Archives for November 2013

New York records free on

Even if you do not have a paid subscription to you can still search New York records for free.

Instructions on how to access this collection is available on the New York State Archives web site at:

Information for this collection has been provided by the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, the Albany Rural Cemetery and the New York State Military Museum among others.

Some of the databases you can access include:
New York Military Service Cards – 1816-1979
Dutchess County Naturalization Records – 1932 – 1989
New York U.S. National Guard Enlistment Cards, 1923 – 1947
Albany, New York State Census, 1915

Be sure to check out this collection. All you need to do is set up a free account with

Jewish genealogy group to meet on Sunday

Jewish genealogy group to meet on Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet Sunday, Nov. 24, from 2-4 p.m. at Mid Island Y-JCC in Plainview. The community center is located at 45 Manetto Hill Road.

The speaker will be Chuck Weinstein who will discuss “There’s Nothing New Under the Sun (Except at the Ukraine Sig) – Ukraine Genealogy.”

For more information, call Debbie at 516-829-9543 or go to the group’s web site,

Brentwood genealogy group to meet Saturday

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet this Saturday, Nov. 23, at 9:30 a.m. at the Brentwood Public Library. The library is located at 34 Second Avenue.

The speaker will be Mary Ann Koferl and she will talk about “What is a Reasonable Exhaustive Search?”

For more information, contact Mary Ann at 631-273-7883.

Genealogy research group to meet in Patchogue

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Library. The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street.

Dorothy Dougherty will discuss “The New National Archives at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House.”

For more information, contact Toni at 631-654-4700 ext. 231 or go to the group’s web site at:

TMG Users Group to meet Thursday

The Master Genealogist Users Group will meet this Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Plainview Family History Center. The Family History Center is located at 160 Washington Avenue in Plainview.

The speaker will be Mark Waldron and he will discuss “Using SecondSite to Create a Family History CD or Web Site.”

For more information, contact Mark at 631-724-4162 or Walt at 516-921-0841.

Rensselaer County records available online

The Troy (New York) Irish Genealogy Society has recently added another database to its web site. The new database is Area Service Men and Women Casualties in World War II. It contains almost 2,000 names of Troy Area and vicinity men and women who were World War II casualties.

Be sure to check out other databases on this site. Under the Project Tab, you will find a Marriage Index for Rensselaer County covering the years 1908-1935. Another index to check is the Rensselaer County Surrogate Court Records for the years 1786 – 1917. And for marriage and death information, look at the link to The Troy Newspaper Project. The Newspaper Project is an index of death and marriage records from various Troy newspapers covering the years 1812-1878.

For more information, go to the web site at:

Genealogy program tonight in Huntington

The Huntington Historical Society will meet tonight , Nov. 20 , at 7 p.m. at the Conklin Barn in Huntington. The Conklin Barn is located at New York Avenue and High Street.

The presenter will be Bill Chamberlain and he will speak on “Brick Walls, Missing Cemeteries and Relocated Towns.”

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 631-427-7045 or go to the web site at:

Irish genealogy group to meet on Saturday

Irish genealogy group to meet on Saturday


The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue.

The speaker will be Oyster Bay Town Historian John Hammond who will discuss, “Resources Available to the Family Historican and Genealogist.”

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

New genealogy book focuses on European research

New genealogy book focuses on European research

The editors of Family Tree Magazine have recently come out with an updated version of their book “The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe.”


The book covers frequently written about European countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Ireland and England and also includes chapters about Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Baltic Region. There is even a section on researching your Jewish ancestors in Europe. One of the appendices includes a list of online translation sites.

Be sure to come to the library and check it out!

Free access to Canadian military records

If you have any Canadian ancestors who served in the military, take advantage of this offer from

In honor of Remembrance Day in Canada, starting today and continuing until Tuesday, Nov. 12, you can search the military records of for free. has more than 4.4 million online military records in its collections

Some of the popular military records collections you can search include:
Military Honours and Award Citation Cards – 1900 – 1961
Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922
War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Casuality, 1914-1948

CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919.

To go directly to the military records section, click on