Archives for November 2016

Albany County military headstone database added to website

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society has recently added a collection of records for headstones for Civil War and Spanish American War Veterans.

New York State, as well as many other states, passed legislation to provide for the care, burial and erection of headstones for veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. All counties in New York State were required to provide headstones for these veterans.

The database contains almost 1,000 names for Albany County. Information in the database includes: veteran name, unit name, veteran of which war, name of cemetery and location of cemetery.

To search this database, go to: and click on Projects. Under the Projects category, scroll down to Military.

Two local groups make Best State Genealogy Websites list

Family Tree Magazine recently announced its 75 Best State Genealogy Websites 2016 and two local genealogy groups have made the list.

The Germany Genealogy Group, which meets at the V.F.W. in Hicksville, and the Italian Genealogy Group, which meets at the Bethpage Public library, were both mentioned for their indexes to births, marriages, deaths, naturalizations and church records in New York City and Long Island.

Also listed for New York State were: Old Fulton Post Cards, which is known for its digitized historical newspapers and Sampubco, which has indexes to New York wills.

To see the complete listing of all the state websites, go to:

Municipal Archives adds more marriage licenses to collection

The New York City Municipal Archives, at 31 Chambers Street, recently received the 1930-1949 marriage licenses from the New York City Clerk’s Marriage Bureau.

These licenses are available to the public in the reference room. Previously, these documents had to be requested from the Marriage Bureau on Worth Street in Manhattan.

Copies of the marriage licenses can be ordered in person or by mail right now but online ordering will not be available until January 2017.

For more information about these documents or other genealogy holdings, go to the Municipal Archives website at:

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Three local genealogy groups will be meeting this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Genealogy Tips and Tricks program at 10 a.m. led by Kathleen McGee. She will share research tips for both new and experienced genealogists. Following this, there will be an Ask the Experts session.

The featured speaker this month will be Toni McKeen who will discuss “Organizing Your Genealogy.” Ms. McKeen will show methods to organize what you have and where to go find what you still need. The program will features a genealogy tree program, helpful websites and handouts.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Also on Saturday, the Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet at the Patchogue-Medford Library at 10 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Melissa Johnson and she will discuss “Introduction to British Genealogy.” For more information, contact the library at 631-654-4700

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Mid Island Y-JCC in Plainview at 2 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots” presented by Andrew Zalewski.

Austrian Galicia, the region that from 1772 to 1918 spanned parts of today’s Poland and Ukraine, is the subject of Dr. Zalewski’s book which reflects on centuries of Jewish history in the region, on the interaction between its ethnic groups, and on the debates and tensions within the diverse Jewish community. Dr. Zalewski has discovered many voices that had long been forgotten, as well as surprising details about his own family. His talk will be illustrated by genealogical findings and by archival pictures and old maps of Galicia.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Many free webinars set for this week

A variety of free webinars will be offered this week. You need to register for any of the webinars you would like to attend.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Dating Family Photographs – 1900-1940” at 2 p.m. Do you have a shoebox full of early 20th century family pictures with no labels indicating who the people were? Wouldn’t you like to learn how to analyze the photos systematically to pinpoint when they may have been taken? That’s what this webinar will teach you.

To register, go to:

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Cools Tools for Publishing Your Family History” at 8 p.m. This presentation covers options for publishing your work and methods for sharing it with others, including: Booklets and family newsletters, Books (Self publishing options), Blogs, and more. The focus will be on utilizing technology and online publishing tools. The talk will also include a brief discussion of copyright/privacy issues and concerns.

To register, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The Ancestor Deep-Dive” at 9 p.m. Too often our research is driven by sources. We look for an ancestor in all the sources we’ve heard about, and we only break new ground when we hear about new ones. This class will teach a methodology for creating a research plan centered around the *discoveries* we want to make, not the *pathways* we think are available for getting there. The first half of the presentation will cover how to generate an answer-centric research plan. The remainder will show how we work backwards from our desired answers to determine what sources might contain the elusive information.

To register, go to:

Thursday, November 17
The Florida State Genealogy Society will present “Using Civil War Pension Records” at 8 p.m. The U.S. Civil War involved most of the families in the country at that time. It was a traumatic era in our history, but the records created from the pension files can provide a wealth of information. Case studies of actual pension files will show examples of the data in the files and how to analyze the information to develop a plan to further research.

To register, go to:

Friday, November 18
Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Nature & Nurture – Family History for Adoptees” at 2 p.m. Two sisters, one adopted and one not, discuss the underlying concepts of genealogy for adoptees and their families. Come learn the difference between nature and nurture genealogy. The adoptee’s biological “nature” family history, enhanced by careful use of DNA testing, can fill in blanks where records can’t and help adoptees better understand their biological origin. The adoptive family’s history can help explain the formative “nurture” foundation of an adoptee’s life and create connections with adoptive family members and the adoptive family narrative.

To register, go to:

Access Swedish church records for free this weekend

Access Swedish church records for free this weekend


The Swedish website, ArkivDigital is offering free access to its Swedish church records today and tomorrow.

There are about 64 million color images covering various kinds of historical documents such as church
records, court records and inventory of estates.

If you are not registered with the site already, you will need to fill out the registration form on the website.

In addition, in order to browse and read the digital documents (like Swedish church records and search in the indexes, you need to install their software, ArkivDigital 2.0-beta.

To access the records, go to:

Online New York City directories available through NYPL

New York Public Library is digitizing its New York City directories and will make them available free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal.

Currently the years available in the digital collections range from 1849/50 through 1881/82. City directories through 1923 have already been scanned and will be going online in the coming months. Ultimately the directories will be text searchable.

City directories include not only residential listings but also listings of businesses, religious organizations, courts, police stations, and orphanages.

To browse through the current collection of directories, go to: and in the search box use “New York City Directories.”

Family History Library to offer free webinars

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be having several free webinars during November.

Monday, Nov. 14 – 3 p.m. – Reivers and Relatives: Ancestors Along the Anglo-Scottish Border

Tuesday, Nov. 15 – 4 p.m. – Exploring Danish Census Records Online

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – 3 p.m. – Lost in London: Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England’s Largest City

Thursday, Nov. 17 – 1 p.m. – Learn How to Use the Online, Fully Searchable Meyer’s Gazetteer

Tuesday, Nov. 22 – 3 p.m. – Using Digital Libraries for Germany Family History Research

To get more information about these webinars, go to:

Free access to military records on

Free access to military records on


In honor of Veterans’ Day, will have FREE ACCESS to over 70 million military records starting today until Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:59 p.m.

This will include free access to:
*U.S. and Canada military records
*United States Army enlistment records
*United States Civil War Pension File Index records
*Revolutionary War Pensions
*Civil War soldiers, sailors, veterans and medal records.
*British military Records
*British Royal Navy and Royal Air Force collections
*POW records in our exclusive Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection.
*World War II casualty records
*Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 records
*Military Nurses 1856-1994 records

To start searching the records, go to:

Tomorrow at 11 a.m., Findmypast will be hosting a free webinar presented by in-house military expert, Paul Nixon. In “Unpicking the past: revealing secrets in old military photographs”, Mr Nixon will demonstrate how anyone can turn detective using old military photographs, military records and historic newspapers to uncover clues which in turn open up further avenues of research.

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will be meeting this Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “Translating Italian Documents” and the speaker will be Elena Florenzano of the Thinking Italian Language School.

There will be a help session at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, go to the club website at: