Genealogy TV show concludes on Tuesday

The final episode of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Season 2 will take place on Tues. Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

This episode will feature Jessica Alba and Deval Patrick. DNA analysis will reveal that the family trees of each of the guests contains a more diverse range of culture and races than they thought.

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:
www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots
and a companion Facebook Page at:
www.facebook.com/FindingYourRootsPBS

Jewish genealogy group to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Nov. 23, from 2- 4 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC.

The program will be “The Name Remains the Same: Adventures Finding Sid Caesar’s Grandmother.” The speaker will be Robin Meltzer.

When Sid Caesar died in February 2014, many press reports repeated the myth that the family’s name had been “changed at Ellis Island” on their arrival from Austria. Careful research proved that the family’s surname remained unchanged from the time they lived in Galicia through their immigration to the United States. This presentation will explain the search techniques used to find the embarkation list and passenger manifest for Sid Caesar’s grandmother and great-uncle and how others can apply these methodologies to their own research.

For more information, go to the club’s website at:
http://jgsli.org

Patchogue genealogy group to meet Saturday

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library.

The Help Session will be from 9:30-10 a.m. and the program will be from 10-11:30 a.m. The topic will be “Finding Spicy Stories of New York Ancestors in Newspapers Online.” The speaker will be Terry Koch-Bostic.

The Patchogue-Medford Library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street. For more information, go to the library website at:
www.pmlib.org/genealogy

Free webinar to discuss passenger list research

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will present a free live webinar on Friday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.

The topic will be “Back-Dated Arrival Records : Nunc Pro Tunc (“Now for Then”) – Examinations at Ellis Island – 1911- 1921.”

After 1911, many immigrants living in the New York City area found they could not naturalize and become US citizens because there was no record of their lawful admission to the United States. Almost all of these immigrants arrived after 1905 and before 1921. This presentation will focus on official arrival records created for those immigrants when they later visited Ellis Island for belated examination under US immigration law. Those records supported the immigrants’ eventual naturalization petitions claiming arrival on ships where their names cannot be found on the passenger manifest.

To join this live webinar, go to: www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars#Records then scroll down the page until you see “Records Found” Case Studies then click the “attend session” link for the Nov. 21 webinar.

Free webinars to take place on Wednesday

There are three free webinars taking place this Wednesday, Nov. 19. Take advantage of one, two or all three.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Using Evernote for Genealogy” at 2 p.m. Presenter Lisa Louise Cooke will discuss how to use Evernote for note taking, how to clip items from the Internet, use OCR technology to search your digitized documents and find the best apps that work with Evernote.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=221

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “What’s a Palatine Anyway?” at 8 p.m. Presenter James M. Beidler will discuss this specific area of Germany. Mr. Beidler is the author of the recently published “Family Tree Guide to German Genealogy.”

You must register for this free webinar. To register go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7544450027893839873

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The WWI Draft Card: Don’t Do Research Without It” at 9 p.m. Presenter Tim Pinnick will discuss how World War I draft registration cards can provide valuable pieces of information that can become leads in solving some genealogical roadblocks for researchers.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/108282541;jsessionid=abcTy_O5TIsS2afTRF_Mu

Free access to Fold3.com World War II collection

The website Fold3.com is offering free access to its World War II Collection through November 30.

Some of the more popular titles in the collection include:
Missing Air Crew Reports, World War II U.S. Air Force Photos, World War II diaries and the World War II “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards.

To access this collection, go to: http://go.fold3.com/wwii/

Huntington Historical Society to meet Wednesday

The Huntington Historical Society will meet this Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.

The topic will be “Fact, Fiction, or Fishtale? Proving Family Stories.” The presenter will be Kathleen McGee.

The meeting will take place at the Conklin Barn, located on the SW corner of New York Avenue and High Street in Huntington. Parking is behind the house.

For more information, call the historical society at 631-427-7045.

Free webinar to focus on using Google Earth

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, November 18, at 8 p.m. entitled “Time Travel with Google Earth.” The presenter will be Lisa Louise Cooke.

Get ready to experience old historic maps, genealogical records, images, and videos coming together to create stunning time travel experiences in the free Google Earth program. Topics will include automated changing boundaries and historic maps that are built right into Google Earth.

You must register for this free webinar. To to:
http://tinyurl.com/mphto6p

Genealogy TV show continues on Tuesday

“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Season 2 continues on Tues. Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

This episode will feature three people of Greek heritage: Tina Frey, George Stephanopoulos and David Sedaris.

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:
www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots
and a companion Facebook Page at:
www.facebook.com/FindingYourRootsPBS

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

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The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Bethpage Public Library.

The program will take place from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and will be “Irish Dual Citizenship” presented by Melissa Johnson.

Can individuals with ancestors from Ireland obtain Irish citizenship and an Irish passport? Professional genealogist Melissa Johnson will discuss the laws governing dual citizenship by descent, the benefits of obtaining dual citizenship, eligibility requirements, and the records needed to apply.

Johnson has experience compiling dual citizenship applications and paperwork, researching Irish (and Italian) ancestral roots, and obtaining the appropriate certified documents, seals, and corrections to records that are necessary to successfully file for dual citizenship.

A Help Session will begin at 10 a.m. with Mike Carragher.

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