Archives for July 2018

Three free webinars set for this week

There will be three free webinar this week with topics on Jewish genealogy, prisoners and archive research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew” on Wednesday, August 1 at 2 p.m. Most people do not know who they are more than a few generations back. Therefore it is a surprise when they discover Jewish ancestors. 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? We will discuss history, migration, essential clues (customs, food, terminology, languages), and much more.

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Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Crime, Prison and Punishment: Researching UK Criminal and Prisoner Records Online” on Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Whether by choice or circumstance, some of your ancestors may have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. The vast array of criminal and prison records available online and at the National Archives in Kew can offer researchers a great deal of information for their ancestors in a pre-census world.

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Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Loose Records in an Archive: What Are They?” on Saturday, August 4 at 1 p.m. Genealogists use minute books, ledger books and other bound records that are located at archives, libraries and genealogical societies. There is also another type of record available called Loose Records that the genealogist should be seeking. Learn what loose records are, what record groups they can be found in and how they can benefit your research.

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Free ebook available on organizing genealogical documents

Now through midnight on Monday, July 30, Family Roots Publishing will be giving away a free PDF eBook entitled “Organizing Your Genealogical Documents.” The regular price is $5.95.

This Insta-Guide is made to help genealogists make the transition from paper documents to electronic.
Topics in the ebook include:

*Digitize Those Papers!
*Electronically File as You Would in a 3-Drawer Filing Cabinet
*Electronic Filing – Setting up Hierarchical Folders
*What Goes in the Master file?
*Access the Master Folder From More Than One Computer and/or Program
*Sharing Documents (files)
*Link to Your Files From Within Your Genealogy Program
*What About Photos?
*Electronic Document Storage Systems
*Back Up Your Files

You will need to fill in your billing and shipping information at checkout just as if you were ordering books. The Payment Type box will say “No Charge.” Click on the Preview Order button, and at the bottom of the Preview page, click on the Place Order button. The ebook will be immediately available, first by a flash-screen, and also as an email.

To order a copy of the book, go to:

Family History Library to offer free webinars in August

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present several free webinars in August.
All times listed are Eastern Time.

Thursday, August 2 – 3 p.m. – Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Low Countries

Thursday, August 9 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research: Midwest Region

Thursday, August 16 – 3 p.m. – England Non-Conformist Church Records

Thursday, August 23 – 3 p.m. – Swedish Moving Records

Thursday, August 30 – 3 p.m. – Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA

Thursday, August 30 – 4:15 p.m. – DNA: I’ve Tested, Now What?

To attend any of these webinars, go to: and click on the August calendar

Two free genealogy webinars to take place on Wednesday

Two free genealogy webinars will be offered this week on the topics of the Freemen’s Bureau and photography tips.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Photoshop: What you Need to Know as a Photographer” on Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. In this webinar, learn the need-to-know tools and skill sets that a photographer needs when using Photoshop.

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The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Freedmen’s Bureau Records” on Wednesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. Though an invaluable and rich resource for information on freed slaves, the Freeman’s Bureau Records also cover many other southerners from Delaware to Texas – including ex‐soldiers, impoverished widows, and destitute parents. If your ancestors lived in the south in the immediate post-civil war time period, you will want to learn about these records.

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Cold Spring Harbor library to host DNA program

The Cold Spring Harbor Public Library will present “DNA Testing: What’s It All Aoubt” on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Patricia Ann Kellner, founder of the DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island, will discuss what you can learn from your DNA test results. DNA tests can be a great tool to use to find your family and your origins and can also give insight into your health.

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island meets from September through June on the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Sachem Public Library.

For more information about the program, contact the library at 631-692-6820.

Jewish Genealogy Society has online burial society database

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York has a burial society database that contains over 10,000 entries from almost 100 cemeteries in New York City, Long Island, Putnam County, Westchester County and northern New Jersey.

The entries include plots of landsmanshaftn, synagogues, family circles, fraternal organizations and labor unions.

The database can be searched by town name or keyword. There is also a Cemetery Directory that includes addresses and contact information for the cemeteries. This database is free to the public. You do not need to be a member of JGSNY.

To search the burial society database, go to:

Three free genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Three free genealogy webinars will take place this week covering the topics of the Erie Canal, photographing treasures and genetic genealogy.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “The Erie Canal and the Opening of the Midwest” on Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m. The Erie Canal opened the Midwest to settlement and prosperity. It provided an easier migration route to the Midwest than any of the land routes and it also gave settlers a less expensive way to get their goods to Eastern markets. Learn about the building of this engineering marvel and how it affected the lives of our ancestors.

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The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Family Treasures” on Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. Your home is filled with personal and family treasures in the attic, garage, shelves, and walls. You do not need to be an expert photographer to spotlight your keepsakes and their stories. Come and learn simple tips to take magazine quality photos.

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The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy” on Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m. Most individuals have hundreds of genetic cousins. Come learn a few methods you can start using today to help you organize your genetic genealogy research.

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Italian baptism and marriage indexes available online

The Italian Genealogy Group has baptism and marriage indexes on its website for Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Baptism indexes are available for The English Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension located in Brooklyn. The index is for baptism records for those with Italian surnames only. It covers the time period of November 1908 to September 1949. The church was sold in 1958 and a new church was built in Lake Success in Nassau County.

A baptism index is also available for St. Mary of the Angels (1916-1958), formerly located in the Bronx. It was also known as Church of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin from 1916-1927.

A marriage index is available for The English Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension. The index contains grooms and brides names with Italian surnames only. The records cover Sept. 16, 1908 to August 24, 1958. The majority of the records in the index cover the 1940s and 1950s.

To access the indexes, click on “Church Records” at the club website

Free access to AmericanAncestors website through July 17

Free access to AmericanAncestors website through July 17

American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is offering free access to all online databases from now through Tuesday, July 17.

You will need to create a free guest account to access the collection. Highlights include early New England collections (including the world’s largest Mayflower database) and Boston’s Catholic records from 1789 to 1900.

To start searching, go to:

RootsWeb pages are starting to be restored

Since October 2017, the free genealogy website, RootsWeb, has been offline due to a system crash., the parent company of Rootsweb, announced recently that some of the RootsWebs page are coming back online. One important page is the Obituary Daily Times.

The WorldCoonect portion of RootsWeb can be searched but right now you cannot upload or edit any family tress on the website.

Also, some of the New York State pages that are part of USGENWEB are back online as well. Some of the counties restored on USGENWEB are: Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. However, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island have not bee restored.

To see a full list of all the states and which counties are now available, go to: