Three local genealogy groups to meet this week

Topics at local genealogy group meetings this week include: locating places of origins in Germany speaking countries, non-autosomal DNA results and Eastern European travel.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Searching for Germanic Roots: How to Use American Sources to Locate the Place of Origin of Your Immigrant Ancestor.” The presenter will be James E. Pelzer. Connecting immigrant ancestors to records in German-speaking areas of Europe requires you to explore American sources to build a persuasive case that they came from a particular place in the old country. Jim will discuss using the “jurisdictional approach” to research in American sources that can identify the European place of origin of your ancestor. His talk will discuss jurisdictions and the useful records that may be found there. Using examples from his research, he’ll show how clues in records here are used to construct a convincing proof that an ancestor is the same person as one named in sources found in a European place of origin.

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

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Patchgue-Medford Public Library. This is a change in meeting location. This month’s topic will be “What Non-Autosomal DNA Can Do (and not do) for Your Genetic Genealogical Research.” The presenter will be Dr. Richard Haberstroh.

This presentation will cover an overview of non-autosomal DNA, moving from the basis of what these DNA forms are, to a description of what their special characteristics can bring to the family history researcher. The presentation will include discussions on how these can, and sometimes more importantly cannot, be used to augment typical autosomal DNA testing, and will attempt to dispel certain misconceptions and sources of confusion.

For more information, go to the clube website at: http://dggli.wordpress.com

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the South Huntington Public Library at 11 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Eastern European Travel and Return to Home Town.” The presenter will be Rhoda Miller.

Travel to Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary can be exciting and challenging. Certified genealogist Rhoda will explore these Eastern European countries with a research and genealogical perspective. She is past president and current board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island.

For more information, call 631-427-7045.

Several free webinars set for this week

Three free webinars this week will cover the topics of privacy issues, Franco-Ontario records, and using Facebook for genealogy.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees” on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.

Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members. Personal genealogy websites, as well as Online Collaborative Trees each offer different levels of privacy protections. The webinar will discuss the varied approaches to the question of privacy, focusing especially on legal and ethical considerations. How should a genealogist respond if someone says she does not want to be on your online tree? Should minors be allowed to use online genealogy platforms? The webinar will use real-world examples to analyze the problems and proposed solutions.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1183583971839236098

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Franco-Ontarians: History and Genealogy” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. This webinar will cover the history of Francophones in Ontario, as well as what records are available to conduct genealogical research. Whether you can speak French or not, once you learn the basics of French records it can be an enjoyable journey researching the Francophone past.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8233261103162451969

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Facebook for Genealogy” on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Learn how to use Facebook to maximize its utility as a powerful tool for genealogy help and research while minimizing the social annoyances. Covers how to tweak your settings to maintain privacy and control over what you see from whom, how and where to post a message to get maximum results, the downloadable PDF of more than 10,000 FaceBook pages for genealogy, and the speaker’s own FaceBook success stories.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3968090572957256194

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

THe Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Bethpage Public Library.

At 10 a.m. Marie Scalisi will discuss Genealogy 101, the online guide to researching your Irish ancestors. At 10:45 “AM Ask the Experts” will take place and at 11:15 a.m. the featured program will begin.

This month the Irish Family History Forum Education Director, Kathleen McGee, will discuss “Ireland’s Encumbered Estate Records.” She will talk about the records that were kept as a result of the proceedings of the Encumbered Estates Courts established in 1849. Catalogs created for the sale of these estates describe the lots and terms of tenancy of the lot owners, and include maps of the estates. The brochures also include a list of the tenants with their agreements of tenancy, some having a lease of lives, which helps genealogists make a connection to family who lived before civil registration began.

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

The Patchogue Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library at 10 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be Patricia Ann Kellner of the DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island who will discuss “DNA: What Is It All About.” Patricia will discuss the basics of DNA testing and how it can help your research.

For more information, call the library at 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2-4 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

The presenter will be Karen Franklin, director of Family Research at the Leo Baeck Institute, who will discuss “The Untold Story of the Lehman Family and Its Aid to Refugees: 1933-1945.” Few people know of the role of NY Governor Herbert Lehman and a vast network of his relatives in assisting Jewish refugees fleeing Germany and Austria between 1933 and 1941, and in helping them establish themselves in their new countries. Karen will shed light on these efforts, and will describe her efforts to trace the refugees’ descendants and to document the fates of those who couldn’t be saved.

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

Two free webinars to set for this week

Two free webinars will be offered this Wednesday, Oct. 24, on the topics of Eastern European research and slave research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “10 Eastern European Resources You Might Be Missing” at 2 p.m. While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for your locality. This webinar will discuss available, census, tax lists, land, military, and other records and how to access them.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2466981222805236995

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor” at 8 p.m. Descendants of former slaveholders come from all walks of life. In this webinar, learn how to confirm slaveholding ancestors and the tools needed to trace and identify living descendants of their formerly enslaved.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5991906651909042691

Two free genealogy webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Two free webinars will be offer this Wednesday, October 24. Topics willbe Eastern European research and slave research.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “10 Eastern European Resources You Might Be Missing” at 2 p.m. While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of church and vital records for your locality. This webinar will discuss available, census, tax lists, land, military, and other records and how to access them.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2466981222805236995

The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Tracing the Descendants of a Slaveholding Ancestor” at
8 p.m. Descendants of former slaveholders come from all walks of life. In this webinar, learn how to confirm slaveholding ancestors and the tools needed to trace and identify living descendants of their formerly enslaved.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5991906651909042691

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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6477944665954725635

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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8136806446297837058

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?

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8445840681135423235

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: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars 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.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3265963337167037185

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 FamilySearch.org 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: www.italiangen.org

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: http://jgsli.org

Several free genealogy webinars offered this week

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

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.

To reigster for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3256193076836331011

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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1111387839362237187

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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2471824571525865475

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: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1523767378489387778

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 www.nclandgrants.com has searchable data on all the grants along with many original document images.

To register for this webinar, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6510824466305617923

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: https://www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars and select the appropriate date.