Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Bethpage Public Library.

The Help Session begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begins at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Getting the Most from Ancestry.com” and the presenter will be Alec Ferretti. Ancestry.com is a subscription website that offers more than 40,000 databases consisting of indexes, transcriptions and digitized images of original source documents. Alec will discuss the contents of Ancestry.com as present strategies to help you locate information more efficiently.

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

Ancestry.com offers free access to its military collection

Ancestry.com offers free access to its military collection

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, Ancestry.com is providing free access to its Military Records from now until 11:59 p.m. on November 12.

There are over 250 million military records on the website that cover all the wars. There are items such as World War I draft cards, service records and prisoner and casualty lists.

To get started searching these records, go to: https://www.ancestry.com/cs/honor?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0008349978&o_lid=0008349978&o_sch=Affiliate+External

Ancestry.com Irish record collection free through March 19

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Ancestry.com will be offering free access to its Irish records collection, including the new Boston Irish Catholic collection.

Other types of records available include: birth, marriage and death indexes; passenger lists; emigrant lists; will indexes and the Griffith’s Valuation.

Records will be free until Monday, March 19, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. You will need to set up a free user account in order to access the records.

To get started searching the records, go to: www.ancestry.com

Free webinar to compare leading genealogy websites

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Comparing the Genealogy Giants” on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.

Should you use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com? Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals?

Learn how these genealogy giants compare for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This overview of each site’s strengths and weaknesses will help you know which to use now and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=712

Free occupational records available on Ancestry.com this weekend

Ancestry is making all their occupational records for free this weekend, including access to all its census records.

Starting today through Monday, September 4, everyone has free access to a variety of work-related records. There will be over 400 data sets available including business directories, voter registration records, farmers directories and teachers records.

To start searching this collection, go to: http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/labor_day?o_xid=81334&o_lid=81334&o_sch=Email+Campaigns&cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0004013535&o_lid=0004013535&o_sch=Affiliate+External

Ancestry.com added name index for New York City Death Index

Ancestry.com has recently added a name index for the New York City Death Index for the years 1949-1965.
The index includes separate listings for stillbirths.

The information from the index comes from the New York City Health Department. Some images are faint and may not be included in the index. Images can be browsed by year if a name search is not successful.

Information in the index includes: name, age at death, date of death, death certificate number, medical examiner case number and borough in which they died. Boroughs are listed by letter: M=Manhattan, K=Kings (Brooklyn), Q=Queens, R=Richmond (Staten Island), X=Bronx and Y=Outside of the City.

Codes can also be found next to age at death: M=minutes, H=Hours, D=Days and L=Months.

Ancestry.com Library Edition can be found in many public libraries. To find the New York City Death index, just go to the Search tab and select the Card Catalog. Use the keywords “New York City Death Index 1849-1965”.

A free New York City Death Index is available for the mid-1800s up to 1948 on both the Italian Genealogy Group and German Genealogy Group websites.

Military records available for free this weekend

Military records will be free to use this weekend on both Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.

Fold3.com is offering free access to all its World War II databases this weekend. The collection will be available through Monday.

You will need to set up a free account in order to view the records. To get started, go to: https://go.fold3.com/wwii/

In addition, Ancestry.com is offering free access to all its military record collections. The collections will be available through Monday.

You will need to set up a free account in order to view the records. To get started, go to:
http://www.ancestry.com/cs/militaryrecords

Websites offer free access to Irish records

Two more genealogy websites will be offering free access to Irish records this week.

Ancestry.com will give free access to all its Irish records until Sunday, March 19 at 11:59 p.m. You will need to set up a free account to access the records.

To start searching the Irish records, go to: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/stpatricksday. From this page, you can also download a guide for finding Irish ancestors.

AmericanAncestors.org, the website of the New England Genealogical and Historical Society, will also be giving free access to Irish records through midnight on Wednesday, March 22. Access to records requires a free, brief sign-up on AmericanAncestors.org.

The promotion includes an hour-long webinar on Irish Resources, an online subject guide to locate key resources and records in Irish genealogy, and popular articles from the American Ancestors magazine about Irish and Irish American genealogy.

To start searching these records, go to: AmericanAncestors.org/Irish

Ancestry.com offers free access to UK and Irish records

Do you have ancestors from the United Kingdom or Ireland?

This weekend Ancestry.com will provide free access to the records in the featured UK and Irish collections starting today through February 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

To see a list of the databases available for free, go to:
http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/uk_irish_records

Ancestry.com offers free access to Irish records

Ancestry.com offers free access to Irish records

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Ancestry.com is offering free access to its Irish records collection from now until March 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Records include family genealogies, emigrant records, passenger lists, vital records indexes and parish records.

To get started, go to www.ancestry.com and click on the link to search Irish records free.