Archives for May 2014

Free military records research guide available

To celebrate Memorial Day weekend, the genealogy site Mocavo is offering a free 19 page guide to military research.

It is a useful beginners guide and includes two forms at the end that will help you keep track of your ancestors military service.

To download the guide, go to:

Free access to military records this weekend will be offering free access to its collection of military records this weekend in honor of Memorial Day.

The collection will be free beginning on Friday, May 23 until Monday, May 26.

In order to search this collection, go to:

Webinars to focus on genetic genealogy

Two free webinars will be presented tomorrow, May 21, on using DNA for genealogy research.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “I Had My DNA Tested — Now What?” at 2 p.m.

Presenter Ugo Perego will discuss how to get the most out of your DNA test results. What do all these numbers and letters means? What can they tell about my past? Knowing which resources are available and how to properly use them is key to understanding our personalized genetic genealogy and getting the most out of our own genetic profile.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on at 8 p.m. entitled “The ABCs of DNA: An Introduction to Genetic Genealogy.”

New to the idea that DNA can help with genealogy? Learn about the three major test types – YDNA, mitochondrial (mtDNA) and the new autosomal DNA testing – and learn what each offers to the genealogist.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:

Municipal Archives tour added for July 11

Municipal Archives tour added for July 11


The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society recently announced that due to an ovewewhelming response, a third date has been added to the “Beyond the Basics” tour of the New York City Municpal Archives.

This third tour will take place on July 11 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Marcia Kirk, the new Director of the Municipal Archives, will host this orientation focusing on lesser-known genealogical resources held at the Municipal Archives such as City Cemetery records, Bodies in Transit records and the Almshouse History of Inmates.

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. This is a rare chance to research in the Municipal Archives when it is closed to the public, so there is no waiting for work stations or staff attention.

The cost is $25 for members or $40 for non-members. Space is limited. You can sign up through the online store or contact

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday


The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, May 17, at the Bethpage Public library.

The Help Session will begin at 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 11 a.m.

Presenter Ron Arons will discuss “What’s in a Name? Trouble!”

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

Wednesday webinar to focus on photo apps

Legacy Family Tree will present a free webinar tomorrow, May 14, at 2 p.m.

Presenter Maureen Taylor will discuss “Photo Apps for Android, iPhone or iPads.” Whether you carry a smart phone or a tablet there are great apps out there to help you snap and edit pictures. Digital organization for all those photos is included.

Ms. Taylor, known as “The Photo Detective,” is the author of several books including “Family Photo Detective,” “Preserving Your Family Photos,” and “Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album.” She is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at genealogical societies, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S.

You must register for this free seminar. To register go to:

TMG Users Group to meet this Thursday

The Master Genealogist Users Group will meet this Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 pm. at the Planview Family History Center.

Presenter Mark Waldron will discuss “Using SecondSite to Create a Family History CD or web site.”

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

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

Free webinar focuses on family reunions

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, May 13, entitled “Organizing (or Reorganizing) That Family Reunion.”

The webinar will take place at 9 p.m. There’s no place as good for a family’s history as a reunion, but the gatherings come and go. Presenter James Beidler will teach you how to organize one that will last or reorganize one that’s fading.

Mr. Beidler writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column on genealogy in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for “German Life” magazine and is editor of “Der Kurier”, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. Beidler contributes to periodicals ranging from “The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine” to “Family Tree Magazine”.

The webinar is free but you must register. To register, go to:

Italian genealogy group to meet this Saturday

Italian genealogy group to meet this Saturday


The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, May 10, at the Bethpage Public Library.

The help session will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. The topic for the meeting will be “Tips and Tricks on Using Ancestry Successfully.” The speaker will be Toni McKeen.

For more information on the club, go to its web site at:

Free ebook highlights tips for

For users of, a free ebook recently became available on the Family Tree University website.

It is called “48 Ancestry.Com Search Tips” and it written by Nancy Hendrickson, author of the upcoming book, “The Unofficial Guide to” “The Unofficial Guide to” is scheduled to be available in mid-November 2014.

“48 Ancestry.Com Search Tips” is 20 pages and contains the following sections: Vital Statistics – An infographic Quick Start Guide
Public vs. Private Family Trees
10 Easy Ways to Use
Cart Catalog Crash Course
Five Steps to Ancestral Immigration Records
Unofficial Guide to – a promotional page for the upcoming book

The price is right so take a few minutes and check it out.

To access the free ebook, go to: