Archives for April 2016

Genealogy TV show to conclude Sunday

The new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will conclude on the TLC channel on Sunday, May 1, at 8-10 p.m.

The celebrities scheduled to appear on this last episode are Chris Noth and Lea Michele.

To view previous episodes, go to:

Live streaming available for NGS conference

Can’t make it to the NGS 2016 Family History Conference on May 5 and 6 in Fort Lauderdale? NGS will stream 10 lectures live and you will continue to have access to the lectures for three months following the end of the conference, through August 7, 2016.

Registration deadline for Live Streaming access is May 3 at 11:59 p.m. Video recordings of the Live Streaming sessions can be purchased starting May 4.

All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2016 Family History Conference Syllabus.

Price: Track 1 or 2 – $65 for NGS members, $80 for non-members
Tracks 1 and 2 – $115 for NGS members, $145 for non-members

Track 1 will offer five lectures on land records and using maps and Google Earth to enrich your research.

Track 2 will offer five lectures on learning methodology techniques for use with historical context and DNA, as well as problem solving using a combination of resources.

For more information on signing up for the Live Streaming, go to:

If you are not interested in Live Streaming access, you can buy the video recordings at any time up until July 31.

To purchase videos, go to:

Free webinar to discuss parish records

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wednesday, April 27 at 2 p.m. entitled “England and Wales: Rummaging in the Parish Chests.”

The parish registers of baptisms, marriage and burials in England and Wales give many clues to help build a family tree. This webinar will highlight other documents kept by the parish, the diocese and the archdeaconry and the information which can be found about the lives of our ancestors.

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

Three genealogy webinars set for Wednesday

Three genealogy webinars are scheduled for this Wednesday, April 20.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Fire Insurance Maps” at 2 p.m. Fire insurance maps were developed in the late 19th century to assist insurance companies in managing their risk of coverage in areas where they did not have a physical presence. Over 54,000 maps were created between 1895 and 1920. This webinar will explore the history of the maps, including the the Sanborn Map Company; identify where to access these maps and illustrate how maps can solve genealogical problems and add context to the lives of our ancestors.

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

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “How to Use” at 8 p.m. has records, family trees and much more. Learn how to best search these databases and learn some tricks along the way.

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

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The Peripatetic Germans – Emigration and Immigrations” at 8 p.m. This presentation describes the two significant waves of German emigration to the US, 1693-1790, and from the early 1800s to 1914. Departure and arrival ports and their data are spotlighted along with key online sites in both the US and Germany.

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

Learn more about DNA and family research this weekend

There are two chances this weekend to learn more about DNA and its use in genealogy. Bennett Greenspan, President of Family TreeDNA, will be the guest speaker for two local genealogy group meetings.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, April 16, at the Bethpage Public Library.
There will be a Help Session at 10 a.m. with Kathleen McGee. Kathleen will share research tips for both new and experienced genealogists. At 10:45 a.m., Ask the Experts, is an opportunity to ask a simple genealogy question.

Bennett Greenspan will discuss “Using DNA in Genealogy Research” beginning at 11:15 a.m. For more information, go to the club website at:

Mr. Greenspan will also be the guest speaker for the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island on Sunday. April 17.

Mr. Greenspan will discuss the latest developments in genetic genealogy and how they can help with family research beginning at 2 p.m.

The club meets at the Mid Island Y-JCC in Plainview. For more information, go to the club website at:

Free access to extended

Free access to extended


American Ancestors, operated by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), has extended its offer of FREE access to all of its online records on for another week.

More than one billion records covering 18 countries are open to anyone who registers for a free account.

NEHGS is granting this free access to its entire collection of genealogical databases through Wednesday, April 20, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Free accounts on ordinarily allow visitors only free access to a limited number of databases.

To get started searching, go to:

Two free genealogy webinars this week

Two free genealogy webinars will take place next week on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Letters, Ledgers and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources” on April 12 at 9 p.m.

Ethnic resources often contain detailed personal and genealogical information, and yet, they are often overlooked by researchers. Learn how to locate letters, ledgers, lodge records, manuscripts, newspapers, and other ethnic resources. Discover hidden clues to track your ancestors and their friends, associates, and neighbors.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “U.S. Land Records – State Land States” on April 13 at 8 p.m.

People recorded evidence of their property, paid taxes on property, gave away property, bought and sold property, fought over property, and willed property to heirs in the 20 state lands states. When understood and used properly, metes and bounds land records comprise one of the most important sources for research in America.

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

NYC Clerk’s Office marriage records index available

The digitized images for the index to the New York City Clerk’s Office marriage records (the application, affidavit, and license) for 1908-1929 is now online and free to the public.

The index images have been provided by a group called Reclaim the Records. According to the group, 39 of the 48 microfilm rolls of this index are now online at the Internet Archive, and the remaining nine films will be put online throughout the next few weeks.

To start looking at this index, go to

So far, the images uploaded are: MANHATTAN 1908-1929; BROOKLYN 1908-1929 and BRONX 1914-1917. Coming soon are the images for: BRONX 1918-1929; QUEENS 1908-1930 and STATEN ISLAND 1908-1938.

The images are not searchable by name at this time.

If you are interested in getting a copy of this 3-page marriage record, send a letter to:
New York City Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers Street Room 103, New York, NY 10007. You will need to send a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for $15 made out to New York City Municipal Archives.

In your letter, list the full name of the bride or groom or both if you know both. If listed on the index page, give the Volume number and Page number and the date of the document. If you know the exact wedding date include that information also.

Italian genealogy group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, April 9, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Help Session at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. This month’s program will be “What Do Your Ancestors Look Like?” presented by Kathy McGee.

For more information, go to the club website at:

German Genealogy Group to meet Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet tomorrow, April 7, at the Hicksville V.F.W., 320 South Broadway.

The program, “Researching Opa, a German Immigrant’s Story” presented by Jo Ann Schmidt, will begin at 7:30 p.m. This presentation will include the research that helped to put together an accurate description of the journey from Hannover to New York and the life that followed for Lambert Schmidt. Part of this presentation will include an introduction to the German pastime of the Schutzenfests, which were popular in the US until World War I.

Jo Ann Schmidt has a long history of a passion for family story and relationships. She has been actively involved in genealogy since 2005. She is a retired professor of nursing from Nassau Community College and currently teaches at Adelphi University.

There will be an orientation session at 7 p.m.

For more information, go to the club website at: