Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There is a Help Session at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic is “The Website.” The FamilySearch website is one of the most robust tools for genealogists, but many of those resources are not so obvious. IGG member Marie Scalisi will give an in-depth guide to getting the most out of the FamilySearch website. This talk will aid all genealogists, from beginners to experts.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Several free genealogy webinars offered this week

Several webinars will be offered this week with topics on Chicago, adoption, Catholic records and

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Chicago Rises from the Ashes” on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 put Chicago on the map. Inventions surfaced, methods of dealing with potential epidemics were developed, and people came from around the world to learn about cultures they would otherwise never experience. Learn how this event in Illinois’ history affected personal and educational lives. If your ancestor lived anywhere in the vicinity, the chances are he or she attended this monumental event.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “In Search of My Brother’s Mother – An Adoption Story” on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. Presenter Beth Foulk always knew her brother was adopted. After their mother passed, and the adoption files were uncovered after more than 50 years in the back of a closet, she couldn’t have imagined the journey they’d embark on.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Strategies for Using FamilySearch” on Friday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. As one of the go-to resources for research FamilySearch is an amazing site that few take the time to explore. Learn how to get more information from this website through search techniques, wiki resources, and more.

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International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will present “Catholic Heritage Collection on Findmypast” on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. Learn about the rich genealogical resources that can be found in Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Collection.

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Several local genealogy groups to meet this week

Several local genealogy groups will be meeting this week.

The Connetquot Public Library will be having a presentation on “Italian Genealogy for Beginners” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The library is located at 760 Ocean Avenue in Bohemia. For more information, call 631-567-5079.

The German Genealogy Group will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Orientation begins at 7 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. This month’s program will be “St. Malachy’s Home and Orphanage” presented by Joseph Coen, archivist of the Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Malachy’s opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways, where it was known as St. Malachy’s Ocean Home. It closed in 1943. His presentation will include information about what records are available and how to request them.

For more information, go to the club website at

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Sachem Public Library. This month’s program will be “DNA for Adoptees or How, Instead of a Bike, I Got a Sister for My Birthday” presented by Chuck Weinstein. Chuck was adopted at birth and using DNA, he has been able to unlock the history of his biological family and contact both cousins and a sister who were unaware of his existence. Chuck has been researching his family history for over 25 years and is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island.

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The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library. This month’s program will be “National Archives and FamilySearch Strategies” presented by Dorothy Dougherty with the National Archives.

The library is located at 145 Pigeon Hill Road in Huntington Station. For more information, call 531-427-7045.

New collection of passenger list records available on

The complete set of Ellis Island passenger lists is now available free online at These databases cover the years 1820-1957.

New York Passenger Lists (Castle Garden) – 1820-1891
In 1820, the federal government required ship captains to submit lists of passengers to custom officials. This record set contains the passenger lists for Castle Garden, which was open from 1855-1890.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) – 1892-1924

This record set contains 25 million names of passengers. Once you find a name, you can click to see the individual record images. If you would like to see an image of the ship, you can find it at the Liberty Foundation Ellis Island website.

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists – 1926-1957
There are over 5 million records images in this record set including passenger lists from New York airports.

You can find these databases by selecting Records from the Search tab and then typing in the name of the collection in the Collection Title search box.

You will need to create a free user name and password to see the images.

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,, or 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:

Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two free webinars will be offered this week on the topics of and newspaper research.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “FamilySearch: The Other 70%” on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m. Did you know–if you do a surname search at you are only reaching 30% of the online documents that are available at that site? Maximize your “search power” by understanding how the image-only documents are arranged to find your ancestor’s record easier. We will cover three methods for accessing these image-only documents and describe the limitations of each. Also the organization of the image-only records will be covered and how to use that organization to your advantage. With FamilySearch digitizing their records and eliminating the film distribution in 2017, this topic is very timely.

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The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Read ‘Em or Weep: Promise and Pitfalls in Newspaper OCR” on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. Learn where to find free and pay newspaper sites online. Understand how to put OCR mistakes to work for you to increase search results. See a method to make sure you do thorough searching in every newspaper every time.

To register for the webinar, go to:

FamilySearch to discontinue microfilm distribution services

On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services. The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.

According to a recent press release, the change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology.

• Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide.
• The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.
• Family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home.

For more information on FamilySearch, go to:

British Isles Research Seminar to be offered in March

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present a free British Isles Research Seminar on March 13-17, 2017.

You need not be in Salt Lake City to attend the classes. You will need to register online even if you are attending online. When registering, you must check all the days you wish to attend.

To register, go to:

All times are Eastern time.

Monday, March 13
3 p.m. – Blessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry
4 p.m. – Welsh Naming Patterns and Customs

Tuesday, March 14
3 p.m. – How to Trace England Ancestry Online
4 p.m. – Tracing Non-Church of England Ancestry

Wednesday, March 15
3 p.m. – Scotland’s Lost Other Half: Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Scotland’s Non-Parochial Registers
4 p.m. – Using Church of Scotland Parochial Registers to Trace Scots Ancestry

Thursday, March 16
3 p.m. – Turing the Tables on Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England/Wales Civil Registration Records
4 p.m. – England Resources for Family history at FindMyPast

Friday, March 17
11 a.m. – Tracing Irish Roman Catholic Ancestry
Noon – Finding Ancestry in Ireland Civil Registration Records
1 p.m. – Ireland Census and Census Substitutes
3 p.m. – The Scots-Irish Plantation and Settlement of Ulster in the 17th Century
4 p.m. – Key Websites for Tracing Ancestry in Ireland

Family History Library offers free webinars

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has announced its free webinar schedule for the month of July. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

The following are some of the topics for July:

Sat July 9 – 8 a.m. – Switzerland Records Online
9 a.m. – Switzerland Compiled Genealogies
10 a.m. – Switzerland Research Strategies

Tues July 12 – 11 a.m. – England Resources on FamilySearch

Wed July 13 – 11 a.m. – England Resources on

Thurs July 14 – 9 a.m. – U.S. Research: Big City Research
11 a.m. – England Resources on Findmypast

Tues July 19 – 11 a.m. – Exploring Death Notices in Norway
Noon – Introduction to Norwegian Probates

Thurs July 28 – 8 a.m. – United States Research: Mid-Atlantic Region

To participate in any of the webinars, go to:

Three genealogy webinars set for Wednesday

Three genealogy webinars are scheduled for this Wednesday, April 20.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Fire Insurance Maps” at 2 p.m. Fire insurance maps were developed in the late 19th century to assist insurance companies in managing their risk of coverage in areas where they did not have a physical presence. Over 54,000 maps were created between 1895 and 1920. This webinar will explore the history of the maps, including the the Sanborn Map Company; identify where to access these maps and illustrate how maps can solve genealogical problems and add context to the lives of our ancestors.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “How to Use” at 8 p.m. has records, family trees and much more. Learn how to best search these databases and learn some tricks along the way.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:

Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The Peripatetic Germans – Emigration and Immigrations” at 8 p.m. This presentation describes the two significant waves of German emigration to the US, 1693-1790, and from the early 1800s to 1914. Departure and arrival ports and their data are spotlighted along with key online sites in both the US and Germany.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: