Archives for June 2017

Family History Roundtable to meet this Wednesday

The Family History Roundtable will meet at the Connetquot Public Library on Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Cemetery Crowdsourcing” presented by Michael Cassara, a NYC-based professional genealogist. Cemeteries can be an invaluable research for genealogists. This talk will include interactive demonstrations showing collections and how to get the most research value from them. Topics that will be covered include: FindAGrave, BillionGraves and mobile apps.

The Connetquot Public Library is located at 760 Ocean Avenue in Bohemia. For more information, go to:

New York State Archives to be topic of Wednesday interview

The Forget-Me-Not Hour, hosted by Jane E. Wilcox, will present an interview with Jim Folts, head of researcher services at the New York State Archives, on Wednesday, June 7 at 10 a.m.

Jim will discuss the New York State Supreme Court of Judicature and its records. Find out the history of the court, what types of records the state archives holds, and the recent transfer of records from New York City to Albany.

While at the site, check out the archives for a recent interview with Jackie Graziano, archivist at the Westchester County Archives and Patrick Raftery, librarian for the Westchester County Historical Society. Find out how the archives and the historical society work together to preserve Westchester County history.

To listen to the broadcast, go to

Free webinars to focus on My Maps, Minnesota research

Two free genealogy webinars will be presented on Wednesday, June 7.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors” at 2 p.m. The resources for tracing Minnesota ancestry are plentiful and the number of indexes, digitized records, and microform editions are growing constantly. The plentiful published indexes, guides, and histories are also important to your research. Many of these are accessible no matter where you live. There is a wealth of information accessible via many methods and this session presents an overview of what is available for your search. Learn about vital records, probate, military, naturalization, prison, state hospital, state census, and others in this webinar.

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

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Using Google’s My Maps as a Research and Analysis Tool” at 8 p.m. Did you know you can create your own maps using Google’s My Maps? My Maps allows users to create custom maps which makes it a fantastic and easy-to-use research and analysis tool. Maps can be shared with others making it a great way to present your research to family and friends. This webinar will give an overview of My Maps, examples for why and how it can be useful for genealogy, and will go in-depth to demonstrate exactly how to create custom maps, including inserting lines, shapes, images, text, and more.

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

Genealogy classes to be offered June 5 and 12

The West Hempstead Public Library will present two genealogy research classes on Monday, June 5 and Monday, June 12 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The class on June 5 will focus on an introduction to two library databases: HeritageQuest Online and Library Edition. Using these databases and other websites, participants will learn how to search for birth, marriage and death records.

The class on June 12 will focus on searching for several types of records including census records, naturalization records, and military records. Using historical newspaper databases, participants will also search for death notice and/or obituaries.

For more information, call the Adult Reference Desk at 516-481-6591 ext. 22

DNA Genealogy Group to have first meeting on Saturday

DNA Genealogy Group to have first meeting on Saturday

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will have its first meeting this Saturday, June 3, at the Bethpage Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

Founding board members will present the group’s mission of helping each other use DNA information to aid in our genealogy. At the meeting there will be different groups by experience level and help everyone do more with our DNA.

The group will alternate its meeting location – meeting every other month at the Bethpage Public Library and the Patchogue-Medford Public Library.