Archives for July 2016

Staten Island newspapers available online

For those doing research about Staten Island, it was recently announced that several Staten Island newspapers are now searchable online for free.

Staten Island newspapers available right now are: Richmond County Advance from 1886-1910; the Staten Island Leader, 1866-1928 and the Richmond County Mirror, 1837-1839.

Newspapers that will soon be digitized include: Staten Island World, 1902-1920; Richmond County Free Press, 1833; and the Staten Island Gazette, 1901

The best way to access these newspapers is to go the New York Public Library at:

Two free genealogy webinars offered on Saturday

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present two free webinars on Saturday, July 30.

At 2 p.m., check out a webinar on “Researching Alsatian and Lorrianian Families.”
This webinar explains how a significant population of German-speakers came to reside in France and explores the peculiarities of researching ancestors of Alsace, Lorraine, and Elsass-Lothringen. It discusses when, why and how people from these areas came to the United States. Web sites are reviewed, as well as books and manuals, and the large body of microfilmed records available from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

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

In addition, at 4:15 p.m., there will be webinar presented on “Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records.”
Attendees will learn strategies for overcoming research barriers caused by lost or destroyed records, poor record-keeping, or a simple lack of records.

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

Obituary index being compiled for Yonkers Herald-Statesman

For those looking for obituaries in Yonkers, NY, there is an index being compiled on the Yonkers History website.

The index is for the Yonkers Herald-Statesman which began publishing in the 1930s and was discontinued on Jan. 1, 1999.

Currently the index has been completed for much of 1950, 1951, 1962 and 1963 as well as for a few scattered years.

For more information on the index and requesting a copy of an obituary, go to:

New records available for Troy, NY area

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society has made some recent additions to its database collections.

There is a new database of cemetery interments for St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Cohoes.The database covers burials from 1862-12013, many of which are French in origin. Information in the database includes: maiden names, where born, address at time of death and parish (which includes locations outside of New York State).

Also new to the website is the database of Marriage Notices Appearing in Troy Newspapers, 1797-1860. The index includes 6,177 marriage notices from five different newspapers.

To see these records, go to the Troy Irish Genealogy Society website at: and click on Projects and then under Cemeteries or Marriage Records.

Other databases on the site include military records, death records and government and business records.

West Hempstead obituary index reaches 400

The West Hempstead Obituary Index now has 400 entries. This index includes obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former resident of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The majority of the entries are from 1930 to 1960. New entries will be added on a continuous basis.

The information in the index comes from area newspapers such as The Brooklyn Eagle, Newsday, The Hempstead Sentinel, the Nassau Daily Review Star, and the New York Times.

The index includes the date of death, publication and date of publication.

Anyone interested in copies of articles from this index, can contact Jean King at the West Hempstead Public Library, 516-481-6591 ext 22 or email

Click on the link below to see the current index.
WH Obituaries

Three free webinars set for Wednesday

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered this week.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Organize Your Online Life” at 2 p.m. This webinar will present tech tips for keeping and staying organized, saving time, and getting more results.

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

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Family Gatherings: Dragging Genealogy Information Out of Your Family” at 8 p.m. We all attend family reunions, family dinners, holiday gatherings and various other family functions, why not be prepared and use these ideas to unearth family information that you didn’t know existed.

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

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Organizing Your Genealogical Research Process” at 9 p.m. As you move from goals to questions to sources to information to evidence to conclusions, learn how to use the right kind of tool at each step, including research logs and database programs.

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

Research trip to Albany set for October

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s annual Albany research trip is Wednesday-Friday, October 26-28, 2016. The three days of 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 specifically but they do have important statewide sources that include city residents (military records, land grants/patents, etc.).

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

The trip includes:
*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 Tuesday evening (Oct. 25) and dinner with a speaker on Wednesday night.
*Wine and cheese reception on Thursday evening.

To register for the program, go to:

Two free genealogy webinars scheduled

Two free genealogy webinars are available this week.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present a webinar tomorrow, July 12, “Using U.S. Postmaster Documents in Family History Research,” at 9 p.m.

There is a wealth of records among NARA microfilms of US Postmaster appointments (now accessible via Ancestors who were merchants, newspaper editors, politicians, or lawyers may have also served as Postmasters. Learn how to access and navigate these records and see how they can be correlated with other documents to get a more complete picture of your ancestor.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Finding French Ancestors” on Friday at 2 p.m. From Alsace-Lorraine to Paris and Huguenots to nobility, discover key resources for French research and techniques to meet challenges on both sides of the ocean.

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

Family History Library offers free webinars

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has announced its free webinar schedule for the month of July. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

The following are some of the topics for July:

Sat July 9 – 8 a.m. – Switzerland Records Online
9 a.m. – Switzerland Compiled Genealogies
10 a.m. – Switzerland Research Strategies

Tues July 12 – 11 a.m. – England Resources on FamilySearch

Wed July 13 – 11 a.m. – England Resources on

Thurs July 14 – 9 a.m. – U.S. Research: Big City Research
11 a.m. – England Resources on Findmypast

Tues July 19 – 11 a.m. – Exploring Death Notices in Norway
Noon – Introduction to Norwegian Probates

Thurs July 28 – 8 a.m. – United States Research: Mid-Atlantic Region

To participate in any of the webinars, go to:

Free webinar focuses on finding naturalization records

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Navigating Naturalization Records,” tomorrow, July 6, at 2 p.m.

There are many key documents for naturalization–the process to apply to become a U.S. citizen. Due to changing laws and an evolving process, locating the appropriate official paperwork can often be a challenging task. In this webinar, learn how to navigate naturalization records and what information they contain about your ancestors.

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