Records available for Reformed Church of New Paltz

As part of the Historic Hudson Valley Heritage website, digitized records are now available for two church books the Reformed Church of New Paltz, New York. These records cover the 1680s and early 1700s.

The two books contain over 100 pages and have information about marriages, baptisms and names of church members and town residents.

Records can be access by searching for “first church register” and “second church register” in the search box. After clicking on an image, click on the tab that says “text” to see an English translation of the page.

To begin searching, go to: http://hrvb.org/hhs

More records added to Fresh Pond Crematory index

The German Genealogy Group recently updated information for its Fresh Pond Crematory and U. S. Columbarium Interment Index. It added 5,424 records for the years 2015-2017.

The Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium is the oldest operating crematory in the United States. The crematory is located in Middle Village, New York.

This database contains an index to over 215,000 cremations that took place at the Fresh Pond Crematory, many of which are interred in niches at the U. S. Columbarium on the same property. It also includes over 4,000 people cremated elsewhere and whose cremains are in niches at the columbarium.

The crematory has additional information for each individual including: age, marital status, last residence, birthplace, date of birth, date of death, information on the next of kin, and funeral home. Some of the files may also contain family correspondence and obituaries that appeared in newspapers.

To obtain this information fill out the form found on the website with the name of the person of interest, the case ID, and your mailing address. Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The fee for this information is $36.

Please note: They will not give any information for persons that died less than 50 years ago except to people who can supply proof that they are direct relatives.

To search the index, go to: www.germangenealogygroup.com and on the left side of the page select “Database Searches” and then select Crematory.

New indexes for New York State records added to GGG website

Two new databases, with New York State records, have been recently added to the Germany Genealogy Group website.

The Suffolk County Historical Society Biographical Index File was created from the Society’s index card file of biographical information. It includes references to births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, cemetery information, and a few other types of records.

Any researcher who wants a record from this collection needs to contact the Society librarian for an estimate of the cost at 631-727-2881 x103.

Also added is an index to St. Paul’s German Presbyterian Church records. There are baptisms, marriages and funerals. St. Paul’s was a German Evangelical Lutheran Church located in Fosters Meadow, New York. Fosters Meadow covered an area that is now eastern Queens and western Nassau counties.

In 2017, George Bauer, a descendant of founding members of the church, discovered that the original records for this church were in the Presbyterian Archives in Philadelphia and had recently been digitized by Ancestry.com. To access these records, you must have an Ancestry.com account or use your local public library or Family History Library account. For more details about the Ancestry.com records, go to: https://fostersmeadow.jimdo.com/history/houses-of-worship/st-paul-s-german-presbyterian-church/

To use either of the indexes, go to: www.germangenealogygroup.org. The search for the Suffolk County Historical Society records, under Databases select Other NYC and Long Island.

To search for the St. Paul’s records, under Databases select Church Records and then go to baptisms, marriages or funerals. St. Paul’s will be one of the choices to select.

Italian Genealogy Group to meet Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, March 10, at the Bethpage Public Library.

Help Session begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic will be “Finding and Using Historic Italian Maps in Genealogical Research” presented by D. Joshua Taylor, President of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

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

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

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Bethpage Public Library.

This month’s topic will be “Family Archaeology: Genealogy Research At The New York City Municipal Archives.” Michael Chaplan, anthropologist and author will unveil the mysteries of the New York City Municipal Archives and demonstrate how to use their resources in your genealogical research.

Beginner assistance begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.

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

Italian Genealogy Group to meet this Saturday

The Italian Genealogy Group will meet this Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Bethpage Public Library.

There will be a Help Session at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. This month’s topic will be “My Italian Origins: Arpino and Isola del Liri, Italy” presented by Janeen Bjork. Travel to and immerse yourself in two of the most beautiful and storied Italian towns you’ve never heard of, while also picking up some tips on researching and recording your family history!

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

New York City online marriage index updated

More New York City marriage index records have recently been posted by the not-for-profit group Reclaim the Records.

Remember – there is no name index for the images. The record images are organized alphabetically by bride and groom last name. The information on the images gives the marriage date and certificate number.

The years included are:
Manhattan – 1908-1972
Brooklyn – 1908-1972
Queens – 1908-1970
Staten Island – 1908-1972
Bronx – 1914 – 1972

To access these images, go to: www.archive.org and use the search term “NYC Marriage Index” followed by the name of the county you are looking for. You can sort by date published to sort by year.