Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. This month’s program will be “Finding Your Family History Through DNA or How I Got a Sister Instead of a Bicycle for My 65th Birthday.” The speaker will be Chuck Weinstein.

The meeting will take place at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library. For more information, call 631-654-4700.

The Irish Family History Forum will also meet on Saturday. At 10 a.m. there will be a “Tips and Tricks” session followed by an “Ask the Experts” program at 10:45 a.m.

The featured program will be “Irish Genealogy 101” presented by Kathleen McGee. She will discuss how to avoid common mistakes and how to find your ancestor’s origin through U.S. records. In addition, she will discuss Irish resources such as census records, civil registration and parish records.

The annual elections will take place at the meeting to fill open positions on the Board of Directors. For more information, go to the club website at:

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will met on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

This month’s program will be “Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero” prsented by Susan Rubenstein DeMasi.

Henry Alsberg, a foreign correspondent and aid worker, wrote about the terrors he witnessed and risked his life to assist his co-religionists. As a volunteer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, he helped set up orphanages, farming cooperatives, and schools, and he arranged for the safe emigration of thousands of Jews to the Americas. Later, he brought his adaptation of the Yiddish classic, The Dybbuk, to the English-speaking stage and directed the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project.

For more information, go to the club website at:

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