Archives for October 2015

Free access to cemetery databases is offering free access to its collection of cemetery databases now through midnight on Saturday, November 7.

The collection includes cemetery transcriptions from New England and other states and was compiled from many different sources to create a unique group of cemetery offerings.

Registration at is required as a free Guest Member to gain access to these databases.

For more information and to start searching, go to:


Tour of the NYC Municipal Archives to be offered in January

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will present a tour of the New York City Municipal Archives on Friday. Jan. 8 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

This “Beyond the Basics” Research Session is for researching records beyond the fundamental resources of birth, marriage, and death certificates. Records covered will include Coroner’s reports, records of the City Cemetery, Bodies-in-Transit registers, the Almshouse records and other collections. Which records are on microfilm and where to find them and finding aids will be discussed.

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

To register, go to:

Free access to Mexican records at will be offering free access to its Mexican record starting today through Nov. 2.

More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available.

These new records were made available in part through Ancestry’s collaboration with the Mexican Academy of Genealogy and Heraldry based in Mexico City, Mexico, who originally created microfilm of these records with the assistance of FamilySearch International.

To access these records, go to:

Videos now available from Virtual Genealogy Fair

If you missed any of the sessions from the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair last week, you can now watch videos of any of the sessions as well as print out the hand-outs from the sessions.

Just go to: and you will see a link to watch the Virtual Genealogy Fair videos on YouTube for each day and a link to the hand-outs for all the sessions.

Jewish Genealogy Society workshop set for Nov. 1

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will be hosting its 25th annual Family History Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The event will take place from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview. The workshop will concentrate on sources and strategies essential for Jewish genealogical research in the United States, Europe and Israel.

Topics to be covered include: interviewing relatives, locating ancestral towns, Holocaust research, European research and strategies for searching the internet.

Cost of the workshop is $45 by Oct. 26 and $55 after. The cost of the workshop includes a one year full membership to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, a subscription to the society newsletter, Lineage, a PDF copy of the workshop manual – “Jewish Genealogy 1010” and “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy” 2015 edition.

For a registration form, go to the society website at: or contact Bonnie at

Genealogy group to meet this Saturday

The Genealogy Research Group at the Patchogue-Medford Library will meet this Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The topic for this month will be “Hidden Resources of Suffolk County” and will be presented by local genealogist Linda Metzger.

There will be a Help Session at 9:30 a.m.

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

Free webinar to discuss JSTOR database

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. entitled “History Lives at JSTOR.”

With more than 1,800 scholarly journals spanning 300 years, JSTOR is one of the most comprehensive and trusted research databases in the world. Learn how to navigate the rich JSTOR library—from peer-reviewed scholarly research to critical analyses of historical events to thorough book reviews. You’ll find remarkable research to place your family story in historical context.

Need local history from colonial New England or North Carolina? Need history of mining in Wales? Then JSTOR will be your best friend. In addition to scholarly societies and academic presses, JSTOR works with more than 30 state and regional historical societies to archive the entire runs of their publications to make them available for searching, browsing, and reading.

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

Virtual Genealogy Fair set for this week

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair will take place this Wednesday and Thursday, October 21 and 22. This will be a live broadcast via YouTube so you can ask genealogy experts questions at the end of their talks.

Speakers will include genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Recorded sessions will remain available online after the event.

To see handouts and session descriptions or to log on to the lectures the days of the event, go to:

Wednesday, October 21 (Eastern Time)

Session 1 at 10 a.m.
Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives by Claire Kluskens.

Session 2 at 11 a.m.
Preserving Your Family Records: Conversation and Questions by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler.

Session 3 at 12 p.m.
Personnel Records of the National Archives– St. Louis. By Bryan K. McGraw.

Session 4 at 1 p.m.
It’s in the Cards: Finding Family Members in National Archives–St. Louis’ Card Series by Daria Labinsky & David Hardin.

Session 5 at 2 p.m.
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Personnel Records by Ashley Mattingly.

Day 2: Thursday, October 22 (Eastern Time)

Session 6 at 10 a.m.
Where’d They Go? Finding Ancestral Migration Routes by Jean Nudd.

Session 7 at 11 a.m.
Access to Archival Databases (AAD): Looking Down, From Above, to Look it Up! by John LeGloahec.

Session 8 at 12 p.m.
Finding Your World War I Veteran at the National Archives at St. Louis by Theresa Fitzgerald.

Session 9 at 1 p.m.
Women in War Time Civilian Government Employment by Cara Moore.

Session 10 at 2 p.m.
Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records for Genealogy Research by Jessica Hopkins.

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet on Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, October 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the
Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Researching The Wandering Jew: Two Generations in Six Countries” by genealogist Rhoda Miller.
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Irish genealogy group to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Help Session at 10:00 am and the General Meeting starting at 11:00 am.

This month’s speaker will be genealogist Melissa Johnson who will discuss “Going Paperless: Digitizing Your Genealogical Research.”

Digitizing years of genealogical research documents, notes and research logs may seem like a daunting task, but advances in technology make going digital easier than ever. Learn how using various electronic devices, as well as mobile apps, metadata and tagging, to digitize your existing files and work paperless in the future can help you become a more effective, efficient and organized genealogist.

For more information, go to the club website at: