Genealogy television show to begin tomorrow night

“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Season 2 will begin tomorrow at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

The 10-part series will explore the ancestry of 30 people, including entertainers, athletes, chefs and media personalities. Some of the people featured in the series are: Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Billie Jean King, Carole King, Sally Field, Derek Jeter, Stephen King and Sting.

Gates and his team will use genetic genealogy to make discoveries about the past including being able to identify tribal Native American ancestry, solve paternity mysteries and pinpoint the geographic origins of hidden ancestry.

There is a companion website to the program at:
and a companion Facebook Page at:

Free webinar focuses on the Internet Archive

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. entitled “A Library at Your Fingertips – the Internet Archive.”

This in-depth look at how to use this site covers publications, video and the WayBack machine. This is a live presentation with input from the audience.

The presenter, Maureen Taylor, is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at “Family Tree Magazine”.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview.

There will be a help session at 1:30 p.m. This month’s program, which begins at 2 p.m., will be “The Connecticut Rabbi on the Archbishop’s Tree: Tracing John O’Connor’s Jewish Roots.”

For more information, go to the club’s web site at:

Profile: New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society was founded in 1869 and is the largest genealogical society in the state. It is based in New York City. The society collects material from all across New York State, not just for the boroughs of New York.

Membership cost is $70 for one year for an individual or $120 for two years for an individual. NYG&B members receive:

**A subscription to The Record, which has been published quarterly since 1870. The Record features compiled genealogies, solutions to problems, unique source material, and book reviews.
**A subscription to The New York Researcher, a quarterly review which features instructive articles on genealogical research techniques and resources; website news; and book reviews.
**Online, remote access to exclusive content on the website, including:
–Early American Newspapers Series I, with 350,000 fully searchable issues published from 1690-1876.
–Original guides to using newspapers, maps, and other resources for New York research.
–More than 100 research aid articles on key topics in New York genealogy.
–Guides to doing research in New York counties.
–Special collections, such as the 1855 New York State Census for Manhattan’s 17th Ward; the American Bible Society Collection; digital versions of books published by the NYG&B; more than a dozen volumes in the WPA Historical Records Survey series; cemetery transcriptions and religious records.
**Access to the NYG&B’s Mini-Search Service exclusively for members: submit a specific request for a photocopy of a document or text that you have identified in the collections of a growing list of New York repositories.
**A subscription to the NYG&B’s monthly eNews. The eNews informs you of upcoming events and provides time-sensitive information. Email addresses are never shared or disclosed.
**Discounts on Y-chromosome DNA tests for men, and mitochondrial and autosomal DNA tests for men and women through Family Tree DNA.
**A discount of 30% on the purchase of membership to
**A discount of 20% on the purchase of a 12-month world subscription to

For more information, go to the society website at:

Irish genealogy group to meet this Saturday


The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Joe Buggy, IFHF member, genealogist, and author of “Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City.”, will kick off the season with two lectures.
10 a.m. “Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City.”
11 a.m. “Advanced Irish Genealogy”

There will be no Help Session on Sept. 20.

For more information, go to the club’s web site at:

Free webinar focuses on cemetery research

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar TONIGHT at 9 p.m. entitled “It’s not about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research.”

Get tips on finding cemeteries (using Internet searches), properly documenting findings, and conducting on-site search explorations.

Presenter Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society in California. She is also director of the Corona CA Family History Center.

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

Webinar focuses on African American research

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present a free webinar tonight at 8 p.m. entitled Using Search Engines and Databases to Find African American Families.

Researching African American families can present unique challenges to the genealogical process. Census records can vary from one decade to another sometimes identifying persons of color in unique ways. Meanwhile local records are sometimes separated by race, producing unique volumes, while others will sometimes present the whole community in the same volume, but will place African Americans in a certain place in the volume.The focus of this session is to discuss various strategies to employ to get around some of those hurdles.

Included will be illustrations of how to use databases to find as many people as possible. In addition, the workshop will illustrate effective methods of placing queries in search engines to obtain data on the largest part of the desired population.

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

Italian genealogy group to meet Saturday

Italian genealogy group to meet Saturday


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

The topic will be “What Happened to Rocco? A Genealogical Case Study.”

There will be at help session at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

For more information, go to the club’s web site at:

The Genealogy Event scheduled for October in NYC

More information is now available for The Genealogy Event taking place at the National Archives and the India House Club in New York City on Oct. 17, 18 and 19.

There is a detailed listing on the web site of all the sessions. On Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 there will be general sessions and advanced sessions at the National Archives. On Sunday, Oct. 19 the sessions will take place at the India House Club and only focus on using DNA in genealogy research.

Ticket prices vary depending on whether are you attending general sessions, advanced sessions or want a V.I.P. pass.

For more information on the event, go to:!nyc-fall-2014/c24hy

Free webinar to highlight manuscript sources

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar, “Success with Manuscript Sources,” on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m.

Genealogists love manuscript sources because they are often primary sources. Many genealogical, historical, patriotic, and lineage societies seek out and publish manuscript sources. Typically, these sources are also found in archives, libraries, and private collections. Now the internet makes many important finding aids for manuscript collections available online.

The presenter, Barbara Renick, teaches at national genealogy conferences and was a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society computer magazine for 11 years. She has served on the NGS and APG Board of Directors.

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