Several free webinars set for this week

Several free webinars are being offered this week covering topics of French research, Y-DNA, California research and vital records.

Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Tips and Techniques for French Records” on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. What do you do when you want to research your French-Canadian ancestors and don’t speak or read French? This webinar will cover techniques for working through French language records, including typical formats, when to use a word list or dictionary, and when to spend the money on a translator.

To register, go to:

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “The Y-DNA Test Should Be Your Favorite” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This webinar will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.

To register, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. Few events in America have had the impact of the California Gold Rush – an event that lasted seven short years. The Gold Rush swelled the population of California by the hundreds of thousands. People rushed in from all over the world. Did it beckon your ancestors, too?

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present “New Access to an Old Index: Good News for Immigration Research” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. The webinar will provide an introduction to the Name Index from the 1890s to the 1930s, part of which is now available to researchers through the National Archives online catalog. The National Archives Staff has digitized the index and it is searchable by name. It includes investigation and deportation files.

To log on to the webinar, go to: and select the appropriate date.

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “The Anatomy of BMD: What You Don’t Know About Vital Records” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. Everyone knows about vital records, right? This presentation looks at the history of vital records in the United States, variations of those records, and alternatives.

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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:

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:

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.

To register for this webinar, go to:

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.

To register for this webinar, go to:

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.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Two free webinars scheduled for the end of September

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “North Carolina Land Grants Overview” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Land records can provide useful genealogical information beyond just time and place, such as relationships, clues to wealth, occupations, neighbors, and more. Land Grants are of particular interest because they represent the first time a particular plot of land was allocated to settlers, and also because the grant process required a number of steps and often took several years. North Carolina has original documents going back to 1663, and the free website has searchable data on all the grants along with many original document images.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Service will present “Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service Records at the National Archives” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.

This webinar will be an overview of the historical immigration and naturalization records available at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. These records begin in the early 1900s and continue until 1975. Participants will learn about research aids and learn how to request files from the National Archives.

To attend the webinar, go to: and select the appropriate date.

New York State Birth Index available online for free

The non-profit organization Reclaim the Records has recently uploaded the images for the New York State Birth Index, for the years 1881-1942, on the website Internet Archive.

This index was previously only available on microfiche at 10 public libraries in New York State and only went up to the year 1937.

There are several tips for using this index.
*There are no New York City births in the index except for births that occurred in Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island before 1898.
*There are not births for the cities of Albany, Buffalo or Yonkers before 1914
*There are no records for surnames beginning with A to Bib for 1905. Reclaim the Records hopes to obtain copy of these missing records at a later date.

There is no index for the images at this time but you can browse them by year. To view the images, go to: and in the search box put “New York State Birth Index.” You can sort the results by year by clicking on the words “Date Published” and then selecting “Date Archived”.

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.

Family History Library to offer several free webinars in September

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City will present several free webinars in September. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Thursday, Sept. 6 – 3 p.m. – German Civil Registration

Thursday, Sept. 13 – 3 p.m. – U.S. Research; Mid-Atlantic

Thursday, Sept. 20 – 3 p.m. – England and Wales Civil Registration

Friday, Sept. 21 – 1:30 p.m. – Finding Your Hispanic Ancestors on

To attend any of these webinars, go to: and click on the appropriate date.

Registration deadline for NYS Family History Conference is August 31

Registration will close on August 31 for the New York State Family History Conference scheduled for Sept. 13-15, 2018 in Tarrytown, NY at the DoubleTree Hotel.

There will be 2 1/2 days of lectures, workshops, field trips and an exhibit hall.

The registration rate is $195 for members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and Central New York Genealogical Society and $215 for non-members. Your paid registration automatically gives you $10 worth of Conference Notes, redeemable within the exhibit hall.

If you can only attend on Saturday, the cost is $99 for members of the New York G & B and $129 for non-members.

New this year will be a Family History Jumpstart Day aimed at participants who are beginning genealogy and without conference experience. It will take place on Sept. 15.

To register for the conference, has New York State birth index available online

The New York State Birth Index is now available for searching on The index covers the years 1881-1942.

It is name searchable and you can see the images of the actual index pages. An index entry states the name of the person, date and place of event, and State certificate number. The state certificate number is only used if you are requesting a copy of a record from the Department of Health in Albany. It is quicker to request a copy of a birth certificate from a local agency such as Town Halls or Village Halls.

This index does not cover all of New York State. It does not cover New York City boroughs except for the following situations:
*Former towns of Kings County (Brooklyn) prior to their annexation by the City of Brooklyn in the 1880s and ’90s;
*Portions of Westchester County prior to their annexation by New York City in 1895;
*Richmond County (Staten Island) and western Queens County prior to their incorporation into the City of New York on January 1, 1898.

Prior to this index being available online, it was only accessible by using microfiche cards at 11 repositories in New York State. The microfiche cards end in 1937.

You can search free of charge at public libraries that subscribe to Library Edition. Check with your local library to see if they have this database.