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

Several genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

Several genealogy webinars scheduled for this week

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “The 24th Infantry, 1862-1865, Brothers Forever” on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. In 1862, Wisconsin got the 2nd call for volunteers for the Union Army in the Civil War. The 24th was comprised of many Germans, along with many long-time Milwaukee resident. The soldiers from this and other units made up part of the population of the state, contributing to it long after the War. But the veterans were forever connected because of their shared experience; find out why and how. Drawing from historical records, newspapers, military, and GAR documents, the regiment’s history will come to light for family, Civil War, and Wisconsin historians.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1858458712039712771

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster” on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. Protect your family heirlooms and genealogy research from fire, flood, or other disaster. Learn practical ways to protect your photos and artifacts, and first aid strategies to save wet photographs and damaged documents.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5225674589411968258

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know” on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Whether you are searching online databases, trying to obtain information from an uncooperative cousin, or need to streamline your research workflow, this webinar will outline 25 simple hacks you can use to get more genealogy done in less time!

To register, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=750
The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “But It’s All on the Internet” on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. The internet is a wonderful tool for researching our ancestors. But, it should not replace some of the tried-and-true methods for discovering our ancestors.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4229832613470786049

Final day of New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown

There were two morning conference sessions and I attended a second presentation by Blaine Bettinger on the topic of “Shared Matches and Genetic Networks.” Blaine discussed how you can use shared DNA matches and shared DNA segment matches to help you locate more family members. He pointed out that Ancestry DNA will only show you shared matches that are fourth cousin or closer in their results list. Other testing companies do not have this type of cut-off. You will received many more matches when you look at your shared matches as opposed to those with shared DNA segments. He mentioned two third-party tools to help analyze your results. One program called NodeXL works with Excel and can only use Ancestry DNA shared matches data. The second program, Rootsfinder, can only be used with DNA data from GEDmatch and only works with shared segment DNA data.

A very interesting presentation was given on “Underutilized New York Records: Towns, Taxes and Much More” by Eric G. Grundset, former Library Director of the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. Eric discussed the importance of locating and using town records and tax records in New York State even if they may be hard to find for some locations. He also talked about the New York Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Records Committee Reports. These documents are not limited to the American Revolution time period. The actual books can be found in Washington, D.C., Albany and Manhattan. Some of the information you can find are family bible records, cemetery and church records. There is a free online index for these reports on the DAR national website.

There were also two conference sessions in the afternoon. The final program I attended was “Writing Your Family History” presented by Kyle Hurst with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Kyle went over the different parts of the writing process from planning, adding narrative, writing and revising and putting it together. Examples were given from published family histories to show the different ways you can incorporate family trees with narrative text. The NEHGS offers free templates and a sample stylesheet to help with family history writing and as well as a free subject guide on writing a family history.

I learned something new from all of the lectures I attended. I look forward to the next conference that is scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2020 in Albany.

Day 2 of the New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown

Day 2 of the New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown

The second day of the conference featured five conference sessions with a wide variety of topics.
In the morning there were two sessions before the lunch break. A presentation by a representative of Living DNA, a DNA testing group based in England, discussed how invasions and battles over the course of history led to many ethnic groups in what is now considered the British Isles. Living DNA can match a person to 21 different areas of England with their DNA test. They are also working on an Irish One Family project that will be able to identify about 14 genetic areas in Ireland.

The second morning program I attended was “Using Geo-Tech Tools to Answer New York Research Questions” presented by Frederick Wertz of the New York G & B. Frederick mentioned Google Earth as a great free tool to use when researching locations. It is easy to use and data layers can easily be used with Google Earth and you can import third-party sources as well. Other websites to look at when doing location research include: the Geographic Names Information System, The National Map, Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries and the New York Public Library Map Warper. There is a good handout included in the syllabus.

There were three programs after the lunch break. The programs I attended covered identifying DNA matches, New York State Archives collections on Ancestry.com and tips for searching on Ancestry.com.

Blaine T. Bettinger, author of “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy,” discussed several strategies that can be used to identify people who are identified as DNA matches. Some of his tips were: determine if the person has a family tree online, use your known DNA matches to help identify unknown matches, use the match’s member profile to look for clues and use the match’s username to search for their identity. He used many examples to illustrate his tips.

Two employees from the New York State Archives went over the different collections from the Archives that are available for free through Ancestry.com New York. They also discussed which collections were scheduled to be digitized by Ancestry.com in the future. The handout in the syllabus has a list of all the collections discussed in the presentation.

D. Joshua Taylor, president of the New York G & B, gave many advanced searching tips that can be used on Ancestry.com databases. Some of his search strategies included: keep a research log for your online searches, select specific collections to search using the card catalog instead of always defaulting to the opening search screen, remember that first names are not always spelled out in collections, location names in collections may be current names, not the name used at the time of the event, and read the source information of collections so you understand the origin of the original data. The handout in the syllabus is very useful.

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

First day of New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown

First day of New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown

This afternoon kicked off the opening of the Exhibit Hall and conference sessions for the 2018 New York State Family History Conference in Tarrytown.

The photo above is from the table of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. The groups meet in either Nassau or Suffolk counties and include a DNA group, different ethnic specific groups as well as three public library groups.

There were two program time slots this afternoon. In the first time slot I attended a very interesting program presented by Judy G. Russell known as The Legal Genealogist. Her talk about was Advanced U.S. Census Research. She went decade by decade through the U.S. federal census records and explained the unique information that could be found in each census. She also discussed the specialized federal census schedules such as the agricultural schedule, mortality schedule and manufacturing schedule. A very detailed handout of the talk was included in the syllabus.

The second presentation I attended was an interview with Jackie Graziano of the Westchester Archives. It was a very informative session and very helpful to anyone wanting to pursue research in Westchester County. Jackie discussed the types of collections held at the archives and pointed out that the Westchester County Historical Society is also located in the same building. She talked about some of the highlights of the collections, some items which go back to the 1600s. The archives website was discussed and she mentioned indexes that are available online as well as the digital collections available through the website. A brochure detailing collections at the archive was handed out before the program.

Friday will be a full day with conference sessions running from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free webinars to cover slave narratives, Chicago research

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics of Chicago research, British Isles migration and slave narratives.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Researching Pre-Fire Chicago” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a turning point in Chicago’s history. The rebuilding of the city enhanced Chicago’s (and thus Illinois’s) position on the world stage. For genealogists, the fire presents a challenge as many important records were lost – including vital records. But it didn’t all burn! Maps, diaries, church records, directories, newspapers, and other records survived.

To register for this program, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6977633117555548675

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Examining Migration and Researching Migrants in the British Isles” on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. This webinar will examine the reasons for migration and focus on the individual migration groups coming to the British Isles. The United Kingdom is in an interesting position in that it sits within Europe and yet also has been a focal point of Empire, some of which influenced migrants.

To register for this program, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=747

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families” on Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. The WPA Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the late 1930’s provides us with more than 2,300 first person accounts of former slaves. The slave narratives, with their autobiographical accounts, can provide insight into the institution, rich context, and clues for family research.

To register for this program, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9087990656132588291

Free access available to Findmypast through Monday

The British & Irish family history website, Findmypast, will be opening up their archives and offering free access to billions of records from around the world from today until 1:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 10.

During this period, anyone who has created a free username and password will be able to access all of the following resources for free:
*Civil birth, marriage and death records dating back to the early 19th century
*UK parish records, dating back to the early 1500s
*Home Office records
*Police files
*British Military service records
*Irish family history records
*Original documents from the British India Office
*The 1939 register, an important 20th century genealogical resources for England and Wales.
*England & Wales Electoral registers, containing more than 220 million names
*The exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive

For more information, please visit: https://www.findmypast.com/family-story/

IMPORTANT: British, Irish, U.S. and World Newspapers, the PERiodical Source Index and UK Electoral Registers and Companies House Directors 2002-2018 are not included in this free access promotion.

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

Three free webinars to be offered this week

Three free genealogy webinars will kick off the month of September.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, Sept 5 at 2 p.m. Whether you are new to genealogy or you’ve been working on your family history for years, incorporating the research of others can always be tricky. Here’s how to develop a proven strategy to benefit from the work of other genealogists.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5540295442766887171

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best probate packets are for our ancestors who died intestate or who didn’t have to die at all to make an appearance in a probate action. The webinar will cover wills and the information they can contain, and also examine records generated by disposing of an estate without a will, as well as guardianships and competency determination.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8937252011644254211

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Navigating Online Sources for Irish Research” on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. The loss of records at the Public Records Office in the 1922 fire was devastating but many of the surviving records are now available online. The number of major records that have become available online in the past few years is amazing. Images of civil registration records now online as well as images of Roman Catholic records have revolutionized the way we research in Ireland. In addition, new records are becoming available almost weekly from multiple sources. When researching our Irish ancestors, since there are no complete record sets in Ireland prior to civil registration in 1864, it’s important to search any source that becomes available that covers the time and place where our ancestors lived.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2833254934433283329