Two free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

Two genealogy webinars will take place this week covering the topics of the Great Migration and citation techniques.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration” on Tuesday, December 11 at 9 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of families left the south in the 1900s, headed north. Their destinations were Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and beyond. This webinar looks at communities in the urban north and illustrates what can be learned about the county of origin in the south, by studying the communities where they arrived.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2762471676044596227

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Citation for Beginners” on Friday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Learning to write genealogical citations is part art, part science and potentially terrifying. Learn what important components to note while researching, and how to put them together while writing to produce quality work.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5539650030411078915

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ continues this Monday

The genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? will continue this Monday, December 10, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time and continue for three weeks.

The following schedule has been released:

Monday, December 10 – Josh Duhamel travels to England to learn about his 12 times great-grandfather.

Monday, December 17 – Matthew Morrison discovers his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. Regina King uncovers an ancestor who was a civil rights activist in Alabama.

For more information, go to the show website at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Free webinars focus on Scottish research and PERSI

Three free webinars will take place this week featuring topics on indexes, PERSI and Scottish research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Ins and Outs of Indexes” on Wednesday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Indexes for county records are the key to finding deeds, probates and more. As FamilySearch digitizes more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with different indexing systems and how to use them. Learn about 15+ indexing systems discover strategies to use when you can’t find the index or instructions to it.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1544408504475919107

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “PERSIbilities: Better Research with ACPL’s Periodical Source Index” on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 p.m. This presentation will look into PERSI, discuss its partnership with FindMyPast and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of this valuable genealogical resource. The presenter will demonstrate a variety of search tips, discuss how researchers can obtain copies of the journals they locate on PERSI, and report on ongoing digitization work.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6013117330248619267

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Scotland’s Resources” on Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. There are dozens of sites available to help you in your Scottish research once you are ready to move beyond Scotlandspeople. Sites like GENUKI, ScotlandsPlaces, SCAN and the National Library of Scotland are just a few of the free websites available to you from ‘across the pond.’

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/680274828444428035

Several local genealogy groups to meet in December

Several local genealogy societies will be meeting in December.

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Preserving Your Past: Home Archiving” on Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Feel free to bring an item – such as a diary, letter or photo – for the presenter to examine and learn how to preserve it.

You need to register for this program. You can register through the library website at www.pmlib.org or by calling 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will present “Jewish Given Names” on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview. The speaker will be Debra Braverman. Jews have distinct given names and naming traditions. This presentation will explain sources of different names and naming patterns based on geographic origin and language.

For more information, go to the club website at: http://jgsli.org

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Genealogy Enthusiast” on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. For more information, call the library at 631-654-4700.

The Brentwood Public Library will present “Digital Maps and Family History” on Saturday, December 22 at 10 a.m. Learn to create a map of the important locations on your family tree using Google maps.

For more information, call the library at 631-273-7883.

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ to begin December 3

The genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? will premiere its new season on Monday, December 3 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time and continue for three weeks.

The following schedule has been released:

Monday, December 3 – Mandy Moore discovers her Australian ancestors and learns how they got there.

Monday, December 10 – Josh Duhamel travels to England to learn about his 12 times great-grandfather.

Monday, December 17 – Matthew Morrison discovers his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. Regina King uncovers an ancestor who was a civil rights activist in Alabama.

For more information, go to the show website at: https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/

Free webinars focus on government documents, ancestral villages

Two free genealogy webinars will take place this week.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “More Than Just the Census: Federal Government Publications for Genealogical Research” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. The U.S. Government Printing Office is the largest publisher in the world, giving federal depository libraries in each Congressional District government published books full of personal information and history on our ancestors. This webinar will demonstrate the types of information to be found in books and databases as close as the nearest federal depository library in your Congressional District.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7343375765735486211

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean. Topics will include resources for locating the ancestral village, problems encountered, resources other than archives, translation options, and what to expect in return and how to evaluate.

To register for this webinar go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4126659940891896066

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy groups will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Bethpage Public Library. The Genealogy Tips and Tricks program will begin at 10 a.m. followed by Ask the Experts at 10:45 a.m. The main speaker will begin at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s program will be “The Orphan Train” and the presenter will be Tom Riley. Tom Riley was researching a book about the orphanage he grew up in when he happened upon 26 boxes of Americana hidden in a hayloft. Material within the boxes was dated from 1832 to 1929 and told the story of the 273,000 children who were transported out of New York City by rail across the U.S. over a period of 75 years. It was the largest mass relocation of children in American history.

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

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Branching Out from Sepharad – Solving a Converso Mystery.” The presenter will be Sarina Roffe. Sarina will outline the history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 Expulsion, their history in Syria, and their immigration to the Americas. She will discuss the ancestry and significance of the Kassin rabbinic dynasty, which dates to the 12th Century, and the 50-year leadership of Chief Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, who led the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. At the same time, she solves a Converso mystery. Rabbi Kassin’s ancestor arrived in Aleppo in 1540. Sarina solves the mystery of the time gap from 1492-1540.

For more information, go to the club website, go to: http://jgsli.org

NOTE: The Plainview Family History Center will be closed from Monday, November 19
through Monday, November 26, 2018.

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

Free access to AmericanAncestors.org through Nov. 13

Free access to AmericanAncestors.org through Nov. 13

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to all its databases on AmericanAncestors.org through Thursday, November 13.

Fall back into family history research with access to over 1.4 billion names. Types of records include: birth, marriage and death records, military, census, probate and immigration records. In addition, you can search local histories, family genealogies and maps. Sign up for a free guest account for free access to everything in the databases.

To start searching, go to: www.americanancestors.org

New index for Seaman’s Fund and Retreat register available online

The German Genealoy Group has recently added a new index to its database collection.

The Seaman’s Fund and Retreat, Register of Deaths, Oct. 21, 1831 – Feb. 26, 1874, has 3,129 records
It is an index to a register of deaths recorded at the Seaman’s Fund and Retreat and its successor, the Marine Hospital, on Staten Island. It gives the date of death, the cause of death, age, birthplace, and comments.

These records can be viewed onsite, by appointment, and scans can be requested for a fee. When contacting the National Archives, please provide the Name, Date and Page Number.

To make an appointment to view these records or to obtain reproductions please contact:
National Archives at New York
One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10004
212-401-1620
Email: newyork.archives@nara.gov

To begin searching the index, go to: www.germangenealogygroup.com and click on Databases Searches and then select Death Records.