Archives for February 2018

Several local genealogy groups to meet this week

Three local genealogy groups will be meeting this week.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, March 1, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Help Session begins at 7 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Show and Tell.” Bring along your favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and stories to share with your fellow member.

For more information, go to:

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “City Directories: The Solution to Finding Family Members in-Between Federal Census Ten-Year Gaps.”

For more information, go to the society website at:

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library on Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m.

This month’s topic will be “Sorting Out Your Cousins Using GEDmatch.” Bring along a laptop or a mobile device if you have one.

For more information, go to:

Two webinars to cover German farms and U.S. post office records

Two free webinars will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories” at 2 p.m.

Until the early 1900s, the majority of the population in the Germanic states was engaged in agriculture. Thus, most of us with Germanic heritage will have at least some ancestors engaged in farming. German farm customs were different from those in America and German farmers were tied to their land in ways that American farmers were not.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Carriers of News and Knowledge: Post Office Records,” at 8 p.m. Post Office Records are full of genealogical riches. This webinar will discuss Post Office records, their contents, and how to access these underutilized records.

To register for the webinar, go to:

RootsTech to provide free live streaming of some programs

RootsTech, family history and technology conference, will take place Wednesday, February 28 to Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Salt Lake City. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions for free at

Watch at No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are EST.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

11:30 a.m.: Family History in 5 Minutes a Day – by Deborah Gamble
1 p.m.: DNA: One Family, One World – by David Nicholson
3:30 p.m.: Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections – by Ari Wilkins
5:00 p.m.: Finding the Answers: The Basics of WWII Research – by Jennifer Holik
6:30 p.m.: Wednesday General Session and Innovation Showcase – by Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International

Thursday, March 1, 2018
10:30 a.m.: Thursday General Session – by Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York
1 p.m.: MyHeritage DNA 101: From Test to Results – by Yaniv Erlich
3:30 p.m.: Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve, and Share – by Michelle Goodrum
5:00 p.m.: Unlocking Roman Catholic Records – by Brian Donovan
6:30 p.m.: A Gift of Life: Who’s Writing Your Story? – by Deborah Abbott

Friday, March 2, 2018

10:30 a.m.: Friday General Session – by Scott Hamilton, Olympic figure skater and cancer survivor
1 p.m.: findmypast’s British and Irish Hidden Gems – by Myko Clelland
3:30 p.m.: Finding the Right DNA Test for You – by Jim Brewster
5:00 p.m.: How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind – by Amy Johnson Crow and Curt Witcher
6:30 p.m.: Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch – by Robert Kehrer

Saturday, March 3, 2018

10:30 a.m.: Saturday General Session – by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Natalia Lafourcade
1 p.m.: Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales – by Audrey Collins
3:30 p.m.: Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA – by Anna Swayne
5:00 p.m.: Pain in the Access: More Web for Your Genealogy – by Curt Witcher

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Mid Island Y-JCC.

This month’s topic will be “New York’s Genealogy “Textbook”: The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer” presented by Susan R. Miller.

Since its introduction in 2014, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer has been an important resource for genealogists with New York families. This presentation will explain the best ways to access the information in the 856-page book.

Sue Miller is the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Director of Programs and editor of the NYG&B’s magazine, the New York Researcher. She was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free webinar to cover World War I naturalization records

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar on World War I Soldier Naturalizations on Thursday, February 22, at 1 p.m.

During World War I, nearly one-fifth of the American armed forces were foreign-born. To encourage immigrant enlistments and to naturalize servicemen before they shipped out, Congress passed laws to expedite military naturalizations. These naturalization laws exempted soldiers from having five years of U.S. residency, filing a declaration (or “first papers”), speaking English, and taking history and civics exams. Soldiers could go to any court in the nation to naturalize and, under the expedited system, could become a citizen in just one day. Eventually, more than 300,000 soldiers and veterans of World War I became U.S. citizens under these laws.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Immigration Service’s soldier naturalization program, review naturalization records created by the program, and explore some of the research challenges the records present.

This webinar will not be recorded.

To attend the webinar, go to: and select the webinar for February 22.

Three free webinars scheduled this week

Three free webinars scheduled this week cover topics on Swedish record, European surnames and genealogy resolutions.

Legacy Family Tree Webinar will present “Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems” on Tues., Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Swedish taxation records, a head tax of individuals between the ages of 15 and 63, are some of the oldest extant records of the rural farmer. These little used records may corroborate or dispute existing evidence, or may be the only source of evidence.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “How Understanding and Researching European Surnames Can Help Your Genealogical Research” on Tues., Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. This webinar will explore the key research methods for exploring European surnames and how they can help when researching in Europe and breaking down brick walls. Also discussed will be surname distribution maps and the part they play in understanding surnames in Europe and the use of social media and the DNA surname project.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Navigating the Seven C’s of Genealogy” on Wed., Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. Do genealogy “resolutions” really work? How about setting genealogy “goals” or “themes” instead? The presenter has developed a list of seven “themes” to guide him this year. The themes cover most areas of concern for every family historian, whether you’ve been at this for some time or you are just starting.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month will be “Show and Tell.” Bring in something to share with other club members – family heirlooms, books, photos, etc.

Show and Tell – Part 1 will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a refreshment break at 10:45 a.m. and then “Ask the Experts” will follow. Show and Tell Part 2 will run from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free access to marriage records on

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, MyHeritage is providing free access to love-related records in their historical records collection.

Free access is open now, through midnight, February 15.

The collections include marriage records for many states, including Illinois, Maine, Texas, Kentucky, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and for major US cities such as New York City. The NYC License Index runs from 1908-1929 with Marriages from 1950-1995.

Internationally, some collections include:
*Piotrków Trybunalski Poland 1808-1870 marriages
*London Marriage licences, 1521-1869
*Scotland, selected Banns and Marriages c1650-c1855
*Irish Marriages 1771-1812
*Netherlands Banns and Marriages, various cities, from 1575-1938
*Australia: Victoria marriage index 1837-1942, and Australia, Marriages, 1810-1980

To get started searching, go to the Research Tab and under Birth, Marriage & Death, select Marriages and Divorces. You will see the word “free” come up in your search results.

Free webinar to cover use of church records in African American research

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Enslaved Blacks in White Church Records” on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.

Slaves often attended their owners’ churches. Learn to use records of those churches for details about a slave’s parents, owners, attendance, dismissal, sale and more.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “Family Archaeology: Genealogy Research At The New York City Municipal Archives.” Michael Chaplan, anthropologist and author will unveil the mysteries of the New York City Municipal Archives and demonstrate how to use their resources in your genealogical research.

Beginner assistance begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, go to the club website at: