Jewish Genealogy Society workshop scheduled for November 4

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will present the 28th annual “Jewish Genealogy 101” from 12:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This workshop is a four hour plus course on sources and strategies for conducting Jewish genealogical research. Instructors will explain where and how to find Jewish records which exist in the U.S., Europe and Israel.

The registration fee includes:
*A full year membership to the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island
*PDF copy of the workshop manual and Avotaynu’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy”

Cost is $45 for registration by October 28, $55 after October 28 or at the door.

For more a registration form, go to the club website at:

Annual Jewish genealogy workshop set for Nov. 5

The 27th annual Family History Workshop will take place on Sunday, November 5 from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

Instructors will explain where and how to find Jewish records which exist in the United States, Europe and Israel. Some of the sources to be discussed include: census records, city directories, naturalization records and vital records.

Early Bird Registration by October 29 is $45
Late Registration is $55

Registration includes a one year membership in the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island; a copy of the workshop manual and a copy of Avotayru’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.”

For more information, go to the club website at or email

National Archives to host free workshop

The National Archives at New York City will present a free workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at its offices at the U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan.

The workshop will be “Making a Federal Case Out of It,” presented by Judy G. Russell, ‘The Legal Genealogist.”

Ms Russell will discuss the importance of federal court records in genealogy research. Even genealogists with a good background in court records often overlook the wealth of detail available in the records of the federal courts: the District Court and the Circuit Court (now Circuit Court of Appeals.) From bankruptcies to copyrights to patent cases in admiralty jurisdiction and more, federal court records merit a close look.

Space is limited so registration is required. To register, email or call 866-840-1752.

Beginner genealogy classes to be offered in Patchogue

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library will be offering a series of beginner genealogy classes on four consecutive Wednesday afternoons: July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Topics will be:
July 26 – What You Need to Know to Get Started
Aug. 2 – Where is My Ancestor Buried
Aug. 9 – What Ship Did My Ancestor Arrive On
Aug. 16 – Naturalization Records

All the classes are free and open to the public. For more information, call 631-654-4700.

Genealogy classes to be offered June 5 and 12

The West Hempstead Public Library will present two genealogy research classes on Monday, June 5 and Monday, June 12 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The class on June 5 will focus on an introduction to two library databases: HeritageQuest Online and Library Edition. Using these databases and other websites, participants will learn how to search for birth, marriage and death records.

The class on June 12 will focus on searching for several types of records including census records, naturalization records, and military records. Using historical newspaper databases, participants will also search for death notice and/or obituaries.

For more information, call the Adult Reference Desk at 516-481-6591 ext. 22

Family History Day set for May 6

Family History Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 1-5 p.m. at the Patchogue-Medford Library.

In the Lower Lobby
World Map: Stop by the map and place two pins in the regions your ancestors hail from. At the end of the day we’ll post pics of our map – with the locator pins – to Instagram!
Patchogue-Historical Society: Stop by the Patchogue Historical Society’s table and learn more about Patchogue’s past.
Genealogy Federation of Long Island: Meet members from the Genealogy Federation of Long Island and discover how they can encourage your study of family history and assist you in your research.

Sign up for the programs below begins in the Lower Lobby at 12:45 p.m.

Family History Day Storytime
Pop in and listen to a story with Ms. Alyson and Ms. Elaine. We’ll also have some fun and easy family history themed crafts for kids.
DNA Q&A with Toren & Colleen
Learn how two staff members used DNA to connect the dots of who they are.
Family History Recording Studio (15 minute appointments)
Take this opportunity to record, and take home with you, a brief story from your past.
The Document Doctor (15 minute appointments)
Find out how to preserve a specific family document or photo. Bring your item to be examined.
Learn easy ways to digitize and store the all those photos you have in albums and shoe boxes.
Family History Crafts
Take time out for some make and take projects – create an informal family tree, design and color your own family coat-of arms, and do a brass rubbing (For adults and teens, grades 6 and up)
NYC Databases
Don Eckerle from the German Genealogy Group will discuss all the genealogy records from the NYC area that his group has indexed. These databases are available online for free and not just Germans ancestors.
Parent/Teen Genealogy Workshop
Genealogist Kathy will show you how to start your family history search. This program will be held at the Main Library building and is for parents and teens to attend together.
Apps for Family History
Learn about genealogy apps that are available and bring one to share if you can.
Hispanic Genealogy
Learn how to begin your family’s genealogy search.

Genealogy Lock-In to take place April 1

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library will host its annual Genealogy Lock-In on Saturday, April 1 from 1-9 p.m.

This year’s presenter will be Colleen Fitzpatrick. Colleen is a forensic genealogist who consults for major military and civilian organizations. She is the author of three best selling books: “DNA and Genealogy,” “Forensic Genealogy” and “The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone.”

Her afternoon lectures will be:
“Forensic Genealogy – CSI Meets Roots” – This lecture will spark your imagination to discover new ways of looking at your family mysteries.

“You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again!” – Every bit of a photograph – the thickness, the edges, the shape and the image – can help you identify it. It’s not what you look at in a photo but how you look at it that counts.

After dinner lectures will be:
“The Database Detective” – Forensic Genealogy has used database mining to solve many mysteries. You may know where to look for information but in this lecture you will find out how to look at it.

“How DNA Can Help with Your Family History” – DNA analysis is only one corner of the research triangle. The others are family geography and family history. Learn you to get the most out of your DNA results.

You must register for this free program. Registration in ongoing. To register, call 631-654-4700 or register online using the library’s event calendar.

Registration now open for Albany research trip in September

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will have its annual Research Trip to Albany on September 13-15, 2017. Research will take place at the New York State Library and the New York State Archives.

The Library and the Archives are both rich in material available nowhere else that pertains to people who have lived throughout New York State. The Library has open stacks and holds extensive collections that include: Family genealogies and Local histories; DAR records; Church records; Census records; City directories and archives and manuscripts

The holdings of the Archives include: State records relating to military service (War of 1812 through World War I); Land records; Court records; Records of some correctional and custodial institutions
and Indexes to New York state vital records (excluding New York City).

The research trip includes:
*Orientation to the New York State Archives and the New York State Library by staff experts
*A private consultation with a professional genealogist and follow up as needed
*Access to professional genealogists for all three days of the program
*Welcome dinner on Tuesday evening, September 12
*Wine and cheese reception on Wednesday evening

The program fee is $390 for members and $455 for nonmembers. To register for the program, go to:

Several Rootstech sessions to be streamed live

Not able to attend Rootstech 2017 in person? You can watch several sessions streamed live today and tomorrow on the home page of After the conference, recordings of these sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time.

Times are all Eastern Standard Time.

10:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel
1:30–2:30 a.m. – RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals
2:15–3:15 p.m. – Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines – Speaker: Judy Russell
3:30–4:30 p.m. – Censational Census Strategies – Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy
5–6:00 p.m. – Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage – Speaker: Sunny Morton
6:30–7:30 p.m. – Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records – Speaker: Jen Baldwin

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. – Journaling Principles That Work – Speaker: Steve Reed
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. – Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher – Speaker: Crista Cowan
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy – Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

Jewish genealogy workshop scheduled for Nov. 6

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will presents its 26th Annual Family History Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Mid Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

The workshop will provide an overview for beginners as well as a review for those who want to brush up on or expand their skills. Topics will include interviewing relatives; identifying ancestral towns; Holocaust research; using censuses, city directories, ship’s manifests, naturalizations, vital records, and other U.S. sources.

Registration incudes a one year full membership in the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island, a PDF copy of the workshop manual “Jewish Genealogy 101” and a PDF copy of Avotaynu’s “Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy.”

Seating is limited. Registration is $45 through October 29 and $55 starting October 30 or at the door.

For more information, go to the club’s website at: or email