Archives for April 2018

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered this week on topics such as DNA research and Revolutionary War ancestors.

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Many of us as genealogists have inherited research from a relative and we are not always sure whether the content is reliable. Here’s a road map on the best way to handle “outside research” and benefit from it as you combine the content with your own research.

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The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Using AncestryDNA with Your Family History” on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Where do your deep roots came from? Perhaps you are just curious to know what the results might be? AncestryDNA can provide customers with a break-down of their genetic ethnicity, as well as find genetic living cousins, confirm existing research and relationships and overcome brick walls or dead-ends in their family history research.

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The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors” on Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. The War of Independence changed forever how England retained control over her upstart colonies. This webinar focuses on a variety of genealogical and historical records covering the war and for several years later. Some records examined include compiled military service records, pensions, and bounty land applications.

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Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy societies will meet this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet at the Brentwood Public Library on Sat. April 28 at 10 a.m.

This month’s program will be a webinar with genealogist Melinda Baker entitled “Researching Outside the Family Tree.” Our ancestors did not live in isolation, although we sometimes research them as if they did. Learn how to find information about your ancestors by learning about their neighbors.

For more information, call the library at 631-273-7883.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Finding Relatives with MyHeritage DNA Matching” presented by Daniel Horowitz, chief genealogist of MyHeritage. MyHeritage has developed a new service that enables those who have been tested by different DNA companies to use MyHeritage’s matching capabilities. Daniel will demonstrate how MyHeritage will display possible relationships based on the quantity and characteristics of shared DNA. He will also show how to view a match’s family tree.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Three free webinars to take place on Wednesday

Three free webinars will be offered on Wednesday, April 25. Topics include naturalization records and fraternal organizations.

The USCIS will be offering a free webinar at 1 p.m. entitled “Asian Immigrant Soldiers and Naturalization During the First World War.

During the First World War, Congress passed an act that said any alien serving in the U.S. armed forces could become a citizen through an expedited naturalization process. U.S. naturalization laws, however, had long categorized Asian immigrants as racially ineligable for naturalization and many courts refused to make them citizens under the military naturalization law. For nearly two decades after the war, Asian immigrant soldiers fought to have their right to U.S. citizenship legally recognized.

This webinar will not be recorded.

To attend the webinar, go to: and click on the link for April 25.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Verifying Information You Find Online” at 2 p.m. When we have brick walls and other challenging genealogical puzzles we search anywhere for clues that can help us. That can include online trees and other information with unknown sources. This webinar will demonstrate how to verify the information as true or not.

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The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Fraternally Yours: Finding Your Ancestors in American Fraternal Organizations” at 8 p.m. Was your ancestor a Freemason, an Odd Fellow, a Knight of Columbus, or a member of another fraternal organization? In this webinar, Rhonda R. McClure teaches you how to identify different fraternal organizations, provide valuable tools for locating a lodge and its records, and discuss how these records can enrich your family history research.

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Early registration is open for NYS Family History Conference

The New York State Family History Conference will take place on Sept. 13-15, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.

Speakers will include: Blaine T. Bettinger, Henry B. Hoff, Karen Mauer Jones, Thomas W. Jones, Terry Koch-Bostic, Judy D. Russell, D. Joshua Taylor, Jane E. Wilcox and many others.

Early registration is through May 31 and costs $165 for members of the New York G&B and $195 for non-members. After May 31, the cost for members is $195 and non-members $215.

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Thursday, September 13
9:30am: Workshops (additional registration is required)
Noon – 6 pm: Exhibit hall open
1:15 – 4:30 pm: Sessions

Friday, September 14

8 am: Opening Session
9 am – 6:30 pm: Exhibit hall open
9:15 am – 6 pm: Sessions
12:30 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
6:30 pm: Dinner and talk (additional registration is required)

Saturday, September 15
8:30 am – 3:15 pm: Exhibit hall open
9:15 am – 4:00 pm: Sessions
12:15 pm: Luncheon and talk (additional registration is required)
4:15 pm: Wrap-Up Reception

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, April 21, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s program will be “Ellis Island Stories” presented by Fred Voss. Fred is a professional genealogist who leads tours at Ellis Island. He will give an illustrated talk about the past, present and future of this American landmark. He will also tell some of his favorite immigration stories.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks with Kathy McGee will start at 10 a.m., Ask the Experts will start at 10:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:15 a.m.

