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 FamilySearch.org

To attend any of these webinars, go to: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ps-services-us-east-1-914248642252/s3/research-wiki-elasticsearch-prod-s3bucket/images/a/aa/9-Sep_2018.pdf and click on the appropriate date.

German Genealogy Group to meet Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, April 5, at the V.F.W. Hall in Hicksville.

This month’s program will be “The Pfalz and Palatine Research” presented by Richard Haberstroh.

This talk will delve into the many varied resources, including those on the internet, available for researching one’s ancestors in the Palatinate, the origin of so many German immigrants to the U.S. A little bit of the history of the area will also be discussed, in order to put the genealogical records and their locations into perspective for the researcher.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be a help session 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

New York genealogy society to present series of free webinars

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, based in Manhattan, will be offering a series of free webinars the second week of January.

Monday, Jan. 8 – 1 p.m. – Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy
The NYG&B’s Genealogist-in-Residence, Meryl Schumacker will share essential techniques for tracing your Jewish ancestry. Schumacker earned her Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and completed continuing education at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Athens, Georgia.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 – 7 pm – German Names and Naming Patterns
The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to “look in the middle” for first names to dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children. The presenter will be James M. Beidler, author of “The Family Tree German Genealogy Book” as well as the Roots & Branches weekly newspaper column on genealogy.

Wednesday, Jan. 10 – 7 pm – Dual Citizenship: Italy and Ireland
Presenter Melissa A. Johnson, CG, is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and editor. She specializes in Italian-American and Irish-American dual citizenship, with a focus on New Jersey and New York City ancestral families.

Thursday, Jan. 11 – 4 pm – A Look at 2018 and 2019 for the NYG&B
Join NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor as he gives a sneak peek into the exciting plans for 2018 and 2019.

Thursday, Jan. 11 – 7 pm – Irish Church Records

Presenter David E. Rencher will combine information about the time period, content and record availability of records for the three major religions in Ireland – Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian. Additional information on some of the non-conformist sects is also included. Rencher is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

Friday, Jan. 12 – 6 pm – Examining African American Migrations

Presenter Tim Pinnick will explore African American migrations large and small, along with many of the factors that spurred movement. Armed with a better understanding of black migrations, researchers can increase their ability to explain inexplicable moves and solve lingering mysteries. Pinnick is a book author, article writer, and national speaker with more than 30 years overall research experience.

To reguster to any of these webinars, go to: https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/events and click on the webinar of interest.

Webinar programs to discuss DNA research, German script

Two free webinars this week will focus on DNA research and German script handwriting.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “The WHO of Genetic Genealogy” on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Genealogists are increasingly using autosomal DNA to find genetic cousins and examine specific genealogical questions. But knowing who to test is one of the biggest hurdles of autosomal DNA. Why are second cousins so great to test? Why should we test the oldest generation first? This webinar will answer these questions and help you formulate an optimal DNA testing plan.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2224599373903811075

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Deciphering German Script” on Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. German parish registers are an indispensable resource in German genealogy. Yet, many of us hesitate because of the difficulties in reading these rich mines of information. Despite these challenges, you can train yourself to read and interpret enough of the records to make substantial progress on your genealogy.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8082814918880496899

New databases added to German Genealogy Group website

New databases added to German Genealogy Group website

The German Genealogy Group, which meets monthly at the V.F.W. in Hicksville, has recently added new databases to its website.

*The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum database is an index to almost 4,000 people mentioned in records in the collection of the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. These records comprise a very wide variety of record types, including whaling ship crew lists, whaling ship captains, owners and investors, letters, accounts with local merchants, deeds, obituaries, articles, poems and genealogies.

*The U.S. Customs Service Personal Histories of Employees database is an index to 21 volumes containing the personal histories of employees of the U. S. Customs Service in New York City. The records cover the period in which employees were appointed between 1891 and 1918. Each page gives a brief history of a single employee. The birth dates in the records run from the early 1800s up to the early 1900s.

*The Bavaria and Platz Emigration database has had 12,000 additional names added this month.You can find the name of the town your Bavarian and Pfalz ancestors emigrated from by using this database. This database has been compiled from emigration notices printed in newspapers as one of the conditions to legally emigrate from Bavaria. Most of records are from 1832 to 1873.

*The Trinity Reformed Church database has an index to baptism, marriage and funeral records. The Trinity Reformed Church is located at 66-30 60th Place in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. The index includes: Baptism Records: 1869-1881, 1944-1987; Marriage records – 1855-1995; and Funeral Records: 1915-1962, 1966-1987.

*** Please note the databases on this website encompass all ethnic groups, not just those of German ancestry.***

To access these and other databases, go to the club website at: wwww.germangenealogygroup.com

Three free webinars available this week

Three free genealogy webinars will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Illinois State Genealogical Society will present “Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls” on Tuesday, June 14, at 9 p.m. Learn to use the power of Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter to overcome genealogy brick walls in your family tree and share your family story.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7540625935675352321

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “The Basics of WeRelate.org” on Wednesday, June 15, at 8 p.m. Find out about the world’s largest genealogy wiki and how to interact with other researchers online, upload GEDCOM files, annotate scanned documents and photos, and more. Learn how you can work with other genealogists by posting new pages and adding genealogical data to existing pages. Discover other unique features that WeRelate has to offer, and how you can really tell others about your ancestors.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6387044724197200642

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Finding A German Home Village Online” on Wednesday, June 15 at 9 p.m. Securing the name of your ancestral Heimat is crucial to research in Germany. There are many resources on American and German websites to help you.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6016500510449423105

Free webinar to focus on German church books

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar entitled “Introduction to German Parish Records” on Wednesday, March 23 at 2 p.m.

This webinar will introduce you to the gold mine of German genealogy–German church books, both in the United States and in the Germanic states. You will learn proven strategies to identify your ancestor’s home church and how to approach the records when you find them—even if you don’t speak German.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3353133703213368321

Free webinar to focus on German research

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present a free webinar on Wed. Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. entitled “German Names and Naming Patterns.”

The naming patterns and quirks that are found in German names range from needing to “look in the middle” for first names as well as dealing with families who used the identical name for surviving children. This webinar will cover these and other potential problems.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/200000000028528054

Two free webinars to be offered on Wednesday

Two free webinars will be presented on Wednesday, July 15, “German Research Online’ and “RootsBid: The Answer to Overcoming Genealogical Obstacles in Distance and Resources.”

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “German Research Online” at 9 p.m.
Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and Genealogy.net are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors.

The presenter, James M. Beidler, is the author of “The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide.”

To register for this program, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7287813020891962625

The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “RootsBid: The Answer to Overcoming Genealogical Obstacles in Distance and Resources” at 8 p.m.

It happens all the time. You are moving along nicely with your family history research and you hit a snag. RootsBid is an online genealogy marketplace that helps connect with others to assist you in your research. Learn what it is and how to use this great online tool.

To register for this program, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7927183434799210753

German genealogy group to meet on Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, June 4, at the Hicksville V.F.W. Orientation begins at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.

The topic will be “Using FamilySearch for Genealogical Research” and the presenter will be Ruth Becker Cipko.

Whether you are unfamiliar with the FamilySearch.org website or a frequent user, everyone will benefit from this presentation which was created by Ms. Dorothy Dougherty, Public Programs Specialist for the National Archives at New York City.

The website will be covered from A to Z, beginning with opening the site to signing in and exploring all the categories that are available to a researcher. With new records and images of original records being added for all countries around the world on a daily basis, this is a presentation that will help users make the most of this resource.

There will be no meetings in July and August. The Hicksville V.F.W. is located at 320 S. Broadway (Route 107).

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