Archives for September 2016

West Hempstead obituary index reaches 600 entries

The West Hempstead Obituary Index now has 600 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 1961. 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.

Free webinar to focus on Polish genealogy research

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar “Beginning Polish Genealogy” on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

Curious about your Polish roots but don’t know where to begin? This webinar will explore document sources in the U.S. to help find your ancestral birthplace and will also take you across the ocean to search in the of archives of Poland, and much more.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Online maps to be topic of genealogy meeting

Online maps to be topic of genealogy meeting


The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Patchogue-Medford 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 speaker will be Katherine Cordes of the New York Public Library and she will discuss “Online Map Collections of the New York Public Library.”

For more information, go to: or call 631-654-4700.

Free webinar to focus on New York State census records

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will present a special free webinar regarding New York State census records on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.

Finding information about your New York ancestors can be tricky. That challenge is in part due to the fact that statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1880. There are, however, bright spots in New York research, such as the state census. In this webinar Director of Research Services Lindsay Fulton will discuss how the State and Federal Censuses (1850-1880) can help you fill in the gaps in your New York ancestry.

You will need to register for this webinar. To register for this webinar, go to:

Free webinars to cover military, school records and

Several interesting free webinars will be offered this week.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records” on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. With the ever expanding digital resources available today we can find evidence of kinship in military records often neglected. Records such as pensions, service records, medical records, and even pension payment records are increasingly available. This webinar will focus on finding kinship information in both online and textual military records.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present “The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestors School Records” also on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. School records should be an important part of any genealogist’s research. This presentation will help you to know what school records could be available and where you can find them.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “How to Use for Beginners” on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. This webinar will be an introduction to (the tabs and how to use them) for first time users/beginners. Topics covered will be Family Tree, Memories, Search, Indexing, and the “My Family” booklet.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet Sunday

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet Sunday


The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview from 2-4 p.m.

This month’s speaker will be Steve Morse and he will be discussing “The Genealogy of Renee Kaufman: A Case Study.”

Stephen P. Morse is the creator of the award-winning genealogy One-Step Webpages ( Steve will present a case study showing how, starting with minimal information, he used his One-Step tools plus a few other websites to create an entire family history — in about four hours! He will also demonstrate how to find records despite misspellings and how to avoid accepting incorrect information.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Irish genealogy group to meet Saturday


The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s speaker, Steve Morse, will discuss “One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools.” Mr. Morse, creator of the One-Step Webpages, will describe the range of tools available on his site ( and give the highlights of each one.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Social break at 10:45 a.m. and the featured speaker will begin at 11:15 a.m.

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

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered this week covering occupations, legislative petitions, and Colonial German ancestors.

The Illinois Genealogical Society will present “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records” on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. Our ancestors’ occupations are a way of identifying them. Exploring records created about occupation and employment can yield specific information about the ancestor, help place the ancestor in historical and social context, and spark ideas for further research.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions” on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. As colonists and as citizens of the new United States, Americans were fiercely protective of their right to petition their government. Whether the issue was forming new counties, building bridges and highways, or some matter of public concern, our ancestors made their voices heard in legislative petitions that are a treasure trove for genealogists.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Desperation, Displacement, Determination and Deuteronomy: Colonial Germans and What We Can Learn about Them” on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Our early Germanic ancestors’ desperation led them to board ships for a three-month journey into the unknown. What factors drove them from Europe? How did walled towns, guilds, and social status determine who emigrated? Once here, how did their religion determine what records may exist for them and those to whom they might be related? We’ll explore these topics and discuss existing records and where they are located.

To register for the webinar, go to:

More NY State records added to death index website

New additions for New York State have been made to the website Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records.

Allegany County Historical Genealogy Indexes (includes cemetery burials and obituaries)
Cattaraugus County: Olean Public Library Obituary Database (for the 1980s and 1990s; not complete)
Herkimer County: Herkimer Evening Telegram Obituary Index
Niagara County: Lockport Union Sun and Journal Obituary Index, 1900-1903 and 2007-2011
Ontario County: Woodlawn Cemetery Burials (Canandaigua, New York)
Oswego County: Town of Granby Cemeteries
Rensselaer County: Town of Nassau Cemeteries
Rensselaer County: Stephentown Cemeteries Name Index

To see all the listings, go to:

D. Joshua Taylor to be featured on talk radio program

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Forget Me Not Blog Talk Radio, hosted by Jane E. Wilcox, will present and interview of D. Joshua Taylor on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m.

D. Joshua Taylor, new president of the New York Genealogical Society and host of The Genealogy Roadshow, joins Jane to talk about the direction the NYG&B will be taking when its new strategic plan is implemented.

Josh will also talk about his experiences as one of the hosts of the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Find out what it’s like behind the scenes for the hosts and more.

To listen to the program, go to: