Archives for May 2018

Two local genealogy groups to meet this Saturday

Two local genealogy groups will meet this Saturday, June 2.

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet at the Bethpage Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

This month’s program is celebrating the 1st anniversary of the group. Members are invited to speak about their greatest discovery since joining the DDGLI. In addition, there will be a DNA Fashion Show and a DNA food contest. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each catagory.

For more information, go to the club website at: https://dggli.wordpress.com/

The Huntington Historical Society will meet at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library.

This month’s presenter will be Terry Koch-Bostic. She will discuss “Catholic History and Records in New York State.”

For more information, call 631-427-7045.

New indexes for New York State records added to GGG website

Two new databases, with New York State records, have been recently added to the Germany Genealogy Group website.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Biographical Index File was created from the Society’s index card file of biographical information. It includes references to births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, cemetery information, and a few other types of records.

Any researcher who wants a record from this collection needs to contact the Society librarian for an estimate of the cost at 631-727-2881 x103.

Also added is an index to St. Paul’s German Presbyterian Church records. There are baptisms, marriages and funerals. St. Paul’s was a German Evangelical Lutheran Church located in Fosters Meadow, New York. Fosters Meadow covered an area that is now eastern Queens and western Nassau counties.

In 2017, George Bauer, a descendant of founding members of the church, discovered that the original records for this church were in the Presbyterian Archives in Philadelphia and had recently been digitized by Ancestry.com. To access these records, you must have an Ancestry.com account or use your local public library or Family History Library account. For more details about the Ancestry.com records, go to: https://fostersmeadow.jimdo.com/history/houses-of-worship/st-paul-s-german-presbyterian-church/

To use either of the indexes, go to: www.germangenealogygroup.org. The search for the Suffolk County Historical Society records, under Databases select Other NYC and Long Island.

To search for the St. Paul’s records, under Databases select Church Records and then go to baptisms, marriages or funerals. St. Paul’s will be one of the choices to select.

Free webinar to focus on Palatine immigration

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online” on Wednesday, May 30 at 2 p.m.

Discover how to track your Palatine ancestors who traveled from Germany to the colonies in the 1700s, using techniques that will assist you in determining their place of origin. Use migration patterns of their family and friends to help you in your research. Learn more about online sources of original records for this area that you can research from home.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8277103029757243393

Free access to military records at Fold3.com

Free access to military records at Fold3.com

To celebrate Memorial Day, free access is available to military records on the website Fold3.com from now until the end of Saturday.

Fold3.com has a wide variety of military records available that can be searched by specific wars or you can do a name search.

Free access to the records will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.

To get started searching, go to: Fold3.com

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ continues on Monday

The genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will have its next episode on TLC on Monday, May 28 at 9 p.m.

This season will feature the following celebrities:
*Hilary Duff traces her family history back to medieval Scotland, discovering royalty in her lineage.
*Jean Smart learns that her eight times great-grandmother was arrested for witchcraft.
*Megan Mullally chases the legacy of her father’s line and uncovers the story of how her two times great-grandmother persevered despite being caught in a cycle of domestic abuse.
*Molly Shannon travels to Ireland to unravel the mystery of her maternal line, uncovering ancestors who were forced to change their religion in the face of impending starvation.

To view clips of previous episodes, go to: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Thursday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on special day this month, Thursday, May 24, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Sex, Lies and Genealogical Tape” presented by Ron Arons. For 20 years, Ron has explored the life of the great-grandfather he calls “a criminal, a chameleon, and a comedian.” He will share his latest finds about this serial bigamist who served time in Sing Sing, double dipped on Social Security, and repeatedly lied on documents. Ron will also describe the wide range of records he used in his research and how he dealt with large discrepancies between them.

He is the author of “The Jews of Sing Sing,” “Mind Maps for Genealogy,” and “WANTED!: U.S. Criminal Records Sources & Research Methodology.”

For more information, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

Early registration 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.

For more information or to register, go to: http://nysfhc.org

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 Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, May 19, at the Bethpage Public Library.

At 10:00 a.m. there will be Genealogy Tips and Tricks with Kathleen McGee. There will be a refreshment break at 10:45 a.m. followed by Ask the Experts. The featured speaker will start at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s topic will be “Evidence Analysis: Finding the Right Record Using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)” by genealogist Rhoda Miller. She will demonstrate methods of looking at your research to find gaps as well as evaluate findings, especially those with conflicting or indirect evidence. Irish examples will be given.

For more information, go to: www.ifhf.org

New York Slavery Index available free online

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of new York has created the New York Slavery Index.

This free index provides records from 1525 through the Civil War. The data comes from census records, slave trade transactions, cemetery records, birth certifications, manumissions, ship inventories, newspaper accounts, private narratives, legal documents and many other sources. The index contains over 35,000 records and will continue to grow as the team of John Jay College professors and students locates and assembles data from additional sources.

The goal of the project is the bring together information that previously had been largely disconnected and difficult to access. Detailed searching instructions are available on the website.

To get started searching the index, go to: http://nyslavery.commons.gc.cuny.edu

New ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ episodes begin May 21

The genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will be back for its 10th season on TLC on Monday, May 21 at 9 p.m.

This season will feature the following celebrities:
*Hilary Duff traces her family history back to medieval Scotland, discovering royalty in her lineage.
*Jean Smart learns that her eight times great-grandmother was arrested for witchcraft.
*Jon Cryer travels to Boston and learns that his nine times great-grandfather was an indentured servant who made his way to America under harrowing circumstances.
*Laverne Cox uncovers new information about her three times great grandfather who carved out his place in society just a few years after his emancipation from slavery.
*Megan Mullally chases the legacy of her father’s line and uncovers the story of how her two times great-grandmother persevered despite being caught in a cycle of domestic abuse.
*Molly Shannon travels to Ireland to unravel the mystery of her maternal line, uncovering ancestors who were forced to change their religion in the face of impending starvation.

To view clips of previous episodes, go to: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/