Archives for November 2018

Two free webinars scheduled for Saturday

Two free webinars are scheduled for this Saturday, December 1.

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Solving Adoption Mysteries in Your Family Tree Through DNA” at 11 a.m. Genetic genealogist Maurie Gleeson will show how DNA can be used to solve adoption mysteries in your family.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3005535218778015234

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Always Time for Timelines” at 1 p.m. Timelines illustrate your ancestor’s life and can do more than identify gaps in your research. The chronology in your genealogy program does not provide context. A variety of timelines can easily add context to your ancestor’s life and bring the past alive.

To register for the webinar, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1629398554352199426

Several local genealogy groups to meet in December

Several local genealogy societies will be meeting in December.

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Preserving Your Past: Home Archiving” on Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Feel free to bring an item – such as a diary, letter or photo – for the presenter to examine and learn how to preserve it.

You need to register for this program. You can register through the library website at www.pmlib.org or by calling 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will present “Jewish Given Names” on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview. The speaker will be Debra Braverman. Jews have distinct given names and naming traditions. This presentation will explain sources of different names and naming patterns based on geographic origin and language.

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

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Genealogy Enthusiast” on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. For more information, call the library at 631-654-4700.

The Brentwood Public Library will present “Digital Maps and Family History” on Saturday, December 22 at 10 a.m. Learn to create a map of the important locations on your family tree using Google maps.

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

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ to begin December 3

The genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? will premiere its new season on Monday, December 3 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time and continue for three weeks.

The following schedule has been released:

Monday, December 3 – Mandy Moore discovers her Australian ancestors and learns how they got there.

Monday, December 10 – Josh Duhamel travels to England to learn about his 12 times great-grandfather.

Monday, December 17 – Matthew Morrison discovers his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. Regina King uncovers an ancestor who was a civil rights activist in Alabama.

For more information, go to the show website at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Two free webinars to focus on railroad history, Georgia research

Two free genealogy webinars will take place on Wednesday, November 28.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Railroad Records and Railroad History” at 2 p.m. Did great-grandpa traverse this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records which may give us personal details? Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2288421634582302977

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Georgia Research Locations; Not Just for Georgia Researchers” at 8 p.m. Learn details about unexpected Georgia research spots regardless of your ancestor’s location or yours. The webinar will cover five research locations: Huxford-Spear Genealogy Library, Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library, Thomasville Genealogical Library, the Georgia Archives and the Southeast National Archives. It is surprising what you will find on those ancestors who never even went to Georgia.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4768948456068430339

Free webinars focus on government documents, ancestral villages

Two free genealogy webinars will take place this week.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “More Than Just the Census: Federal Government Publications for Genealogical Research” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. The U.S. Government Printing Office is the largest publisher in the world, giving federal depository libraries in each Congressional District government published books full of personal information and history on our ancestors. This webinar will demonstrate the types of information to be found in books and databases as close as the nearest federal depository library in your Congressional District.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7343375765735486211

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean. Topics will include resources for locating the ancestral village, problems encountered, resources other than archives, translation options, and what to expect in return and how to evaluate.

To register for this webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4126659940891896066

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy groups will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Bethpage Public Library. The Genealogy Tips and Tricks program will begin at 10 a.m. followed by Ask the Experts at 10:45 a.m. The main speaker will begin at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s program will be “The Orphan Train” and the presenter will be Tom Riley. Tom Riley was researching a book about the orphanage he grew up in when he happened upon 26 boxes of Americana hidden in a hayloft. Material within the boxes was dated from 1832 to 1929 and told the story of the 273,000 children who were transported out of New York City by rail across the U.S. over a period of 75 years. It was the largest mass relocation of children in American history.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Branching Out from Sepharad – Solving a Converso Mystery.” The presenter will be Sarina Roffe. Sarina will outline the history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 Expulsion, their history in Syria, and their immigration to the Americas. She will discuss the ancestry and significance of the Kassin rabbinic dynasty, which dates to the 12th Century, and the 50-year leadership of Chief Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, who led the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. At the same time, she solves a Converso mystery. Rabbi Kassin’s ancestor arrived in Aleppo in 1540. Sarina solves the mystery of the time gap from 1492-1540.

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

NOTE: The Plainview Family History Center will be closed from Monday, November 19
through Monday, November 26, 2018.

Four free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics of Illinois research, Louisiana research and Evernote software.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “The Prairie State: Over There” on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. During World War I, Illinois answered Uncle Sam’s call and men and women from across the Prairie State served both in Europe and on the home front. This webinar will highlight some of the ways the Great War changed Illinois and how to research your ancestors who may have served at home and abroad. In particular, utilizing social history resources to help enrich the story of Illinois’ war contributions will be discussed.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5825186603980794115

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Louisiana for Beginners” on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Tracing your Louisiana ancestors can be challenging. Get off to a great start with a brief introduction to her varied legal history, important migration events and blended ethnic influences. Review repositories, unique record collections and vital records access requirement along with strategies for successful research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9117161799367908867

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services History Office will present “Introduction to the Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence Files at the National Archives” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. These files cover topics related to nationality and naturalization policy from 1906-1944. The webinar will include information on research aids and how to request files from the archives.

To attend the webinar, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars and scroll down the page and select the appropriate date.

The Utah Genealogical Association will present “Evernote: The Genealogist’s Workhorse” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. Evernote is a free program that stores your notes, pdfs, webpages, images, audio clips, and more, and makes them available to you on each of your computers and devices. The free version has limitations, but is still sufficient for many family history purposes. This presentation will demonstrate Evernote and some ways it is helpful in genealogy.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5669605714548765954

Free access to military records available this weekend

Two major genealogy websites will be offering free access to their military records this weekend to honor the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Findmypast.com will be making its collection of world military records free from today until 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

In addition to military records, Findmypast’s archive of British, Irish and world newspapers will be free to search and explore. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to: https://www.findmypast.com/military-family/

MyHeritage.com will also be offering free access to military records from around the world from now through Monday, Nov. 12. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to: www.myheritage.com

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Bethpage Public Library.

The Help Session begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begins at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Getting the Most from Ancestry.com” and the presenter will be Alec Ferretti. Ancestry.com is a subscription website that offers more than 40,000 databases consisting of indexes, transcriptions and digitized images of original source documents. Alec will discuss the contents of Ancestry.com as present strategies to help you locate information more efficiently.

For more information, go to the club website at: www.italiangen.org

Free access to AmericanAncestors.org through Nov. 13

Free access to AmericanAncestors.org through Nov. 13

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to all its databases on AmericanAncestors.org through Thursday, November 13.

Fall back into family history research with access to over 1.4 billion names. Types of records include: birth, marriage and death records, military, census, probate and immigration records. In addition, you can search local histories, family genealogies and maps. Sign up for a free guest account for free access to everything in the databases.

To start searching, go to: www.americanancestors.org