Archives for September 2017

New season of Finding Your Roots set for Oct. 3

New season of Finding Your Roots set for Oct. 3

The new season of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m.

There will be 10 episodes this season. Some of the guests that will appear on the show include: Bernie Sanders, Carly Simon, William M. Macy, Scarlett Johansson, Bryant Gumbel, Carmelo Anthony and Tea Leoni.

On the first episode the two guests will trace their roots from Brooklyn back to Jewish communities in Europe.

For more information, on the show, go to:

Free webinar to discuss naturalization records since 1906

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

The webinar topic will be “Naturalization Numbers Since 1906.” Most agencies require customers to request naturalization records by number. But the naturalization process begun on Sept. 27, 1906 generated many different numbered documents. What numbers should you be looking for? This webinar will review naturalization paperwork and processes since 1906 and will discuss what naturalization numbers mean to your research.

This webinar will not be recorded.

To view the webinar, go to and click on “Attend Session” just before the webinar start time.

Free webinar to focus on researching World War I soldiers

A free webinar on tracing your World War I ancestors will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The webinar is being sponsored by the Fountaindale Public Library District in Illinois. The schedule is:
10:30 -11 a.m. – Reconstructing Your Soldiers’ World War I Experience
12:30-1:30 p.m. – I Have My Ancestor’s World War I Record – Now What?
2-3 p.m. – The Spirit of St. Louis: World War I Records at the National Personnel Records Center
3:15-4:15 p.m. – Allied with the Allies and Aliens in the Army
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Pandemic 1918: Combating the Spanish Influenza During the Great War

The program will be available free as a streaming webinar on YouTube. To register for the webinar, go to:

For more information, go to:

Basic genealogy webinar series to be offered in September

BYU Family History Library will present a three-part Basic Genealogy Series on Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Sept. 28. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

The first webinar will be “Getting Started with FamilySearch Family Tree” on Monday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m.

The second part in the series will be “Communicating What You Know About Your Genealogy” on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The final webinar will be “Beginning Descendancy Research” on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

To attend any of the webinar, go to:

Three free webinars to cover Great Lakes, DNA testing and archiving your research

Three free webinars will be offered this week covering the topics of Great Lakes region, archiving your research and DNA testing.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “The Third Coast: How the Great Lakes Shaped America” on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. This program will examine the rich history of the Great Lakes region, particularly its role in U.S. expansion, through transportation, economic growth and defense. An examination of major ethnic groups that traveled through the region including immigrants from the British Isles, Germany, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and others. The session concludes with a survey of records useful for tracing Great Lakes ancestors from census, naturalization, homestead, passenger lists, border crossings, and other records.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Be Your Own Digital Archivist” on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren’t going to disappear.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “A Day Out with Your Genealogy” on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA. In this lecture we will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA, and how to make the most of it.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet on Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Bethpage Public Library.

At 10 a.m. “Genealogy Tips and Tricks” will be led by Michael Carragher. At 10:45 a.m. an “Ask the Experts” session will take place.

This month’s program will be “Using DNA to Solve a Family Tree Mystery” presented by Shellee Morehead at 11:15 a.m.

For more information, go to the club website at

New genealogy YouTube program now available

GenealogyMagazine is the name of a new YouTube series offering advice and tips for family genealogists.

The videos, hosted by genealogy James Pylant, are 5 minutes long and offer tips and “how-to” examples for genealogical research.

The first episode, “County Courthouse Research” is available on YouTube at:

Upcoming episodes will include information on family Bibles, diaries and journals, family pictures and handwriting analysis.

Also check out the genealogy YouTube series from BYU Family History Library.

Two free webinars to cover Luxembourg research and school records

This week two free webinars will offer information on school records and Luxembourg research.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Luxembourgers on the Prairie” on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 9 p.m. There are more people of Luxembourg-descent living in the Midwest than currently living in Luxembourg today, yet this immigrant group is often invisible as they frequently became absorbed in German-speaking communities following their arrival. This webinar will explore resources for locating your Luxembourg ancestor in the U.S., identifying their ancestral village and tips for researching Luxembourg’s multilingual records.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor’s School Records” on Friday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. The records of local public schools and universities can valuable resources for finding information about your ancestors. Even if your ancestors didn’t attend school, you would be surprised by what you can find in school records about them. This webinar will show you what types of school records there are and how to find them in repositories.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Nordic Family History conference set for Sept. 11-15

The Family History Library will host a Nordic Family History Conference on Sept 11-15, 2017. You don’t have to be in Salt Lake City to attend. All the workshops can be attended online. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

You must register to attend the webinars. When registering, check all of the boxed you wish to attend. To register, go to:

The following programs will be offered:

Monday, Sept. 11
11 a.m. – noon – Learn What’s Coming in Nordic Records
12:15-1:15 p.m. – Nordic Records on FamilySearch
3:15-4:15 p.m. – Exploring Feast-Day Calendars
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Scandinavian-American Resources

Tuesday, Sept. 12
11 a.m. – noon – What’s New in ArkivDigital
12:15-1:15 p.m. – Name Searchable Databases in ArkivDigital
3:15-4:15 p.m. – Swedish Naming Customs
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Military Records on ArkivDigital

Wednesday, Sept. 13
11 a.m. – noon – Probate Laws and Records for Swedish Genealogy
12:15-1:15 p.m. – Databases for Swedish Genealogy
3:15-4:15 p.m. – Introduction to Icelandic Church and Census Records
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Finnish Immigration and Methodology

Thursday, Sept. 14

11 a.m. – noon – Norwegian Church Records
12:15-1:15 p.m. – Norway Marriage Traditions and Records
3:15-4:15 p.m. – Lensrekneskapsboker in Norway
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Norwegian Migration and Immigration

Friday, Sept. 15
11 a.m. – noon – Danish Estates
12:15-1:15 p.m. – Little Used records on Arkivalieronline
3:15-4:15 p.m. – Painting a Picture of Your Danish Ancestors
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Research in Copenhagen

National Archives to host free workshop

The National Archives at New York City will present a free workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at its offices at the U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan.

The workshop will be “Making a Federal Case Out of It,” presented by Judy G. Russell, ‘The Legal Genealogist.”

Ms Russell will discuss the importance of federal court records in genealogy research. Even genealogists with a good background in court records often overlook the wealth of detail available in the records of the federal courts: the District Court and the Circuit Court (now Circuit Court of Appeals.) From bankruptcies to copyrights to patent cases in admiralty jurisdiction and more, federal court records merit a close look.

Space is limited so registration is required. To register, email or call 866-840-1752.