genealogical research and a guide for translating records will be provided.

During the first part of the presentation, tips will be offered on how to find the town your ancestor came from. In the second part of the presentation, you will learn where to find ship records and how to analyze passenger lists to learn more about your ancestors. There will be a discussion about various websites, both American and European, where a researcher may find records of their family, including church, civil, archive, census, and cemetery records.

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

Webinar to focus on New Zealand ancestors

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. entitled “Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors.”

If you have ancestors who were born, married or died in New Zealand, there is a wealth of information waiting for you. This program will look at Passenger Lists, Civil Registration, Church Records, Cemetery Records, Schools, Wills, Family Histories, Newspapers and other ways to research your family names.

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

Genealogy Roadshow concludes this Tuesday

The final episode of Genealogy Roadshow will be this Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

The show features genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco. This last episode takes place in Philadelphia.

One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and with the help of DNA testing, gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

For more information, go to the show website at: