Several local genealogy groups to meet in December

Several local genealogy societies will be meeting in December.

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Preserving Your Past: Home Archiving” on Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. Feel free to bring an item – such as a diary, letter or photo – for the presenter to examine and learn how to preserve it.

You need to register for this program. You can register through the library website at www.pmlib.org or by calling 631-654-4700.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will present “Jewish Given Names” on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview. The speaker will be Debra Braverman. Jews have distinct given names and naming traditions. This presentation will explain sources of different names and naming patterns based on geographic origin and language.

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

The Patchogue-Medford Library will be presenting “Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Genealogy Enthusiast” on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. For more information, call the library at 631-654-4700.

The Brentwood Public Library will present “Digital Maps and Family History” on Saturday, December 22 at 10 a.m. Learn to create a map of the important locations on your family tree using Google maps.

For more information, call the library at 631-273-7883.

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

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Mid-Islan Y-JCC in Plainview.

The presenter will be Chuck Weinstein and his topic will be “DNA for Adoptees or How Instead of a Bicycle, I Got a Sister for My Birthday.”

Adopted at birth, Chuck found much more than he expected when he turned to DNA testing to connect with his biological family. The surprises he found culminated in meeting a previously unknown half sister and a cousin with whom he attended high school.

Chuck has been researching his family for over 25 years and has been involved in the genealogy world almost as long. A past president of the JGSLI, Chuck also served as co-chair of the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle in 2016. He is currently on the board of JewishGen’s Ukraine Special Interest Group and has conducted extensive research on the Holocaust and Eastern European history and genealogy. He is currently writing a book on the impact of the Holocaust on a small town in Moravia.

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

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy group will meet this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet at the Brentwood Public Library on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m.

This month’s topic will be “Paper-less Genealogist and Voices from the Past: Exploring Genealogy with Oral History.”

For more information, contact the library at 631-273-7883.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, June 24, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-Island JCC in Plainview.

This month’s presenter will be Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan who will discuss “My Hashava Experience.”
In the early 1900s many Jews helped build Palestine by opening bank accounts or buying stock in the Jewish Colonial Trust — including Jews in Europe who later died in the Holocaust.

Since 2006, Hashava has worked to find the rightful heirs to these assets. Judi will describe her experience documenting for Hashava the family of her “double relative” — great-aunt and first cousin Feiga Gitelson Surinamer nee Hirschorn, Asset A1951.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Thursday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on special day this month, Thursday, May 24, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Mid-Island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Sex, Lies and Genealogical Tape” presented by Ron Arons. For 20 years, Ron has explored the life of the great-grandfather he calls “a criminal, a chameleon, and a comedian.” He will share his latest finds about this serial bigamist who served time in Sing Sing, double dipped on Social Security, and repeatedly lied on documents. Ron will also describe the wide range of records he used in his research and how he dealt with large discrepancies between them.

He is the author of “The Jews of Sing Sing,” “Mind Maps for Genealogy,” and “WANTED!: U.S. Criminal Records Sources & Research Methodology.”

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

Two local genealogy groups to meet this weekend

Two local genealogy societies will meet this weekend.

The Brentwood Genealogists will meet at the Brentwood Public Library on Sat. April 28 at 10 a.m.

This month’s program will be a webinar with genealogist Melinda Baker entitled “Researching Outside the Family Tree.” Our ancestors did not live in isolation, although we sometimes research them as if they did. Learn how to find information about your ancestors by learning about their neighbors.

For more information, call the library at 631-273-7883.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s program will be “Finding Relatives with MyHeritage DNA Matching” presented by Daniel Horowitz, chief genealogist of MyHeritage. MyHeritage has developed a new service that enables those who have been tested by different DNA companies to use MyHeritage’s matching capabilities. Daniel will demonstrate how MyHeritage will display possible relationships based on the quantity and characteristics of shared DNA. He will also show how to view a match’s family tree.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet on Sunday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mid-island Y-JCC in Plainview.

This month’s topic will be “Galician Globetrotters, Barber Surgeons and Persistent Women” presented by Dr. Andrew Zelewski.

From the 16th century, Galician Jews ventured to Italy to receive university medical educations. After university admissions were opened to Jews in the Habsburg realm, they attended schools in Lemberg (Lwow), Kraków, Vienna and Pest, developing literary talents, professional skills, and new world views. This talk will challenge stereotypes, probe internal debates in the Jewish community, and reveal cultural trailblazers and rebels. It will also demonstrate the value to genealogists of academic records.

Andrew Zalewski is a member of the board of Gesher Galicia and edits its journal, The Galitzianer. He is the author of two books — “Galician Trails: The Story of One Family” and “Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots”.

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

Jewish Genealogy Society to meet this Sunday

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island will meet this Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Mid Island Y-JCC.

This month’s topic will be “New York’s Genealogy “Textbook”: The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer” presented by Susan R. Miller.

Since its introduction in 2014, the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer has been an important resource for genealogists with New York families. This presentation will explain the best ways to access the information in the 856-page book.

Sue Miller is the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Director of Programs and editor of the NYG&B’s magazine, the New York Researcher. She was a managing editor of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.

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