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 week

Topics at local genealogy group meetings this week include: locating places of origins in Germany speaking countries, non-autosomal DNA results and Eastern European travel.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the V.F.W. in Hicksville. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s topic will be “Searching for Germanic Roots: How to Use American Sources to Locate the Place of Origin of Your Immigrant Ancestor.” The presenter will be James E. Pelzer. Connecting immigrant ancestors to records in German-speaking areas of Europe requires you to explore American sources to build a persuasive case that they came from a particular place in the old country. Jim will discuss using the “jurisdictional approach” to research in American sources that can identify the European place of origin of your ancestor. His talk will discuss jurisdictions and the useful records that may be found there. Using examples from his research, he’ll show how clues in records here are used to construct a convincing proof that an ancestor is the same person as one named in sources found in a European place of origin.

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

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet on Saturday Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Patchgue-Medford Public Library. This is a change in meeting location. This month’s topic will be “What Non-Autosomal DNA Can Do (and not do) for Your Genetic Genealogical Research.” The presenter will be Dr. Richard Haberstroh.

This presentation will cover an overview of non-autosomal DNA, moving from the basis of what these DNA forms are, to a description of what their special characteristics can bring to the family history researcher. The presentation will include discussions on how these can, and sometimes more importantly cannot, be used to augment typical autosomal DNA testing, and will attempt to dispel certain misconceptions and sources of confusion.

For more information, go to the clube website at: http://dggli.wordpress.com

The Huntington Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the South Huntington Public Library at 11 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Eastern European Travel and Return to Home Town.” The presenter will be Rhoda Miller.

Travel to Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary can be exciting and challenging. Certified genealogist Rhoda will explore these Eastern European countries with a research and genealogical perspective. She is past president and current board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island.

For more information, call 631-427-7045.

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

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

Three local genealogy groups to meet this week

Three local genealogy groups will meet this week in Connetquot, Bethpage and Hickswille.

The Connetqout Public Library will present a program on “The Orphan Train” on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. The Orphan Train was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded eastern cities of the United States to foster homes in rural areas of the Midwest. Join author and photographer, Tom Riley as he tells this greatest American story never told.

For more information, contact the library at 631-567-5079.

The German Genealogy Group will meet on Thursday, June 7, V.F.W. in Hicksville. This month’s program will be round table discussions. If you have questions or need guidance, come join the table of your choice. There will be tables for short translations, surrogates court, land records, DNA, GGG databases, FamilySearch.org and photo restoration. There will be no meetings in July or August.

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

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet on Saturday, June 9, at the Bethpage Public Library. Help Session begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. After the annual awards presentation, Alec Ferratti will give a presentation on how to use the Italian website Antenati. There will be no meetings in July or August.

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

Two local genealogy groups to meet Saturday

Two local genealogy groups will be meeting this Saturday, April 7.

the Huntington Historical Society will meet at 11 a.m. at the South Huntington Public Library. This month’s topic will be “Evidence Analysis: Which is the Right Record?” The presenter will be Rhoda Miller.

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

The DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island will meet at 10 a.m. at the Bethpage Public Library. This month’s topic will be “Working Smarter with Your AncestryDNA Results.” Are you overwhelmed by a sea of matches or struggling to find just one identifiable cousin among a small group of matches? This program will discuss tips and tools to get the most out of your AncestryDNA results.

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

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