Archives for February 2014

Two free webinars to take place on Saturday

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The topic will be “Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogist” and the presenter will be Lisa A. Alzo.

Ms. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor and lecturer. She specializes in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research.

The webinar is free but you must register. In order to do this, go to the following link:

Legacy Family Tree will also offer a free webinar on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

The topic will be “Genealogy and Technology – State of the Union” presented by Barbara Renick.

This lecture will look at the trends in technology, their applications in genealogy and the synergy between organizations that impact the ways we’ll do genealogy in the near future. This is being broadcast live from the Orange County, CA Genealogical Society’s and annual Genealogy Bash.

To register, go to:

Huntington Historical Society to meet Wednesday

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Conklin Barn in Huntington.

The presenter will be Dorothy Dougherty, Public Programs Specialist for the National Archives and Records Administration. She will discuss “NARA – New York City’s New Home Services and Collections.”

The Conklin Barn is located at New York Avenue and High Street. For more information and directions, go to the society’s calendar page at:

Weekend special on Ancestry UK edition

Ancestry UK is allowing free access to all its UK records all day today and tomorrow until 7:59 p.m.

To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address. You will then be sent a user name and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an paid membership.

To take advantage of this special offer, use the following link:

These offers don’t happen often so if you have relatives who lived in the United Kingdom take advantage of this opportunity.

Genealogy meeting to take place in Brentwood

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 -11:30 a.m. at the Brentwood Public Library.

The topic will be: “Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Success.”

The library is located at 34 Second Avenue in Brentwood. For more information, call 631-273-7883.

New York city directories available online

There is a great site you can use to help locate historical New York State directories.

It is simply called “New York Online Historical Directories” and it is organized by county. When you click on your county you will see what is available by decade and the source for the directory.

Some of the directories are on pay sites and that is indicated by a “$”. But many of them are free.

A note about the directories on – If you have a paid subscription you will have acces to about 120 city directories. However, if you use the version of available for free in our library, you will still have access to about 55 directories for New York.

One omission on the site is that it does not include any listings from the web site This is a subscription site but it is worth mentioning that has city directories for Rochester from 1861 – 1899; Buffalo from 1828 and 1861-1923; Brooklyn from 1862 – 1900 and 1902- 1913 and New York County, 1786 – 1922.

New Jersey research topic of meeting

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

The help session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. The program topic will be “Researching Your New Jersey Ancestors.”

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street in Patchogue.

For more information, go to the library web site at:

Free webinar tonight on Google+ for Genealogists

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present a free webinar at 8 p.m. tonight entitled “Google+ for Genealogists.” The presenter will be Drew Smith.

Drew will discuss how to use features of Google+ to tell others about yourself, to store and quickly share photos and digitized documents, to form organized groups of researchers, to set up topics of interest, and to keep up with information shared by others.

Drew Smith is an Assistant Librarian with the Academic Services unit of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. Since 2007 he has been the President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He has been the co-host of The Genealogy Guys Podcast since September 2005, together with George G. Morgan. Drew is author of the book “Social Networking for Genealogists” and with George is co-author of the book “Advanced Genealogy Research Skills,” published in 2013.

You must register for this program by going to:

New genealogy book available at library

The Genealogy Online for Dummies, 7th edition is now available at the West Hempstead Library.

The book is divided into several parts: Getting Started with Genealogy Online, Bringing Your Ancestor to Life, Making Sure Your Family History Checks Out and Doing Things the Genealogical Way. The authors also give a list of the 10 Sites Worth Bookmarking.

Some of the topics covered include: census records, international records, DNA testing, how to share your research with others.

Come check out this book and other books we have in our genealogy section. Don’t forget — we subscribe to “Family Tree Magazine” and back issues can be taken out of the library.

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday


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

The Help Session will begin at 10 a.m. and the speaker will begin at 11 a.m. This month’s speaker will be Dorothy Dougherty who will discuss “The New NARA (National Archives and Records Administration).

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

New York City church records available online has recently added marriage records for the Church of the Transfiguration, an Episcopal church, located in Manhattan.

When completed, the records will cover the time period, 1847 – 1937. At present, the Index to Brides covers 1853 – 1923 for the last names beginning with Ab-Ga and 1847 – 1904 for last names beginning with Ge- Z. These cards just have the bride’s and groom’s names and the year they were married.

The Index to Marriages covers the period of 1847 – 1896 for letters Wa- Z and from 1897 – 1923 for the rest of the alphabet. These records are alphabetized by the groom’s last name. Again the cards just have the bride’s and groom’s name and the year (or sometimes the month, day and year) they were married.

There is no name index but you can browse by surname for either collection.

For more information, go to: