Three free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics such as finding photos online, how to protect your research and Freeman’s Bureau Records.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “50+ Online and Offline Sources for Finding Photos of Your Ancestors” on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. If you haven’t inherited photos of your ancestors, learn about the 50+ potential sources that you may have overlooked, including printed media, organizations, digital sources and even distant relatives that you may not know about.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6089521292721167363

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Who Do You Trust with Your Trusted Research” on Wednesday, June 20, at 9 p.m. With technology today, it is easy to complete and build our family tree online or even on the computer. But what are you doing to protect your information? To protect all the hours of research you have done? What do you do with your hard copy paper file? What happens when I am gone to my research?

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4682316833685678850

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Freemen’s Bureau Records” on Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m. The Freedmen’s Bureau records cover more than freed slaves – they include ex-soldiers, impoverished widows, small children, and destitute parents. They include ration, school, court, marriage, military, and more records, along with incredibly personal correspondence regarding loved ones.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2315885235210294785

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ concludes on Monday

The genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will have its last episode on TLC on Monday, June 18 at 9 p.m.

This season will feature the following celebrities:
*Jean Smart learns that her eight times great-grandmother was arrested for witchcraft.

To view clips of previous episodes, go to: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

More records available for NYC marriage license index

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records recently announced it has added more records to its New York City marriage license index. The database now includes the years 1996-2017.

The new 1950-2017 database is broken into two different time frames: 1950-1995 and 1996-2017. These are indexes to every marriage license filed, not necessarily every marriage in New York City.

The group has noted that there are approximately 30,000 missing records particularly for the 1950s-1960s.

Beginning in June 2011, New York State started to legally recognize same-sex marriages. Therefore, for the 2011-2017 portion of the database, headers of “bride” and “groom” are referred to as “Spouse #1” and “Spouse # 2”.

To search the data from 1950-2017, go to: https://www.nycmarriageindex.com/

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

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

Genealogy Tips and Tricks will Kathleen McGee will being at 10 a.m., followed by Ask the Experts at 10:45 a.m. and the featured speaker at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Melissa Johnson who will discuss “Internet Resources for Genealogists.” Learn how to use top genealogical websites most effectively, including Ancestry. Fold3, GenealogyBank, FamilySearch and Google as well as websites of federal, state and local archives.

There will be no meetings in July or August.

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

Two free genealogy webinars to take place this week

Two free webinars will take place this week covering the topics of Ohio research and handwriting analysis.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church” on Tuesday, June 12, at 9 p.m. Ohio was the first gathering place of the LDS Church. Eventually, those who joined with the its membership eventually found themselves displaced into Missouri and Illinois before their trek to Utah. Note: This is not geared toward LDS members. The story of the LDS Church is a story of persecution. This lecture will focus on the members from both the United Kingdom and New England who were disowned from their families, and finished their lives in the western United States.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4880554381107385091

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting” on Wednesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. Genealogical researchers love old records – family bibles, baptismal certificates, and census pages. Transcribing a will or a deed can be a daunting task, especially when the writing instruments are pre-1800. Cursive handwriting from the 1600’s up to the 1900’s is often a challenge. Knowing a few tips to decipher names, a word that doesn’t make sense, or a troublesome abbreviation makes reading old documents a lot easier.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2101456278799192833

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ continues on Monday

The genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will have its next episode on TLC on Monday, June 11 at 9 p.m.

This season will feature the following celebrities:
*Jean Smart learns that her eight times great-grandmother was arrested for witchcraft.
*Molly Shannon travels to Ireland to unravel the mystery of her maternal line, uncovering ancestors who were forced to change their religion in the face of impending starvation.

To view clips of previous episodes, go to: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Three local genealogy groups to meet this week

Three local genealogy groups will meet this week in Connetquot, Bethpage and Hickswille.

The Connetqout Public Library will present a program on “The Orphan Train” on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. The Orphan Train was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded eastern cities of the United States to foster homes in rural areas of the Midwest. Join author and photographer, Tom Riley as he tells this greatest American story never told.

For more information, contact the library at 631-567-5079.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, June 7, V.F.W. in Hicksville. This month’s program will be round table discussions. If you have questions or need guidance, come join the table of your choice. There will be tables for short translations, surrogates court, land records, DNA, GGG databases, FamilySearch.org and photo restoration. There will be no meetings in July or August.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to the club website at: www.germangenealogygroup.com

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet on Saturday, June 9, at the Bethpage Public Library. Help Session begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. After the annual awards presentation, Alec Ferratti will give a presentation on how to use the Italian website Antenati. There will be no meetings in July or August.

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

Three free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars this week will cover topics such as immigration, researching neighbors and using your digital camera for archival purposes.

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “We’re Here in America. Now What?” on Wednesday, June 6, at 8 p.m. Our immigrant ancestors came to America with their hopes and little money. Focusing on the largest European immigration period of 1880 to 1920, the webinar will cover procedures at places like Ellis Island, and travel modes and resources from immigrants’ ports of entry. Learn about how immigrant homes, tenements, unions, settlement houses, benevolent and fraternal societies, churches and synagogues helped guide immigrants to jobs, residences, and more. We’ll also discuss immigrant newspapers and their roles in strengthening immigrant communities.

To register for the program, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5223666881775170050

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What Your Ancestor’s Neighbors Can Tell You” on Wednesday, June 6, at 2 p.m. Our ancestors did not live in isolation, although we sometimes research them as if they did. They were part of a community of friends, neighbors, classmates and even co-workers. Whether they lived in big cities, small towns or rural farming communities, your ancestor’s neighbors could help you with your research.

To register for the program, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1419784358274481667

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Camera Scanning Your Photographic Archive” on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The need to digitize photo collections is shared by families and companies alike. The webinar will discuss reasons why using your own digital camera is the fastest, easiest and most economical way to achieve a digital archive.

To register for the program, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/335704376334740482

Family History Library offers free webinars in June

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be offering several free webinars for the month of June. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Thursday, June 7 – 3 p.m. – Using German Address Books to Locate Records

Thursday, June 14 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research: Mountain West Region

Thursday, June 21 – 3 p.m. – Scottish Clans and Naming Patterns

Thursday, June 28 – 3 p.m. – Finding an Ancestor’s Place of Origin in Norway

To attend any of these webinars, go to: June webinar calendar

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ continues on Monday

The genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will have its next episode on TLC on Monday, June 4 at 9 p.m.

This season will feature the following celebrities:
*Hilary Duff traces her family history back to medieval Scotland, discovering royalty in her lineage.
*Jean Smart learns that her eight times great-grandmother was arrested for witchcraft.
*Molly Shannon travels to Ireland to unravel the mystery of her maternal line, uncovering ancestors who were forced to change their religion in the face of impending starvation.

To view clips of previous episodes, go to: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/