Archives for October 2013

Local libraries provide access to digitized NY newspapers

The West Hempstead Library database collection and several sites on the internet offer free access to digitized New York newspapers.

From the library home page, , click Online Services and then select Databases for Eresearch.

On the database page, click on the link News/Journals/Current Issues.
Some of the historical newspapers to choose from include The New York Times, Newsday and the New York Post.

Also, through the Long Island Memories Project, funded by the Long Island Library Resources Council, you can access digitized newspapers from Bethpage, Freeport and Garden City.

For more information, go to: and click on Nassau County Historic Newspapers Collection.

The Suffolk County Library System offers access to local digitized newspapers at their web site,

Titles in their collection includes: the Long Islander, the Suffolk County News, and the South Side Signal.

The Brooklyn Public Library offers digitized copies of the Daily Eagle online covering the years 1841-1902.

Check it out at

In our next post, look for information on finding digitized newspapers in other parts of New York State.

Website to help research NY death records

One of the best sources to help in the research of New York death records, indexes and obituaries is the Online Death Index.

The New York State page is broken down by county and there is a separate page just for New York City.

The site lists information on newspaper obituary indexes, tombstone transcriptions, cemetery indexes and information on how to order genealogy copies of vital records from the New York Department of Health in Albany.

For more information on the New York State page, go to:

For more information on the New York City page, go to:

Two genealogy programs on Saturday

Two genealogy programs will take place this Saturday, Oct. 26, in Suffolk County.

“Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors,” will be the topic of discussion at the Brentwood Public Library. The program will be led by Mary Ann Koferl and will take place from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The library is located at 34 Second Avenue in Brentwood.

Also on Saturday, the Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will be hosting a program at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Library.

The topic will be “Orphan Train Riders: The Journey Westward.”
The speaker will be Tom Riley.

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street in Patchogue. For more information, call Toni at 631-654-4700 ext. 231.

Genealogy group to meet Wednesday

The Huntington Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Conklin Barn at the corner of New York Avenue and High Street in Huntington.

The topic will be “Disasters Happen: Learn How to Protect Your Genealogical Records” presented by Kathy McGee.

For more information, call 631-427-7045 or visit their web site at

Genealogy class to take place Monday

Genealogy class to take place Monday

Still Time to Register

Come to the West Hempstead Public Library on Monday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m. to learn more about the library databases Library Edition and HeritageQuest and also take a look at the free web site

The class will be led by Jean King, adult reference librarian, who has spent over 20 years researching her own family tree. She will use examples from her own family tree to illustrate the information you can find with these three genealogy resources.

To register for the program, call or stop by the reference desk.

Take a trip to the National Archives

Take a trip to the National Archives

If you haven’t visited the National Archives since its move to the new location in Bowling Green, it’s worth the trip.

The National Archives houses many items of interest for genealogists.
This includes passenger lists, naturalization records and census records.

On the web site, you can find information about the various collections as well as the free online databases available for use. There is also information about the free workshops that are offered once a month.

The Archives is open the first Saturday of the month from 10 – 4 p.m. for those who can only visit on the weekend.


For more information, go to the web site at:

Final genealogy show to air tonight

Final genealogy show to air tonight

The PBS show Genealogy Roadshow concludes tonight with its fourth episode, this time set in Austin, TX. The show airs at 9 p.m. on Channel 13.

genealogy roadshow

In last week’s episode, set in San Francisco, an Irish-American woman discovers how an earthquake brought her grandparents together and a Chinese-American woman finds out the truth about her family’s ties to Chinatown gangster “Big Jim” Chin.

To see clips from previous episodes and to learn more about the show, go to: .

Italian genealogy group to meet Saturday

Italian genealogy group to meet Saturday


The Italian Genealogy Group will meet Saturday, Oct. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library.

The speaker will be Joanne Heffernan and her topic will be:
“Gravely Speaking: The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Cemetery Research.”

For more information, go the to IGG website at:

Guide to New York State census records

A handy guide to the New York State census was recently published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. It is a 4-page laminated reference tool appropriately called “The Portable Genealogist: New York State Census.”

The guide is very helpful because it has a chart showing which counties are covered in pre-1915 census records as well as where to find New York State census records. There also is another chart that indicates the information found for each census year.

At such an inexpensive price, $6.95 including shipping, it is a great find.

To order the guide, go to the New England Historic Genealogical Society store at:

Site devoted to New York genealogy

Site devoted to New York genealogy

new york genweb

New genealogists, as well as advanced researchers, should visit the New York GenWeb site for free information on counties in New York State. New York GenWeb is part of a larger volunteer project called US GenWeb.

The site was started in 1996 and contains pages for each county in New York State. Each county page is run by volunteers. Go to the site’s main page and click on Choose a County. Once there you will find links to the different county pages. I have been impressed at the amount of information available for Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the five boroughs of New York City.

Each county page contains unique information for the area and is certainly worth a look. It is especially helpful if you are doing research in a county that is not in your immediate area.

To get started, go to :