Archives for June 2017 offers free access to its collections offers free access to its collections, the website of the New England Historical Genealogical Society, is offering free access to its website from now until midnight on Thursday, July 5.

Search and browse free among 1.4 billion names on the website. You will need to set up a free guest account to take advantage of this offer. With the guest account you will also have access to many of the webinars on the site.

To start searching go to:

FamilySearch to discontinue microfilm distribution services

On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.

According to a recent press release, the change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology.

• Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide.
• The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.
• Family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home.

For more information on FamilySearch, go to:

Two free webinars to cover DNA testing and Canadian research

Two genealogy webinars will be offered on Wednesday, June 28.

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “How to use to Optimize Your DNA Testing Experience” at 8 p.m.

This webinar will cover how to download raw DNA data, upload to, and learn how to use the tools available on the website. The presenter will discuss each tool and its usefulness in detail. Attendees should have some exposure to autosomal testing and should have tested with at least one company.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Canada’s Top 10” at 2 p.m.

Explore the top 10 websites for researching your Canadian and Ontario ancestors. Learn where to find the best online resources for Canadian record groups as census, immigration, birth, marriage and death records, newspapers and more to help you get a jump on your research.

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

Loyalty investigations to be subject of free webinar

A free webinar will be offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thuresday, June 29 at 1 p.m.

The First World War inspired patriotism in both native-born and immigrant Americans. At the same time, some immigrant groups fell under suspicion of being disloyal to the U.S. war effort. So, in the years surrounding the war, the Bureau of Naturalization investigated the loyalty of naturalizing immigrants to ensure that only fully qualified immigrants became citizens.

This webinar examines the Bureau of Naturalization’s loyalty investigations during the war and the Bureau’s efforts to revoke citizenship from naturalized citizens it deemed disloyal. In the webinar, you will learn about the Bureau’s wartime activities through primary-source examples of loyalty investigation files and cancelled certificate of naturalization files.

To join the webinar, go to:
and find the June 29 webinar “Disloyalty, Naturalization, and World War I” and click “Attend Session” just before it starts at 1 p.m. offers free access to records this weekend

The genealogy website is making all its British and Irish record collections free starting today and running through Monday, June 26 at 6:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Historical newspapers are not included in the free access.

You will need to create a free username and password to access the records. To get started searching, go to:

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Three local genealogy societies will meet this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet on Saturday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at the Brentwood Public Library. This month’s topic will be “What’s It All About: DNA Test” presented by Patricia Kellner. For more information, call 631-273-7883.

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday at the Patchogue-Medford Library at 10 a.m. The topic this month will be “Tracking Your Family in Google Earth.” For more information, call 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, June 25, at the Y-JCC in Plainview.
This month’s topic will be “The Rest of the Story: Finding Your Family in Online Newspapers” presented by
Janeen Bjork.

Janeen applies to genealogy the skills she developed in a 30-year career as a television researcher. Her own family tree is illustrated with newspaper stories that range from the mundane to the sensational. In this presentation, she will discuss some of the characters she has discovered and to the research methods that made it possible for her to find and preserve their legacies.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Family History Library to offer free genealogy webinars

The Family History Library will offer a series of free webinar during the month of June. All times listed below are Eastern Standard Time.

Tuesday, June 13 – 3 p.m. – How to Find Ancestors in Digitalarkivet

Tuesday, June 20 – 3 p.m. – Tracing Pre-1900 British Army Ancestry

Wednesday, June 21 – 3 p.m. – Using the Genteam Website for Austrian and Czech Research

Thursday, June 22 – 3 p.m. – Using ScotlandsPeople

Thursday, June 22 – 5 p.m. – The Blue and the Gray – Finding U.S. Civil War Records

Wednesday, June 28 – 1 p.m. – Introducing Danish Probates

To attend any of these free webinars, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, June 17, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Genealogy Tips and Tricks at 10 a.m. and Ask the Experts will begin at 10:45 a.m. This month’s speaker will be Guy Fairstein and he will discuss “The Surrogate’s Court and its Records.” Fairstein, an attorney and genealogist, will talk about surrogate court proceedings and the records generated that may be useful to genealogists.

There will be no meetings in July and August.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Several free webinars set for this week

Several free genealogy webinars will take place this week covering preservation, migration in the South and DNA research.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Preserving Old Letters: Tips From An Archivist” on Tuesday, June 13 at 9 p.m. Old Family Letters. If you are fortunate enough to have some, they are a true family treasure. Writing letters is also a thing of the past, something that is not done anymore, all the more reason why we should collect, save and most importantly preserve the letters that we do have in our family records collections. This webinar will cover the ways you can preserve your family letters so that they are protected for generations to come.

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

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Gone to Florida! Tracking Migrants from Antebellum South Carolina” on Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Tracing ancestors who moved can be difficult, especially in southern states with burned counties. Learn methods and sources for tracking migrants from antebellum South Carolina to Florida. This webinar explores the historic context for migration in the territorial and early statehood period and describes the steps used in cluster research into ancestors who moved.

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

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing” on Friday, June 16 at 2 p.m. So you have had your autosomal DNA tested- now what? Come learn in 45 minutes what would take you hours to read about online, and leave armed with enough information to start making your DNA work for you.

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

Free live streaming set for SCGS Jamboree 2017

The Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree 2017 will have 14 sessions live streaming for free. Times listed below are Eastern Standard Time.

You need to register to view the broadcasts. To register, go to:

Friday, June 9
4-5 p.m. – Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist
7-8 p.m. – Treasures in Township Records
8:30-9:30 – From Famine to Plenty – Finding My Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories

Satruday, June 10
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy
1 – 2 p.m. – Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses – Documenting Women
2:30-3 p.m. – Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus
5-6 p.m. – Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Technology Reesources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records
8-9 p.m. – DNA vs. Irish Annals

Sunday, June 11
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online
1-2 p.m. – Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy
3;30-4:30 p.m. – What’s New in Eastern European Genealogy
5-6 p.m. – Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books

Sessions will be available to watch before midnight on July 10. 2017 at the Jamboree Registration and Viewing Portal.