Archives for April 2015

Genealogy Federation of Long Island now on Facebook

The Genealogy Federation of Long island has a new website address and a new Facebook page.

The Federation’s new website address is: On Facebook, you can find the federation by searching on Genealogy Federation of Long Island. Like the page so you can keep up-to-date on upcoming events of the Federation members.

Local organizations that belong to the Federation include: Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, Connetquot Public Library, Irish Family History Forum, Huntington Historical Society, German Genealogy Group, Italian Genealogy Group, Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group, and the African Atlantic Genealogical Society.

Genealogy TV show concludes tonight

Melissa Etheridge will be featured tonight on the last episode the genealogy television show “Who Do You Think You Are.” It will air on the TLC channel at 10 p.m.

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

Jewish genealogy group to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, April 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the
Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The speaker will be Avraham Groll and he will discuss “How Did Jews Get to Europe?”

This presentation will focus on early Jewish settlement in Spain, Germany, France and Italy, using maps, pictures, and documents to explore why Jews chose (or were forced) to live in these countries, where they settled, and under what conditions they lived. In addition, there will be discussion about the migration patterns of Jews in even earlier periods, including the division of Israel into two kingdoms, the beginnings of the Jewish Diaspora, the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE, and the transfer of the center of Jewish life to Babylon.

For more information, go to the club website at

Webinar to focus on widows’ pension applications for colored troops

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar, “United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows’ Pension Applications” on Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m.

Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers in the United States Colored Troops Widows’ Pension Applications.

Presenter Bernice Alexander Bennett is an author, family historian, producer and host of Research at the National Archives and is a volunteer at the National Archives working on preparing Civil War Widows’ Pension Records for digitization for Fold3.

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

Free genealogy webinar to focus on divorce records

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar, “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Our ancestors’ marriages lasted so much longer than our own. One reason: it was so hard to get a divorce. But it still happened, and the records created in the process tell us much about our ancestors, their lives and the laws they lived by.

The presenter, Judy G. Russell, is a genealogist with a law degree. Known as The Legal Genealogist, she is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law.

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

Genealogy Lock-In to take place April 25

There is still time to register for the annual Genealogy Lock-In taking place from 1-9 pm on Saturday, April 25, at the Patchogue-Medford Library.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Thomas W. Jones, author of “Mastering Genealogical Proof.” He will present four 1 hour lectures and afterwards participants can stay and make use of the library’s genealogy collection.

The presentation topics will be:
“Can a Complex Research Problem by Solved Solely Online?”
“Overcoming Research Barriers: A Case Study.”
“Solving Problems with Original Sources”
“Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records.”

There will be a dinner break on your own from 4-5 p.m.

From 7:30 – 9 pm participants can stay and use the library in-house genealogy databases (, FindMyPast and Ancestry Library Edition), the New York State Vital Records Index microfiche, and more. Staff will be on hand to help answer your questions.

Pre-registration is required. Sign-in will be from 12:30-1 pm at the reference desk. You can register by phone at 631-654-4700 or online by using the library’s event calendar.

Free immigration records available on

From now until midnight on Monday, April 20, you can access immigration records free on

The collection has over 300 million records. To start searching the records, just go to

If you don’t have one already, you will need to set up a free account in order to view the records.

Irish genealogy group to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, April 18, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s program, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., will be “Using Old Fulton NY Postcards Database” by professional genealogy Laura Congleton.

If you have used the Old Fulton NY Postcards database at, you know that its title is somewhat misleading. It includes nearly 27 million pages from old American and Canadian newspapers, as well as other documents. Laura will talk about the newspapers, how to search the database, and more.

There will be a Help Session at 10 a.m. with Mike Carragher and an “Ask an Expert” one-on-one help during the coffee break.

For more information, check the club website at:

DNA to be focus of free webinar

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar entitled “Using DNA to Explore Our Origins – Part 1,” on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m.

The use of Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA in genealogy is a technology that has helped many better understand their origins. Because DNA is an immutable record, it can provide links where paper records cannot. This webinar will cover the basic language used in DNA testing and its limitations and applications, specifically for those who are not of Northern European origin.

You must register for this free webinar. Only the first 100 attendees to connect will be able to attend the webinar. To register, go to:

Webinar to focus on social history and genealogy

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar, “Incorporating Social History into your Genealogical Research,” on Wednesday, April 15, at 9 p.m.

Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

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