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.

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.

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

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: www.germangenealogygroup.com

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: http://dggli.wordpress.com

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.

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

THe Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Bethpage Public Library.

At 10 a.m. Marie Scalisi will discuss Genealogy 101, the online guide to researching your Irish ancestors. At 10:45 “AM Ask the Experts” will take place and at 11:15 a.m. the featured program will begin.

This month the Irish Family History Forum Education Director, Kathleen McGee, will discuss “Ireland’s Encumbered Estate Records.” She will talk about the records that were kept as a result of the proceedings of the Encumbered Estates Courts established in 1849. Catalogs created for the sale of these estates describe the lots and terms of tenancy of the lot owners, and include maps of the estates. The brochures also include a list of the tenants with their agreements of tenancy, some having a lease of lives, which helps genealogists make a connection to family who lived before civil registration began.

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

The Patchogue Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library at 10 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Patricia Ann Kellner of the DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island who will discuss “DNA: What Is It All About.” Patricia will discuss the basics of DNA testing and how it can help your research.

For more information, call the library at 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

The presenter will be Karen Franklin, director of Family Research at the Leo Baeck Institute, who will discuss “The Untold Story of the Lehman Family and Its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945.” Few people know of the role of NY Governor Herbert Lehman and a vast network of his relatives in assisting Jewish refugees fleeing Germany and Austria between 1933 and 1941, and in helping them establish themselves in their new countries. Karen will shed light on these efforts, and will describe her efforts to trace the refugees’ descendants and to document the fates of those who couldn’t be saved.

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

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There is a Help Session at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic is “The FamilySearch.org Website.” The FamilySearch website is one of the most robust tools for genealogists, but many of those resources are not so obvious. IGG member Marie Scalisi will give an in-depth guide to getting the most out of the FamilySearch website. This talk will aid all genealogists, from beginners to experts.

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

Several local genealogy groups to meet this week

Several local genealogy groups will be meeting this week.

The Connetquot Public Library will be having a presentation on “Italian Genealogy for Beginners” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The library is located at 760 Ocean Avenue in Bohemia. For more information, call 631-567-5079.

The German Genealogy Group will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Orientation begins at 7 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. This month’s program will be “St. Malachy’s Home and Orphanage” presented by Joseph Coen, archivist of the Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Malachy’s opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways, where it was known as St. Malachy’s Ocean Home. It closed in 1943. His presentation will include information about what records are available and how to request them.

For more information, go to the club website at www.germangenealogygroup.com

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Sachem Public Library. This month’s program will be “DNA for Adoptees or How, Instead of a Bike, I Got a Sister for My Birthday” presented by Chuck Weinstein. Chuck was adopted at birth and using DNA, he has been able to unlock the history of his biological family and contact both cousins and a sister who were unaware of his existence. Chuck has been researching his family history for over 25 years and is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island.

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

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library. This month’s program will be “National Archives and FamilySearch Strategies” presented by Dorothy Dougherty with the National Archives.

The library is located at 145 Pigeon Hill Road in Huntington Station. For more information, call 531-427-7045.

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Mid-Islan Y-JCC in Plainview.

The presenter will be Chuck Weinstein and his topic will be “DNA for Adoptees or How Instead of a Bicycle, I Got a Sister for My Birthday.”

Adopted at birth, Chuck found much more than he expected when he turned to DNA testing to connect with his biological family. The surprises he found culminated in meeting a previously unknown half sister and a cousin with whom he attended high school.

Chuck has been researching his family for over 25 years and has been involved in the genealogy world almost as long. A past president of the JGSLI, Chuck also served as co-chair of the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle in 2016. He is currently on the board of JewishGen’s Ukraine Special Interest Group and has conducted extensive research on the Holocaust and Eastern European history and genealogy. He is currently writing a book on the impact of the Holocaust on a small town in Moravia.

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

Two local genealogy groups meeting this week

Two local genealogy groups will meet this week after being off for the summer months.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, September 6, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Orientation will be at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Judy G. Russel, who is known was The Legal Genealogist. She will discuss “Just Three Generations.”

For more information, go to the club website at: www.germangenealogy.com

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet on Saturday, September 8, at the Bethpage Public Library at 10 a.m. There will be a help session at 9:30 a.m.

The speaker will be Marilyn A. Verna and she will discuss “A Potpourri of Genealogy Resources.”

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

DNA genealogy group to meet September 1

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will have its first meeting at its new location on Saturday, September 1.

The group now will meet at the Sachem Public Library the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. This month’s program will be Ask the Experts. Do you have questions about genetic genealogy, a particular DNA testing company or a third party tool? Come ask our panel of seven experienced genealogists.

It’s always good to bring your laptop or mobile device and a multi-outlet surge protector.

For more informaion, go to the club website at: https://dggli.wordpress.com/