Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, Apr 6, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville.

This month’s topic will be “The Geissenhainers, Influential Lutheran Pastors of New York City. Their Lives and Legacy to the Genealogical Community” presented by Bob Greiner, GGG member.

The Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer Sr. and Jr. – father and son – were prominent Lutheran pastors in New York City for over 70 years in the 19th century. They had a profound influence on the lives of German immigrants in the city, to whom they ministered. The pastors also left a legacy of records that are a gold mine for genealogists whose ancestors came through New York City during a period of escalating German immigration. This presentation will describe the lives of the pastors, the records they produced, and their contributions to society. It will also examine the early history of St. Matthew’s and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Churches.

There is an Orientation session at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to the club website at:

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, April 8, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s speaker will be Marie Scalisi who will discuss “Using FamilySearch.” Marie is a genealogist, author and researcher with 30 years of experience. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research and has been a member of the Italian Genealogical Group since the first meeting.

Members who cannot attend the meeting in person will be able to access it remotely. You must contact the group in advance. Details will be emailed prior to the meeting.

For more information, go to the club website at:

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