For more information, check the club website at:

New index to Gravesend Town Records available

A new New York City database was recently added to the German Genealogy Group website.

Gravesend Town Records is an index to early records of the town of Gravesend, Kings County, New York. These records are kept at the New York City Municipal Archives.

The records are contained in six books:
Book 1, Town Meetings, 1646 – 1653
Book 2, Deeds & Leases, 1653 – 1670
Book 3, Town Meetings, 1656 – 1705
Book 4, Court Minutes 1662-1699
Book 5, Deeds and Leases 1672 – 1686
Book 6, Patents & Deeds 1645-1701

A search of names will give the Book Number and the number of pages on which that name appears. To find out the procedure and cost of obtaining copies of the records, contact the NYC Records Department at When contacting the Records Department make sure to give the full record, including which books you are interested in and the number of pages.

Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony of New Netherland and became one of the six original towns of Kings County in colonial New York. It was the only English chartered town in what became Kings County and was designated the “Shire Town” when the English assumed control, as it was the only one where records could be kept in English.

These records are transcriptions of the original records and very readable. In addition to the typical records you would expect – patents, property transfers, taxes, arrests, court proceedings, there are marriage, birth and death records.

To search this index, go to: and click on Database Searches and then Other NYC & Long Island.

Several free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

There will be several free webinars offered this week on topics such as religion in the Great Lakes, Lincoln’s records of war and researching female ancestors.

The Wisconsin Genealogy Society will present “On a Mission: Religion in the Great Lakes Region” on Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. The area around the Great Lakes was explored by Jesuits, Methodists, Moravians, Baptists, Anglicans, Quakers, Presbyterians and others. This webinar will focus on major religions in the Great Lakes region, a history and timeline of their arrival and expansion in specific areas, and a discussion on the main denominational repositories for research.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Lincoln’s Laws and the Records of War” on Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. President Lincoln’s General Order 100 – “Instructions for the Government of Armies … in the Field” – revolutionized the laws of war and created new records for genealogists to research.

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Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Finding Females: Maiden Name Not Known” on Wednesday, April 18, at 9 p.m. Research is not complete without a maiden name. Usually a difficult problem if not immediately obvious. Learn how to deal with this problem.

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The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Naturalization Know How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship” on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Many records were created when immigrant ancestors became American citizens. Learn what they are and how to find them.

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West Hempstead Obituary Index updated

The West Hempstead Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes close to 800 entries.

This index includes obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former resident of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The majority of the entries are from 1930 to 1963. New entries will be added on a continuous basis.

The information in the index comes from area newspapers such as The Brooklyn Eagle, Newsday, The Hempstead Sentinel, the Nassau Daily Review Star, and the New York Times.

The index includes the date of death, publication and date of publication.

Anyone interested in copies of articles from this index, can contact Jean King at the West Hempstead Public Library, 516-481-6591 ext 22 or email

You can access the link by clicking on the words just above this blog posting or click on
WH Obituaries

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, April 14, at the Bethpage Public Library at 10:30 a.m.

This month’s meeting will be “Italian American Contribution in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services).”
The presenter will be Salvatore J. LaGumina, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Italian American Studies at Nassau Community College. He will share information about the the untold story of many Italian heroes who helped to bring about the fall of fascism. LaGumina is the author of “Long Island Italians” and “Long Island Italian Americans.”

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free webinars focus on Oregon research and westward expansion

Two free genealogy webinars will be offered this week on the topics of Oregon research and westward expansion.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Georgia: Gateway to Westward Expansion” on Wednesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. Georgia holds a critical place in the history of the expansion of the United States west. Learn the common mistakes that can stall your Georgia research. Explore repositories, history and collections unique to the state.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Your Oregon Ancestors” on Friday, April 13 at 2 p.m. A dozen tips for researching your ancestors who made the 33rd State their home. A bit of history, the best websites, and the places to include if you plan a research trip to the Beaver State.

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