NYS Genealogical Research Death Index recently updated

The New York State Genealogical Research Death Index had been updated and now includes deaths up to August 31, 1968.

The index starts at 1957. However, the index does not includes deaths for the five boroughs of New York City.

The index provides the date of death, gender, age at death, New York State file number and residence code. In order to interpret the residence code number, you must go to the far right of the page and click on the red tab that says About. Scroll down to attachments and open either the third attachment for Out of State codes or the fourth attachment for New York State Gazetteer.

To search the index, go to:
https://health.data.ny.gov/Health/Genealogical-Research-Death-Index-Beginning-1957/vafa-pf2s/data

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks with Kathleen McGee will tale place from 10-10:45 a.m., Ask the Experts will being at 10:45 a.m. and the featured speaker will begin at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Kate Feighery, director of the archives for the Archdiocese of New York. Are you looking for a baptism or marriage records? Do you wish to research an ancestor who was a priest? Kate will discuss the holdings of the archives, including the sacramental records available online. She has a master’s degree in Irish and Irish American Studies and previously worked with the Archives of Irish America at New York University.

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

All About Relatives blog celebrates its 5th anniversary

This genealogy blog, All About Relatives, has just celebrated its 5th anniversary.

The blog was started on August 27, 2013. We have posted a total of 873 items, averaging three posts per week.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading the blog over the years. We hope our postings have helped you discover new resources for New York State research and have helped you learn more about your ancestors.

We look forward to providing you with more genealogy resources throughout the remainder of this year and for years to come.

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 aking@nygbs.org.

West Hempstead Obituary Index updated

The West Hempstead Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes close to 800 entries.

This index includes obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former resident of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The majority of the entries are from 1930 to 1963. New entries will be added on a continuous basis.

The information in the index comes from area newspapers such as The Brooklyn Eagle, Newsday, The Hempstead Sentinel, the Nassau Daily Review Star, and the New York Times.

The index includes the date of death, publication and date of publication.

Anyone interested in copies of articles from this index, can contact Jean King at the West Hempstead Public Library, 516-481-6591 ext 22 or email jking@whplibrary.org.

You can access the link by clicking on the words just above this blog posting or click on
WH Obituaries

2018 Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

Since it’s that time of year, here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions for your genealogy research.

  • Join a local genealogy group. There are many to pick from in our area including a new DNA group.
  • Interview your oldest relative.
  • Scan photos and documents and store them in the cloud and/or on storage media devices such as an external hard drive, flash drive, etc.
  • Join an indexing project, either locally or nationally.
  • Upload photos of family headstones on a site such as FindAGrave or Billiongraves.
  • Share your family history research with family members.
  • Attend the New York State Family History Conference in Dobbs Ferry in September.
  • Listen to some of the free webinars posted on this blog.
  • Take advantage of your home library’s free databases such as Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, Historical New York Times, etc. Many databases can be accessed at home by using your library barcode.

West Hempstead obituary index updated

The West Hempstead Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes 700 entries.

This index includes obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former resident of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The majority of the entries are from 1930 to 1963. New entries will be added on a continuous basis.

The information in the index comes from area newspapers such as The Brooklyn Eagle, Newsday, The Hempstead Sentinel, the Nassau Daily Review Star, and the New York Times.

The index includes the date of death, publication and date of publication.

Anyone interested in copies of articles from this index, can contact Jean King at the West Hempstead Public Library, 516-481-6591 ext 22 or email jking@whplibrary.org.

You can access the link by clicking on the words just above this blog posting or click on
WH Obituaries

Highlights in the genealogy community for 2016

Here are some highlights of genealogy news from this year. Here’s hoping 2017 will provide us with even more things to celebrate.

1. The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records was very busy. The group files Freedom of Information requests to make vital records or vital record indexes available to the public. They have filed FOI requests so far in New York, New Jersey and Missouri and have had success in New York and New Jersey.

2. New episodes were shown of “Who Do You think You Are?”, “Genealogy Roadshow” and “Finding Your Roots”.

3. A new genealogy website was created called Genealogy dot Coach, where people can pay an expert for short times periods, such as 15 minutes, to help them with a specific genealogy problem.

4. Two of our local genealogy organizations – The German Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogy Group – were listed in Family Tree Magazine Best State Genealogy Websites for 2016.

5. Preserve the Pensions, a community digitization group, raised the funds needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension application files held at the National Archives.

6. The genealogy website MyHeritage now has its own DNA test kit available.

7. FamilySearch.org indexed 106,586,752 records in 2016 with the help of 319,673 volunteers.

8. This blog author created a West Hempstead (NY) obituary index and now has almost 700 entries.

Huntington Historical Society to meet Saturday

The Huntington Historical Society will meet this Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Huntington Public Library at 10 a.m.

This month’s program will be “Evidence Analysis: Which is the Right Record?” presented by Rhoda Miller.
Do you have records containing conflicting information such as birth date, name spelling, or mother’s maiden name? What do you do when evidence is conflicting? Then it’s time to use the GPS or Genealogical Proof Standard and other strategies for analyzing sources and information. These techniques can prove to be extremely valuable when identifying an ancestor.

Certified Genealogist, Rhoda Miller, will discuss the methodology used in working with the Genealogical Proof Standard and how to use cumulative records to solve problems. Manifests and naturalization papers will be used as case studies.

The library is located at 338 Main Street in Huntington Village. For more information, call 631-427-7045.

West Hempstead obituary index reaches 500

The West Hempstead Obituary Index now has 500 entries. This index includes obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former resident of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. The majority of the entries are from 1930 to 1960. New entries will be added on a continuous basis.

The information in the index comes from area newspapers such as The Brooklyn Eagle, Newsday, The Hempstead Sentinel, the Nassau Daily Review Star, and the New York Times.

The index includes the date of death, publication and date of publication.

Anyone interested in copies of articles from this index, can contact Jean King at the West Hempstead Public Library, 516-481-6591 ext 22 or email jking@whplibrary.org.

Click on the link below to see the current index.
WH Obituaries