Free Irish Genealogy Workshop available online

For those researching their Irish ancestors, don’t miss a chance to watch six hours of a free Irish genealogy workshop sponsored by the Fountaindale Public Library in Illinois.

It is not known how long these webinars will be available online so check them out at your earliest opportunity.

There are six one-hour webinars:
*Introduction to Scots-Irish Research
*Understanding Irish Townlands
*Church Records for Use in Genealogical Research
*Using Printed Sources for Irish Family History Newspapers, Street Directories, Ordinance Survey Memoirs
*Using Landed Estate Records : Tracing Families in 18th and 19th Century
*Law and Order Records in Ireland

To start watching the webinars and to locate the handouts, go to:

Three free webinars to be offered this week

Three free genealogy webinars will kick off the month of September.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “What’s Been Done: Using Someone Else’s Genealogy Research” on Wednesday, Sept 5 at 2 p.m. Whether you are new to genealogy or you’ve been working on your family history for years, incorporating the research of others can always be tricky. Here’s how to develop a proven strategy to benefit from the work of other genealogists.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present “Probate: Wills and a Whole Lot More” on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best probate packets are for our ancestors who died intestate or who didn’t have to die at all to make an appearance in a probate action. The webinar will cover wills and the information they can contain, and also examine records generated by disposing of an estate without a will, as well as guardianships and competency determination.

To register for this webinar, go to:

The Ontario Genealogical Society will present “Navigating Online Sources for Irish Research” on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. The loss of records at the Public Records Office in the 1922 fire was devastating but many of the surviving records are now available online. The number of major records that have become available online in the past few years is amazing. Images of civil registration records now online as well as images of Roman Catholic records have revolutionized the way we research in Ireland. In addition, new records are becoming available almost weekly from multiple sources. When researching our Irish ancestors, since there are no complete record sets in Ireland prior to civil registration in 1864, it’s important to search any source that becomes available that covers the time and place where our ancestors lived.

To register for this webinar, go to:

Family History Library to offer free webinars in July

The Family History Center Library in Salt Lake City will be offering several free webinars in July. All webinars will take place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

Thursday, July 5 – Lost Shoebox: Finding Your Eastern German Ancestors

Thursday, July 12 – U.S. Research: Gulf South Region

Thursday, July 19 – How Understanding Jurisdictions Can Help Your Irish Research

Thursday, July 26 – Finding an Ancestor’s Place of Origin in Norway: A Case Study

To attend any of these webinars, go to:

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:

Irish websites to jump start your research

Irish websites to jump start your research

shamrock2 In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some websites that focus on Irish genealogy resarch. – Irish Family History Forum group which meets in Bethpage – Information by county and many useful links and information –Can search by surname search, place name search, ancestor search ($) – Location search, birth record search and gravestone index – Ulster Historical Foundation, some free and some pay databases – Troy NY Irish Genealogy Society – General Register Office for the Republic of Ireland – General Register Office for Northern Ireland – National Archives of Ireland – Public Record Office of Northern Ireland – Irish Ancestral Research Association – Information by county – part of WorldGen Web – Northern Ireland information by county – part of WorldGen Web – National Library of Ireland – Land Registry and Registry of Deeds – Genealogical Society of Ireland – Irish Family History Foundation ($) – Databases with marriage, birth, death and census records for Northern Ireland

Happy ancestor hunting!

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: and click on the webinar of interest.

Irish records to be topic of free webinar

The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Caillte agus Aimsigh: Lost and Found – Irish History and Records” on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.

The myth is that Irish records don’t exist or are lost. History does have an impact on the records but Irish records do exist. Irish research relies on an understanding of historical events that impact how and where to find the records. More and more records are being made available.

You must register for this free webinar. To register, go to:

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

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

There will be a Tips and Tricks program at 10 a.m., followed by an Ask the Experts session at 10:30 a.m. The featured program will begin at 11:15 a.m.

This month’s program will be “Critical and Creative Thinking for Genealogists” presented by Ron Arons.

For more information, go to the club website at:

If you can’t make the Irish Family History Forum meeting, Mr. Arons will also be presenting the same program on Sunday, May 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island monthly meeting.

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

The Irish Family History Forum will meet this Saturday, April 15, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a slightly different format at this month’s meeting. At 10 a.m. the documentary
“The Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads” will be shown. This film tells the story of the Irish Catskills, a vacation spot that has been visited by Irish and Irish Americans for over 100 years.

At 11 a.m. there will be a refreshment break and an “Ask the Experts” panel.

At 11:45 a.m. this month’s program will be “Searching the GGG Indexes” by Don Eckerle. For more than a decade, volunteers have helped digitize indexes to databases for millions of New York City and Long Island records, including births, deaths, marriages, and naturalizations. These indexes are available for free on the websites of the German Genealogy Group and the Italian Genealogical Group. Don Eckerle, who has been one of the movers and shakers guiding this project, will describe many of these databases and give hints on searching them successfully.

For more information, go to the club website at:

Websites offer free access to Irish records

Two more genealogy websites will be offering free access to Irish records this week. will give free access to all its Irish records until Sunday, March 19 at 11:59 p.m. You will need to set up a free account to access the records.

To start searching the Irish records, go to: From this page, you can also download a guide for finding Irish ancestors., the website of the New England Genealogical and Historical Society, will also be giving free access to Irish records through midnight on Wednesday, March 22. Access to records requires a free, brief sign-up on

The promotion includes an hour-long webinar on Irish Resources, an online subject guide to locate key resources and records in Irish genealogy, and popular articles from the American Ancestors magazine about Irish and Irish American genealogy.

To start searching these records, go to: