Archives for December 2016

West Hempstead obituary index updated

The West Hempstead Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes 700 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 1963. 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

You can access the link by clicking on the words just above this blog posting or click on
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Highlights in the genealogy community for 2016

Here are some highlights of genealogy news from this year. Here’s hoping 2017 will provide us with even more things to celebrate.

1. The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records was very busy. The group files Freedom of Information requests to make vital records or vital record indexes available to the public. They have filed FOI requests so far in New York, New Jersey and Missouri and have had success in New York and New Jersey.

2. New episodes were shown of “Who Do You think You Are?”, “Genealogy Roadshow” and “Finding Your Roots”.

3. A new genealogy website was created called Genealogy dot Coach, where people can pay an expert for short times periods, such as 15 minutes, to help them with a specific genealogy problem.

4. Two of our local genealogy organizations – The German Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogy Group – were listed in Family Tree Magazine Best State Genealogy Websites for 2016.

5. Preserve the Pensions, a community digitization group, raised the funds needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension application files held at the National Archives.

6. The genealogy website MyHeritage now has its own DNA test kit available.

7. indexed 106,586,752 records in 2016 with the help of 319,673 volunteers.

8. This blog author created a West Hempstead (NY) obituary index and now has almost 700 entries.

New databases added to German Genealogy Group website

New databases added to German Genealogy Group website

The German Genealogy Group, which meets monthly at the V.F.W. in Hicksville, has recently added new databases to its website.

*The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum database is an index to almost 4,000 people mentioned in records in the collection of the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. These records comprise a very wide variety of record types, including whaling ship crew lists, whaling ship captains, owners and investors, letters, accounts with local merchants, deeds, obituaries, articles, poems and genealogies.

*The U.S. Customs Service Personal Histories of Employees database is an index to 21 volumes containing the personal histories of employees of the U. S. Customs Service in New York City. The records cover the period in which employees were appointed between 1891 and 1918. Each page gives a brief history of a single employee. The birth dates in the records run from the early 1800s up to the early 1900s.

*The Bavaria and Platz Emigration database has had 12,000 additional names added this month.You can find the name of the town your Bavarian and Pfalz ancestors emigrated from by using this database. This database has been compiled from emigration notices printed in newspapers as one of the conditions to legally emigrate from Bavaria. Most of records are from 1832 to 1873.

*The Trinity Reformed Church database has an index to baptism, marriage and funeral records. The Trinity Reformed Church is located at 66-30 60th Place in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. The index includes: Baptism Records: 1869-1881, 1944-1987; Marriage records – 1855-1995; and Funeral Records: 1915-1962, 1966-1987.

*** Please note the databases on this website encompass all ethnic groups, not just those of German ancestry.***

To access these and other databases, go to the club website at:

Four genealogy webinars to be offered

Why not end your year by listening to one or more of these free webinars.

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will present “Eight Common Mistakes That Genealogists Make and How to Avoid Them” on Tues. Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. This program highlights some of the common mistakes made by genealogists researching their family history as well as strategies that help overcome them. Discussion topics include basic research methodologies (alternate records selection tables), documenting and citing sources, use of research logs, and planning for the future.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “No, No Nanette – What Negative Evidence Is and Isn’t” on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Negative evidence is the hardest type of evidence to understand or use in genealogical research. Learn more about what negative evidence is — and what it isn’t — and how to use it.

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

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Mapping and Sharing Your Ancestor’s Military Experience” on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. Whether a relative or ancestor was in the Revolutionary War or in Afghanistan you can map and record their experience using records, images, letters, diaries, etc. to better understand, share or preserve that piece of their life.

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

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving” on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. Although most researchers are aware of tax records, they are seldom utilized and dismissed as boring and insignificant. Tax records can solve MANY genealogical dilemmas and should be a primary record source to utilize. Clues to family relationships, further research, vital information, migration, and more can be found within these amazing records.

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

Jewish Genealogy Group to meet this Sunday

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

This month’s speaker will be Brooke Schreier Ganz, founder of the new not-for-profit activist group Reclaim the Records.

