Archives for July 2015

Tour to be offered of Green-Wood Cemetery archives

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will be presenting a Repository Tour of the Green-Wood Cemetery Archives on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.

A guided tour, led by Green-Wood Green-ealogy staff, will feature samples of the original ledgers and documents covering more than 175 years. Green-Wood has one of the most comprehensive and best organized cemetery archives in New York. These records are now being shared with researchers through the Green-ealogy program.

Space is limited to 15 attendees. The cost is $25 for members/ $40 non-members and can be purchased via the online store, or by calling (212) 755-8532 and making a purchase with a credit card.

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Family Tree Magazine names 101 best genealogy websites

Family Tree Magazine recently published its 16th annual collection of the year’s best websites.

If you don’t receive a copy of the magazine, you can see a listing of the websites selected by going to:

Categories for this year include:

Best Virtual Library Websites
Best Big Genealogy Websites
Best Historical Newspaper Websites
Best Large-Database Genealogy Websites
Best State Genealogy Websites
Best Websites for Finding African-American Ancestry
Best Military Genealogy Websites
Best Family Tree Websites
Best Geographical Genealogy Websites
Best Genealogy Tech Tools
Best Websites for Vital Records
Best Immigrant Genealogy Websites
Best Canadian Genealogy Websites
Best Continental European Genealogy Websites
Best Social Media Websites for Genealogy
Best Genealogy Blogs

Immigration records to be discussed in webinar

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a live webinar on Friday, July 31 at 1 p.m. to answer your questions about immigration records and research.

Do you need help understanding an immigration or naturalization record you found? Do you have a question about immigration and nationality research?

Send your question via email to with the subject line “July Webinar Question.” If your question relates to a document you found, attach a copy of the document to the email.
Documents submitted with questions may be shared and discussed during the live webinar.

All questions must be received by Saturday, July 25.

Swedish genealogy to be topic of free webinar

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, entitled “Have Swedish Roots and Don’t Know How to Get Started?”

This webinar will cover naming patterns, Swedish spellings, and how to locate parishes. The presentation will provide an overview of emigration records, passenger lists, census records, and church records–and how to locate and use these resources.

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

Free webinar to focus on DNA testing

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, July 18, at 8 p.m. entitled “Using DNA to Explore Our Origins, Part 2.”

Autosomal DNA testing can be used in genealogy to help you understand information about your heritage on both your maternal and paternal side. What has attracted many genealogists and non-genealogists alike is a feature of the test that allows you to see what your ancestral origins are. These results can be both exciting and confusing. Learn more about how this kind of ethnicity testing is completed, about its accuracy and how it can impact your genealogy.

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

Two free webinars to be offered on Wednesday

Two free webinars will be presented on Wednesday, July 15, “German Research Online’ and “RootsBid: The Answer to Overcoming Genealogical Obstacles in Distance and Resources.”

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “German Research Online” at 9 p.m.
Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors.

The presenter, James M. Beidler, is the author of “The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide.”

To register for this program, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “RootsBid: The Answer to Overcoming Genealogical Obstacles in Distance and Resources” at 8 p.m.

It happens all the time. You are moving along nicely with your family history research and you hit a snag. RootsBid is an online genealogy marketplace that helps connect with others to assist you in your research. Learn what it is and how to use this great online tool.

To register for this program, go to:

Free webinar to discuss obituary research

The Illinois Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Tuesday, July 14, at 9 p.m. entitled “Dissect Obituaries for New Clues.”

Obituaries are miniature biographies for the deceased. Your job is to carefully analyze the content of the death notice, obituary, and/or funeral notice and look for clues. This seminar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or inferred, identifying record types that may be available, where those records are located, and how to access them. A sample obituary is dissected and discussed.

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

Welsh records to be subject of online webinars

The Family History Library will host a series of free webinars on Welsh research the week of July 13.

All the webinars will begin at 3 p.m. The topics will be:
July 13 – Welsh Naming Patterns
July 14 – Wales Maps and Gazetteers
July 15 – Wales Online websites
July 16 – Wales Anglican and Nonconformist Church Records
July 17 – Wales Probate Records

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

Free webinar to focus on how to use Pinterest

Legacy Family Tree will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, July 8 , at 9 p.m., entitled “Pinning Your Family History.”

Have you considered using a variety of social media “pinning” sites like Pinterest to share your family history photos and stories? You might be surprised at the connection you can make with other genealogists as well as family members. Using social media pinning sites such as Pinterest, What Was There, History Pin and even Google Maps allows you to not only share your family history photos, but you never know who will find your content.

The webinar will cover:
– Review of the “pinning” craze and how pinning works
– Scanning family history content to pin
– How family historians are using pinning sites
– Pinning sites you should know
– Copyright and pinning sites
– Pinning best practices for family historians

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

Tours of NYC Municipal Archives to be offered

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will sponsor two research trips to the Municipal Archives in Manhattan on Friday, August 21, 1:30–4:30 p.m. and Friday, September 25, 1:30–4:30 p.m.

Marcia Kirk, Director of Public Programming, will host the basic orientation tours. Participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room, where they may conduct their own research.
Research assistance will be provided by NYG&B experts.

This tour will focus on birth, marriage and death records of New York City: how to use the various indexes, where to find the microfilms, and how to request copies. The recent digitization project will also be covered.

Each program $25 members/$40 non-members. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

To register for either tour, go to: