Archives for December 2017

2018 Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

Since it’s that time of year, here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions for your genealogy research.

  • Join a local genealogy group. There are many to pick from in our area including a new DNA group.
  • Interview your oldest relative.
  • Scan photos and documents and store them in the cloud and/or on storage media devices such as an external hard drive, flash drive, etc.
  • Join an indexing project, either locally or nationally.
  • Upload photos of family headstones on a site such as FindAGrave or Billiongraves.
  • Share your family history research with family members.
  • Attend the New York State Family History Conference in Dobbs Ferry in September.
  • Listen to some of the free webinars posted on this blog.
  • Take advantage of your home library’s free databases such as Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, Historical New York Times, etc. Many databases can be accessed at home by using your library barcode.

Free webinar on research strategy to take place on Dec. 27

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search” on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m.

Assumptions, misinterpretations, and not digging deep enough into original records will be used as examples to document pitfalls that can happen from shallow researching. These actions can mislead researchers, sometimes for years. The webinar will document the principles of a reasonably exhaustive search and encourage participants to make it a part of their usual research habits.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Buffalo death index online for 1852-1944

The not-for-profit organization Reclaim the Records has recently obtained and uploaded the death index for Buffalo, New York for the years 1852-1944.

Previously these records were only available onsite in Buffalo. Some of the issues with the images include pages being cut off on the far right side of the page or in some cases the bottom of the page. Also, pages can be out of order. If the page you are looking for appears to be missing check at the beginning and the end of the book you are looking at.

For the years 1891-1897 there is a second page of data for each index entry which include the person’s parents’ names, father’s place of birth, mother’s place of birth and exact date of birth instead of just the year.

Copies of the certificates can be obtained from the Buffalo city clerk’s office or the Department of Health in Albany.

To search the indexes, go to:

Two free webinars to focus on Chancery records, developing research plan

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “100 Days to a Better Family History” on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m. Attend this class for one hour and leave with a plan for your next 100 days of family history activities. Starting with a self-assessment of research progress to date, this webinar will help attendees prioritize research activities, pace work, and set deadlines.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Florida State Genealogy Society will present “Chancery Records” on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. This webinar will focus on how to locate and work with Chancery records, which often include evidence of migration, descriptions of multiple generations of family members, details of family life.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Free genealogy webinars to discuss Nordic research, genealogy mistakes

Several genealogy societies will be presenting webinars this week with topics on Nordic research and ephemera.

Illinois Genealogical Society will present “Ephemera: Genealogy Gold” on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. Valuable clues are often found by locating different forms of ephemera as well as researching various categories of ephemera. Ephemera can provide a glimpse into the world of your ancestor; whether you find an old postcard, a newspaper article, a graduation program, or something as informative as a diary.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes” on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Case studies are presented to show how to avoid the biggest mistakes, including trusting family myths; believing that the posted family trees are accurate; connecting the wrong “same name” people; and believing that all original family records are accurate.

To register, for the webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth” on Friday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Is that parish of birth of your Nordic ancestor proving to be elusive? Often that parish is identified in the records located in the United States and research will reveal the name or at least narrow it down. This webinar will explore numerous U.S. record sets where the parish could be recorded and identify the international databases that can also assist in identification of the parish of birth.

To register for the webinar, go to:

‘Finding Your Roots’ to continue this Tuesday

The PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will continue on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.

In this episode guests will include: Questlove, Dr. Phil and Charlayne Hunter-Gault. All three quest are linked by their Southern roots.

For more information, on the show, go to:

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Faces of Dynow: Portraits, Stories of Family, Friends, and Rabbis from an Ancestral Town in Galicia” presented by Nina Talbot.

Artist Nina Talbot’s genealogical research led to the creation of a painting series, Faces of Dynow, depicting the lives of people from that Polish town from the 1920s through the present day. A book, also titled “Faces of Dynow,” was published in conjunction with the exhibit, which has been shown in Krakow, Zamosc, and Dynow, Poland. In addition to doing online research, Nina visited archives in Israel, Poland,and New York and interviewed descendants of her Neger and Spinrad families in the U.S. and abroad. She will discuss both her research and her art work in a talk illustrated with images, archival records, photographs, and audio clips of some of the interviews she conducted.

For more information, go to the club website at:

New War of 1812 pension file images added to

New images of the War of 1812 Pension Files have been recently added to the website

The new images added are for the surmanes M(Moore) – Q. Additional images will follow. The original records are held by the National Archives.

This digitizing project is funded by individuals, genealogical and lineage societies, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, FamilySearch and Ancestry.

You do not need a subscription to to view these images. To search the current records, go to:

Huntington Historical Society to sponsor Salt Lake City trip

The Huntington Historical Society will sponsor a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City from Sunday, April 22 to Sunday, April 29, 2018.

The reservation deposit of $50 is due on Sunday, December 30, 2017.

The trip fee includes:
*Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
*Shuttle transportation between the hotel and airport
*Monday and Friday night dinners and Wednesday night “schmooze”
*Presentation by staff of Heritage Consulting and Services
*Individual research guidance by trip staff

The cost of the trip is $695-$730 per person double occupancy for a standard or deluxe room and $1,010 to $1,080 for single occupancy. There is a minimum of 14 people and a maximum of 20.

This price DOES NOT include airfare. The final payment will be due on February 10, 2018.

For more information, contact Bill Chamberlain at

Lineage societies to be topic of local library meeting

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library will be hosting a genealogy lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

The topic will be “Joining Lineage Societies.” There are dozens of lineage societies in America such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants. Come learn about the variety of societies that you can join based on your ancestry. The program is free and open to the public.

As a reminder, one-on-one genealogy appointments are available from 5-9 p.m. every Wednesday evening.

For more information, contact the library at 631-654-4700.