Archives for June 2015

Danish records to be subject of webinars

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be offering several free online workshops on Danish research in July.

On Thursday, July 2, at 9 p.m., there will be a workshop on Danish Church Records.

On Saturday, July 18, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., there will be a series of workshops including: Danish Probate Record Research, Accessing Danish Probate Records: Online and Microfilm and Probate Records: Extracting Genealogical Information.

To attend any of these webinars, go to: and click on the webinar of interest.

Free access to Canadian records ends Wednesday night

In celebration of Canada Day on July 1, will be providing free access to a selection of records from now until July 1 at 11:59 p.m.

The selection of records will come from the census, immigration, military and vital records collections.

You will need to register for free with your name and email. A username and password will be emailed to you which you can use to log in to view the free records.

To access these free records, go to:

Free webinar to focus on researching female ancestors

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “The Secret Lives of Women – Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind” on Wednesday, July 1, at 2 p.m.

How do you research the women in your family tree? In some of the same ways you research men but you also have to consider what documents and items were left behind by women. In this lecture the presenter will look at the specific trail women left including signature quilts, community cookbooks, journals and diaries.

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

Jewish genealogy group to meet Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet Sunday, June 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Mid- Island Y – JCC in Plainview.

The topic will be “ : New Sources, New Ways To Search.” The speaker will be Logan Kleinwaks, the creator of GenealogyIndexer is a free website that enables searches of historical business, address, and telephone directories (primarily from Eastern and Central Europe), Yizkor books, Polish and Russian military documents, community and personal histories, Galician secondary school reports, and more.

Logan will discuss recent additions to this site and new ways to search the site. He will also briefly preview a new free website offering detailed research advice based on a GEDCOM file.

There will be no meetings in July or August. For more information, go to the club website at:

Genealogy Research Group to meet Saturday

The Patchogue-Medford Library Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, June 27, from 10-11:30 a.m. There will be a Help Session from 9:30-10 a.m.

This month’s topic will be “Show N Tell.” Those attending the meeting will break up into small groups based on similar interests to discuss successes and problem solving techniques they have found helpful in their genealogy research.

There will be some small give-aways at the meeting to celebrate the beginning of summer. There will be no meetings in July or August.

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street. For more information, go to the library’s genealogy web page at:

New York vital records to be topic of meeting

The Irish Family History Forum will present “New York City and State Vital Records and Their Substitutes” on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library. There will be a Help Session from 10 – 11 a.m.

New York is a notoriously challenging state to find birth, death and marriage records. Navigating New York City and State governmental vital records requires a “quick sheet” to make sure you have looked in every possible place to find the indexes, the records and possible alternatives. Civil registration jurisdictions need to be clearly understood and considered, plus the key dates for laws and regulations that give context to what was actually collected, and when. And importantly, learn what is accessible today and how to order records.

There will be no meetings in July and August. The library is located at 47 Powell Avenue.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free webinar to discuss copyright law and genealogists

Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists” on Thursday, June 18 at 8 p.m.

Materials and records created by others are the bread-and-butter of genealogy. But whether copyright law allows use of old photographs, reports and articles can be murky at best. Understanding what is and isn’t copyrighted and what genealogists can and can’t use is the key to staying out of trouble and to protecting our own work.

The presenter will be The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell. Judy is a genealogist with a law degree. 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 to take place on Wednesday

Two free webinars will be hosted on Wednesday, June 17.

The Georgina Genealogical Society will present “German Names and Naming Patterns” at 8 p.m.

The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to “look in the middle” for first name as well as dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children. This presentation will demystify these and other potential problems.

The presenter will be James M. Beidler, the author of “The Family Tree German Genealogy Book.” as well He is also a columnist for “German Life” magazine and is editor of “Der Kurier”, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.

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

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Lessons from a Snoop: Collaterals and Associates” at 9 p.m.

Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds. The presenter, Debbie Mieszala, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest.

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

Free webinar to discuss records of ‘lost children’

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. entitled “Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted.”

As the views of society toward children evolved, the types of records and where these records might be located changed.

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

Blog posting discusses New York City neighborhoods

An excellent blog posting on “Researching New York City Neighborhoods,” was recently added on the New York Public Library website.

The posting was written by Megan Marginao of the Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy.

Her posting includes information on: background research, neighborhood histories, historic districts, map, neighborhood data, oral histories, and local historical societies and organizations. There are links to many informational sites that will be useful to anyone doing research on New York City neighborhoods.

To read the posting, go to: