Archives for November 2015

Rochester (N.Y.) church records available online

Looking for church records for ancestors who lived in Rochester? You may find answers in the Rochester Church Indexing Project database or the digitized records of the Rochester Genealogical Society.

The Rochester Churches Indexing Project is a datatbase of 38 churches including churches of many denominations including: Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Evangelical. Currently there are over 30,000 marriages, 56,900 baptism, 5,300 deaths in the database. This is an ongoing project.

For more information, go to:

The Rochester Genealogical Society has digitized church records to include marriages, baptisms, burials and membership records. The denominations represented include: Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Reformed, Church of Christ, Methodist and Baptist. There are also digitized records from Mount Hope Cemetery covering the years 1837-1906.

For more information, go to: and click on the link for digitized records.

Patchogue genealogy group to meet Saturday

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the library. There will be a  help session from 9:30-10 a.m.

The presenter will be genealogist Laura Murphy DeGrazia and her talk will be on Researching Probate Records in New York State.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The topic this month will be “Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland” and will be presented by Glenn Kurtz.

Visiting his hometown in Poland in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz captured three minutes of ordinary life on film. More than 70 years later, these few minutes of home movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community annihilated in the Holocaust.

Glenn Kurtz. David’s grandson,  is the author of the book “Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film.” In his presentation he will describe his four-year effort to identify the people in the film – a search that took him across the United States, to Canada, England, Poland and Israel.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Irish genealogy group to meet Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. the Bethpage Public Library.

The presentations, “Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law” and “Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans” will be led  by Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist.

In her discussion “A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law,”  Judy will show how in early America, women were all too often didn’t appear in records: not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. She will show that the way women were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

In “Dowered or Bound Out,” she will discuss how the law treated widows and orphans and what the records may tell us about them.

The Bethpage Library is located at 47 Powell Avenue. For more information, go to the club website at:

Webinar to focus on Canadian records

Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. entitled “Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records.”

When you can’t find your ancestor’s birth, marriage or death registration, or their name on a ship list or immigration record at Ellis Island, then it’s time to consider your ancestor may have been in Canada. Whether your ancestor was here for a day or for many years, he/she left behind records. Discover eight reasons why your American or immigrant ancestor actually may have there. Learn how and where to find the Canadian or provincial records that will help you fill in the missing pieces of your ancestor’s life.

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

Three free webinars set for Wednesday

Three free webinars will be offered this Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Mapping Madness” at 2 p.m.  Learn where to find historical maps online and off.  Discover mapping tools that help us understand our ancestors’ migration patterns and how they lived. Learn about Google Maps, Bing Maps, MapCruncher, AniMap, and more.

To register, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “American Indian Ancestry and How to Document It” at 8 p.m.  This session will include 19th and 20th century records, special Indian rolls with “blended families” such as the Guion Miller Rolls and the Dawes Rolls. In addition, methods of finding and documenting Native Americans from the colonial era will also be presented.

To register, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Back Away from the Computer: You’ll Find and Have More Fun Offline” at 9 p.m. The online revolution in genealogy has been an immense help to researchers. However, it’s caused many people to neglect searching the millions of records that do not exist online. This workshop will cover what is available offline, how to access and research with these records in various locations, and why it makes the research journey more fulfilling.

To register, go to:


World War I to be topic of free webinar

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar, tomorrow, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. entitled “World War I Military Records.”
Roughly 4 million Americans—often referred to as Doughboys—served in the military during the war.  In this session, Horton will walk you through the steps to researching the World War I veteran in your family tree, from draft registration to service records to unit histories. He will discuss records specific to individual veterans as well as broader sources that can be used to provide perspective on the veteran’s experiences.
 You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to::

After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join the night of the webinar and handout information. Please remember that this is a first come first served webinar.   Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.

ArkivDigital provides free access this weekend

ArkivDigital, the largest provider of Swedish church records and historical documents, is providing free access to its collections this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 15.

ArkivDigital has about 57 millions color images covering various kinds of historical documents such as church records, court records, tax registers and inventory of estates.

In order to gain access to the records this weekend, follow the instructions at  the following link: Native American collection free until Nov. 15

Do you have Native American ancestry? Or are you interested in Native American history? Then explore Fold3’s Native American Collection for free through November 15.

Titles in this collection include:
•Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): Ratified treaties that occurred between the United States government and American Indian tribes.
•Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Census rolls submitted annually by agents or superintendents of Indian reservations as required by an 1884 Act of Congress.
•Dawes Packets: Applications between 1896 and 1914 from members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes to establish eligibility for an allotment of land in return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing Federal law.
•Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): Enrollment cards, also referred to as “census cards,” prepared by the staff of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, commonly known as the Dawes Commission.
•Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.
•Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The Guion Miller Roll is perhaps the most important source for Cherokee genealogical research. There are an estimated 90,000 individual applicants.
•Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): The records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for the Department of War in Tennessee, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.
•Rinehart Photos – Native Americans (1898): Photographs of over 100 Native Americans taken by Frank A. Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska.

To start searching these records, go to:

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library.

The topic this month will be “Organizit” and will be presented by Rhoda Miller, president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island.  She will be discussing creative solutions for organizing genealogy files, documents, photos, correspondence and research files.

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

For more information, go to the club website at: