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:

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:

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:

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:

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: 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:

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. 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: 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:

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” and the presenter will be Alec Ferretti. 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 as present strategies to help you locate information more efficiently.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Free access to through Nov. 13

Free access to through Nov. 13

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to all its databases on 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: offers free access to its military collection offers free access to its military collection

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, is providing free access to its Military Records from now until 11:59 p.m. on November 12.

There are over 250 million military records on the website that cover all the wars. There are items such as World War I draft cards, service records and prisoner and casualty lists.

To get started searching these records, go to:

Free webinars cover voting records, online mapping tools

Two free genealogy webinars are scheduled for this Wednesday, November 7.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor” at 2 p.m. Our ancestors voted in local, state and federal government elections. Many of our local, state and national archives, libraries and genealogical societies have election and voting records that could help genealogists find their ancestors. These records could include the polling places where your ancestor voted and even your ancestor’s signature.

To register, go to:

Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Using Free Online Services to Map Your Ancestors” at 8 p.m. See how to build interactive and attractive-looking maps of places our ancestors lived, which can provide additional insights about their lives. The webinar will introduce free, mostly online mapping services and show how to combine old maps from various timeframes, current maps, and location information (from gedcom files, grave databases, land owners registers, etc.).

To register, go to:

Fold3 provides free access to its Native American collection

To celebrate National Native American Heritage month, Fold3 is offering free access to its Native American collection through November 15. You need to create a free account on Fold3 to access the collections.

Titles in this collection include:
*Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): This collection contains ratified treaties that occurred between tribes and the US government.

*Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.

*Dawes Packets: In 1893, President Grover Cleveland appointed the Dawes Commission to negotiate with members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes. They were promised an allotment of land if they recognized Federal law and abolished tribal governments. The Dawes records are applications from individuals in these five tribes to establish eligibility.

*Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): The Dawes Commission recorded information about family groups within the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations.

*Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

*Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The US Court of Claims appointed Guion Miller to determine who was eligible for funds under the treaties between the US and the Eastern Cherokee. An estimated 90,000 applicants provided family genealogies to document tribal connections.

*Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): This collection contains the records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.

To start searching, go to:

New index for Seaman’s Fund and Retreat register available online

The German Genealoy Group has recently added a new index to its database collection.

The Seaman’s Fund and Retreat, Register of Deaths, Oct. 21, 1831 – Feb. 26, 1874, has 3,129 records
It is an index to a register of deaths recorded at the Seaman’s Fund and Retreat and its successor, the Marine Hospital, on Staten Island. It gives the date of death, the cause of death, age, birthplace, and comments.

These records can be viewed onsite, by appointment, and scans can be requested for a fee. When contacting the National Archives, please provide the Name, Date and Page Number.

To make an appointment to view these records or to obtain reproductions please contact:
National Archives at New York
One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004

To begin searching the index, go to: and click on Databases Searches and then select Death Records.

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.

For more information, go to the club website at:

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.

For more information, go to the clube website at:

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.