NYC ‘Bodies in Transit’ ledgers now available online

The New York City Municipal Archives recently released digital copies of the New York City Bodies in Transit ledgers.

These ledgers cover the time period of 1859-1894. The ledgers were kept by the Department of Health and recorded data of bodies being transported through New York City. This information was kept to certify that there were no sanitary risks related to the body.

Information in the records include: name, age, date of passage through New York City, cause and date of death, and name and residence of person overseeing the transportation of the body. Probably the most famous name in the records is Abraham Lincoln.

To see the digitized images, go to:

An index to these ledgers was created by the German Genealogy Group and the index is available on their website at:

‘Finding Your Roots’ Season 5 to begin in January

PBS has announced information about the new season of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”

Season five of the show will begin on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Researchers for the show use both genealogical records and DNA testing.

Guests scheduled for the show include: actors, artists, journalists, TV hosts, politicians, filmmakers and comedians.

Some of the individuals include:
*Marisa Tomei
*Michael Moore
*Seth Meyers
*Ann Curry
*Christiane Amanpour
*Michael Strahan
*Felicity Huffman
*Laura Linney

To watch episodes from previous seasons, go to:

Cold Spring Harbor library to host DNA program

The Cold Spring Harbor Public Library will present “DNA Testing: What’s It All Aoubt” on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.

Patricia Ann Kellner, founder of the DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island, will discuss what you can learn from your DNA test results. DNA tests can be a great tool to use to find your family and your origins and can also give insight into your health.

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island meets from September through June on the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Sachem Public Library.

For more information about the program, contact the library at 631-692-6820.

Free genealogy webinar to focus on museum records

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Museums Have Records, Too” on Tuesday, July 10, at 9 p.m.

Genealogists are always looking for places where records are located. More and more these records are being found in places that are not your typical archives, library or genealogical society. One of these places is a museum. Many museums have back rooms filled with genealogical and historical records just waiting for the genealogist to discover them!

To register for the webinar, go to:

Free webinar to focus on neighborhood research

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Surveying the Community: Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors” on Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m.

Your ancestor’s community holds many clues and patterns that help you fill in missing pieces in your family puzzle. Often the person next door or another family in the community may hold the answers you seek. By using a combination of readily available records such as census, tax, land, maps, and cemetery records we can discover additional clues and avenues of research.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Records available for Reformed Church of New Paltz

As part of the Historic Hudson Valley Heritage website, digitized records are now available for two church books the Reformed Church of New Paltz, New York. These records cover the 1680s and early 1700s.

The two books contain over 100 pages and have information about marriages, baptisms and names of church members and town residents.

Records can be access by searching for “first church register” and “second church register” in the search box. After clicking on an image, click on the tab that says “text” to see an English translation of the page.

To begin searching, go to:

Two free genealogy webinars offered on Wednesday

Two genealogy programs will be offered on Wednesday, June 27, covering farming life and photo editing.

Georgia Genealogy Society will present “A Week in the Life of a Farm Family” at 8 p.m. What was daily life like for our farming ancestors? Learn how genealogical records and social history resources can help us answer that question in four different centuries of American history.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What Should I Use for My Photo Editing?” at 2 p.m. This program will explain Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Each program is designed with a different purpose in mind, and each offers a distinct post-production photography workflow. Learn why you should choose one over the other and why both of them are important to know and use.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Three free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars will take place this week covering topics such as finding photos online, how to protect your research and Freeman’s Bureau Records.

The Wisconsin State Genealogy Society will present “50+ Online and Offline Sources for Finding Photos of Your Ancestors” on Tuesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. If you haven’t inherited photos of your ancestors, learn about the 50+ potential sources that you may have overlooked, including printed media, organizations, digital sources and even distant relatives that you may not know about.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Who Do You Trust with Your Trusted Research” on Wednesday, June 20, at 9 p.m. With technology today, it is easy to complete and build our family tree online or even on the computer. But what are you doing to protect your information? To protect all the hours of research you have done? What do you do with your hard copy paper file? What happens when I am gone to my research?

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Freemen’s Bureau Records” on Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m. The Freedmen’s Bureau records cover more than freed slaves – they include ex-soldiers, impoverished widows, small children, and destitute parents. They include ration, school, court, marriage, military, and more records, along with incredibly personal correspondence regarding loved ones.

To register for this webinar, go to:

More records available for NYC marriage license index

The not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records recently announced it has added more records to its New York City marriage license index. The database now includes the years 1996-2017.

The new 1950-2017 database is broken into two different time frames: 1950-1995 and 1996-2017. These are indexes to every marriage license filed, not necessarily every marriage in New York City.

The group has noted that there are approximately 30,000 missing records particularly for the 1950s-1960s.

Beginning in June 2011, New York State started to legally recognize same-sex marriages. Therefore, for the 2011-2017 portion of the database, headers of “bride” and “groom” are referred to as “Spouse #1” and “Spouse # 2”.

To search the data from 1950-2017, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

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

Genealogy Tips and Tricks will Kathleen McGee will being at 10 a.m., followed by Ask the Experts at 10:45 a.m. and the featured speaker at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Melissa Johnson who will discuss “Internet Resources for Genealogists.” Learn how to use top genealogical websites most effectively, including Ancestry. Fold3, GenealogyBank, FamilySearch and Google as well as websites of federal, state and local archives.

There will be no meetings in July or August.

For more information, go to the club website at: