Archives for March 2014

Archives at Queens Library conducts obituary searches

The Queens Borough Public Library owns microfilm of many newspapers in New York. The Archives at Queens Library conducts obituary and death notice searches for customers using these resources.

To submit a request:
*Include the complete name of the person. If the surname has an
unusual spelling please provide variant spellings.
*Include the complete date of death including day, month and year.
Requests that include only the month and year will be returned.
*There is a fee of $8.00 per name. Please make the check or money
order payable to the Queens Library.

Customers are limited to three names per request. Turnaround time is 5 to 10 business days upon receipt of request and payment.

Please send requests to:
Queens Library
Archives at Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, N.Y. 11432

Please be sure to include the name Archives at Queens Library. Without it the Archives’s response will be delayed.

For more information call (718) 990-0770.

TMG Users Group to meet on Thursday

The Long Island Master Genealogist Users Group will meet this Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Plainview Family History Center.

The speaker will be club member Mark Waldron who will discuss “The New Features of The Master Genealogist, Version 9.”

The Plainview Family History Center is located at 160 Washington Avenue.

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

Two free webinars available this Wednesday

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Wednesday,March 19, at 9 p.m.

The presenter will be Michael John Neill and he will discuss “Organizing Database Searches.” In his presentation, you will learn tested ways to effectively organize your search strategies and improve your approach.

To register for this program, you need to go to:

You must register to participate in the webinar.

The second webinar on Wednesday is sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society. It will take place at 9:30 p.m.

The topic will be “Finding and Using Online Legal Resources.” It will be presented by Michael Hait. This lecture will discuss how to locate historic laws and use them to answer contextual questions about the past.

To register for this program, you need to go to:

You must register in order to participate in the webinar.

Free access to Irish immigration records

Free access to Irish immigration records

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, is offering free access to a special collection of passengers arriving in New York from Ireland from 1846-1851.

This collection contains over 600,000 records of immigrants who arrived in the Port of New York (1846-1851), and the ships on which they arrived. The records contain important passenger information and may include name, age, last residence, destination, passenger arrival date, occupation and much more.

This offer is available now and lasts through March 17.

To access the collection, go to:

Another deal on researching Irish ancestors

Another deal on researching Irish ancestors is offering free access to its database Irish Wills Index 1484-1858 from 8:01 p.m. on March 16 until 4 p.m. on March 18.

This collection contains over 102,000 names compiled from records found at the National Archives of Ireland.

This index lists records at the National Archives of Ireland that are not simply an index. Each index entry contains the name of the person leaving a will, or being covered by a grant of probate or administration. It also contains their address, sometimes their occupation, and the place where the document was proved (i.e. a diocesan or the Prerogative court). The index also contains the executors’ names for almost half the entries, along with their addresses.

To search the website, go to:
and scroll down to Wills Records.

In additon, is offering a 1 month subscription for the price of a 72 hour subscription for only £6 (about $10). This is valid until March 24.

Step 1: Choose Irish Origins Monthly from the subscription packages.
Step 2: Enter Promotional Code StPatrick2014 at Sign up or Checkout.

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday


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

The help session will begin at 10 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 11 a.m. The speaker this month will be Eileen Cronin and she will discuss “Stories of My Irish Grandmother.”

The Bethpage Public Library is located at 47 Powell Avenue. For more information, go to the club website at:

Free access to Irish records on

Think you may have Irish ancestors? To help you find out, has opened up its collections of Irish records for free through March 17 until 11:59 p.m.

The free records include:
*Church and civil indexes to Irish births and baptisms, marriages,
and deaths (these are from FamilySearch)
*1901 and 1911 Irish censuses
*Catholic sacramental registers
*Quebec vital and church records from the Drouin collection
*Griffith’s Valuation
*New York Emigrant Savings Bank records
*Irish Canadian emigration records

You’ll need to register for a free account (or log into your free account) to take advantage of this offer.

To start searching, go to:

Free webinar on Irish research scheduled for Wednesday

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 , entitled “Some Lesser Known Irish Resources.”

The webinar will be an overview of some lesser known Irish resources that may provide additional information about your Irish ancestors. Some of the sources discussed will include school records, taxation sources and court records.

The presenter, Judith Eccles Wight, is an Accredited Genealogist who specializes in Ireland and Scotland.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Website specializes in New York genealogy books

If you are looking for unique genealogy titles that cover New York state, check out the website

The site specializes in research for the colonial Dutch and Palantine Germans in the Hudson, Mohawk and Schohaire Valley areas but also sells titles for other counties in the state.

You can search the online book catalog by county. Some interesting items for the New York City area include: New York City Reformed Church Burials, 1727-1803; Flatbush Dutch Church Baptisms and Marriages, 1677 – 1757; and St. James and George’s Episcopal Churches, Newtown and Astoria, Queens, 1803 -1888.

The owners of the site, Arthur and Nancy Kelly, also conduct genealogy research in their specialty area. There is a form you can fill out if you are interested in this service.

For more information, go to

Two free webinars scheduled for Tuesday

The Friends of the National Archives – Southeast Region will be hosting a free webinar tomorrow, March 11, at 2 p.m.

The topic will be Alien Files. The webinar will discuss the information that can be found in Alien Files and how to request them. Alien files contain U.S. Immigration documents such as visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, correspondence and more.

To register for webinar, go to:

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will also present a free webinar tomorrow entitled “Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent” at 9 p.m.

Learn to link families using autosomal DNA test results from any testing company. The lecture will include how to use test results such as those from 23andMe and Family Tree DNA Family Finder tests. The presenter, Debbie Parker Wayne, is the Texas State Genealogical Society’s DNA Project Director.

To register for the webinar go to,