Free Irish Genealogy Workshop available online

For those researching their Irish ancestors, don’t miss a chance to watch six hours of a free Irish genealogy workshop sponsored by the Fountaindale Public Library in Illinois.

It is not known how long these webinars will be available online so check them out at your earliest opportunity.

There are six one-hour webinars:
*Introduction to Scots-Irish Research
*Understanding Irish Townlands
*Church Records for Use in Genealogical Research
*Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History Newspapers, Street Directories, Ordinance Survey Memoirs
*Using Landed Estate Records : Tracing Families in 18th and 19th Century
*Law and Order Records in Ireland

To start watching the webinars and to locate the handouts, go to:

Virtual Genealogy Fair recordings and handouts available

The 6th Annual National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair took place on Wednesday, Oct. 24th on YouTube.

It is still possible to watch the presentations on YouTube and print the handouts and/or presentation slides.

Topics included:
*Getting the Most Out of the National Archives Catalog
*Federal Records That Help Identify Former Slaves and Slave Owners
*Civil War Widows’ Pension Files
*Photographs That Document Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and Activities
*Tennessee Valley Authority Records
*America’s Military Made the Call: Hello Nurses!

Go to: and click on the YouTube link to watch the presentations. You can also click on name of a presentation and you will find a link to print the handouts.

2018 Virtual Genealogy Fair to take place October 24

2018 Virtual Genealogy Fair to take place October 24

The 6th Annual National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 on YouTube.

The event is free of charge. Participants can sign up for chat during the live event when you sign-in with your YouTube account. Hand-outs for each presentation can be downloaded for free either live or after the event. All times listed below are Eastern Standard Time.

Welcoming Remarks – 10 a.m.
Calling All Citizens Archivists! Getting the Most Out of the National Archives Catalog – 10:05 a.m.
Federal Records That Help Identify Former Slaves and Slave Owners – 11 a.m.
All’s Fair in Love and War: The Civil War Widows’ Pension Files – Noon
How to Search for Photographs That Document Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and Activities – 1 p.m.
Tennessee Valley Authority Records : To St. Louis and Beyond! – 2 p.m.
America’s Military Made the Call: Hello Nurses! – 3 p.m.
Closing Remarks – 4 p.m.

For more information, go to:

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.