New York genealogy society to present series of free webinars

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, based in Manhattan, will be offering a series of free webinars the second week of January.

Monday, Jan. 8 – 1 p.m. – Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy
The NYG&B’s Genealogist-in-Residence, Meryl Schumacker will share essential techniques for tracing your Jewish ancestry. Schumacker earned her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and completed continuing education at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 – 7 pm – German Names and Naming Patterns
The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to “look in the middle” for first names to dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children. The presenter will be James M. Beidler, author of “The Family Tree German Genealogy Book” as well as the Roots & Branches weekly newspaper column on genealogy.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 – 7 pm – Dual Citizenship: Italy and Ireland
Presenter Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and editor. She specializes in Italian-American and Irish-American dual citizenship, with a focus on New Jersey and New York City ancestral families.

Thursday, Jan. 11 – 4 pm – A Look at 2018 and 2019 for the NYG&B
Join NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor as he gives a sneak peek into the exciting plans for 2018 and 2019.

Thursday, Jan. 11 – 7 pm – Irish Church Records

Presenter David E. Rencher will combine information about the time period, content and record availability of records for the three major religions in Ireland – Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian. Additional information on some of the non-conformist sects is also included. Rencher is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

Friday, Jan. 12 – 6 pm – Examining African American Migrations

Presenter Tim Pinnick will explore African American migrations large and small, along with many of the factors that spurred movement. Armed with a better understanding of black migrations, researchers can increase their ability to explain inexplicable moves and solve lingering mysteries. Pinnick is a book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than 30 years overall research experience.

To reguster to any of these webinars, go to: https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/events and click on the webinar of interest.

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