Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy groups will meet this weekend.

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Bethpage Public Library. The Genealogy Tips and Tricks program will begin at 10 a.m. followed by Ask the Experts at 10:45 a.m. The main speaker will begin at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s program will be “The Orphan Train” and the presenter will be Tom Riley. Tom Riley was researching a book about the orphanage he grew up in when he happened upon 26 boxes of Americana hidden in a hayloft. Material within the boxes was dated from 1832 to 1929 and told the story of the 273,000 children who were transported out of New York City by rail across the U.S. over a period of 75 years. It was the largest mass relocation of children in American history.

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

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Branching Out from Sepharad – Solving a Converso Mystery.” The presenter will be Sarina Roffe. Sarina will outline the history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 Expulsion, their history in Syria, and their immigration to the Americas. She will discuss the ancestry and significance of the Kassin rabbinic dynasty, which dates to the 12th Century, and the 50-year leadership of Chief Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin, who led the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn. At the same time, she solves a Converso mystery. Rabbi Kassin’s ancestor arrived in Aleppo in 1540. Sarina solves the mystery of the time gap from 1492-1540.

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

NOTE: The Plainview Family History Center will be closed from Monday, November 19
through Monday, November 26, 2018.

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

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: www.ifhf.org

Irish Family History Forum to meet Saturday

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

At 10:00 a.m. there will be Genealogy Tips and Tricks with Kathleen McGee. There will be a refreshment break at 10:45 a.m. followed by Ask the Experts. The featured speaker will start at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s topic will be “Evidence Analysis: Finding the Right Record Using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)” by genealogist Rhoda Miller. She will demonstrate methods of looking at your research to find gaps as well as evaluate findings, especially those with conflicting or indirect evidence. Irish examples will be given.

For more information, go to: www.ifhf.org

Local genealogy group wins award for newsletter

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) honored excellence in newsletter editorship for genealogical and historical societies and family associations at the Opening Session of the NGS 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 2, 2018.

The winner for Newsletter for a County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society for societies with less than 500 members was The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, published by the Irish Family History Forum in Long Island, New York, edited by Jim Regan.

The Irish Family History Forum meets the third Saturday of the month at the Bethpage Public Library.

Congratulations to our local genealogy group on this impressive award!

To learn more about the group, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, April 21, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s program will be “Ellis Island Stories” presented by Fred Voss. Fred is a professional genealogist who leads tours at Ellis Island. He will give an illustrated talk about the past, present and future of this American landmark. He will also tell some of his favorite immigration stories.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks with Kathy McGee will start at 10 a.m., Ask the Experts will start at 10:45 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:15 a.m.

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

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet on St. Patricks’ Day, March 17, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Genealogy Tips and Tricks will be presented at 10 a.m. and Ask the Experts will follow at 10:30 a.m.

This month’s speaker will be member Jim Hawkins, an Irish storyteller. He will present songs and stories from the Irish and American traditions and play the bodhran, the Irish drum. In the spirit of the holiday, he will also lead the audience in singing some old favorites.

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

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month will be “Show and Tell.” Bring in something to share with other club members – family heirlooms, books, photos, etc.

Show and Tell – Part 1 will begin at 10 a.m. There will be a refreshment break at 10:45 a.m. and then “Ask the Experts” will follow. Show and Tell Part 2 will run from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

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

Irish genealogy group to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political Affiliations” presented by D. Joshua Taylor, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

A Tips and Tricks session will begin at 10 a.m. followed by and Ask the Experts session. The main speaker will begin at 11:15 a.m.

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

Three local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

The Patchogue-Medford Genealogy Research Group will meet on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. This month’s program will be “Finding Your Family History Through DNA or How I Got a Sister Instead of a Bicycle for My 65th Birthday.” The speaker will be Chuck Weinstein.

The meeting will take place at the Patchogue-Medford Public Library. For more information, call 631-654-4700.

The Irish Family History Forum will also meet on Saturday. At 10 a.m. there will be a “Tips and Tricks” session followed by an “Ask the Experts” program at 10:45 a.m.

The featured program will be “Irish Genealogy 101” presented by Kathleen McGee. She will discuss how to avoid common mistakes and how to find your ancestor’s origin through U.S. records. In addition, she will discuss Irish resources such as census records, civil registration and parish records.

The annual elections will take place at the meeting to fill open positions on the Board of Directors. For more information, go to the club website at: www.ifhf.org.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will met on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.

This month’s program will be “Henry Alsberg: Unsung Jewish Hero” prsented by Susan Rubenstein DeMasi.

Henry Alsberg, a foreign correspondent and aid worker, wrote about the terrors he witnessed and risked his life to assist his co-religionists. As a volunteer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, he helped set up orphanages, farming cooperatives, and schools, and he arranged for the safe emigration of thousands of Jews to the Americas. Later, he brought his adaptation of the Yiddish classic, The Dybbuk, to the English-speaking stage and directed the New Deal Federal Writers’ Project.

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