Archives for March 2018

Free genealogy webinar to discuss Jewish research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew” on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m.

Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Some do know, others suspect, but for the majority of genealogists, it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. Many of these initial discoveries come from having done a DNA test. What resources are available to those who wish to pursue research in this “new” field? What are the essentials that will help researchers understand their ancestors? What historical events have led to migrations and distance from Jewish ancestry? This webinar will cover history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

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Free access available for records on Ancestry UK

Starting now through 6:50 p.m. EST April 2, Ancestry UK will be offering free access to its United Kingdom, Ireland and Commonwealth records.

With this free access, you will be able to search records from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Commonwealth countries such as Australia and Canada. Among the records available are birth, marriage and death indexes and census records.

To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address. You will then receive an email with a username and password to access the records.

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April genealogy webinars presented by Family History Library

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present several free webinars in April.

All times are Eastern Time.

Thursday, April 5 – 3 p.m. – Matricula Online; German and Austrian Catholic Records
Thursday, April 12 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research: New England Region
Thursday, April 19 – 3 p.m. – Guided Research – New Tools to Simplify Genealogical Research
Tuesday, April 24 – noon – Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records
Thursday, April 26 – 3 p.m. – Calendars and Feast Days in Scandinavia

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Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Formulating a DNA Testing Plan” on Wednesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. DNA testing can be expensive, but DNA evidence is a component of exhaustive research when it is available. Learn to identify some of the ways you can minimize costs while maximizing results by formulating a DNA testing plan early in your research.

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The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Researching Colonial American Ancestors” on Wednesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. Did your ancestor live in one of the Original Thirteen Colonies? Were they here before the Revolutionary War? If so you possibly have Colonial American Ancestors. Each colonist came to the “new world” for different reasons and each colony was different. They come for both religious and economic opportunities. Find out what records are available and where they are so you can learn about your Colonial American ancestors.

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Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Galician Globetrotters, Barber Surgeons and Persistent Women” presented by Dr. Andrew Zelewski.

From the 16th century, Galician Jews ventured to Italy to receive university medical educations. After university admissions were opened to Jews in the Habsburg realm, they attended schools in Lemberg (Lwow), Kraków, Vienna and Pest, developing literary talents, professional skills, and new world views. This talk will challenge stereotypes, probe internal debates in the Jewish community, and reveal cultural trailblazers and rebels. It will also demonstrate the value to genealogists of academic records.

Andrew Zalewski is a member of the board of Gesher Galicia and edits its journal, The Galitzianer. He is the author of two books — “Galician Trails: The Story of One Family” and “Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots”.

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Several free webinars offered this week

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Oy Vay! You Want to Research Jewish Ancestors?” on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Whether you have a Jewish ancestor or are looking to assist others, this session will introduce you to the history of the Jewish people, immigration to the United State, and aspects of their lives.

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The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Applying Cluster Research Techniques” on Wednesday, March 21 at 9 p.m. Tracking one’s immigrant ancestors may test all one’s research acumen. Identifying a subject’s origins, parentage; tracking through time; and placing in social context is best approached by broadening research to include other family members, associates and neighbors.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Introduction to DNA Testing in Genealogy and Family History” on Friday, March 23 at 2 p.m. DNA is an increasingly important tool that can help us discover amazing things about ourselves and our families. This webinar will provide a brief refresher of human genetics and review the different types of DNA tests available today with an in-depth discussion of autosomal DNA tests and how these tests can be used to solve genealogical problems where evidence from traditional records in scarce.

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Irish websites to jump start your research

Irish websites to jump start your research

shamrock2 In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some websites that focus on Irish genealogy resarch. – Irish Family History Forum group which meets in Bethpage – Information by county and many useful links and information –Can search by surname search, place name search, ancestor search ($) – Location search, birth record search and gravestone index – Ulster Historical Foundation, some free and some pay databases – Troy NY Irish Genealogy Society – General Register Office for the Republic of Ireland – General Register Office for Northern Ireland – National Archives of Ireland – Public Record Office of Northern Ireland – Irish Ancestral Research Association – Information by county – part of WorldGen Web – Northern Ireland information by county – part of WorldGen Web – National Library of Ireland – Land Registry and Registry of Deeds – Genealogical Society of Ireland – Irish Family History Foundation ($) – Databases with marriage, birth, death and census records for Northern Ireland

Happy ancestor hunting! Irish record collection free through March 19

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, will be offering free access to its Irish records collection, including the new Boston Irish Catholic collection.

Other types of records available include: birth, marriage and death indexes; passenger lists; emigrant lists; will indexes and the Griffith’s Valuation.

Records will be free until Monday, March 19, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You will need to set up a free user account in order to access the records.

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Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet on St. Patricks’ Day, March 17, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks will be presented at 10 a.m. and Ask the Experts will follow at 10:30 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be member Jim Hawkins, an Irish storyteller. He will present songs and stories from the Irish and American traditions and play the bodhran, the Irish drum. In the spirit of the holiday, he will also lead the audience in singing some old favorites.

For more information, go to the club website at:

German Genealogy Group adds several new databases

The German Genealogy Group, which meets the first Thursday of each month at the V.F.W. in Hicksville, recently added several new databases to its website.

*Civil Service Naturalizations, 1905-1906 – These records consist of lists of naturalization certificates of people who took civil service exams in New York City in 1905 and 1906, which were sent to the U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for investigation.The lists contain the name on the certificate, the date of the certificate, the issuing court, the occupation for which the examination was taken, and the place where the examination was given.

*St. Francis in the Fields, Baptisms and Marriage Records, 1851=1891 and St. Benedict, Baptisms and Marriage records, 1853-1920 – St. Benedict and St. Francis in the Fields were part of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

*25,000 records were added to the German Emigrants database.

To search these and many other databases, go to the club website at: