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

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

Two local genealogy groups to meet this Saturday

Two local genealogy groups will meet this Saturday, June 2.

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet at the Bethpage Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

This month’s program is celebrating the 1st anniversary of the group. Members are invited to speak about their greatest discovery since joining the DDGLI. In addition, there will be a DNA Fashion Show and a DNA food contest. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each catagory.

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

The Huntington Historical Society will meet at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library.

This month’s presenter will be Terry Koch-Bostic. She will discuss “Catholic History and Records in New York State.”

For more information, call 631-427-7045.

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet on Saturday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s meeting will be “Ask the Experts.” If you’ve hit a roadblock in your research, our panel of expert genealogists will be answering questions. We will take questions from the audience, but all are invited to submit questions in advance for our experts to answer. Email your questions to: programming@italiangen.org

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

Two local genealogy groups to meet this week

Two local genealogy groups will meet this week.

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, May 3, at the VFW in Hicksville. This month’s meeting will feature a live webinar with genealogist Thomas MacEntee entitled “Secrets of the U.S. Federal Census.”

Every US Federal Census had its procedures as well as its quirks. Do you know how to tell who was the “informant” in the 1930 or 1940 US Census? Do you know how to access the instructions given to enumerators for each census? Do you know what all the different “codes” mean? Learn the fascinating journey of US census data from the census planning phase to the final tabulation. Participants will gain a better understanding from the perspective of both the enumerator AND the enumerated how the US Federal Census worked for particular years.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Help Desk is available at 7 p.m. The meeting 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 this Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue Medford Library.

This month’s topic will be “DNA Painter.” DNA Painter is a simple, Free web-based tool that allows you to ‘paint’ segments of your DNA according to the ancestors you inherited them from and track your DNA matches visually.

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

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, April 14, at the Bethpage Public Library at 10:30 a.m.

This month’s meeting will be “Italian American Contribution in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services).”
The presenter will be Salvatore J. LaGumina, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Center for Italian American Studies at Nassau Community College. He will share information about the the untold story of many Italian heroes who helped to bring about the fall of fascism. LaGumina is the author of “Long Island Italians” and “Long Island Italian Americans.”

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

Irish Family History Forum to meet this Saturday

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

There will be a Genealogy Tips and Tricks at 10 a.m. and Ask the Experts will begin at 10:45 a.m. This month’s speaker will be Guy Fairstein and he will discuss “The Surrogate’s Court and its Records.” Fairstein, an attorney and genealogist, will talk about surrogate court proceedings and the records generated that may be useful to genealogists.

There will be no meetings in July and August.

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

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, May 13, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Help Session beginning at 9:30 a.m. The monthly program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

This month’s program will be “From Italy to South America: Why, When and How to Find Information about our Relatives” presented by Joel Cole.

Born and raised in Padova, Italy, Joel picked up the passion for family history from his father Trafford, who was a professional genealogist in Italy for many years. Joel started as a researcher for the Italian Genealogical Institute in 2000, and then became the director of the institute. He worked for Ancestry.com as the content acquisition manager in Italy from 2005 to 2009 and moved to Salt Lake City to work for Familysearch in 2015.

Members who cannot attend the meeting in person will be able to access it remotely. You must contact the club in advance. Details will be emailed prior to the meeting.

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

German Genealogy Group to meet this Thursday

The German Genealogy Group will meet this Thursday, May 4, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville.

This month’s meeting will be “Kleindeutschland: Little Germany in New York” presented by Dr. Richard Haberstroh, AG. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This talk will describe the history and institutions of the first major German enclave in New York City, which developed in the half century covering roughly 1830-1880 and beyond. Details regarding the nature of the German-American population and its growth will be discussed, as will be the establishment of German churches in the area, whose records can be so important to family research.

Richard Haberstroh, an Accredited German Genealogist, has been doing family history research in the U.S. and Germany since 1984, and is a frequent lecturer on topics in German and New York genealogy. Richard has published his family’s German-American genealogy in the New York G & B Record, contributed a chapter on the history of Lutheranism in New York State to the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, and is the author of the book, “The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide.”

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