Archives for March 2017

Webinar on Scottish research set for Saturday

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Finding Scottish Ancestors Online” on Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m.

This webinar teaches you how to find and use digital resources for Scottish ancestors. Essential to little-known records here and in Scotland are covered. Church and civil records, censuses, mapping and geography, organizations, and cultural resources help you find more Scottish ancestors.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6326208754612234500

Who Do You Think You Are? continues on Sunday

The next episode of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? will take place Sunday, March 26 on TLC at 10 p.m. The one-hour episodes will bring surprising discoveries of historical significance.

This season’s celebrity contributors include:

*Jessica Biel – who learns surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.

*Smokey Robinson – searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives.

*John Stamos – digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.

*Liv Tyler – learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.

*Noah Wyle – unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.

For more information, go to the show website at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Local genealogy groups to meet this week

The Conneqyot Public Library will have a genealogy program on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

This month’s program will be “Translating Italian Records” presented by Elena Florenzano. For more information, call 631-567-5079.

Two local libraries will have programs on Saturday, March 25. The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library will meet at 10 a.m.

This month’s program will be “Researching the Jewish Community on Long Island” presented by Rhoda Miller.
For more information, call 631-654-4700.

The Brentwood Public Library will also meet on Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. This month’s program will be”Hart Island” presented by Melinda Hunt. For more information, call 631-273-7883.

Free webinars to discuss vital records, surnames

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “I Found My Family On the Internet. Now What Do I Do?” on Tuesday, March 21 at 8 p.m. When you find that “fluttering leaf” attached to a possible ancestor, what do you do? When you are ready to post genealogical information on a website, how do you decide where to post your family information? Do you accept the answer given to you by the leaf? This webinar will review three levels of analysis so that you can make an informed decision on whether that fluttering leaf is one you ought to accept or whether that website is where you want to post.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4170405102061454851

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “What’s in a Name? Every Name Tells a Story,” on Wednesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. Surnames tell a fascinating story about our ancestors’ past. From origin to meaning, migration to frequency, learn how to find and include that story in your own family history.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3635118862507929091

The Georgia Genealogical Society Will present “Beyond the Basics : Vital Records and Related Sources” on Wednesday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Beginning genealogists, more often than not, neglect to review vital records for family members and relatives, both dead and living. Birth, marriage, death and divorce records help to place our ancestors in a particular time and place. Learn where to find vital records, how to analyze them, as well how to locate the many related sources that can provide vital record information when originals can’t be found.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6809528778013308418

Free passenger list webinar set for March 21

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar on Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m. entitled “Fact, Fiction, and Immigration Passenger Lists.”

Too often, assumptions we make get in the way of successful passenger list research. In this webinar, US Citizenship and Immigration Services records expert Marian Smith will revive and update a 2006 presentation about understanding passenger list arrival records.

Topics included will be the availability of such records (what records survived, are they complete?), how they were created (by whom, how, and where), and how preconceived notions can help or hinder research success. Smith will also reflect on changes in passenger list research over the last decade.

This webinar will not be recorded, so be sure to join us live. To attend the webinar, go to:
https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars#Webinars%20Schedule and click on Live Webinar Schedule and select the March 21 presentation.

Who Do You Think You Are? continues on Sunday

The next episode of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? will take place Sunday, March 19 on TLC at 10 p.m. The one-hour episodes will bring surprising discoveries of historical significance.

This season’s celebrity contributors include:

*Jessica Biel – who learns surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.

*Jennifer Grey – learns how her grandfather survived adversity to become a beacon of his community.

*Smokey Robinson – searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives.

*John Stamos – digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.

*Liv Tyler – learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.

*Noah Wyle – unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.

For more information, go to the show website at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

The Irish Family History Forum and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet Saturday, March 18, at the Bethpage Public Library.

At 10 a.m. education chairperson, Kathleen McGee, shares research tips for both new and experienced genealogists. At 10:30 a.m., Ask the Experts lets participants meet one-on-one with an experienced genealogist to ask a basic genealogy question.

This month’s program will be “Finding Your Irish Ancestral Place of Origin: Building a Bridge Back from Here” led by genealogist Terry Koch-Bostic. She will discuss how to search for Irish Ancestral Places of Origin.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet Sunday. March 19, at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Sousa Mendes’s List: The Search for Survivors” presented by Olivia Mattis.
Dr. Mattis is president and co-founder of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, which works to identify families who received lifesaving visas from the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes in Spring 1940. Sousa Mendes, stationed in Bordeaux, France, rescued thousands from the Holocaust — including 12 members of Dr. Mattis’s family — by providing them visas to Portugal.

Dr. Mattis will describe Sousa Mendes’s heroic efforts, which defied his government’s strict orders and for which he paid a steep personal price, and she’ll explain the process of learning more about the refugees.

For more information, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

Websites offer free access to Irish records

Two more genealogy websites will be offering free access to Irish records this week.

Ancestry.com will give free access to all its Irish records until Sunday, March 19 at 11:59 p.m. You will need to set up a free account to access the records.

To start searching the Irish records, go to: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/stpatricksday. From this page, you can also download a guide for finding Irish ancestors.

AmericanAncestors.org, the website of the New England Genealogical and Historical Society, will also be giving free access to Irish records through midnight on Wednesday, March 22. Access to records requires a free, brief sign-up on AmericanAncestors.org.

The promotion includes an hour-long webinar on Irish Resources, an online subject guide to locate key resources and records in Irish genealogy, and popular articles from the American Ancestors magazine about Irish and Irish American genealogy.

To start searching these records, go to: AmericanAncestors.org/Irish

Free Irish records available on Findmypast.com

The genealogy website Findmypast.com is offering free access to all its Irish records now through
7:59 p.m. on Friday, March 17.

Some of the free collections include:
*Birth, marriage and death records
*Court and prison records
*Census and land records
*Military records
*Social history and directory records

Excluded from this promotion is the Irish newspaper collection. You will need a free account to search the records.

To get started searching the records, go to: http://www.findmypast.com/explore-your-irish-ancestry/

Several free webinars scheduled this week

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Documenting Women in the Civil War” on Tuesday, March 14 at 9 p.m. Several thousand women served in the capacity of nurses and matrons during the Civil War, although the exact numbers are not known. Through carded service records, one can find the names of 20,000 women who served the Union Army. This webinar will look at the roles Civil War women played in various hospitals, campsites and medical units in the Civil War.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8176273406953966595

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Get Excited About your Pre-1870 African-American Research” on Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. Researching and documenting slaves and their ancestors before the 1870 census can be extremely challenging though not necessarily impossible. This webinar will discuss the obvious and some less obvious collections of records where relevant information might be found.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8664899673705691908

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Why Are Irish Records So Weird?” on Wednesday, March 15 at 2 p.m. Not all Irish records were destroyed in 1922, but the burning of the Public Record Office in that year did leave an immense gap. As a result, Irish genealogical research has to deal with idiosyncratic, fragmentary and sometimes marginally relevant records. This webinar unravels the ways in which marginal records have become essential for Irish research, and the peculiarities in using them online.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1635771314832934403

Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Find Your Family Stories in Online Newspapers, “ on Thursday, March 16 at 8 p.m. Beyond birth, death and marriage notices, historic newspapers can provide information that brings your ancestors and their world to life. Many of these newspapers are available on line at no cost. Learn how to find and use these valuable resources in your family history research.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3613522254804767491