Archives for May 2015

Jewish genealogy society to meet on Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, May 31, at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview, from 2- 4 p.m.

The topic will be: “JGSLIers Share Their Success Stories.” Topics to be discussed by members include: researching early 20th century immigrant ancestors, the value of using Facebook for genealogists, maintaining and preserving family records for future generations and how using a variety of research techniques and a little serendipity helped one member connect to relatives in Europe and Israel.

The Mid-Island Y-JCC is located at 45 Manetto Hill Road. For more information, go to the club website at:


Civil war research to be topic of meeting

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, May 30, at the Patchogue-Medford Public library.

There will be a Help Session at 9:30 a.m. and the program will be from 10-11:30 a.m. The topic will be “Researching Your Civil War Ancestors” presented by professional genealogist Laura Congleton.

Topics covered in the program will include: research strategies, Union pension records, enlistments and muster rolls and Civil War compiled military service records.

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street. For more information, go to the library website at:

Ellis Island fire to be topic of webinar

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar this Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m.

The topic will be “How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire.” Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island? Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed? Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records? Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station? Did we really lose anything in that fire?

For more information, and links to the handout and the session, go to:

New York G & B teams up with Findmypast

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has partnered with Findmypast to expand the digital resources available to NYG & B members.

Starting June 1, NYG & B members will have free access to the U.S. and Canadian Collections on Each member will be provided a unique code to activate access to the collections. After that members will log in as usual to the NYG & B site to access both the NYG & B and Findmypast collections. Members will be able to create an online family tree at Findmypast and will get a 50 % discount on the Findmypast World subscription.

In other NYG & B news, be on the look-out for a new eLibrary which will launch this summer with improved search capability of the New York G & B collections.

For more information, go to: and click on Member Discounts.

Free webinar to focus on migration patterns

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior To 1860” on Wednesday, May 27 at 2 p.m.

Why did people migrate from one location to another? What routes did they follow and how can identifying trails help you find your ancestors? Learn from maps and historical details how to follow the trail of your ancestors.

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

Early registration ends May 31 for family history conference

Early bird registration for the New York State Family History Conference will end on Sunday, May 31. The conference is scheduled for September 17 -19, 2015 in Syracuse.

Conference fees are: $150 early bird/$175 regular for 3 days; NYG&B and CNYGS members $125 early bird/$150 regular for 3 days; $125 early bird/$150 regular for 2 days; NYG&B and CNYGS members $100 early bird/$125 regular for 2 days.

Lunch and lectures cost $30 each and can be purchased individually. Friday dinner and lecture is $45 and can be purchased individually.

Conference syllabus will be provided to all attendees on a flash drive. A printed syllabus may be purchased.

Hotel room conference rate at the Holiday Inn and Conference are $129 per night plus fees and taxes.

For information on the programs, go to:

Albany genealogy research trip scheduled for October

The New York Genealogical and Biography Society’s annual Albany research trip is Thursday-Saturday, October 29-31, 2015. It will take place at the New York State Archives and the New York State Library.

The program includes:
*Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts.
*A private consultation with a professional genealogist.
*Access to a professional genealogist for all three days of the program.
*Welcome gathering on Wednesday night (Oct. 28) and dinner on Thursday night.
*Wine and cheese reception on Friday evening.
*Lunch in the library on Saturday.
*Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton.

If you need additional information please email or call (212) 755-8532 x211.

Price: Members $295/ Non-Members $360. Tickets can be purchased via the online store at:

For hotel reservations, call the Hilton directly at 518-462-6611 for room reservations and use code 1GENEB.

Free access to military databases from

To commemorate Memorial Day, is offering free access to two of its military databases NOW through Wednesday, May 27 to guest users.

The two databases that will be available are:

*Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775
*Massachusetts Revolutionary War Pensioners’ Receipts 1799-1807 and 1829-1837

The Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England database contains over 35,000 records of service for individuals in Massachusetts who served from the seventeenth century to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. These records were compiled from many different sources to create as comprehensive a list as possible.

The Revolutionary War Pensioners’ Receipts contains images of the receipts, including the original signatures or marks of the pensioners.

You must create a free guest user account to access these collections. For more information, go to:

Free webinar to focus on early census records

The Florida Genealogical Society will present a free webinar this Thursday, May 21 at 9 p.m. entitled “Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 ‘Tic Marks'”.

It’s exciting to find our ancestors on every census they appeared on, until we reach 1840 and beyond. Those tic marks seem to get in the way as we try to extend our pedigrees. Just what do they mean, and how can they help? This lecture provides a case study following an eastern Kentucky family back into the area of Germantown, Pennsylvania.

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

Three free webinars available this Wednesday

This Wednesday, May 20, is a great day to expand your genealogy horizons. Three free webinars will take place, one in the afternoon and two in the evening.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Martha Benshura – Enemy Alien” at 2 p.m. Not all of our ancestors became naturalized citizens. The one who didn’t suddenly became suspect when war divided their native countries from their new homes, creating the kinds of records genealogists love.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Make Your Ancestry Come Alive Using Your DNA” at 8 p.m. This webinar will provide an easy to understand introduction on how to use your DNA to help find your ancestry and verify that it is correct. It will explain how Y-DNA, mtDNA, atDNA and X-chromosome results for you and your relatives can be used to support traditional family history and break through brick walls.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The WPA Era: What It Created for Genealogists” at 9 p.m. The 1930s and 1940s government programs put many to work. The Works Progress Administration workers created record transcriptions, abstracts, indexes plus courthouse, cemetery, church, and manuscript inventories. This webinar will address how to find some of these records online.

To register for this webinar, go to: