Archives for December 2014

Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

Since it’s that time of year, here are some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions for your genealogy research.

1. Join a local genealogy group.

2. Interview a living relative.

3. Identify people in those photos are that sitting in a box somewhere in your home.

4. Buy and use a genealogy software program.

5. Back-up your genealogy files on a flash drive, CD, or cloud-base program.

6. Join an indexing project.

7. Upload photos of family headstones on FindAGrave or Billiongraves.

8. Share your genealogy findings with family members.

9. Attend a genealogy workshop and/or conference.

10. Reach out to your local librarian for help with your genealogy research.

Happy New Year!

Free access to Best Collections of 2014 is offering free access to the Best Collections of 2014 until 11:59 p.m. tonight.

The free collections include records from Canada, Australia, England and the United States.

To search these collections, go to:

Free webinar tomorrow from

As part of Findmypast’s “Start Your Family Tree Week”, resident experts Josh Taylor and Myko Clelland will to share their inside tips in a webinar, tomorrow, at 9 a.m.

Josh and Myko will explain the most effective ways to break down brick walls in two webinars – one for those just starting their family history, and another aimed at family history old hands.

After the webinars there will be a live Q & A with the Findmypast team.

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

75 Best Genealogy Sites for U.S. States announced

The December issue of “Family Tree Magazine” features a listing of the 75 Best Genealogy Sites for U.S. States for 2014.

Now you can go to the Family Tree Magazine website and view the listing for free. Links are provided for each website.

It was very exciting to see that two of the local genealogy societies from Long Island, The Italian Genealogy Group and the German Genealogy Group, made the list.

To read the listing, go to:

Webinar to focus on courthouse research

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. entitled “That First Trip to the Courthouse.”

If there is one home truth in genealogy research, it’s this: not everything is available online. Sooner or later, every genealogist has got to make that first trip to the courthouse to check out the original records available there. How to prepare for that trip, the rules of the road, what to expect, and what to ask for.

The presenter, Judy G. Russell, is known as The Legal Genealogist. She writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.

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

Two free webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. entitled “Bagging a Live One – Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had.”

Finding a relative who knows something about family history is gold. In this webinar you will learn how to find distant relatives, perhaps ones you never knew existed. You will come away with the skills to identify specific people to look for. And maybe some of these new cousins will become old friends.

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

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Packrat or Genealogist? Effective Methods for Organizing Your Family History Research” on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Are you drowning in a sea of papers, documents, old photographs and other research materials? This talk will cover how to organize family history documents, photographs, etc. for quick retrieval. Traditional methods and computer technology will be featured along with ways for distributing/sharing this information with others.

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

Mocavo database to be subject of blog program

Michael Leclerc, chief genealogist at Mocavo, will be the featured guest on Wednesday, Dec. 17 of the Forget-Me-Not-Hour with host Jane E. Wilcox.

Mocavo is a genealogy search engine. Find out how Mocavo works, what types of records can be found in its database, and what Mocavo Gold provides a subscriber.

The program will be broadcast at 10 a.m. For more information, go to:

Free webinar to focus on cemetery research

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.

The topic will be “Lost in Your Cemetery Research? FindAGrave Can Help Unearth Your Answers.”

“Find-a-Grave” may be an overlooked and under appreciated resource for basic online genealogical research. Find-a-grave volunteer, and WSGS president, Vickie Schnitzler, will share information about the organization, website and how to search the more than 120 million graves already posted.

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

Jewish genealogy society to meet on Dec. 14

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. There will be a help session at 1:30 p.m.

The topic of the program will be “JOWBR and the Importance of Burial Records.” Jewish genealogical researchers face many special impediments – individuals’ name changes, town and country name changes, Holocaust displacement and others. However, there is one major advantage that can be used to help link generations together – patronymics.

The program will discuss the origin and importance of naming patterns and then show step by step how JewishGen’s JOWBR database can be used as the central source for Jewish burial records. There will be a review on how to read a Jewish headstone and give examples of symbols as well as inscriptions. Also JewishGen’s Memorial Plaque Project will be explained and participants will learn how they can help to grow the database.

The meeting will take place at the Mid Island JCC-Y at 45 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview. For more information, go to the society web site at:

Webinar to focus on North Carolina research

Legacy Family Tree will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.

The topic will be “Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors” and the presenter will be J. Mark Lowe. Understand the geographical and migration patterns that make North Carolina hard to research. Learn which records will lead you to answers and how to find alternate records.

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer who specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark has worked on several genealogical television series including African American Lives 2 and Who Do You Think You Are?

You must register for this free webinar. Go to: