Archives for February 2016

Sign-up now available for Albany research trip

The NYG&B’s annual Albany research trip is Wednesday-Saturday, October 26-28, 2016. Research is concentrated in the New York State Archives (NYSA) and the New York State Library (NYSL).

Please note that the NYSL and the NYSA have few resources for New York City but they do have important statewide sources that include city residents (military records, land grants/patents, etc.).

Registration is now open at….

Cost:  Members $320/ Non-Members $385.


  • Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts.
  • A private consultation with a professional genealogist.
  • Access to a professional genealogist for all three days of the program.
  • Welcome gathering on Wednesday evening (Oct. 26) and dinner with a speaker on Thursday night. (Guests not registered for the research experience may attend the dinner for $49.)
  • Wine and cheese reception on Thursday evening.
  • Reduced rates at the Albany Hilton.

Patchogue genealogy group to meet Saturday

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, Feb. 27,  at the library.

A Help Session will take place at 9:30 a.m. and a live webinar with genealogist Thomas McEntee will begin at 10 a.m. His topic will be “Managing the Genealogical Data Monster.”

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street in Patchogue. For more information, call 631-654-4700.


Free webinar to focus on ‘Cyndi’s List’

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “A Guided Tour of Cyndi’s List 2.0” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m.

The webinar will begin with a brief history of Cyndi’s List, followed by an overview of how to navigate the newly updated site and how to tell when the site is updated. Learn how to effectively use this valuable resource tool as your jumping-off point onto the genealogist’s Internet. The presentation will be given by Cyndi’s List founder, creator and owner Cyndi Ingle.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Feb. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The topic will be “A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth.” The speaker will be Rita Gabis.

Poet and reporter Rita Gabis comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics. Five years ago, she discovered that her Lithuanian grandfather was the Chief of Security under the Gestapo in Svencionys, Lithuania, near the killing field where 8,000 Jews were murdered in the fall of 1941. Gabis will describe the research and interviews she did in four countries to learn the truth about the grandfather she thought she knew. She will also read passages from her new memoir, “A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet.”

For more information, go to the society website at:

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Bethpage Public Library.

The topic for this month will be “Forgotten Heroes: Ireland’s World War I Soldiers” presented by Tom Phelan. Mr. Phelan, author of the novel “The Canal Bridge,” will discuss the many reasons why men joined up, the conditions they endured and  the new political reality they returned home to.

His talk will be preceded by a Help Session at 10 a.m. and an “Ask the Experts” session at 10:45 a.m.

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


Two free webinars offered today

Take advantage of two free webinars being offered today.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society will present “Using the U.S. Federal Census” today at 3 p.m.

The US Federal Census is often the go-to resource for family historians researching ancestors from the 19th and 20th centuries. To get the most out of this resource, however, it’s important to understand the record’s context, specific search tips, and shortcomings. Join Genealogist Lindsay Fulton for an overview of the Federal Census and the varying information found in each year.

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

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar tonight at 8 p.m. entitled “Family History –  From a Pile of Pieces to a Puzzle Picture.”

You’ve started your family history, but the pieces of the puzzle don’t seem to fit. Sometimes it’s just a matter of turning a piece in another direction or fitting it into a different place in the picture. This webinar will show you how take that pile of pieces and turn them into a finished product. The presentation will cover  how to evaluate information, analyze documents, create a source citation and develop a research plan.

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



Two free webinars offered on Wednesday

Two free genealogy webinars will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Forensic Genealogy – CSI Meets Roots” at 8 p.m.

Who? What? When? Where? Are these the words of a genealogist researching his family tree or a forensic scientist solving a mystery? Maybe someone who is both! Forensic genealogy does not replace conventional methods of research, it enhances them.  The goal of this webinar is to spark your imagination to discover new ways of looking at your family mysteries, to permanently change the way you see things, to turn you into a forensic genealogist.

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

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The Family Historian’s Publishing Primer” at 9 p.m.

Do more than just run a report from your database? In this webinar, you’ll learn how to effectively plan, project manage, produce, and promote your genealogy research through the use of books, blogs, social media, email marketing, and more.

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


Free access to UK records is offering free  access to its UK records this weekend.

Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from now until February 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an World Explorer paid membership.

To get started searching, go to:

To see a full list of the records in the featured collections, go to:



Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “What’s up Doc? A Prescription for Careful Analysis and Diagnosis of Genealogical Documents and Related Materials – Part 1.” The presenter will be Joanne Hefferman.

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



Family History Library offers free webinars

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City offers free webinars each month.  The following are some webinars scheduled for February. Time listed is Eastern Standard Time.

Each webinar comes with a hand-out you can print.


Thurs. Feb. 11 – Migration Routes Across America – Noon

Thurs. Feb. 25 – Religious Migration History and Research – 8 p.m.


Tues Feb. 16 – Exploring Death Notices in Norway – 4 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 24 – Using the Full Scope of Arkiv Digital for Swedish Genealogy – 5 p.m.


Wed. Feb 17 – Online Village Lineage Books (Ortsfamilienbucher) on – 3 p.m.

British Isles

Tues Feb. 23 – British Resources on FamilySearch – 3 p.m.

Wed Feb. 24 – British Resources on – 3 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 25 – British Resources on FindMyPast – 3 p.m.


To attend any of these webinars,  go to: