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Join us for our next genealogy program this Wednesday (April 10th) at 7:00 pm. This program is free and open to all.

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Bowery Savings Bank Records

The New York Times recently published an article about some old records of the Bowery Savings Bank being saved from the shredder.  A group of archivists and others pressured Capital One to save these records, which were being stored at 130 Bowery, where a Capital One Bank is now located. The branch is presently being closed, and the old Bowery Savings Bank records, which were stored in the basement, were scheduled to be sent to shredding.

These account records could be of great value to many family researchers. It is reported that they provide information on people’s jobs, where they lived, and how much money they had in their accounts. What will ultimately become of the records is not known yet. Some are hoping they can be digitized and made available to family researchers. Here is the link if you would like to read the full New York Times article about the records:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/02/nyregion/bowery-savings-bank-records.html

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Additional Irish Research Links

Here are some of the additional Irish research links that were mentioned at our Irish genealogy program this evening.

Ancestry,com (in-library use only)Irish Data Collections https://search.ancestry.com/Places/Europe/Ireland/Default.aspx

Logainm.ie
https://www.logainm.ie/ga
A placenames database of Ireland developed by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge.

Matheson, Robert. Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland
Google Books: https://bit.ly/2XILTlC
Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/varietiessynonym00math/page/n6

American Ancestors (in-library use only)  List of the England Historic Genealogical Society databases.
https://www.americanancestors.org/browse-database

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Irish Genealogy

Join us on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 pm for our Irish Genealogy: Getting Back to the Old Sod program. Learn about the resources available to help you discover where in Ireland an ancestor came from. This program is free and open to all. 

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Rootstech

RootsTech (the world’s largest family history conference) is going on now through Saturday, March 2nd. The conference which isdedicated to helping people discover their personal and family stories” is sponsored by FamilySearch. You can watch it live at https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake

 

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FamilySearch.org Program

Join us on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 pm for our FamilySearch.org program. Marie Scalisi will give you an overview of this important genealogical website. This program is free and open to all. 

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Italiangen.org

The Italian Genealogy Group has revised their website. Here is their announcement about their updates:

“We will be rolling out certain upgrades and improvements in coming days and weeks, but for now some of the new features include the ability to join or renew online, the ability (for the first time!) to search ALL of our databases in one keystroke, and member-only perks like videos of past lectures, access to our newsletter archive, and more! If you’re not an IGG member, won’t you join today?”  

You can check out their new website at https://italiangen.org and also try out their search all databases feature at https://italiangen.org/search-all-databases.

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Find my Past

Find my Past has announced in their newsletter that they have added over 329,000 additional New York Roman Catholic sacramental registers of baptisms. Because our library subscribes to Find my Past you can search and view these records for free when using our database link on our computers.  To get to the New York Roman Catholic collections when in Find my Past, click on search option and then A-Z record sets. Type New York Roman Catholic into the catalog search box and you should see a list of all their New York Roman Catholic record titles

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Italian Genealogy and Q & A Program

Join us for our Italian Genealogy and Q & A program this Saturday at 2:00 pm. Our speaker will be Alec Ferretti, recent recipient of the Association of Genealogists’ 2018 Young Professional Scholarship.  He will help you get started with researching your Italian family and will also answer any general genealogy questions you might have. This program is free and open to all. 

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Useful Links to Reclaim the Records Collections

It can be difficult to find a specific Reclaim the Records collection on the https://archive.org. However, the German Genealogy Group has just made it easier by creating links to the various records. You will find these links on the GGG webpage: http://www.germangenealogygroup.com/xtra/links.php

This also gives me the opportunity to remind researchers to keep checking the German Genealogy Group’s website because they are always adding more helpful genealogical databases and tools which are free and open for all to use.

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