Archives for August 2018

All About Relatives blog celebrates its 5th anniversary

This genealogy blog, All About Relatives, has just celebrated its 5th anniversary.

The blog was started on August 27, 2013. We have posted a total of 873 items, averaging three posts per week.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading the blog over the years. We hope our postings have helped you discover new resources for New York State research and have helped you learn more about your ancestors.

We look forward to providing you with more genealogy resources throughout the remainder of this year and for years to come.

DNA genealogy group to meet September 1

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will have its first meeting at its new location on Saturday, September 1.

The group now will meet at the Sachem Public Library the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. This month’s program will be Ask the Experts. Do you have questions about genetic genealogy, a particular DNA testing company or a third party tool? Come ask our panel of seven experienced genealogists.

It’s always good to bring your laptop or mobile device and a multi-outlet surge protector.

For more informaion, go to the club website at:

Free genealogy webinar to discuss YDNA testing

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite” on Wednesday, August 29 at 2 p.m.

The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This webinar will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.

To register, go to:

New collection of passenger list records available on

The complete set of Ellis Island passenger lists is now available free online at These databases cover the years 1820-1957.

New York Passenger Lists (Castle Garden) – 1820-1891
In 1820, the federal government required ship captains to submit lists of passengers to custom officials. This record set contains the passenger lists for Castle Garden, which was open from 1855-1890.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) – 1892-1924

This record set contains 25 million names of passengers. Once you find a name, you can click to see the individual record images. If you would like to see an image of the ship, you can find it at the Liberty Foundation Ellis Island website.

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists – 1926-1957
There are over 5 million records images in this record set including passenger lists from New York airports.

You can find these databases by selecting Records from the Search tab and then typing in the name of the collection in the Collection Title search box.

You will need to create a free user name and password to see the images.

Family Tree Magazine announces best 101 websites for 2018

Family Tree Magazine recently posted its list of 101 Best Websites for 2018.

Some of the categories included on the list are:
*Uncle Sam’s Sites
*Volunteer Venues and Wikis
*Data-Rich Dot-Orgs
*Virtual Library Cards
*State and Regional Sites
*Archives and Libraries Abroad
*Maps and History Tools
*Social and Sharing Sites

To start exploring these resources, go to: and use the drop down menu to select 101 Best Websites 2018. The websites will be listed in alphabetical order.

Several free webinars offered this week

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Citing Sources and Evaluating Evidence” on Tuesday, August 21 at 8 p.m.

In this webinar, learn how to use the source citation templates, evidence evaluation features, as well as how to add/remove features to create a customized research log of your own. A good deal of time will be spent on citing sources and resources to make the process easier. In addition, it will cover how to look at a record and evaluate the evidence to determine if it proves or disproves the proof point. In addition, learn how to add new source citation templates, add new columns and more.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Forces Ancestors (England/Wales) on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 p.m. Do you have a British ancestor who served as a soldier or sailor? This webinar will highlight the sources available over the last two centuries both online and offline, including researching at The National Archives (Kew), in local repositories and museums, to add flesh to the bones of your ancestor’s service history.

To register for the webinar, go to:

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Discovering Your UK/Irish Roots Online” on Wednesday, August 22 at 8 p.m. There is no such thing as “one stop genealogy shopping!” This program will lead you through the resources and search techniques for the three big UK and Irish databases: FindMyPast, ScotlandsPeople and RootsIreland. Learn what’s new on these databases, how you can apply them to your research and how privacy and information rights impact your quest for records.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The USCIS History Office and Library will present “Indexes to Alien Case Files at the National Archives” on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. USCIS transferred over a million Alien Case Files to the National Archives in Kansas City and San Francisco. Learn what information is included in each index and how to search the various indices to find these files.

To attend the webinar, go to: and select the appropriate date.

Registration deadline for NYS Family History Conference is August 31

Registration will close on August 31 for the New York State Family History Conference scheduled for Sept. 13-15, 2018 in Tarrytown, NY at the DoubleTree Hotel.

There will be 2 1/2 days of lectures, workshops, field trips and an exhibit hall.

The registration rate is $195 for members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Central New York Genealogical Society and $215 for non-members. Your paid registration automatically gives you $10 worth of Conference Notes, redeemable within the exhibit hall.

If you can only attend on Saturday, the cost is $99 for members of the New York G & B and $129 for non-members.

New this year will be a Family History Jumpstart Day aimed at participants who are beginning genealogy and without conference experience. It will take place on Sept. 15.

To register for the conference, has New York State birth index available online

The New York State Birth Index is now available for searching on The index covers the years 1881-1942.

It is name searchable and you can see the images of the actual index pages. An index entry states the name of the person, date and place of event, and State certificate number. The state certificate number is only used if you are requesting a copy of a record from the Department of Health in Albany. It is quicker to request a copy of a birth certificate from a local agency such as Town Halls or Village Halls.

This index does not cover all of New York State. It does not cover New York City boroughs except for the following situations:
*Former towns of Kings County (Brooklyn) prior to their annexation by the City of Brooklyn in the 1880s and ’90s;
*Portions of Westchester County prior to their annexation by New York City in 1895;
*Richmond County (Staten Island) and western Queens County prior to their incorporation into the City of New York on January 1, 1898.

Prior to this index being available online, it was only accessible by using microfiche cards at 11 repositories in New York State. The microfiche cards end in 1937.

You can search free of charge at public libraries that subscribe to Library Edition. Check with your local library to see if they have this database.

Many free genealogy webinars available this week

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch” on Tuesday, August 14 at 9 p.m. The National Archives at Chicago holds Federal records from agencies in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin dating from the 1800’s. There are General Land Office, Farming and Agriculture, Naturalization, Military, Taxes, Postal Service, Court Cases and many more records that can be invaluable when researching your family history.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Untangle the Web of German Websites” on Wednesday, August 15 at 2 p.m. The internet is offering more and more quality information for Germanic researchers. This webinar will focus on collections of free digitized German materials and indexes available on the internet. Most websites presented are based in Germany, so tips and tricks for navigating them will be included.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “How Autosomal DNA Is Really Inherited: Case Studies of Siblings” on Wednesday, August 15 at 9 p.m. Most of us know we get half our autosomal DNA from each parent and about a fourth from each grandparent, etc. But does it really work that way? How much variation is there among siblings?

To register for this webinar, go to:

The New England Historic Genealogical Society will present “Applying for Dual Citizenship by Descent” on Thursday, August 16 at 3 p.m. While most countries base citizenship on place of birth, parentage, and marriage, there are a handful of countries that also offer citizenship by descent — meaning if you have ancestors who were citizens of that country two, three, or even four generations back, you might qualify for dual citizenship! Two well-known examples are Italy and Ireland. In this webinar, Senior Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will go over the requirements involved, gathering documentation, applying—and waiting—for dual citizenship.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Sharecropping or Tenant Farming? The System and Its Records” on Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m. Was your ancestor a farmer without land? Maybe he was a sharecropper or tenant farmer. Learn how this system worked and where the records are.

To register for this webinar, go to:

NYC ‘Bodies in Transit’ ledgers now available online

The New York City Municipal Archives recently released digital copies of the New York City Bodies in Transit ledgers.

These ledgers cover the time period of 1859-1894. The ledgers were kept by the Department of Health and recorded data of bodies being transported through New York City. This information was kept to certify that there were no sanitary risks related to the body.

Information in the records include: name, age, date of passage through New York City, cause and date of death, and name and residence of person overseeing the transportation of the body. Probably the most famous name in the records is Abraham Lincoln.

To see the digitized images, go to:

An index to these ledgers was created by the German Genealogy Group and the index is available on their website at: