Three local genealogy groups to meet this week

Topics at local genealogy group meetings this week include: locating places of origins in Germany speaking countries, non-autosomal DNA results and Eastern European travel.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Searching for Germanic Roots: How to Use American Sources to Locate the Place of Origin of Your Immigrant Ancestor.” The presenter will be James E. Pelzer. Connecting immigrant ancestors to records in German-speaking areas of Europe requires you to explore American sources to build a persuasive case that they came from a particular place in the old country. Jim will discuss using the “jurisdictional approach” to research in American sources that can identify the European place of origin of your ancestor. His talk will discuss jurisdictions and the useful records that may be found there. Using examples from his research, he’ll show how clues in records here are used to construct a convincing proof that an ancestor is the same person as one named in sources found in a European place of origin.

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The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Patchgue-Medford Public Library. This is a change in meeting location. This month’s topic will be “What Non-Autosomal DNA Can Do (and not do) for Your Genetic Genealogical Research.” The presenter will be Dr. Richard Haberstroh.

This presentation will cover an overview of non-autosomal DNA, moving from the basis of what these DNA forms are, to a description of what their special characteristics can bring to the family history researcher. The presentation will include discussions on how these can, and sometimes more importantly cannot, be used to augment typical autosomal DNA testing, and will attempt to dispel certain misconceptions and sources of confusion.

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The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the South Huntington Public Library at 11 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Eastern European Travel and Return to Home Town.” The presenter will be Rhoda Miller.

Travel to Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary can be exciting and challenging. Certified genealogist Rhoda will explore these Eastern European countries with a research and genealogical perspective. She is past president and current board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island.

For more information, call 631-427-7045.

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