Archives for January 2018

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Three local genealogy groups will be meeting this weekend.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Orientation will be from 7-7:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Historic new York State Newspapers Online” presented by club board member Jean King.

For more information, go to the club website at:

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library.

The program this month will be “Show and Tell.” For more information, go to the society website at:

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will also meet on Saturday. The group will be meeting at the Bethpage Public Library at 10 a.m.

This month’s program will be a Skpe interview with Anna Swayne of AncestryDNA. She will be talking about “Enhancing Collaboration and Roles on DNA Results.” She will discuss how to manage multiple DNA kits from your account and respond to messages related to the kits.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free webinar to compare leading genealogy websites

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Comparing the Genealogy Giants” on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.

Should you use,, or Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals?

Learn how these genealogy giants compare for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site’s strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

To register for this webinar, go to:

NYS Genealogical Death Index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths up to October 31, 1967.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes deaths for the five boroughs of New York City.

The index provides the date of death, gender, age at death, New York State file number and residence code. In order to interpret the residence code number, you must go to the far right of the page and click on the red tab that says About. Scroll down to attachments and open either the third attachment for Out of State codes or the fourth attachment for New York State Gazetteer.

To search the index, go to:

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Three local genealogy groups will be meeting this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet this Saturday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Brentwood Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “GEDMatch Step by Step” presented by Patricia Kellner. She will take a more in-depth lecture on how to download your DNA results from Ancestry to Gedmatch. Gedmatch can be a great place to collaborate with others who have been tested at other companies and gain access to more genetic tools to try to figure out how you are related to others.

For more information, contact Mary Ann at 631-273-7883.

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet this Saturday also at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library.

The speaker will be Jackie Fischer, author of the book The Lost Branch. Jackie’s ancestors were separated when they arrived at Ellis Island in the early 1900s. She tracked down her lost relatives who had been sent back to Italy and reunited her family.

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

The Jewish Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet Sunday, Jan. 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Synagogues of Long Island” presented by Ira Poliakoff. Ira Poliakoff grew up in Rockville Centre, the son of parents who joined the wave of returning servicemen who settled in Nassau and Suffolk Counties after World War II. A retired businessman, he has embarked on a second career: researching the history of synagogues. His book, Synagogues of Long Island, to be published in December, looks at the history of over 250 congregations that exist or have existed on Long Island. He will discuss many of these synagogues and also the demographic changes that have led to synagogue mergers and closings in the last 20 years.

For more information, go to the club website at:

NYS Family History Conference set for September

The New York State Family History Conference will take place on Sept. 13-15, 2018 in Tarrytown, NY at the DoubleTree Hotel.

There will be 2 1/2 days of lectures, workshops, field trips and an exhibit hall.

The early bird rate is $165 for members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Central New York Genealogical Society and $215 for non-members. Your paid registration automatically gives you $10 worth of Conference Notes, redeemable within the exhibit hall.

New this year will be a Family History Jumpstart Day aimed at participants who are beginning genealogy and without conference experience. It will take place on Sept. 15.

To register for the conference,

Two free webinars to be offered on Wednesday

Two free webinars will take place this week on Wednesday.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Finding Jamestown Ancestors” at 2 p.m. Explore numerous sources that can further genealogical research to help you identify a qualifying ancestor in order to join the Jamestown Society. The presenter will discuss tools that can aid in finding resources and genealogical information relevant for discovering Jamestown ancestry and will provide several websites that organize information by person. In addition, there will be an overview of many published works that are helpful in Jamestown genealogical research.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Using the Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence” at 8 p.m. The federal census conducted every 10 years for the purpose of allocating representatives for the House of Representatives. Non-population “schedules” were also conducted and some enumerate individuals while others provide contextual information, and some do both. Schedules covered include the agriculture, industry, mortality, community information and the DDD or Dependents, Delinquents and Defectives.

To register, for the webinar, go to:

Free webinar to focus on alien registration forms

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present a free webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. on the “1940 Alien Registration Forms.”

Topics to be discussed include: the purpose and requirements of the act, the registration process, information collected on the forms, how the forms were indexed, where to find the forms today and how to request them.

This webinar will not be recorded.

To listen to the webinar, go to: and click on the link for January 23.

ArkivDigital to offer free access to Swedish records this weekend

The Swedish genealogy website ArkivDigital is offering free access to it’s All-In-One collection this weekend, today through Sunday, Jan. 21.

With the six hour time difference, this offer will begin at 6:01 p.m. today and end at 5:59 p.m. on Sunday (EST).

ArkivDigital’s images include: church books, estate inventories, tax registers, military rolls, passenger ship manifests, Swedish American church books (Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska), aerial photos and more. There are over 76,100,000 images on the site.

You will need to create a free account if you do no have one already and also use the ArkivDigital software program to search the indexes.

To get started with the free weekend, go to:

Irish genealogy group to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations” presented by D. Joshua Taylor, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

A Tips and Tricks session will begin at 10 a.m. followed by and Ask the Experts session. The main speaker will begin at 11:15 a.m.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two free webinars will be offered this week on the topics of and newspaper research.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “FamilySearch: The Other 70%” on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. Did you know–if you do a surname search at you are only reaching 30% of the online documents that are available at that site? Maximize your “search power” by understanding how the image-only documents are arranged to find your ancestor’s record easier. We will cover three methods for accessing these image-only documents and describe the limitations of each. Also the organization of the image-only records will be covered and how to use that organization to your advantage. With FamilySearch digitizing their records and eliminating the film distribution in 2017, this topic is very timely.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Read ‘Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR” on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. Learn where to find free and pay newspaper sites online. Understand how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.

To register for the webinar, go to: