Archives for August 2016

German Genealogy Group to meet Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the V.F.W. in Hicksville.

This month’s topic will be “Hidden Inheritance.” This presentation will discuss the discovery made by the daughter of Heidi Neumark, a Lutheran pastor, that she had hidden Jewish heritage. The talk will take us on her journey as she finds out about her roots in Germany, the Czech Republic to Brazil, and newly found cousins in Los Angeles.

Orientation begins at 7 p.m.

Be sure to look at the club’s website to see all the new databases that were recently added:
*Bodies in Transit (New York City)
*Federal Criminal Records (New York)
*Long Island Biographies
*Richmond County (Staten Island) Marriages 1892-1897

For more information or directions, go to the club website at:

Blog talk radio program focuses on genetic genealogy


Forget-Me-Not Blog Talk Radio, hosted by Jane E. Wilcox, recently presented a show on genetic genealogy.

Guests featured on the program were genetic genealogy educators and bloggers Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. They are authors of the new book “Genetic Genealogy in Practice.”

Listen to the program to find out the scope of the book, what was not included, and how to apply the contents of the book to genealogy research. Blaine and Debbie also discuss whether DNA testing is a necessary tool in genealogy research now.

To listen to the broadcast, go to:

For more information on the guest speakers blogs, go to: and

Index to NYC federal district court cases now available

The German Genealogy Group has added a new database to its website.

The Index to Criminal Records of the New York Federal District Court is an index to over 190,000 criminal cases. It covers cases from 1831 through 1959. The index includes the name of a person or a company, the date of the case, its case number and often the cause or a brief description of the case.

If you locate a case of interest and would like to find out how to obtain a copy of it, you can contact the National Archives at New York City at 1 Bowling Green, Third Floor, New York, NY 10004 or call them at 212-401-1620.

To access the index, go to: and under Database Searches select Federal and then select Criminal Records.

The German Genealogy Group meets the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) at the V.F.W. in Hicksville.

Free webinar about French research set for Friday

Legacy Family Tree will offer a free webinar on Friday, August 26 at 2 p.m. entitled “Finding French Ancestors.”

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:

NYS Family History Conference still accepting registration

There is still time to register for The New York State Family History Conference scheduled for 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.

NYS genealogical death index includes 1966

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths for 1966.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes deaths for the five boroughs of New York City.

The index provides the date of death, gender, age at death, New York State file number and residence code. In order to interpret the residence code number, you must go to the far right of the page and click on the red tab that says About. Scroll down to attachments and open either the third attachment for Out of State codes or the fourth attachment for New York State Gazetteer.

To search the index, go to:

West Hempstead obituary index reaches 500

The West Hempstead Obituary Index now has 500 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

Magazine lists top genealogy sites for 2016

Magazine lists top genealogy sites for 2016


Family Tree Magazine recently published its 101 Best Websites for 2016.

This year’s listings feature many newcomers so these rising stars are noted with the ☆ symbol. If a listing has a $ that means it requires payment to really take advantage of the offerings.

The following is a list categories for this year’s selection:

2016 Best Big Genealogy Websites
2016 Best Websites for Exploring Your Ancestors’ Lives
2016 Best US Genealogy Websites
2016 Best Sites for Sharing Your Genealogy
2016 Best Websites for Putting Ancestors on the Map
2016 Best Genealogy Library Websites
2016 Best Websites for Finding Ancestors in Old Newspapers
2016 Best African-American Genealogy Websites
2016 Best Cemetery and Directory Sites for Genealogy
2016 Best Tech Tools for Genealogy in 2016
2016 Best Immigrant Ancestors Websites
2016 Best British & Irish Genealogy Websites
2016 Best International Genealogy Websites
2016 Best Genetic Genealogy Websites
2016 Best Genealogy News & Help Websites

To view the sites online, go to: YOu can also check out the paper copy of the magazine at our library.

Three free webinars to be offered this week

Three free webinars will be presented this week on a variety of topics.

The Illinois Genealogical Society will present “Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate” on Tuesday, August 9 at 9 p.m. Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more and more about our family’s history. Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use many available resources to help us in our research.

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

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Battle for Bounty Land: War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars” on Wednesday, August 10 at 8 p.m. Land given as a “Bounty” for military service has been an American tradition from the Colonial Era up to the Civil War. The Spanish-American and Mexican-American Wars and the battle waged by the veterans for their bounty land tell the story of a nation and a military in transition. The webinar will explore both military pension and land-purchase records left behind to tell the story both nationally and personally.

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

:egacy Family Tree webinars will present “Homestead Act of 1862” on Friday, August 12 at 2 p.m. This webinar will trace the lives of four individuals that served as witnesses and also acquired land under the Homestead Act of 1862 in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. This case study will examine how the lives of these witnesses interconnected by reviewing their land entry papers.

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

New databases added to German genealogy site

The German Genealogy Group has added seven new databases related to New York military records and records for the Lusitania and the Titanic.

The databases on the website are indexes to the records. Information is available on how to order a copy of a record that you find in one of the databases.

The following databases are now available:
*Civil War Medical Register of Exams, 1st Congressional New York
*Letters Received from Districts in the Southern District, 1863-1865
*Certificates and Related Records of Men Enlisted in the Navy, 1864-1865
*War of 1812 Prize Case Files for the Southern District of New York
*Civil War Prize Case Files for the Southern District of New York
*Lusitania Case Files
*Titantic Case Files

To access these new indexes, go to: and click on Database Searches on the left side of the page and then select Federal.