Archives for June 2016

More free records available from will be offering free access – from today until 11:59 p.m. on July 6 – to over 1 billion records of its entire collection of Travel and Migration records. This includes all U.S., U.K. and Irish censuses and all U.S. marriage records.

A special webinar will be hosted by expert genealogist, Jen Baldwin, at 1 p.m. on July 1, in which she will be sharing tips and tricks for getting the most out of Naturalization records.

This announcement coincides with the release of two new record sets that will prove useful to those looking to explore their family’s pre-American roots. Over 2 million U.S. Passport Applications and Indexes (1795-1925) and over 7 million U.S. Naturalization Petitions are now available on the site.

To access records during this period, you will need to be registered and signed in to the site. You can create a free account if you don’t already have one.

To get started searching, go to:

Military records free on will be making their entire collection of military records free for eight days to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Records will be available for free from June 27 at 4:00 a.m. until July 4 at 6:59 a.m. all 65 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family. All 265 million UK and Irish census records will also be free to search, allowing researchers to uncover details of their military ancestor’s civilian lives.

This collection includes:
*Over 19 million US and Canada World War 1 records
*British Army service records both for World War I and pre-World War I
*Exclusive Pals battalion records covering major cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
*Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 records
*Over 1.5 million medal index cards, memorial rolls and roll of honour records
*Military tribunal records – the records of thousands of men who attempted to avoid conscription
*Military Nurses 1856-1994 records
*British Naval collection
*Royal Air Force collection

To begin accessing this collection, go to:

Free genealogy webinar to discuss DNA data

Free genealogy webinar to discuss DNA data


Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Circles or Triangles? What Shape if Your DNA?” on Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m.

The speaker, Diahan Southard, will cover two ways in which we can analyze our autosomal DNA data: the DNA Circle, or the Triangulation method. The DNA Circle was pioneered by AncestryDNA and relies on small shared segments and complete family trees. The Triangulation method requires a chromosome browser and detailed calculations of shared amounts of DNA. We will cover questions like, Which is the best route to take? Do I need a chromosome browser? How can I use these methods in my own genealogy?

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

NYS Family History Conference to take place in September

The New York State Family History Conference will take place in Syracuse on Sept. 15-17 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center Syracuse/Liverpool.

This year registrants of the Family History Conference will also be able to attend lectures and field trips of the Association for Public Historians of New York State since the two groups will be sharing the same venue.

Topics will include: land records, British Colonial records, church and religious records, census records, and DNA and genetic genealogy.

Conference registration is $125 for members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society. Registration for non-members is $150.

To download a copy of the schedule, go to:

To register for the conference, go to:

There will be a pre-conference workshop on Sept. 15 from 9:30-noon entitled “Civil War Research at the National Archives: Union and Confederate,” presented by Bruce Frail, President of American Civil War Ancestor.

Two field trips will be offered by the Association for Public Historians: a tour of the Skannonh Lodge Great Law of Peace Center and a tour of the Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron.

Genealogy TV show concludes on Tuesday

Genealogy Roadshow Season 3 will conclude on Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. on PBS stations.

Genealogy Roadshow’s professional genealogists are: Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco. They are matched with everyday people whose unique family claims are explored in each episode.

This week’s episode will take place at Union Station in Los Angeles. A woman questions her family’s connection to a legendary Hollywood hot-spot; another woman discovers a scoundrel in her family tree and a Roadshow host shares a unique insight on the Ellis Island immigration experience.

For more information, go to:

Obituary index now available on blog

A new feature to the All About Relatives Blog is an index to obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former residents of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.

To access the index, just click on the West Hempstead Obituary link above this blog posting.

The index is created using local newspapers such as Newsday, the Nassau Daily Review Star, the Hempstead Sentinel, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the New York Times. The index lists the date of death (if available), date of publication and publication name.

Currently the index includes items from the 1920s to early 1950s. New items will be added on a regular basis.

For information on obtaining a copy of an item from the index, contact the West Hempstead Public Library at 516-481-6591 ext. 22 or email

Two local genealogy groups meet this weekend

Two local genealogy groups will meet on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

The Patchogue Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library. There will be a Getting Started session at 9:30 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Marie Scalisi and she will be discussing “Digging Into Deeds.” For more information, go to the library website at:

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at the Mid Island Y-JCC in Plainview. There will be a Help Session at 1:30 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Roots Tour – Bialystok Travel Log” presented by Bill and Elaine Farran.
After years of research, Bill and Elaine knew much about their family’s history in Eastern Europe — addresses, occupations, even burial places. But they realized that to truly understand their ancestors’ lives they’d have go to their towns. The process went from an idea to a plan — where to go, how to get there, and how to navigate three Eastern European countries. In this entertaining talk, the Farrans will describe their planning process and their trip to ancestral lands.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Two free genealogy webinars scheduled

Two free genealogy webinars will be presented this week.

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present “Principles of Effective Evidence Anaylsis” on Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m.

Evidence comes in many forms and with varying amounts of content. This webinar focuses on analyzing evidence for reliable and less-than-reliable information. Learn about types of source materials – original vs. derivative – and the differences between primary and secondary information. Print. vs. electronic media are considered throughout and evaluation of source citations to help determine evidence weight and reliability is stressed.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Digging Deeper Into German Parish Records” on Wednesday, June 22, at 2 p.m.

Continue your work in Germanic parish records, with examples and cases that will help you with an array of strategies and situations to help you learn how to bridge the gaps and build your Germanic lineage.

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

Genealogy show continues on Tuesday

Genealogy Roadshow Season 3 will continue on Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS stations. It will conclude on June 28. This season the show will take place in Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles.

Genealogy Roadshow’s professional genealogists are: Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco. They are matched with everyday people whose unique family claims are explored in each episode.

This week’s episode will take place at the Providence Public Library. The passport of a woman’s ancestor reveals how her family survived the Holocaust; a woman discovers more about an African American relative who served in World War I; a woman discovers how deep her roots run in the New England whaling industry and a man’s search for his ancestor reveals a scandal that made headlines.

For more information, go to:

Additions made to New York historical societies page

Recently additions have been made to this blog under the Genealogy Resources at New York historical societies link, located just above the blog posting.

Historical society genealogy holdings for Nassau and Suffolk counties were added under the Long Island page.

Take a few minutes and check it out!