Irish Family History Forum to meet on Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, February 16, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month the topic will be “Show and Tell.” Members will share interesting research experiences, suggestions, photos, heirlooms, etc.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a short break from 11 – 11:30 a.m. for refreshments and Ask the Expert. The program will continue at 11:30 a.m.

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

Two local genealogy groups to have meetings this week

Two local genealogy groups will meet this week.

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, Feb. 6, at the VFW in Hicksville.

Orientation starts at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. This month the program will be “Genealogy Jeopardy.” You can play or be an audience member! Join in the fun as a contestant on Genealogy Jeopardy. Two teams will compete for points in categories like “Where There’s a Will…” and “Any Port in a Storm.”

For more information, go to the club website at: www.germangenealogygroup.com

The Italian Genealogical Group will meet on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Bethpage Public Library. This month the program will be “Crash Course in Italian History.” The presenter will be Alec Ferretti. He will focus on Southern Italy and the social factors which influenced our ancestors. Alec has been researching his family for over 10 years and is a professional genealogist.

Help session will start at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin 10:30 a.m.

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

 

 

 

‘Finding Your Roots’ continues on Tuesday

“Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., continues on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on Tuesday, January 29 at 8 p.m.

Jan. 29 – Dreaming of a New Land – Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn find out the challenges faced by their immigrant forebears from Italy, Russia and India.

Feb. 5 – Freedom Tales – S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

Feb. 12 – Roots in Politics – Politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio each see a shared vision of the American melting pot reflected in their ancestors’ stories.

Feb. 19 – No Laughing Matter – Comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman find their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

Feb. 26 – Hard Times – Filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny find distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

April 2- The Eye of the Beholder – Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley find their identities challenged—and affirmed.

April 9 – All in the Family – This show features actor Ty Burrell, and radio host Joe Madison. Also a look at how a summer camp for children is using genetic genealogy to help young people better understand their identities.

‘Finding Your Roots’ continues Tuesday

“Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., continues on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on Tuesday, January 22 at 8 p.m.

Jan. 22 – Reporting on the Reporters – Journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling find the stories within their own family trees as compelling as the news stories they have covered.

Jan. 29 – Dreaming of a New Land – Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn find out the challenges faced by their immigrant forebears from Italy, Russia and India.

Feb. 5 – Freedom Tales – S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

Feb. 12 – Roots in Politics – Politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio each see a shared vision of the American melting pot reflected in their ancestors’ stories.

Feb. 19 – No Laughing Matter – Comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman find their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

Feb. 26 – Hard Times – Filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny find distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

April 2- The Eye of the Beholder – Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley find their identities challenged—and affirmed.

April 9 – All in the Family – This show features actor Ty Burrell, and radio host Joe Madison. Also a look at how a summer camp for children is using genetic genealogy to help young people better understand their identities.

Free access to Swedish records this weekend at ArkivDigital

The Swedish genealogy website ArkivDigital is offering free access to its All-In-One collection this weekend, today through Sunday, Jan. 20

With the six hour time difference, this offer will end at 5:59 p.m. on Sunday (EST).

ArkivDigital’s images include: church books, estate inventories, tax registers, military rolls, passenger ship manifests, aerial photos and more. There are over 81,000,000 images on the site.

You will need to create a free account if you do no have one already.

To get started with the free weekend, go to: https://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/try-for-free

Irish Family History forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, January 19, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks will take place 10 a.m. with member Kathleen McGee. Ask the Experts will begin at 10:45 a.m. This is a chance to meet one-on-one with an experienced genealogist. The main program will begin at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s program will be “FamilySearch Features, Foibles, Tips and Tricks” presented by Marie Scalisi. Marie, a professional genealogist with more than 30 years experience, will show you how to maximize your use of FamilySearch.  She is also a volunteer at the Family History Center in Plainview.

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

 

Three free webinars set for this week

There are several free webinars are scheduled for this week with topics including: the National Personnel Records Center, epidemics and preserving family heirlooms.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “Military and Civilian at the National Personnel Records Center” today at 8 p.m. The National Records Personnel Center in St. Louis has many records pertinent to your soldier’s service. OMPFs, Official Military Personnel Files, monthly regimental rolls, hospital records, military court-martials and graves registration service files all offer clues into your veteran’s military experience. NPRC also houses civilian and government employment files as well. Learn about the types of information that can be found in these records and how you can access them in person.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2598641151923744771

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Pandemics and Epidemics: Issues of Politics, Economy and Religion” on Wednesday, January 16 at 9 p.m. Epidemics and pandemics all affected our ancestors, either directly or indirectly. Lifestyles were altered by major illnesses. Politics, religion, and economics all played a part in eradicating these scourges from our predecessors’ lives. Funeral and cemetery records, as well as the ways of handling the dead, will also be discussed.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1949071672772523521

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society will present “Preserving Your Family Treasures” on Thursday, January 17 at 3 p.m. Many of us have books, photographs, Bibles, letters, and other paperbased objects relating to our families – some of which can be quite old and fragile. This webinar will present and discuss strategies and steps for preserving your individual cultural heritage, with a focus on ways to store your material to ensure long-term survival.

To register go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/342004586629417731?source=website

Free genealogy webinars to discuss FamilySearch and GEDMatch

Three free webinars will be offered this week with topics covering FamilySearch.org, organizing computer files and GEDMatch.

Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Hidden Gems in the FamilySearch Wiki” on Tuesday, January 8, at 9 p.m. What is a wiki? It’s one of the best-kept secrets of FamilySearch. Let’s learn how this powerful and robust tool can bring the world to your fingertips.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2211404150786424322

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Maintaining an Organized Computer” on Wednesday, January 9 at 8 p.m.  Files here, programs there, lost bits and bytes everywhere. Are you tired of searching your computer fruitlessly? Frustrated when you can’t find the notes you created in your word processor? Learn how to set up a foolproof filing system and an electronic workbook to correspond with your offline research.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4817653527605444353

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Find Genealogical Gems in Your Genes with GEDMatch” on Thursday, January 10 at 8 p.m. Learn how to navigate and manipulate this genetic genealogy toolbox to answer your genealogical questions. From real world cases, discover how to master GEDmatch’s utilities to find and analyze evidence in your DNA, construct and test hypotheses, demolish brick walls, and extend your family tree.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5018379272027333635

 

‘Finding Your Roots’ begins January 8

“Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., returns to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) for Season 5, starting on Tuesday, January 8, for 10 weeks. Air time for the episodes is 8 p.m.

Jan. 8 –  Grandparents and Other Strangers – Actor Andy Samberg and author George R. R. Martin answer some family mysteries when DNA detective work uncovers new branches of their family trees.

Jan. 15 – Mystery Men – Felicity Huffman and Michael K. Williams grew up knowing little about their biological fathers, and seeing their lost ancestry restored proves deeply empowering.

Jan. 22 – Reporting on the Reporters – Journalists Christiane Amanpour, Ann Curry and Lisa Ling find the stories within their own family trees as compelling as the news stories they have covered.

Jan. 29 – Dreaming of a New Land – Marisa Tomei, Sheryl Sandberg and Kal Penn find out the challenges faced by their immigrant forebears from Italy, Russia and India.

Feb. 5 – Freedom Tales – S. Epatha Merkerson and Michael Strahan both discover unexpected stories that challenge assumptions about black history.

Feb. 12 – Roots in Politics – Politicians Paul Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard and Marco Rubio each see a shared vision of the American melting pot reflected in their ancestors’ stories.

Feb. 19 – No Laughing Matter – Comedians Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman find their family trees are filled with people whose struggles laid the groundwork for their success.

Feb. 26 – Hard Times – Filmmaker Michael Moore and actors Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny find distant ancestors overcame great hardships in ways that resonate with their lives today.

April 2- The Eye of the Beholder – Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, performance artist Marina Abramović and painter Kehinde Wiley find their identities challenged—and affirmed.

April 9 – All in the Family – This show features actor Ty Burrell, and radio host Joe Madison. Also a look at how a summer camp for children is using genetic genealogy to help young people better understand their identities.

Volunteers needed for New York State land records indexing project

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society is looking for volunteers to help index New York State land records.

FamilySearch.org has digitized millions of original pages from county offices across New York State. The majority of the records are deeds and mortgages.

If you are interested in working on indexing these records, you will need to set up a free user name and password to log on to FamilySearch.org. Once logged on, click on the Indexing tab and select Find a Project. Click on the word Projects and in the Project name box enter the words Index to Land Records. You should see a listing of the available projects to work on.

At this point the Kings and Richmond project is 96% completed, the Westchester project is 27% completed and the Western New York project is 19% completed.

The New York G & B will be presenting a free half hour webinar about the land records indexing project on Monday, January 7 at 7 p.m. To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5875948863652668171