Archives for March 2015

Dual citizenship to be topic of genealogy program

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, March 28, at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library.

The topic will be “Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know” and the presenter will be Melissa Johnson. There will be a Help Session from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and the program will be from 10- 11:30 a.m.

Ms. Johnson is experienced in forensic genealogy research, including locating missing heirs and providing due diligence in cases with legal implications. She has done extensive research in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the British Isles.

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street in Patchogue. For more information, go to the library website at: or call 631-654-4700.

Free webinar to discuss using indirect evidence in genealogy

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar “Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence” tomorrow, March 25, at 2 p.m.

Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. Without any documents telling us exactly what we want to know, how do we identify relationships that might not be stated explicitly, resolve conflicts between records, and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions? By collecting, analyzing, and correlating indirect evidence of course!

This webinar will use a case study of the Henry McGinnis family of 19th century rural Pennsylvania as an example of using mostly indirect evidence to reconstruct a family.

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

Swedish records free this weekend

The Swedish genealogy database company Arkivdigital will be free this weekend from at 7:01 p.m. tonight until approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Arkidigital’s database consists of about 53 million digital color images of Swedish church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records and other historical records. The company adds about 600,000 color images each month.

A listing of the records that are included in the database can be found on the Arkivdigital website by clicking on the left side of the page on Image Database and then clicking on the link for Coverage Table.

If you have not already registered on the website, you will need go to the register form and fill in the information requested. In addition, to browse and read the digital documents (like Swedish church records and inventory of estate) it will be necessary to install Arkivdigital’s software program.

For more information about the free weekend, go to the website at:

Irish genealogy group to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, March 21, at the Bethpage Public Library.

The program, from 11 – 12:30 p.m., will be “The History of Ireland in Song.” Kevin Westley will play recordings and sing songs related to historical events. Westley hosts a weekly Irish music program, “That’s How I Spell Ireland,” on Hofstra University radio.

There will be a Help Session at 10 a.m. and the new “Ask an Expert” one-on-one help session will take place during the coffee break.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Breaking down brick walls to be topic of webinar

The Florida State Genealogy Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. entitled “Attacking Brick Walls Using Technology and Traditional Methods.”

Inevitably there are brick walls in genealogy. These situations take extra time, effort and money to solve. Unusual and little known resources can make all the difference. The webinar will demonstrate step-by-step processes using various substitutes and thinking out of the box to aide in breaking through difficult brick walls.

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

Only the first 100 attendees to connect will be able to participate in the webinar.

Free webinar to focus on Irish records

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar tomorrow, March 18, at 2 p.m. entitled “Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries.”

Ireland research expert, Judy Wight, will teach about 17th-19th century genealogy records using different case studies.

Owner of Wight House Research, Judy specializes in Ireland and Scotland. She has worked as a reference consultant at the Family History Library and has vast research experience in the British Isles, U.S., Canada, and Australia.

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

Websites to help with Irish family history research

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here are some links to look at for Irish family history research:

National Archives of Ireland

Irish Genealogy

GENUKI Ireland

General Register Office

General Register Office Northern Ireland

Irish Genealogical Research Society

The Irish Ancestral Research Association

Ulster Historical Foundation

Roots Ireland

And here are some New York Irish genealogy sites:

Irish Family History Forum

New York Irish History Roundtable

Troy Irish Genealogy Society

Italian Genealogy Group to meet on Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, March 14, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s program will be “Dual Citizenship” presented by genealogist Melissa Johnson. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and a Help Session takes place at 9:30 a.m.

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

HeritageQuest database has new look, more content

Our library datatbase HeritageQuest has changed its look recently and more records have been added to the collection.

HeritageQuest is divided into six sections: Census Records, Family and Local History Books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, U.S. Serial Set and Periodical Source Index (PERSI).

The census records collection now includes all the states for the 1930 census plus all the 1940 census records. It also includes the federal non-population schedules, the mortality schedules and the Indian federal census records.

The Family and Local History books now include about 20,000 city directories and the Revolutionary War records contain additional content.

In addition, a new search page and results page has been implemented for the census records, local history books, Revolutionary War records and Freedman’s Bank Records. More search fields are now available for these collections

A new feature called Research Aids has been added. It contains information from the Learning Center and these aids can be printed as PDF documents. In addition, the maps section is interactive and is linked to the state research guides.

Be sure to take time and explore all these new changes to HeritageQuest. And as always it is still accessible from home by logging on with your library card barcode.

Who Do You Think You Are to begin on March 8

Eight new episodes of the genealogy television show “Who Do You Think You Are” will begin on Sunday, March 8. It will air on the TLC channel at 10 p.m.

The celebrities featured in the show will be:
March 8 – Julie Chen
March 15 – Josh Groban
March 22 – Angie Harmon
March 29 – Sean Hayes
April 5 – Tony Goldwyn
April 12 – America Ferrera
April 19 – Bill Paxton
April 26 – Melissa Etheridge

To see two full episodes from the previous season or for more information, go to the show website at: