Archives for June 2018

Records available for Reformed Church of New Paltz

As part of the Historic Hudson Valley Heritage website, digitized records are now available for two church books the Reformed Church of New Paltz, New York. These records cover the 1680s and early 1700s.

The two books contain over 100 pages and have information about marriages, baptisms and names of church members and town residents.

Records can be access by searching for “first church register” and “second church register” in the search box. After clicking on an image, click on the tab that says “text” to see an English translation of the page.

To begin searching, go to:

Two free genealogy webinars offered on Wednesday

Two genealogy programs will be offered on Wednesday, June 27, covering farming life and photo editing.

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “A Week in the Life of a Farm Family” at 8 p.m. What was daily life like for our farming ancestors? Learn how genealogical records and social history resources can help us answer that question in four different centuries of American history.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What Should I Use for My Photo Editing?” at 2 p.m. This program will explain Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Each program is designed with a different purpose in mind, and each offers a distinct post-production photography workflow. Learn why you should choose one over the other and why both of them are important to know and use.

To register for this webinar, go to:

More records added to Fresh Pond Crematory index

The German Genealogy Group recently updated information for its Fresh Pond Crematory and U. S. Columbarium Interment Index. It added 5,424 records for the years 2015-2017.

The Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium is the oldest operating crematory in the United States. The crematory is located in Middle Village, New York.

This database contains an index to over 215,000 cremations that took place at the Fresh Pond Crematory, many of which are interred in niches at the U. S. Columbarium on the same property. It also includes over 4,000 people cremated elsewhere and whose cremains are in niches at the columbarium.

The crematory has additional information for each individual including: age, marital status, last residence, birthplace, date of birth, date of death, information on the next of kin, and funeral home. Some of the files may also contain family correspondence and obituaries that appeared in newspapers.

To obtain this information fill out the form found on the website with the name of the person of interest, the case ID, and your mailing address. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The fee for this information is $36.

Please note: They will not give any information for persons that died less than 50 years ago except to people who can supply proof that they are direct relatives.

To search the index, go to: and on the left side of the page select “Database Searches” and then select Crematory.

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy group will meet this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet at the Brentwood Public Library on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m.

This month’s topic will be “Paper-less Genealogist and Voices from the Past: Exploring Genealogy with Oral History.”

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

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, June 24, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-Island JCC in Plainview.

This month’s presenter will be Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan who will discuss “My Hashava Experience.”
In the early 1900s many Jews helped build Palestine by opening bank accounts or buying stock in the Jewish Colonial Trust — including Jews in Europe who later died in the Holocaust.

Since 2006, Hashava has worked to find the rightful heirs to these assets. Judi will describe her experience documenting for Hashava the family of her “double relative” — great-aunt and first cousin Feiga Gitelson Surinamer nee Hirschorn, Asset A1951.

For more information, go to the club website at:

NYS Genealogical Death Index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths up to January 31, 1968.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes deaths for the five boroughs of New York City.

The index provides the date of death, gender, age at death, New York State file number and residence code. In order to interpret the residence code number, you must go to the far right of the page and click on the red tab that says About. Scroll down to attachments and open either the third attachment for Out of State codes or the fourth attachment for New York State Gazetteer.

To search the index, go to:

Three free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics such as finding photos online, how to protect your research and Freeman’s Bureau Records.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “50+ Online and Offline Sources for Finding Photos of Your Ancestors” on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. If you haven’t inherited photos of your ancestors, learn about the 50+ potential sources that you may have overlooked, including printed media, organizations, digital sources and even distant relatives that you may not know about.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Who Do You Trust with Your Trusted Research” on Wednesday, June 20, at 9 p.m. With technology today, it is easy to complete and build our family tree online or even on the computer. But what are you doing to protect your information? To protect all the hours of research you have done? What do you do with your hard copy paper file? What happens when I am gone to my research?

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The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Freemen’s Bureau Records” on Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m. The Freedmen’s Bureau records cover more than freed slaves – they include ex-soldiers, impoverished widows, small children, and destitute parents. They include ration, school, court, marriage, military, and more records, along with incredibly personal correspondence regarding loved ones.

To register for this webinar, go to:

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

The genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” will have its last episode on TLC on Monday, June 18 at 9 p.m.

This season will feature the following celebrities:
*Jean Smart learns that her eight times great-grandmother was arrested for witchcraft.

To view clips of previous episodes, go to:

More records available for NYC marriage license index

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records recently announced it has added more records to its New York City marriage license index. The database now includes the years 1996-2017.

The new 1950-2017 database is broken into two different time frames: 1950-1995 and 1996-2017. These are indexes to every marriage license filed, not necessarily every marriage in New York City.

The group has noted that there are approximately 30,000 missing records particularly for the 1950s-1960s.

Beginning in June 2011, New York State started to legally recognize same-sex marriages. Therefore, for the 2011-2017 portion of the database, headers of “bride” and “groom” are referred to as “Spouse #1” and “Spouse # 2”.

To search the data from 1950-2017, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, June 16, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks will Kathleen McGee will being at 10 a.m., followed by Ask the Experts at 10:45 a.m. and the featured speaker at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Melissa Johnson who will discuss “Internet Resources for Genealogists.” Learn how to use top genealogical websites most effectively, including Ancestry. Fold3, GenealogyBank, FamilySearch and Google as well as websites of federal, state and local archives.

There will be no meetings in July or August.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Two free genealogy webinars to take place this week

Two free webinars will take place this week covering the topics of Ohio research and handwriting analysis.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church” on Tuesday, June 12, at 9 p.m. Ohio was the first gathering place of the LDS Church. Eventually, those who joined with the its membership eventually found themselves displaced into Missouri and Illinois before their trek to Utah. Note: This is not geared toward LDS members. The story of the LDS Church is a story of persecution. This lecture will focus on the members from both the United Kingdom and New England who were disowned from their families, and finished their lives in the western United States.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting” on Wednesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. Genealogical researchers love old records – family bibles, baptismal certificates, and census pages. Transcribing a will or a deed can be a daunting task, especially when the writing instruments are pre-1800. Cursive handwriting from the 1600’s up to the 1900’s is often a challenge. Knowing a few tips to decipher names, a word that doesn’t make sense, or a troublesome abbreviation makes reading old documents a lot easier.

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