Reclaim the Records uses state Freedom of Information requests to obtain inaccessible genealogical and archival records and then freely return them to the public. Brooke will describe RTR’s recent victories – including the release of NYC marriage and voter registration records — and will teach you how to file your own Freedom of Information requests for records that you would like to see returned to the public domain.

For more information, go to:

Four free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Find some time this week to listen to one or more of these interesting genealogy webinars.

The Illinois Genealogical Society will present “Without the Hint – There is Not Story” on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. Oral history, passing remarks and casual conversations can lead to a journey to discover the family story. The value of listening rather than discounting information can set the stage to crack a brick wall. This webinar is a case study of a casual conversation (a little hint) that opens the door to finding an amazing family story, which spans through an array of events and a myriad of records.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “From the Heartland – Utilizing Online Resources” on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. From Wisconsin to Missouri, many free online resources are available if you know where to look. This webinar will explore where to find and how to use these resources. Creative techniques for finding future sites will also be discussed.

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

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Organize Your Research – Paper and Computer Files” on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Are you knee deep in piles of papers? Do you have a hard time finding digitized records on your computer? This webinar will give tried and true methods of organization for your paper records and computer records.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Tracing Your European Ancestors” on Friday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Europe is a Continent with different languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research. This presentation looks at the obstacles and pitfalls a researcher may encounter, and the major historical events are identified, especially the impact of the world wars and regional conflicts, border changes and movements of populations.

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

New index created for 1890 NYC Police Census recently released a new index to the 1890 Police Census of New York City.

This index includes 87% of the people recorded in the census – about 1,478,000 names. The previous index, available on, only contained 3% of those indexed.

The index covers 894 of the original 1,008 volumes. The remaining 114 volumes no longer exist.

The census is called the “Police Census” because police acted as enumerators. It was taken after the 1890 federal census because the New York City government felt that not all of the city’s residents had been enumerated.

Once you identify someone in the index, you can request copies of the microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or copies of the microfilm are available at many repositories such as the New York Public Library main library on Fifth Avenue.

To use the new index, go to:

World War II records free during December

World War II records free during December

ww2-img1 is offering free access to all its World War II content for the month of December.

Some of the content in this collection includes:
*World War II Draft Registration Cards
*Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls
*Submarine Patrol Records
*Missing Air Crew Reports
*World War II Diaries
*Navy Muster Rolls
*World War II Allied Military Conferences
*World War II Military Studies

You will need to set up a free user name and passport to view the records. For more information,
go to:

Two free webinars offered on Dec. 7

Two free webinars will be offered on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Becoming a Genealogy Detective” at 2 p.m. Chances are, if you have spent any time at all working to compile your family history, you have run into difficulty finding at least one elusive relative & maybe even several of them! Within the genealogy community this experience is commonly referred to as a “brick wall.” Some of brick walls may seem impossible to solve, today. However, as my mother often told me, “Nothing in life is impossible, some things just take a little longer to accomplish than others.” Learn how to approach and solve seemingly complex problems by becoming a “Genealogy Detective”.

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

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Wisconsin Research in a Nutshell” at 8 p.m. The webinar will explore both the standard — and some not so standard — resources for Wisconsin genealogical research, including: Vital records & their restrictions; Local records—land, probate, courts; The Wisconsin Historical Society; The Area Research Center Network; Digital Collections; The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society; Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, The Norwegian American Genealogical Center; and church record availability.

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

Free webinar focuses on decoding web site links

The Southern California Genealogical Society Will present “The Case of the Broken Link – Decoding the URL” on Sat. Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.

Web site addresses appear to be long, complicated, and mysterious. Navigating through the web leads you from link to link, web page to web page, site to site, and server to server – all in a matter of a few clicks. How can you sort out separate web sites? How can you track down a new URL for a broken link or a broken bookmark? What happens when your source citation for a web site contains a URL that suddenly disappears? This webinar will break down this technical topic to help you easily hunt down the URL you need.

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