Archives for October 2016

Jewish Genealogy group to meet on Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, October 30 from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be presented by Fred Voss and is entitled “Stories from Ellis Island From the Perspective of a Tour Guide at Ellis Island National Park.”

Ellis Island opened on January 1, 1892 as the nation’s first federal immigration entry point. For 32 years, it was the busiest U.S. inspection station, processing over 12.5 million people. Fred Voss, a professional genealogical researcher, educator, and lecturer, volunteers at Ellis Island, leading tours of the recently re-opened hospitals on the island’s south side. He will give an illustrated talk about the past, present and future of this iconic American landmark and he’ll share some of his favorite immigration stories.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Virtual genealogy fair set for today and Thursday

Today and tomorrow the National Archives is hosting a two-day, Virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast.

Viewers have the opportunity to participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube. All of the session videos and handouts will be available on the Virtual Genealogy Fair website free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience. Registration is not required.

The list of times, speakers and topics is at

You can watch today’s presentations beginning at 10 a.m. at

The presentations for Thursday will be at

Local genealogy groups to meet this Saturday

Two local genealogy groups will have meetings this Saturday, October 22.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Brentwood Public Library. The topic this month will be “Fire Insurance Maps – the Google Maps of Their Day.”

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 made of communities large and small and many communities had multiple maps created between 1895 and 1920. These maps today offer an incredible window into the past, illustrate the evolution of these
communities, and describe the physical environment of the lives of our ancestors

For more information, contact Mary Ann at 631-273-7883.

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will also meet from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library. This month’s speaker will be Rich Rossin and he will be discussing “Sons of the American Revolution.” Rich is the registrar of the Long Island chapter of the S.A.R.

For more information, go to the library website at: or call 631-654-4700.

Free access available to early New England records


The New England Historic Genealogical Society will be offering it early New England resources and databases for free from now through October 25.

Collections include the Early New England Families Study, Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700, the Great Migration Study Project, and back issues of the Mayflower Descendant journal.

In order to access this collection, you will need to set up a free guest account. To start using these records, go to:

Kenyetta Berry to present program in NYC on Nov. 2

Genealogy Roadshow host Kenyetta Berry will be speaking at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.

Her topic will be “From Virginia to New York: An African-American Family’s Journey to Upstate New York.”

This Detroit native’s ancestors migrated to Michigan in the late 1920s from the greater Rochester area, where they have lived since the late 1880s. Come learn more about her family’s journey to the Greater Rochester area from Culpeper County, Virginia. Using newspapers, town clerks, libraries, primary resources and oral history she has been able to discover more about her diverse family history in Upstate New York.

With nearly 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing, Kenyatta Berry focuses on African-American and slave ancestral research.

Reservations are required to attend the lecture. You can respond to or call 212-755-8532 x206 with the date of the event and your name.

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered this week covering the Civilian Conservation Corp, African-American Genealogy and common genealogy mistakes.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present “Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Genealogy Resources in the Civilian Conservation Corp” on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Tens of thousands of young men came together to serve in the vanguard of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program. Discover some of your ancestors who may have worked and served with the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1942.

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

Georgia Genealogical Society will present “African-American Genealogy and DNA” on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. This webinar will present cases where DNA enabled the presenter to populate his family tree. DNA was the direct piece of evidence that identified or confirmed ancestors, which linked perfectly with the circumstantial and indirect evidence that were gathered. The webinar will also show how DNA enabled the presenter to break down that “1870 Brick Wall” to document enslaved ancestors.

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

Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Pits I Have Fallen In and How to Avoid Them” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. The best thing about making mistakes is the opportunity to learn from them. In this webinar, the presenter will examine eight commonly-held but incorrect assumptions and consider some strategies and resources to help head off errors before they happen.

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

Local genealogy groups to meet Saturday and Monday

Two local genealogy groups will be meeting this Saturday and Monday.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Bethpage Public Library. At 10 a.m. there will be a Tips and Tricks session followed by an Ask the Experts session.

The featured speaker will be Joseph Coen, archivist with the Brooklyn Diocese. He will discuss the genealogy-related holdings of the Doicesan Archives, including sacramental, marriage dispensation and school records. He will also discuss how to obtain these records.

For more information, go to the club website at:

The Connetquot Public Library will be having a genealogy program on Monday, Oct. 17 from 7-8:30 p.m.

This month’s speaker will be local genealogist Rhoda Miller, author of the book “Jewish Community of Long Island.” She will be discussing “Exploring Long Island’s Jewish Heritage.”

For more information, contact the library at 631-567-5079.

Jewish genealogy workshop scheduled for Nov. 6

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will presents its 26th Annual Family History Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Mid Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The workshop will provide an overview for beginners as well as a review for those who want to brush up on or expand their skills. Topics will include interviewing relatives; identifying ancestral towns; Holocaust research; using censuses, city directories, ship’s manifests, naturalizations, vital records, and other U.S. sources.

Registration incudes a one year full membership in the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, a PDF copy of the workshop manual “Jewish Genealogy 101” and a PDF copy of Avotaynu’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.”

Seating is limited. Registration is $45 through October 29 and $55 starting October 30 or at the door.

For more information, go to the club’s website at: or email

Nordic family history conference to take place Oct. 17-21

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be presenting a Nordic Family History Conference on Oct. 17-21. You don’t have to attend in person to benefit from the conference. Free webinars are being offered for all the programs.

You must pre-register online for the webinars and check ALL of the boxes you wish to attend. There will be five programs each day beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Program topics will include general information on Nordic research (on Monday) as well as programs for Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish research.

To see the schedule of programs, go to:

To register for conference programs, go to:

Three free webinars scheduled this week

There are three free genealogy webinars taking place this week.

The Illinois Genealogical Society will present “Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals” on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. Many years of social history, local/state history, military, and other serials aid in studying migration, land, military, churches, railroads, cemeteries, and other aspects of Midwestern ancestry. A plethora of FREE specialized finding aids, print and online access, and indexes exist. A journal might not mention a specific ancestor but may tell the story of a battle, town disturbance, or dispute in which an ancestor took part or observed.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Time and Place – Using Genealogy’s Cross-Hairs” on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. The more that beginning genealogists put themselves in the “time and place” of the ancestor for whom they are searching, the better the chances that they will do the most thorough search of all available records. See how learning an area’s history will help your family history.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will also present “Finding Your Ancestors’ German Hometown” on Friday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Can’t find the place your German ancestors came from? This webinar will help you gather information on how to find the place they called home. This will include looking into passenger lists and emigration records as well as what information their name and their faith can provide.

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