Archives for September 2015

German Genealogy Group to meet Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet Thursday, Oct. 1, at the VFW, 320 South Broadway, in Hicksville.

The program will be “NO VITALS/ NO PROBLEM! – Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence,” presented by The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell.

A Certified Genealogist with a law degree, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, is a lecturer, educator and writer who enjoys helping others understand genealogical issues ranging from how to use DNA in family research to the way the law affected our ancestors’ lives and the records they left behind. She’s written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and National Genealogical Society magazine and speaks to genealogical groups around the country.

Orientation begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free webinar to discuss periodical research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. entitled “Using Periodicals to Find Your Ancestors.”

Periodicals can fill in the pieces between the birth and death of your ancestor. Whether the information is biographical, a transcription, or reporting on an event, periodicals provide rich detail about your ancestor’s life. This lecture will cover the types of periodicals that exist and what indexes (JSTOR, PERSI and others) to use to find articles.

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

Genealogy group to meet in Patchogue

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library.

There will be a Help Session from 9:30 – 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Using” and will presented by genealogist Laura Congleton.

For more information, go to the library website at:

Free webinar to cover map research

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar on Friday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. entitled “Maps Tell Some of the Story for African-Ancestored Genealogists.”

This session will illustrate how geography can tell you things unknown about your ancestral community and help provide a critical background for the family narrative.

Presenter Angela Walton-Raji is a founding member of, Ms. Walton-Raji is also the host of a weekly genealogy podcast, a published author, host of three blogs and a 10-year ongoing message board.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Free webinar to focus on English and Welsh research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar this Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. entitled “Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales.”

With increased digitization of genealogical records in England and Wales, documents relating to your ancestors are far more readily available but how are the records structured? Where are they located? And what information can be gleaned from these primary sources?

Taking you through the basics by examining record groups including censuses, civil registration, parish registers and probate, presenter Kirsty Gray will highlight the online and offline resources available for researching in the last four centuries in England and Wales.

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 this Sunday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Mid Island JCC-Y in Plainview.

There will be a Help Session at 1:30 p.m.

This month’s program will be “Finding Joe Seltzer” presented by Renee Steinig. This program will discuss JGSLI’s successful effort to help a metal-detecting retiree in Phoenix reunite a World War II soldier’s ID bracelet with his surviving family.

For more information, go to the club website at: offers free access this weekend has announced that this weekend it will provide unlimited free access its records and newspaper pages from all over the world from 7 am on Friday, September 18 to 7 am on Monday, September 21.

Some of records available will be:
*World War II Prisoner of War records
*England & Wales Crime records
*Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
*UK parish records, dating back to 1538
*Historical newspapers from across the world
*UK military records
*Irish family history records
*Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA

To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence.

The free access excludes the UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013) record sets.

To get started searching the records, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

The Irish Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Bethpage Public Library.

The Help Session will begin at 10 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 11 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Beyond the Basics of Irish Research in Ireland” and the presenter will be Claire F. Keenan.

Claire Keenan is a professional genealogist who has been specializing in Irish research for nearly 20 years. She will discuss such important Irish resources as Griffith’s Valuation, the Tithe Applotment Books, the Tithe Defaulters, the Ordinance Survey memoirs, land records, estate records, and wills and administrations.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free webinar to cover using maps for genealogy

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thurs. Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. entitled “Mapping Your Genealogy: From A to Z and In-Between.”

Maps have been around as long as man needed to remember specific locations. For genealogists, maps are more than just a statement of place: they contain valuable clues for research. Learn the basics of maps and the valuable information they contain for genealogy research. The webinar will also cover various resources for maps, both online and offline as well as how to incorporate maps in your research.

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

Two day genealogy event to take place in Manhattan

GENGEN (GENealogy over GENerations), formerly The Genealogy Event, will take place on Sat. Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Scandinavia House, located at 58 Park Avenue at 38th street.

The event will take across two levels – with panel discussions taking place on the lower level and the roundtables, talks and a selection of company tables on the upper level. There will be 30 minute panel discussions, 45 minute talks focused on genealogy/history, 30 minute small group roundtable discussions, a selection of experts and genealogy focused companies, a selection of companies with genealogy/DNA focused products/services and a social event following the event.

GENGEN (GENetics over GENerations), formerly The Genealogy Event DNA Day, will take place Sun. Oct 25 at the Scandanavia House from noon to 4 p.m. The focus of this one day event is exploring the world of DNA. Topics will include: Overview of the (3) Types of Tests; “I’ve Got My Results, Now What?”; Using DNA as part of the Genealogical Proof Standard; and DNA Success Stories.

Right now Early Bird prices apply to tickets to both events.

To find out about ticket prices and more details about both events, go to: