Three local genealogy groups to meet this week

Three local genealogy groups will be meeting this week.

The Patchogue-Medford Public Library will be presenting its monthly “Climb Your Family Tree” program on Wednesday, January 2 at 10 a.m. For information, call 631-654-4700.

The German Genealogy Group will be presenting “Show and Tell” by various members on Thursday, January 3 at the Hicksville V.F.W.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a beginner’s orientation session begins at 7 p.m. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to the club website at: www.germangenealogygroup.com

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday, January 5 at 10 a.m. at the Sachem Public Library. This month’s program will be “Pay It Forward: Members Helping Members with the Basics.” Bring your laptop and your questions.

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

Two local groups highlighted in Family Tree Magazine article

In its December 2018 issue, Family Tree Magazine recognized two local genealogy groups in its “75 Best Free Websites” article.

Under the category for New York State, the Germany Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogy Group were recognized for their indexes to church records, naturalization records and birth, marriage and death records. The indexes are for any nationality, not just Germans or Italians.

Other websites recognized for New York State were:
*New York Heritage – this site, run by the Empire State Library Network, includes digitized books, newspapers, photos, post cards, maps, etc. Our library has uploaded digitized photos and postcards to this website.
*Old Fulton NY Post Cards – this site, run by one individual, is noted for its outstanding collection of digitized newspapers from New York, a few other states and Canada.

New church records added to German Genealogy Group website

The German Genealogy Group has recently added more records to its Diocese of Brooklyn baptism and marriage indexes.

Now users can search for records from St. Louis church which was located on Ellery Street, near Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. There are over 9,000 records in the baptism index and over 9,000 records in the marriage index.

Note: Many of the first names in the databases are in French, not English.

For information on how to order a record from the diocese and to start searching the collection, go to:
www.germangenealogygroup.com then on the left side of the page select Database Searches and then select Church Records. From there you can select baptisms or marriages.

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.

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 local genealogy groups to meet this week

Several local genealogy groups will be meeting this week.

The Connetquot Public Library will be having a presentation on “Italian Genealogy for Beginners” on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The library is located at 760 Ocean Avenue in Bohemia. For more information, call 631-567-5079.

The German Genealogy Group will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Orientation begins at 7 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. This month’s program will be “St. Malachy’s Home and Orphanage” presented by Joseph Coen, archivist of the Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Malachy’s opened in Brooklyn in the 1870s and later moved to the Rockaways, where it was known as St. Malachy’s Ocean Home. It closed in 1943. His presentation will include information about what records are available and how to request them.

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

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Sachem Public Library. This month’s program will be “DNA for Adoptees or How, Instead of a Bike, I Got a Sister for My Birthday” presented by Chuck Weinstein. Chuck was adopted at birth and using DNA, he has been able to unlock the history of his biological family and contact both cousins and a sister who were unaware of his existence. Chuck has been researching his family history for over 25 years and is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island.

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

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library. This month’s program will be “National Archives and FamilySearch Strategies” presented by Dorothy Dougherty with the National Archives.

The library is located at 145 Pigeon Hill Road in Huntington Station. For more information, call 531-427-7045.

Two local genealogy groups meeting this week

Two local genealogy groups will meet this week after being off for the summer months.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, September 6, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. Orientation will be at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Judy G. Russel, who is known was The Legal Genealogist. She will discuss “Just Three Generations.”

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

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet on Saturday, September 8, at the Bethpage Public Library at 10 a.m. There will be a help session at 9:30 a.m.

The speaker will be Marilyn A. Verna and she will discuss “A Potpourri of Genealogy Resources.”

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

More records added to Fresh Pond Crematory index

The German Genealogy Group recently updated information for its Fresh Pond Crematory and U. S. Columbarium Interment Index. It added 5,424 records for the years 2015-2017.

The Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium is the oldest operating crematory in the United States. The crematory is located in Middle Village, New York.

This database contains an index to over 215,000 cremations that took place at the Fresh Pond Crematory, many of which are interred in niches at the U. S. Columbarium on the same property. It also includes over 4,000 people cremated elsewhere and whose cremains are in niches at the columbarium.

The crematory has additional information for each individual including: age, marital status, last residence, birthplace, date of birth, date of death, information on the next of kin, and funeral home. Some of the files may also contain family correspondence and obituaries that appeared in newspapers.

To obtain this information fill out the form found on the website with the name of the person of interest, the case ID, and your mailing address. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The fee for this information is $36.

Please note: They will not give any information for persons that died less than 50 years ago except to people who can supply proof that they are direct relatives.

To search the index, go to: www.germangenealogygroup.com and on the left side of the page select “Database Searches” and then select Crematory.

Three local genealogy groups to meet this week

Three local genealogy groups will meet this week in Connetquot, Bethpage and Hickswille.

The Connetqout Public Library will present a program on “The Orphan Train” on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. The Orphan Train was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded eastern cities of the United States to foster homes in rural areas of the Midwest. Join author and photographer, Tom Riley as he tells this greatest American story never told.

For more information, contact the library at 631-567-5079.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, June 7, V.F.W. in Hicksville. This month’s program will be round table discussions. If you have questions or need guidance, come join the table of your choice. There will be tables for short translations, surrogates court, land records, DNA, GGG databases, FamilySearch.org and photo restoration. There will be no meetings in July or August.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to the club website at: www.germangenealogygroup.com

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet on Saturday, June 9, at the Bethpage Public Library. Help Session begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. After the annual awards presentation, Alec Ferratti will give a presentation on how to use the Italian website Antenati. There will be no meetings in July or August.

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

New indexes for New York State records added to GGG website

Two new databases, with New York State records, have been recently added to the Germany Genealogy Group website.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Biographical Index File was created from the Society’s index card file of biographical information. It includes references to births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, cemetery information, and a few other types of records.

Any researcher who wants a record from this collection needs to contact the Society librarian for an estimate of the cost at 631-727-2881 x103.

Also added is an index to St. Paul’s German Presbyterian Church records. There are baptisms, marriages and funerals. St. Paul’s was a German Evangelical Lutheran Church located in Fosters Meadow, New York. Fosters Meadow covered an area that is now eastern Queens and western Nassau counties.

In 2017, George Bauer, a descendant of founding members of the church, discovered that the original records for this church were in the Presbyterian Archives in Philadelphia and had recently been digitized by Ancestry.com. To access these records, you must have an Ancestry.com account or use your local public library or Family History Library account. For more details about the Ancestry.com records, go to: https://fostersmeadow.jimdo.com/history/houses-of-worship/st-paul-s-german-presbyterian-church/

To use either of the indexes, go to: www.germangenealogygroup.org. The search for the Suffolk County Historical Society records, under Databases select Other NYC and Long Island.

To search for the St. Paul’s records, under Databases select Church Records and then go to baptisms, marriages or funerals. St. Paul’s will be one of the choices to select.