Archives for May 2017

German Genealogy Group to meet tomorrow night

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, June 1, at the V.F.W Post in Hicksville.

There will be an orientation session at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This month’s program will be a Round Table Event. There will be ‘hosted’ tables with each host covering a specific topic. The scheduled hosts are Ken Bausert, Ruth Cipko, Barbara DeOliveira, Don Eckerle, Richard Haberstroh, Kathleen McGee, Steve Nathan and Jo Ann Schmidt. Some of the table topics will be Cemeteries, GGG Databases, DNA, Using, Land/Wills/Estates, and more.

There will be no meetings in July and August.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free genealogy webinar to focus on World War I research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors” on Wednesday, May 31 at 2 p.m.

Researching your World War 1 ancestors can be challenging. With the losses of records by fire in St. Louis in 1973 and stricter privacy laws; this lecture focuses on ways to reconstruct military service for family who served their country including records of draft registrations, war casualties, troop manifests, and many other related records.

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

Free webinar to focus on newspaper research

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “A Nose for News“ on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m.

Newspaper research can help to further genealogy research in many ways. Existence of a name in a newspaper can pinpoint a location for an ancestor at a particular time. Mentions in the legal notices, property records or shipping notices can provide clues for additional research avenues such as court records, deeds and passenger manifests. This webinar includes nearly 20 top tips for getting the most out of newspaper research.

Military records available for free this weekend

Military records will be free to use this weekend on both and is offering free access to all its World War II databases this weekend. The collection will be available through Monday.

You will need to set up a free account in order to view the records. To get started, go to:

In addition, is offering free access to all its military record collections. The collections will be available through Monday.

You will need to set up a free account in order to view the records. To get started, go to:

Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island to meet Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, May 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Critical and Creative Thinking for Genealogists” by Ron Arons.
Much attention has been paid in recent years to the standards of proof used by professional genealogists. But until now, no experts have discussed how to THINK. Ron Arons will discuss the best ideas from leaders in the field and will discuss strategies and tactics to improve the thinking and creativity we apply to solving genealogical problems.

Ron is the author of three books – “Mindmaps for Genealogists”, “The Jews of Sing Sing” and “WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records.”

For more information, go to the club website at:

NYS Genealogical Death Index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths up to March 1967.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes deaths for the five boroughs of New York City.

The index provides the date of death, gender, age at death, New York State file number and residence code. In order to interpret the residence code number, you must go to the far right of the page and click on the red tab that says About. Scroll down to attachments and open either the third attachment for Out of State codes or the fourth attachment for New York State Gazetteer.

To search the index, go to:

Property records to be topic of free genealogy webinar

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “State-Land States and Federal-Land States: Researching U.S. Land Records” on Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m.

Land and property records are among the most numerous documentary evidence for genealogists. Deeds, tax lists, liens, and scores of related records can tell you when your ancestor bought and sold land, where the property was located, its sale value, and more. The transfer of property from a deceased person to another may provide the only evidence of the exact date of death. This seminar presents an introduction to land survey records using the state land state survey method and the township and range method. Many land and property documentation types are discussed.

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

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, May 20, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Tips and Tricks program at 10 a.m., followed by an Ask the Experts session at 10:30 a.m. The featured program will begin at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s program will be “Critical and Creative Thinking for Genealogists” presented by Ron Arons.

For more information, go to the club website at:

If you can’t make the Irish Family History Forum meeting, Mr. Arons will also be presenting the same program on Sunday, May 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island monthly meeting.

Free Pennsylvania resources available through Tuesday

Now through midnight on Tuesday, May 23, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and American Ancestors will offer free access to many Pennsylvania genealogical resources on

Family historians may search databases for Pennsylvanian ancestors and register for a free webinar on Pennsylvania genealogical research methods. In the webinar, special attention is given to early German, Scots-Irish, Welsh, Quaker and Mennonite immigration. A discussion of standard and unique genealogical resources for researchers is also included.

Additional educational resources and features provided by NEHGS on Pennsylvania genealogy for free with registration as a free Guest Member on

To set up your free account and to get started searching your Pennsylvania ancestors, go to:

Free genealogy webinars focus on one place studies, preserving your research

Several free genealogy webinars will take place this week covering one place studies, illegitimacy and futureproofing your genealogy.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Misbegotten Children: Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate” on Tuesday, May 16 at 8 p.m. Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we discover more andmore about ourfamily’s history. Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use
many available resources to help us in our research.

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

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “One Place Studies in North America” on Wednesday, May 17 at 9 p.m. Are you just getting started with your one-place study? The first steps are important – picking a place, setting some boundaries, organizing your software, and incorporating those online and offline records. This is one specialized study that will help you see your family’s place in a new light!

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

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “After You’re Gone: Futureproofing Your Genealogy Research” on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. Have you ever considered what will happen to your years of genealogy research once you’re gone? Learn how to ensure that your hard work carries on. Through a combination of planning, common sense, and new technologies, we’ll review how to create an action plan for preserving your genealogy research.

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