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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Free webinar on vital records research to take place Friday

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “50 Websites to Find Vital Records” on Friday, August 10 at 2 p.m.

Where do you find vital records? That simple question doesn’t always have an easy answer. In this presentation, we will explore online finding aids, indexes, vital record alternatives and digitized copies of vital records. This information is a must for anyone researching US ancestors.

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‘Finding Your Roots’ Season 5 to begin in January

PBS has announced information about the new season of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Season five of the show will begin on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Researchers for the show use both genealogical records and DNA testing.

Guests scheduled for the show include: actors, artists, journalists, TV hosts, politicians, filmmakers and comedians.

Some of the individuals include:
*Marisa Tomei
*Michael Moore
*Seth Meyers
*Ann Curry
*Christiane Amanpour
*Michael Strahan
*Felicity Huffman
*Laura Linney

To watch episodes from previous seasons, go to:

New York genealogy society seeks volunteer help

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is looking for volunteers to work in its Manhattan office located at 36 W. 44th Street.

Volunteers are needed to do on-site scanning of documents and books in the NYG&B collection. Training will be provided for this process and no experience is required though being comfortable with a computer and scanner is helpful.

Volunteers are also needed to help with office tasks such as preparing mailings and stuffing envelopes.

Anyone interested should contact Anna King at

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.

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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.