Free webinars to discuss fraternal organizations, military research

Three free webinars will take place this week covering the topics of fraternal organizations, timeline tools and Spanish-American War veterans.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Finding Your Ancestors in Fraternal Organizations” on Tuesday, December 18 at 8 p.m. Were your ancestors Freemasons? Did your family have a connection with the I.O.O.F. or Daughters of Rebekah? Discover the history and genealogical material that await you with membership records, historical research, and photographs of your family who may have belonged to one or more of these secret societies or female auxiliaries.

To register for the webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Solving One Name and Many Locations with a Location and Timeline Tool” on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 p.m. When an ancestor appears to be in several locations over a short period of time, it may be multiple individuals. With an exhaustive search resulting in negative evidence, the case can be proved of one person. This is a case study that introduces the Location and Timeline Analysis Chart (LoTAC).

To register for the webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors” on Wednesday, December 19 at 2 p.m. The end of the 19th century witnessed the transformation of the United States from a developing nation into a global power. Discover your ancestors that served in the war with Spain along with records of the Boxer Rebellion (1900) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) in which U.S. troops participated on land and sea. This webinar focuses on records at the National Archives and other research facilities covering all three military conflicts.

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present “Beyond the Image: Documenting the Immigration Stories behind Augustus Sherman’s Ellis Island Portraits” on Thursday, December 20 at 1 p.m. Between 1905 and 1925, immigration service employee Augustus Sherman photographed hundreds of immigrants as they passed through Ellis Island. However little is know about many of the immigrants Sherman photographed. The webinar will use historical records to document the stories behind some of Sherman’s photos. Participants will learn about INS records that may be useful to their own research projects. This webinar is not recorded.

To attend the webinar, go to:, scroll down and select December 20.

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ concludes on Monday

The genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? will conclude this Monday, December 17, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

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

For more information, go to the show website at:

Lectures from MyHeritage Live event available free online

The genealogy company, MyHeritage has recently released videos of the main lectures from MyHeritage LIVE conference which took place from Nov. 2-4, 2018 in Oslo.

If you missed the conference or the live-streaming, you can now watch the recordings, hosted on Legacy Family Tree Webinars, for free. There were two conference tracks: DNA and Genealogy. the following is a list of the videos that are available.

DNA Track
*MyHeritage DNA 101
*MyHeritage DNA: Advanced Features
*Success Stories: How MyHeritage DNA Brings Families Together
*The Five Best MyHeritage DNA Tools
*PANEL: DNA, Genealogy, and Privacy
*Why Take a DNA Test for Genealogy Research?
*Genetic Insights from a Huge Collaborative Family Tree
*MyHeritage’s Improved DNA Matching
*Two Ways to Approach Your MyHeritage DNA Match List
*How to Find Unknown Family with MyHeritage DNA
*PANEL: What’s Next for Genetic Genealogy?

Genealogy Track
*Turning MyHeritage Clues into Genealogy To Do’s
*How I Use MyHeritage
*Researching with MyHeritage SuperSearch
*A Guide to Scandinavian Records on MyHeritage
*How to Find Your Family in Newspapers with MyHeritage SuperSearch
*What’s Next: The MyHeritage Genealogy and DNA Roadmap
*Newspaper Research Strategies Using MyHeritage
*Matching Technologies: How to Discover Relatives Without Searching
*An Introduction to Geni
*Using MyHeritage & Learning with
*An Overview of European Record Collections on MyHeritage
*The MyHeritage Mobile App: Exclusive Features

To access the videos, go to:

Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two genealogy webinars will take place this week covering the topics of the Great Migration and citation techniques.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration” on Tuesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of families left the south in the 1900s, headed north. Their destinations were Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and beyond. This webinar looks at communities in the urban north and illustrates what can be learned about the county of origin in the south, by studying the communities where they arrived.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Citation for Beginners” on Friday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to produce quality work.

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ continues this Monday

The genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? will continue this Monday, December 10, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time and continue for three weeks.

The following schedule has been released:

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:

Huntington Historical Society to host research trip to Salt Lake City

The Huntington Historical Society will sponsor a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City from Sunday, April 7 to Sunday, April 14, 2019.

The reservation deposit of $50 is due on Sunday, December 15, 2018.

The trip fee includes:
*Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
*Shuttle transportation between the hotel and airport
*Monday and Friday night dinners and Wednesday night “schmooze”
*Presentation by staff of Heritage Consulting and Services
*Individual research guidance by trip staff

The cost of the trip is $800-$840 per person double occupancy for a standard or deluxe room and $1,160 to $1,240 for single occupancy. There is a minimum of 14 people and a maximum of 20.

This price DOES NOT include airfare. The final payment will be due on January 26, 2019.

For more information, contact Bill Chamberlain at

Free webinars focus on Scottish research and PERSI

Three free webinars will take place this week featuring topics on indexes, PERSI and Scottish research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Ins and Outs of Indexes” on Wednesday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. Learn about 15+ indexing systems discover strategies to use when you can’t find the index or instructions to it.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “PERSIbilities: Better Research with ACPL’s Periodical Source Index” on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 p.m. This presentation will look into PERSI, discuss its partnership with FindMyPast and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of this valuable genealogical resource. The presenter will demonstrate a variety of search tips, discuss how researchers can obtain copies of the journals they locate on PERSI, and report on ongoing digitization work.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Scotland’s Resources” on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. There are dozens of sites available to help you in your Scottish research once you are ready to move beyond Scotlandspeople. Sites like GENUKI, ScotlandsPlaces, SCAN and the National Library of Scotland are just a few of the free websites available to you from ‘across the pond.’

To register for this webinar, go to:

New York State Marriage Index available for free online

For those during research in New York State, an early holiday gift has been delivered by the not-for-profit group, Reclaim the Records, recently announced that a portion of the New York State Marriage Index is now available online for free.

Previously, this index could only be accessed by using microfiche cards available in 11 public libraries and the National Archives in New York City. Currently the years available online are from 1881-1952. In the next few months the index in continue to 1965.

Most of the years are searchable alphabetically by surname and brides and grooms are combined in the same annual file. There are some years where the brides and grooms names are in separate indexes and there are also some years where the listing is by Soundex code and not alphabetical.

The index has been uploaded on the website Internet Archive. To start searching, go to:

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:

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

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 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:

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.