Archives for October 2017

Websites to help with cemetery research

Websites to help with cemetery research

Just in time for Halloween, here are some national and local websites to help with your cemetery research. Happy searching!

National websites:
Findagrave.com
Billongraves.com
Interment.net
Nationwide Grave Locator (U.S. Veterans Affairs Department)

New York City/Long Island websites:
Green-wood Cemetery
Diocese of Brooklyn Cemeteries
Diocese of Rockville Centre Cemeteries
New Montefiore Cemetery
Mont Ararat Cemetery
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Hart Island burials

Listing of cemeteries located in the New York City/Long Island area (updated Sept. 2017):
click here

Two free genealogy webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Two free genealogy webinars will take place tomorrow, November 1, covering the topics of family gatherings and German genealogy research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Talking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece” at 2 p.m. Learn how to think like a German and understand how to assess the needs of your German research to get the most out of it, from both sides of the ocean. You will understand how a typical German lived and made decisions. Our case study will show step by step how to overcome a typical brick wall.

To register for this free webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/589280336878126852

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “The Holiday Talk : Get To Know Your Family’s History” at 8 p.m. Each year as families gather for holiday dinners, the opportunity for discovering our own roots presents itself. Discover methods to learn about your family’s ancestral connections and traditions through family activities. Learn about the top 3 ways to share your family legacy — pictures, stories and documents — with other family members and fellow researchers.

To register for this free webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8151869750754161154

‘Finding Your Roots’ continues on Tuesday

The PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

There will be 10 episodes this season. Some of the guests that will appear on the show include: Bryant Gumbel, Carmelo Anthony and Tea Leoni.

In this episode guests will include: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro who explore the challenges faced by their immigrant ancestors.

For more information, on the show, go to: http://www.pbs.org/weta/finding-your-roots/home/

Annual Jewish genealogy workshop set for Nov. 5

The 27th annual Family History Workshop will take place on Sunday, November 5 from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

Instructors will explain where and how to find Jewish records which exist in the United States, Europe and Israel. Some of the sources to be discussed include: census records, city directories, naturalization records and vital records.

Early Bird Registration by October 29 is $45
Late Registration is $55

Registration includes a one year membership in the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island; a copy of the workshop manual and a copy of Avotayru’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.”

For more information, go to the club website at jgsli.org or email workshop@jgsli.org

MyHeritage to offer free one-day genealogy seminar

MyHeritage.com will host its first One-Day Genealogy Seminar on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Topics will be:
7 a.m. – Filling in the In-Between of the Jewish BMD
8 a.m. – Jewish Family Research Challenges
9:15 a.m. – Introduction to the Use of Autosomal DNA Testing
10:15 a.m. – Google for Genealogy: Search Tricks to Tease Out Information
11:15 a.m. – Discover Your Family History with MyHeritage
12;30 p.m. – How to Pass Your Ancestors’ Legacy to Your Grandchildren
1:30 p.m. – Advanced Autosomal DNA Techniques Used in Genetic Genealogy

All the webinars are free and can be viewed on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website. To register, go to: http://familytreewebinars.com/mhseminar

If you miss the seminar, it will be possible to view the lectures at a later date on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

USCIS to host webinar on World War I repatriations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. entitled “World War I Repatriations.”

Hundreds of native-born and naturalized Americans lost their U.S. citizenship by serving in the armed forces of an allied country during World War I. Most were unaware that their enlistment had caused them to lose their citizenship. To help those effected, Congress passed the Act of October 5, 1917 which allowed them to take the Oath of Renunciation Allegiance and reassume their U.S. citizenship.

This webinar will use case files to show how American regained their U.S. citizenship.

In order to attend this webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars#Webinars%20Schedule and scroll down and click on the link for October 26.

Two free webinars to cover state and federal census records

Two genealogy societies will present free webinars on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Midwestern and Plains States Level Census Records” at 2 p.m. Many Midwestern and Plains states have superb state census records. Learn about the indexes, the many personal details these censuses include, locating the censuses, and alternate sources. The webinar includes many specific examples from these enumerations, provides an overview of state censuses for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and indicates where they may be found. The personal details vary but may include names of children, maiden names, military service, religious denomination, mother of how many children, occupation, value of real estate, and other helpful details.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4313927653014882308

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Secrets and Clues Hidden in the 1790-1840 Census” at 8 p.m. The U.S. has taken a federal census since 1790 and they have been invaluable to genealogy research. However, there are secrets hiding in nearly each one. Do you know them all? This webinar covers little known facts about each of the US censuses from 1790 to 1840.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1360284282057442563

National Archives to host virtual genealogy fair

2017 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair will take place on October 25, 2017. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube and is free of charge.

Session Schedule:
10 a.m. – Welcoming remarks
10:05 a.m. – Taking Care of Your Family Heirlooms
11 a.m. – 19th Century Ancestors in Tax Assessment Records
12 noon – From the Cradle to the Grave: Birth, Childhood and Death records in the National Archives at St. Louis
1 p.m. – A is Archives, B is for Burn File: Accessing Burned Records at the National Archives in St. Louis
2 p.m. – Locating the Relocated: Deciphering Electronic Records on Japanese Americans Interned During World War II
3 p.m. – Beyond the WRA: Finding Japanese Relocatees in Other Records
4 p.m. – Closing Remarks

For more information and more details about each lecture, go to: https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair

‘Finding Your Roots’ continues on Tuesday

The PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

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

In this episode guests will include: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay and Janet Mock. These guests who helped redefine Black America will learn about their family origins.

For more information, on the show, go to: http://www.pbs.org/weta/finding-your-roots/home/

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy groups will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet at 10 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 21. This month’s topic will be “Journey of Hope: The Irish in New York” and the speaker will be Tara Rider.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Y-JCC in Plainview at 2 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Memory and Mystery: Breaking Down Family Lore” presented by Emily Garber. Does your family have stories that have defied genealogical documentation? What steps should be taken to understand them and determine the truth? This program explores exhaustively researching our stories and melding paper documentation with DNA evidence.

For more information, go to the club website at: jgsli.org