Don Eckerle, of The German Genealogy Group and John Martino, of the Italian Genealogy Group, are wrapping up their current project of indexing the New York City death records (New York City Department of Health) from 1949 to 1962. The purpose of the project is to bridge the gap between the earlier New York City Municipal Archives death index and the Social Security Death Index. If all goes as planned, the new death index will be available in about six months. Of course John Martino and Don Eckerle, being two of the most energetic and enthusiastic people in the genealogy field, have another future project planned. What’s next? They are hoping to index federal criminal records. As always, they need volunteers, so If you have time and would like to help them out, you can contact them through the websites www.italiangen.org or www.germangenealogygroup.com.
I just received the following information that I thought might be of interest to some. “The Family History Library will present a free webinar for all who are interested in learning how to use United States church records to help them expand their family history research efforts. This webinar is part of a series of webinars that will be made available on a monthly basis through the coming year.” This webinar will take place on August 14th at 6:00 p.m. mountain standard time (8:00 p.m. standard eastern time). To join the webinar go to: http://ldschurch1.adobeconnect.com/fhluscanada/ on August 14th.
The Central Islip Hospital Cemetery Restoration Project is looking for volunteers for Sundays, July 27 and August 2 at 9:00 a.m. to assist with cleaning, mapping, photographing, and documenting headstones. Participants will meet in the Touro south parking lot, the lot closest to the cemetery. If you would like to learn more about this ongoing project, visit the website http://www.tourolaw.edu/JewishLawInstitute/?pageid=729#.U9EpB-NdWSo
The popular celebrity family history series Who Do You Think You Are? returns to television tonight (July 23rd) on the TLC channel. For more information go to the website http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are
On July 2, 2012, a total of 49,025 FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators joined together to set the all-time record for the most indexing participants in a single day. This Sunday (July 20th) FamilySearch is hoping to break that record. This year’s goal is to get 50,000 volunteer indexers and arbitrators submit at least one batch each in a 24-hour period. If you would to participate in this event, visit the website https://familysearch.org/indexing/ to find out how you can.
Join us tomorrow (July 15th) at 2:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room, for a program about the major genealogical databases (Ancestry.com, Fold3, and HeritageQuest) our library subscribes to.
The Fold3 database has been restored for us. You should be able to access it again from your home computer by logging in using your library barcode. If you have any problems, please call us and ask for adult reference.
The Fold3 database is currently not allowing full access. We have notified them of the problem and hopefully this issue will be resolved soon.
I have not received any official word on this, but it appears that Ancestry.com Library Edition database is working again.
“Around 1:30 p.m. MT on Monday, June 16, 2014, attackers targeted Ancestry with a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS). During the attack, Ancestry websites along with the Find A Grave website were clogged with massive amounts of bogus traffic that took the sites down.” Ancestry.com is working to restore all services as quickly as possible.