Archives for July 2017

Patchogue library to sponsor genealogy research trip to NYC

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library will be sponsoring a Genealogy Research Bus Trip to New York City on Thursday, September 7.

The bus will leave the library at 7:30 a.m. and have two drop offs: the Municipal Archives in lower Manhattan or the Kings County Clerk Office/Surrogates Court. You must decide which archive before you sign up. The number of attendees is very limited due to the size of the archives. Lunch will be on your own. Pick up will be approximately 3 p.m. Return will be approximately 5:30 p.m.

Cost of the trip is $30 payable by cash or check made out to PML. In person registration will begin Tuesday, August. 1.

For more information, contact Kathy Then at or 631-654-4700.

Free genealogy webinar to discuss National Map Corps

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “The National Map Corps and Cemeteries” on Wednesday, July 26 at 8 p.m.

The mapping crowd-sourcing program, known as The National Map Corps (TNMCorps), encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data for The National Map, which includes the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and the US Topo map series. Of the structure types available to edit, cemeteries may be of particular interest to genealogists. This webinar will give an overview of TNMCorps with a focus on verifying cemetery points.

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

Beginner genealogy classes to be offered in Patchogue

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library will be offering a series of beginner genealogy classes on four consecutive Wednesday afternoons: July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Topics will be:
July 26 – What You Need to Know to Get Started
Aug. 2 – Where is My Ancestor Buried
Aug. 9 – What Ship Did My Ancestor Arrive On
Aug. 16 – Naturalization Records

All the classes are free and open to the public. For more information, call 631-654-4700.

Free genealogy webinars to discuss adoption, lineage societies

Several free webinars will be offered this week covering topics such as: lineage societies, adoption research and religion in early America.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Finding Online Resources from Lineage Societies” tonight at 8 p.m. Many of us know that lineage societies have been collecting and preserving family histories for over 125 years, but did you know that some of these treasures can be found for free online? And you don’t even have to be a member to take advantage of them! From the databases and downloadable documents of the DAR, to simple lists of pioneers and soldiers, this webinar will show you what gems are available online and where to find them.

To register, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The Firelands, the Connecticut Western Reserve and the Ohio Territory” on Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. The northeastern lands of Ohio are aptly named “The Firelands”, and “The Western Reserve”. How did they come to be called that? And, what connection do they have to the northeastern states? “Ohio fever” brought a lot of settlers to the state following the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. A section of Ohio named “The Western Reserve” will be of particular interest to those having ties to Connecticut.

To register, go to:

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Early Religious Experience in America” on Wednesday, July 19 at 9 p.m. Genealogists utilize church records all the time to document the births and baptisms, but what did that mean for our ancestors? By understanding the history of religion in early America we can better understand why we can and cannot find the records we seek.

To register, go to:

Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Strategies for Adoption Research and Finding Other Missing Persons” on Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Adoption touches many families. The search to reunite birth parents and birth children utilizes all research strategies. These same strategies are used to find relatives who have come up missing.

To register, go to: added name index for New York City Death Index has recently added a name index for the New York City Death Index for the years 1949-1965.
The index includes separate listings for stillbirths.

The information from the index comes from the New York City Health Department. Some images are faint and may not be included in the index. Images can be browsed by year if a name search is not successful.

Information in the index includes: name, age at death, date of death, death certificate number, medical examiner case number and borough in which they died. Boroughs are listed by letter: M=Manhattan, K=Kings (Brooklyn), Q=Queens, R=Richmond (Staten Island), X=Bronx and Y=Outside of the City.

Codes can also be found next to age at death: M=minutes, H=Hours, D=Days and L=Months. Library Edition can be found in many public libraries. To find the New York City Death index, just go to the Search tab and select the Card Catalog. Use the keywords “New York City Death Index 1849-1965”.

A free New York City Death Index is available for the mid-1800s up to 1948 on both the Italian Genealogy Group and German Genealogy Group websites.

New York City online marriage index updated

More New York City marriage index records have recently been posted by the not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records.

Remember – there is no name index for the images. The record images are organized alphabetically by bride and groom last name. The information on the images gives the marriage date and certificate number.

The years included are:
Manhattan – 1908-1972
Brooklyn – 1908-1972
Queens – 1908-1970
Staten Island – 1908-1972
Bronx – 1914 – 1972

To access these images, go to: and use the search term “NYC Marriage Index” followed by the name of the county you are looking for. You can sort by date published to sort by year.

New additions added to online city directory collection

New York Public Library Digital Collection has recently added more items to its city directories collection.

New additions are for the years: 1786, 1790, 1791, 1796, 1797, 1875, 1884-1886, 1901-1913, 1916-1918 and 1920-1922. Overall the collection covers 137 years from 1786 through 1923.

City directories can help pinpoint ancestors during non-census years as well as help distinguish between families with similar names.

To search the collection, go to: and use the term “city directory” in the search box.

New databases about Brooklyn Naval Hospital available online

New databases have recently been added to the German Genealogy Group website.

Brooklyn Naval Hospital Register of Deaths and of Burial Plots covers the years 1831 to 1894. The database contains a person’s name, age, rank, date of death, where died, where buried and miscellaneous remarks. The Register is located at the New York City office of the National Archives but it does not contain any additional information from that shown in the database.

Also recently added is the Brooklyn Naval Hospital Register of Armed Forces personnel whose remains were brought from Europe, 1918 to 1922. This database is an index to a register of Armed Forces personnel whose remains were brought to the Brooklyn Navy Yard hospital from Europe. It gives the date of death, cause of death and identified the next of kin. Additional information that may be found includes: where the remains and personal effects were shipped, what ship the person was on, and date the injury occurred if different from the date of death.

These records can be viewed onsite at the New York City office of the National Archives or scans can be requested for a fee. For more information, contact the National Archives at 212-401-1620 or email at

To view either of these databases go to: and then select Databases from the left side of the page. Under Databases select Death Records.

Free access to online Revolutionary War records

Free access to online Revolutionary War records

The celebrate the July 4th holiday, the website is offering free access to its Revolutionary War collection now through July 15th.

Items in the collection include: Revolutionary War pensions, service records, war rolls, payment vouchers and war prize cases.

You will need to set up a free user name and password to access the collection.

To get started, go to:

Free webinars to discuss census records, archive research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Censational Census Strategies’ on Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m.

The US Federal census and its “little brother,” the state census, are among the major workhorses of genealogical research. But are you getting the most out of them? This presentation presents 20+ tips for finding missing ancestors and mining the census for more clues for follow-up research.

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

Ontario Genealogical Society will present “It’s Not All Online – Researching in Archives” on Thursday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

As genealogists, we are living in a time when there are huge amounts of genealogy records being put online on a daily basis. Truth is, “It’s Not All Online”! This webinar will show the genealogist the importance of using research repositories and push away from the computer to find the records for their ancestors.

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