Archives for January 2017

Two local genealogy groups to meet this week

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, Feb. 2, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there is an Orientation program at 7 p.m. The monthly program will begin at 7:30 p.m. This month’s program will be “Fact, Fiction or Fishtales: Proving Family Stories” presented by Kathy McGee. Family stories are often the foundation of our genealogical research but are these tales fact, fiction or just exaggerations of the truth? This lecture will show you how the presenter found the grains of truth in her family stories and uncovered more fascinating tales then she could have imagined.

Kathy McGee has been tracing her family history for the past 25 years. She presents the Tips and Tricks class before the Irish Family History Forum meetings at the Bethpage Library every month. Kathy has also been a volunteer family history librarian at the Plainview Family History Center for over 20 years and is a Board member and program coordinator for the Genealogy Federation of Long Island.

For more information, go to the club website at:

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Conklin Barn in Huntington. This month’s topic will be “Family Heirlooms and Treasures” presented by various club members.

For more information, call 631-427-7045.

More NYC marriage index images uploaded to Internet Archive

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records has recently uploaded more images to its index of marriages for New York City.

There are 176,136 images that have been added to the collection that is available on Internet Archive.
The images added are for the following years:
Manhattan: 1930-1945
Bronx: 1930-1945
Kings: 1930 – 1945
Queens: 1930 – 1947
Staten Island: 1939 – 1950

To view the images, go to: and search on “NYC marriage index” or “NYC Marriage Index” and your borough of interest – such as “NYC Marriage Index” and Queens.

The group is working on uploading more images in near future.

Two local genealogy groups to meet Saturday

Two local genealogy groups will be meeting this Saturday, Jan. 28.

This month’s program for the Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will be “Researching in the Black Hole, 1940s-1960” presented by the library’s genealogy librarian Kathy Then. The program will begin at 10 a.m., with a Help Session at 9:30 a.m.

Kathy will also be offering a program on “Online Historical Newspapers” on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. Both programs take place at the Patchogue-Medford Library. For more information, contact the library at 631-654-4700.

The Brentwood Genealogists will present a webinar entitled “Creating Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish” led by Lisa Alzo.

The program will take place at the Brentwood Public Library at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the library at 631-273-7883.

Free webinar to discuss connecting with other researchers

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Playing Nice in the Genealogy Sandbox” on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.

Genealogy is all about connecting with your ancestors. As part of this process, we often need to connect with other genealogists and share research. Learn the best ways to connect with other family historians and share resources including research, documents and research strategies. Discover the various methods of locating other researchers and the best practices to ensure that your work is shared and credited in a responsible manner.

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

Free webinar to discuss U.S. immigration records

The Historical Research Branch of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar entitled “Thinking Across Time: Researching USCIS Records” on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.

In this webinar, historical records expert Marian L. Smith will showcase late 19th and 20th century U.S. immigration and nationality records. She will discuss how using a timeline can help predict what immigration and naturalization records may exist for an ancestor and how to request records from USCIS.

This webinar will not be recorded.

To attend the webinar, go to:

Staten Island death index now available online

A new index to Staten Island death records has recently been added to the website of The German Genealogy Group. The index was created by volunteers.

The Richmond County Death Index includes 17,893 records from the following towns of Staten Island:
Castleton – 1881-1897
Edgewater – 1884-1897
Middletown – 1882-1897
Northfield – 1847-1849, 1872-1873, 1881-1897
Port Richmond – 1888 – 1897
Southfield – 1848-1852, 1882-1897
Tottenville – 1890-1897
Westfield – 1849-1852, 1882-1897

Copies of these records can be ordered from the Municipal Archives in Manhattan.

For more information or to search this index, go to the club website at: and from the left side of page select Database Searches, then Death Records, then Deaths (Early NYC Towns).

Also on the website is an index to Richmond County Births under Database Searches, then Birth Records, then Births (Early NYC Towns).

Two local groups to meet this weekend

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Genealogy Tips and Tricks session with Kathy McGee from 10-10:30 a.m. From 10:45-11 a.m. there will an Ask the Experts session.

This month’s speaker will be Philip Sutton who will discuss “Conducting Genealogical Research at the New York Public Library.” Mr. Sutton is a reference librarian at the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy. He will discuss NYPL’s genealogy collections with special focus on materials pertaining to Irish genealogy collections.

Fore more information, go to the club’s website at:

The Jewish Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Jan. 22, from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Yikhes: Researching Your Roots in New York Public Library’s Jewish Division” presented by librarian Amanda Seigel. Ms. Seigel will describe the division holdings and highlight some of the sources there for genealogical research. Her research specialties include Yiddish language and culture and American Jewish history.

For more informationg, go to the club’s website at:

Free webinars offered on photo identification, obituary research

Three free webinars will be offered today and tomorrow on a variety of topics.

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again” tonight at 8 p.m. Step into the 21st century with your photo identification! Every bit of a photograph – the thickness, the edges, the shape, and yes, even the image, can help you identify it. It’s not only what you look at in a photo, it’s how you look at it that counts. Even the most mundane items – the weather, the direction of street traffic – can be the clue that can solve a photo-mystery.

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

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Who Lived Next Door?” tonight at 9 p.m. Untangle individuals of the same name and solve genealogical mysteries using the “FAN Club” principle. This webinar will discuss methods for identifying FAN Club members and demonstrate the technique using case studies.

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

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Dissecting Obituaries for New Clues” tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. Obituaries are miniature biographies published when a person dies. They are just one of at least three possible death notices that you may encounter, and each can provide clues to your research for the deceased and the family. This webinar presents a methodology for dissecting an obituary, determining what information is provided or suggested, identifying record types that may be available, and determining where those records might be located and how to access them.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: offers free access to selected records will be offering free access to its birth, marriage, death and census collection beginning today and ending at 2:59 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Available record collections include:
British, Irish, Canadian, Australian, U.S. and New Zealand birth, marriage and death records and
British, Irish, Canadian, Australian, U.S. and New Zealand census records

You will need to set up a Free Account in order to access the free records.

To get started, go to:

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Bethpage Public Library. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Help Desk available starting at 9:30 a.m.

This month’s program will be “Ask the Experts.” There will be a panel of genealogy experts from the Italian Genealogy Group answering your questions. For this meeting, please submit questions in advance if possible. This will give the experts a chance to get the information you are requesting.

This is not a forum for very specific questions, such as how to find your great-grandfather. Use a question about information that’s been stumping you to form a more general question so that the answer might be helpful to many of the members.

Please submit questions via the club Facebook page or email

The Italian Genealogy Group website has recently been redesigned. For more information, and to see the new club website, go to: