Archives for April 2017

Several free webinars offered by Family History Library

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be presenting several free webinars during May.

Wednesday, May 3 – 3 p.m. – Understanding Places in Ireland

Tuesday, May 9 – 1 p.m. – Norwegian Emigration: The Experience

Tuesday, May 9 – 1 p.m. – What is New at

Thursday, May 11 – 1 p.m. – Using Social Media for Family History

Tuesday, May 23 – 3 p.m. – Tracing Scottish Ancestry Online

Wednesday, May 24 – 4 p.m. – Databases for Swedish Genealogy

Thursday, May 25 – Noon – United States Census: Techniques and Strategies for Finding Elusive Ancestors

Thursday, May 25 – 3 p.m. Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England’s North Country

To attend any of these webinars, go to: and click on the May calendar to offer free access this weekend to offer free access this weekend

Findmypast is providing free access to their entire collection of birth, marriage, death and census records until 6 p.m. EST on Monday, May 1. In addition, all record matches on Findmypast Family trees will be completely free to view and explore.

Findmypast will also provide daily getting started guides, expert insights and useful how-to blogs over the course of the free access period.

The following records will be available for free:
*Over 595 million UK birth, marriages & death records including exclusive parish collections
*The Catholic Heritage Archive – an archive of over 13 million baptisms, marriages, burials and
sacramental registers from Ireland, Scotland, Westminster, Birmingham and Philadelphia
*Over 370 million US & Canadian vital records
*Over 9 million Irish census records including the 1901 & 1911 census
*Over 27 million Australian & New Zealand BMDS
*Over 257 million UK census records including all intact national censuses and early census fragments
*Over 704 million US & Canadian Census records
*Over 487,000 Australian & New Zealand Census records

You will need to set up a free username and password. To get started looking at records, go to:

Jewish genealogy society will meet this Sunday

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

This month the topic will be “The 1939 German Minority Census” and the speaker will be Michael Simonson.

The German Minority Census of 1939 was an enumeration by the Nazi authorities of over 400,000 Jews who lived in Germany, annexed Austria, and the Sudetenland in Spring 1939. It serves today as an important genealogical resource as well as a tool for understanding German-Jewish history and a record of victims of the Shoah.

Michael Simonson is an archivist at the Leo Baeck Institute in Manhattan, which holds the entire census on microfilm. He works closely with genealogists using the LBI and his genealogical skills have been called upon to solve cases of book restitution to descendants of the families of original owners.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free webinar to discuss Immigration Bureau and World War I

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will present a free webinar, “The Bureaus of Immigration and Naturalization and the Great War” on Thursday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. The Bureaus of Immigration and Naturalization, USCIS’s institutional precursors, supported the American war effort in many ways. For example, on the very night the U.S. declared war, immigration officers moved quickly to remove and detain German officers and crewmen from German ships in U.S. ports. During the war and well after the armistice, the Bureau of Naturalization worked to make immigrant soldiers and sailors into U.S. citizens. This webinar will use primary sources to provide an overview of the Bureaus of Immigration and Naturalization’s many roles during World War I.

To join the webinar, visit the USCIS History and Genealogy webinar page and click “Attend Session” just before the scheduled start time. This webinar will not be recorded.

For more information please visit

Who Do You Think You Are? final episode airs on Sunday

The final episode of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? will take place Sunday, April 23 on TLC at 10 p.m.

In this episode, Liv Tyler learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.

To see previous episodes of the show or for more information, go to the show website at:

Free webinars to cover land maps and criminal records

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Forget Me Not: Preserving Legacies with EPOCH” on Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. EPOCH (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage) is a website that allows anyone to create and publish a free obituary online. EPOCH was developed as a digital repository of user-contributed obituary information. Family and friends of the deceased can submit detailed obituaries as a tribute to their loved ones. This presentation will describe the history of EPOCH, demonstrate how to create a tribute, and share ideas on how it can be used with both historical and contemporary obituaries.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps” on Wednesday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Land ownership maps in this country are generally focused on the county level. Produced largely in the nineteenth-century in single sheet or atlas format, they were sold by subscription and also developed to commemorate events such as the centennial of the American Revolution. Property owners can also be found on military maps and other government published maps. Land ownership and residence can often be determined by correlating city directories with fire insurance maps.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Criminal Records” on Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m. In this webinar, learn to research black sheep ancestors, those relatives who might be difficult to research for any one of a number of different reasons. The presenter will talk about using ‘standard’ genealogical records (census, vital records, city directories, etc.,) but also cover other specific records available only for those who broke the law or came close to doing so, e.g. prison records. Recommendations will be given regarding the methodology of researching such characters.

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

Brentwood Library to host genealogy program on Saturday

The Brentwood Public Library will present a program this Saturday, April 22, from 10-11:30 a.m.

This month’s program will be “ABCs and 123’s of Researching Your Ancestor’s School Records.” Genealogist Melissa Barker will give a webinar on school records. This presentation will help you to know what school records could be available and where you can find them. Even if your ancestor didn’t go to school, this presentation will reveal school records where your ancestor just might be mentioned.

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

Free access to probate records at

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to 32 probate-related databases from today through midnight on Tuesday, April 25.

You need to create a free Guest Member account on to access the databases. These databases contain some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other New England colonies and states, as well as New York, and New Brunswick, Canada.

Probate records can be a powerful resource for genealogists and other researchers. These papers document legal decisions that explain how an individual’s estate is distributed to heirs, dependents, and creditors. Probates may list a person’s spouse, children, and other relatives. They may also contain important clues to a person’s financial status, by including a list of worldly possessions at the time of death.

Visitors to the website can watch “Using New England Probate Records,” a 60-minute webinar presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at NEHGS. The webinar offers guidance on how to get the most out of all probate records, with special emphasis on those resources available at the NEHGS library and archives and online at

To get started using these records, go to:

Several free webinars offered this week

Several free webinars will be offered this week covering government documents, the postal service, historic books and archiving your research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Genealogy in Government Documents” on Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. An often under used resource, evidence of kinship abounds in publication such as the Serial Set, American State Papers, and the Territorial Papers. This webinar will explore these publications and discover efficient ways to access them.

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

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Postmaster, Carriers and Railway Clerks: Genealogy Records of the USPS” on Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. Was your ancestor a mail carrier? Did they serve as postmaster? The Postal Service was officially created in 1792, elevated to a cabinet department in 1872, and finally transformed in 1971 to an official government agency. Records of the United States Post Office are an overlooked genealogical pathway worth the effort to search. Learn to conduct primary research at the National Archives where most of these records are stored.

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

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “So Many Historic Books: Where Can I Find My People?” on Wednesday, April 19 at 9 p.m. This webinar covers each major eBook repository: Google, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, Family Search, and Examples are presented for the best finding strategies and sites: Google Books, Corpora, Mocavo, Linkpendium, World Cat, and US Gen Web. Case studies emphasize the use of free sites.

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

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Be Your Own Digital Archivist” on Thursday, April 20 at 8 p.m. Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? This webinar will cover the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren’t going to disappear.

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

Who Do You Think You Are? continues this Sunday

The next episode of the genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? will take place Sunday, April 16 on TLC at 10 p.m. The one-hour episodes will bring surprising discoveries of historical significance.

This season’s celebrity contributors include:

*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.

For more information, go to the show website at: