Archives for January 2014

Free webinar to take place on Saturday

The Southern California Genealogical Society will be sponsoring a webinar this Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.

The topic will be “Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the Evidence” presented by Dr. Michael Lacopo. When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn’t add up, it’s time to tear down the walls and rebuild anew. This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested.

Lacopo has been researching since 1980 and has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. His strengths lay in immigrant genealogy, German and Swiss research, Mennonite research and chasing ancestors in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states.

To sign up for the webinar, go to:

Bronx probate estate files available has recently added a database for Bronx Probate Estate Files, 1914-1931.

However, after reading the notes for the database, it is noted that the file only contains probate records up to 1929 and administration files only for 1914-1916.

There are over 770,000 images in the collection. You can search the records by surname.

To access the file, go to:

Registration open for Albany research trip

Registration is now open for The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s fall research trip to Albany scheduled for Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2014.

It may seem early to register but this trip sells out every year and always has a waiting list.

Both the New York State Library and the New York State Archives are rich in material that pertains to people who have lived throughout New York State. The Library’s collections include family genealogies, local histories, DAR records, church records, census records, early newspapers on film, and city directories, as well as archives and manuscripts. The holdings of the Archives include military records (War of 1812 through World War I); land records; court records (including colonial wills and early 19th-century civil cases); records of some correctional and custodial institutions; and indexes to vital records (excluding New York City).

The Library and Archives are located in the same building, along with the New York State Museum.

The program fee is $275/members and $350/non-members. The fee includes:
*Orientation to the Archives and State Library.
*A private consultation with a professional genealogist.
*Access to a professional genealogist for all 3 days.
*Welcome gathering on Wednesday night (Oct. 29)
*Dinner on Thursday night.
*Wine and cheese reception on Friday evening.
*Lunch in the library on Saturday.
*Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton.

Register via the online store at or call 212-755-8532, ext. 211.

There is a special room rate at the Albany Hilton of $126 per night, single or double. To make a reservation, call the hotel at 866-691-1183 and mention conference code 1NYGBS to get this rate.

Three genealogy meetings this weekend

Three local genealogy groups will be meeting this weekend.

On Sat., Jan. 25, the Brentwood Genealogists will meet at 10 a.m. at the Brentwood Public Library.

The topic will be “Can I Do My Genealogy On My Tablet?” The library is located at 34 Second Avenue.

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

Also on Saturday, the Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Group will meet at the Patchogue-Medford Library.

There will be a help session at 9:30 a.m. and then a speaker at 10 a.m. The topic will be “Canadian Genealogy Research.” The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street in Patchogue.

For more information, call Toni at 631-654-4700, Ext. 231.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet at 2 p.m. at the Mid Island JCC-Y.

The topic will be “Organizit: Reducing Your Paper and Digital Clutter.” The Mid Island JCC-Y is located at 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview.

For more information, go to:

Registration is open for NYC Repository Tours

The New York Biographical and Genealogical Society is once again sponsoring repository tours to genealogy research centers in Manhattan. This year there will be four tours:

New York Public Library: Milstein Division and Maps Division
There will be an overview of each of these divisions and the wonderful resources they contain. These introductions will be followed by a “hands-on” tutorial of some of the library’s online offerings in the South Court Classroom.
Friday, February 28, 2014 – 10:00am to 12:30pm

New York Public Library :Manuscripts and Archives Division
There will be an orientation to the genealogical pertinent holdings of the Manuscripts and Archives Division as well as expert advice on how to optimize your search for archival material at the NYPL.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Municipal Archives Tour #1: Basic Orientation
This basic orientation will focus on the vital records and fundamental resources. Following visits to the Visitor Center, the City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room where they may conduct their own research.
Friday, April 11, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Municipal Archives Tour #2: Beyond the Basics
This “beyond the basics” orientation will focus on lesser-known genealogical resources. Following visits to the Visitor Center, the City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room where they may conduct their own research.
Friday, May 2, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Each program is $25 for members/ $40 non-members. You may sign up using online store at their web site, or by calling 212-755-8532, ext. 211.

These tours usually sell out rather quickly so if you are interested you should sign up soon.

Irish genealogy group to meet Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet tomorrow, Jan. 18, at the Bethpage Public Library.

A help session will take place to 10 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 11 a.m. The topic will be “Records of St. Malachy’s Home,” presented by Joseph Coen.

The library is located at 47 Powell Avenue in Bethpage. For more information, go to:

Genealogy program to take place on Wednesday

The Connetquot Public Library will be hosting a genealogy lecture this Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.

The topic will be “New and Improved Italiangen and German Genealogy Group Online Indexes” by Don Eckerle.

The library is located at 760 Ocean Avenue in Bohemia. Fore more information, contact Diane or Janet, 631-567-5079.

Free census webinar on Jan. 15

The Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library will host a free genealogy webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.

The topic will be “Ticked Off! What Can the Pre-1850 Census Tell Me.” It’s exciting when we are able to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond. Those tic marks seem to get in our way as we work to extend our pedigrees. Just what do they mean, and how can they help you?

You must register to participate in the webinar.

Go to:

•Click on the Webinar Title you want to attend.

•Register with

Free webinar set for Jan. 14 at 9 p.m.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m.

The topic will be “7 Habits of Frugal Genealogists” and will be presented by Thomas MacEntee. Learn how savvy genealogists are finding success with 7 basic habits of frugality. You’ll not only find a list of key resources but more importantly you’ll learn how to embrace the “mind set” of finding the best ways to save money while researching your ancestors.

You must register in order to attend the webinar. Go to:

The webinar in sponsored by

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library. There will be a Help Session at 10 a.m.

The topic for the meeting will be “Ask the Experts.” A panel of experts from the group will answer questions from the audience.

The library is located at 47 Powell Avenue in Bethpage.

For more information, go to their web site at: