Archives for September 2014

Railroad records to be topic of free webinar

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present a free webinar this Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.

The topic will be “Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking.”

If we didn’t have the railroads many of our ancestors might not have migrated across this country. Great grandpa would have been jobless. Aunt Susannah would not have visited the nieces and nephews. How else would your Grandfather from Ohio have met your Grandmother in Kansas? And we would not have the fun of searching for a payroll stub, railroad timetable, accident report, retirement record, personnel file, picture of Grandpa’s steam engine, or learning about the part the railroad played in the settlement of the old home town.

This session shows how to determine which railroad you need to research and locate finding aids to determine what records might exist today and where they are located.

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

Livingston County death records index online

The Livingston County Historian Genealogy Records Index has been added to the website Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records.

The Livingston County death records include: entries from a survey of all Livingston County burials up to 1885, created by the DAR in 1945. (New content every week.)

Also on the website are church register entries, naturalization record entries, a newspaper index and a poor house index.

For more information, go to the website at:

Genealogy television show continues on Tuesday

“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Season 2 continues on Tues. Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

This episode will feature three athletes: Billie Jean King, Derek Jeter and Rebecca Lobo.

Gates and his team will use genetic genealogy to make discoveries about the past including being able to identify tribal Native American ancestry, solve paternity mysteries and pinpoint the geographic origins of hidden ancestry.

There is a companion website to the program at:
and a companion Facebook Page at:

Civil War research to be topic of meeting

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet this Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.

The topic will be “Researching Your Civil War Ancestors.” The presenter, Laura H. Congleton, is a NYC-based professional genealogist with more than 20 years experience in family history research. She specializes in Civil War research and the preparation of lineage society applications.

The meeting will take place at the Brentwood Public Library which is located at 34 Second Avenue.

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

Huntington Historical Society to meet Wednesday

The Huntington Historical Society will meet this Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.

The speaker will be Dorothy Dougherty and she will discuss the National Archives in New York City.

The meeting will take place at the Conklin Barn located at New York Avenue and High Street in Huntington.

For more information, go to the society’s web site at:

Free webinar focuses on the Internet Archive

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. entitled “A Library at Your Fingertips – the Internet Archive.”

This in-depth look at how to use this site covers publications, video and the WayBack machine. This is a live presentation with input from the audience.

The presenter, Maureen Taylor, is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at “Family Tree Magazine”.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview.

There will be a help session at 1:30 p.m. This month’s program, which begins at 2 p.m., will be “The Connecticut Rabbi on the Archbishop’s Tree: Tracing John O’Connor’s Jewish Roots.”

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

Profile: New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society was founded in 1869 and is the largest genealogical society in the state. It is based in New York City. The society collects material from all across New York State, not just for the boroughs of New York.

Membership cost is $70 for one year for an individual or $120 for two years for an individual. NYG&B members receive:

**A subscription to The Record, which has been published quarterly since 1870. The Record features compiled genealogies, solutions to problems, unique source material, and book reviews.
**A subscription to The New York Researcher, a quarterly review which features instructive articles on genealogical research techniques and resources; website news; and book reviews.
**Online, remote access to exclusive content on the website, including:
–Early American Newspapers Series I, with 350,000 fully searchable issues published from 1690-1876.
–Original guides to using newspapers, maps, and other resources for New York research.
–More than 100 research aid articles on key topics in New York genealogy.
–Guides to doing research in New York counties.
–Special collections, such as the 1855 New York State Census for Manhattan’s 17th Ward; the American Bible Society Collection; digital versions of books published by the NYG&B; more than a dozen volumes in the WPA Historical Records Survey series; cemetery transcriptions and religious records.
**Access to the NYG&B’s Mini-Search Service exclusively for members: submit a specific request for a photocopy of a document or text that you have identified in the collections of a growing list of New York repositories.
**A subscription to the NYG&B’s monthly eNews. The eNews informs you of upcoming events and provides time-sensitive information. Email addresses are never shared or disclosed.
**Discounts on Y-chromosome DNA tests for men, and mitochondrial and autosomal DNA tests for men and women through Family Tree DNA.
**A discount of 30% on the purchase of membership to
**A discount of 20% on the purchase of a 12-month world subscription to

For more information, go to the society website at:

Irish genealogy group to meet this Saturday


The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Joe Buggy, IFHF member, genealogist, and author of “Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City.”, will kick off the season with two lectures.
10 a.m. “Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City.”
11 a.m. “Advanced Irish Genealogy”

There will be no Help Session on Sept. 20.

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

Free webinar focuses on cemetery research

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar TONIGHT at 9 p.m. entitled “It’s not about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research.”

Get tips on finding cemeteries (using Internet searches), properly documenting findings, and conducting on-site search explorations.

Presenter Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society in California. She is also director of the Corona CA Family History Center.

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