Obituary index now available on blog

A new feature to the All About Relatives Blog is an index to obituaries and death notices related to residents and, in some cases, former residents of West Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.

To access the index, just click on the West Hempstead Obituary link above this blog posting.

The index is created using local newspapers such as Newsday, the Nassau Daily Review Star, the Hempstead Sentinel, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the New York Times. The index lists the date of death (if available), date of publication and publication name.

Currently the index includes items from the 1920s to early 1950s. New items will be added on a regular basis.

For information on obtaining a copy of an item from the index, contact the West Hempstead Public Library at 516-481-6591 ext. 22 or email jking@whplibrary.org

Three free webinars set for Wednesday

Three free webinars will take place on Wednesday, March 16 covering law, DNA and inferential genealogy.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments” at 2 p.m. Few researchers realize that early federal and state laws were private laws specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. Learn how to find these genealogical gems in federal and state collections.

You must register for this free program. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1674482911815417858

Georgia Genealogical Society will present “Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry” at 8 p.m. Participants of this webinar can learn how to use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.

You must register for this free program. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5041143535752205314

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly” at 9 p.m. Participants will learn how to accurately deduce ancestors’ identities and many aspects of their lives by digging below “surface information” in genealogical records and by combining information from several sources.

You must register for this free program. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8196429647073132289

Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

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.
  • 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.
  • Find a substitute genealogy software program if you were using Family Tree Maker.
  • Join an indexing project, either locally or nationally.
  • Upload photos of  family headstones on a site such as  FindAGrave or Billiongraves.
  • Share your genealogy findings with family members.
  • Attend the New York State Family History Conference in Syracuse in September.
  • Take advantage of your home library’s free databases such as Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, Fold3, Historical New York Times, etc.  Many databases can be accessed at home by using your library barcode.

DNA to be focus of free webinar

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar entitled “Using DNA to Explore Our Origins – Part 1,” on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m.

The use of Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA in genealogy is a technology that has helped many better understand their origins. Because DNA is an immutable record, it can provide links where paper records cannot. This webinar will cover the basic language used in DNA testing and its limitations and applications, specifically for those who are not of Northern European origin.

You must register for this free webinar. Only the first 100 attendees to connect will be able to attend the webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7481903211870535937

Webinar to focus on social history and genealogy

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present a free webinar, “Incorporating Social History into your Genealogical Research,” on Wednesday, April 15, at 9 p.m.

Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7414401993621051393

German genealogy to be topic of meeting

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Library.

The topic will be “German Genealogy Research” presented by Richard Haberstroh. Dr. Haberstroh is an accredited genealogist, who has been involved in German genealogical research both in the U.S. and Germany since 1984. He is a frequent lecturer and a founding member of the German Genealogy Group. Dr. Haberstroh is also the author of the book, “The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide”.

There will be a Getting Started program from 9:30 – 10 a.m.

The library is located at 54-60 E. Main Street. For more information, go to the club webiste at: http://www.pmlib.org/genealogy

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.

1. Join a local genealogy group.

2. Interview a living relative.

3. Identify people in those photos are that sitting in a box somewhere in your home.

4. Buy and use a genealogy software program.

5. Back-up your genealogy files on a flash drive, CD, or cloud-base program.

6. Join an indexing project.

7. Upload photos of family headstones on FindAGrave or Billiongraves.

8. Share your genealogy findings with family members.

9. Attend a genealogy workshop and/or conference.

10. Reach out to your local librarian for help with your genealogy research.

Happy New Year!

Huntington Historical Society to meet on Wednesday

The Huntington Historical Society will present a program entitled “Could Your Ancestors’ Records Be Hidden Under a Surname Variation?” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

The program will take place at the Huntington Public Library, located at 338 Main Street.

For more information, contact the historical society at 631-427-7045.

Livingston County death records index online

The Livingston County Historian Genealogy Records Index has been added to the website Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records.

The Livingston County death records include: entries from a survey of all Livingston County burials up to 1885, created by the DAR in 1945. (New content every week.)

Also on the website are church register entries, naturalization record entries, a newspaper index and a poor house index.

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

Registration is open for NYC Repository Tours

The New York Biographical and Genealogical Society is once again sponsoring repository tours to genealogy research centers in Manhattan. This year there will be four tours:

New York Public Library: Milstein Division and Maps Division
There will be an overview of each of these divisions and the wonderful resources they contain. These introductions will be followed by a “hands-on” tutorial of some of the library’s online offerings in the South Court Classroom.
Friday, February 28, 2014 – 10:00am to 12:30pm

New York Public Library :Manuscripts and Archives Division
There will be an orientation to the genealogical pertinent holdings of the Manuscripts and Archives Division as well as expert advice on how to optimize your search for archival material at the NYPL.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Municipal Archives Tour #1: Basic Orientation
This basic orientation will focus on the vital records and fundamental resources. Following visits to the Visitor Center, the City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room where they may conduct their own research.
Friday, April 11, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Municipal Archives Tour #2: Beyond the Basics
This “beyond the basics” orientation will focus on lesser-known genealogical resources. Following visits to the Visitor Center, the City Hall Library, and the Conservation Lab, participants will spend the majority of time in the Archives Reference Room where they may conduct their own research.
Friday, May 2, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Each program is $25 for members/ $40 non-members. You may sign up using online store at their web site, www.newyorkfamilyhistory.com or by calling 212-755-8532, ext. 211.

These tours usually sell out rather quickly so if you are interested you should sign up soon.