DNA for the Holidays

DNA test kits for genealogy have become a very popular holiday gift over the last few years. If you are thinking about giving someone a DNA kit, or should you become the recipient of one yourself this holiday season, you might want to check out the article “Genetic Genealogy Cheat Sheet” in the current issue of Family Tree magazine. The article might give you or the recipient of your gift some helpful background information about these tests and what they can tell you. You can view Family Tree Magazine through our Flipster (eMagazines) subscription.

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New York State Marriage Index for 1881-1965

Reclaim The Records, a non-profit activist group of genealogists, historians, researchers and open government advocates, has announced that they have won the right to make available online the New York State Marriage Index for 1881-1965.  The index images are now available for free on the Internet Archive website.  Reclaim The Records has also filed another lawsuit to win the rights to make available online the 1966-2017 indexes. To learn about this organization and other records they are requesting for online public access,  go to their website at www.reclaimtherecords.org

 

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Family Tree Magazine’s Best Website Picks

The current issue (December 2018) of Family Tree Magazine has their picks for the best free genealogical websites for researching American ancestors. The article (titled Cyber States) begins on page 18.  You can view Family Tree and many other magazines online for free by using our Flipster subscription. To do this go to our library’s homepage and click on digital and then e-magazines.  You will be asked to login using your account number on your library card. 

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Find Your Family Roots Online

Join us on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 pm for our program Find Your Family Roots Online. Professional genealogist Rhoda Miller will show you some helpful genealogical websites. This class is free and open to all.

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Italian Genealogy for Beginners

For those who missed our Italian Genealogy for Beginners program, I have attached the handout which lists some recommended websites for finding genealogical records helpful in Italian family history research.  Italian Genealogy for Beginners

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Irish First Names

Someone had asked if there was a book that gave the variations and nicknames for Irish first names. Because other Irish family researchers might also be interested in the topic, I am posting a link to an online version of a booklet on the subject matter. The title is not listed in Live-brary.com (Public Libraries of Suffolk County) catalog; therefore the online version is my suggestion for viewing it.

Wight, Judith Eccles. A Rose by any Other Name. Provo, Utah: J. E. Wight, 1985
https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE105460

 

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Italian Genealogy for Beginners

Join us on Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 – 8:30 pm for our program Italian Genealogy for Beginners. This class will inform you on the resources available in tracing your roots back to Italy. This program is free and open to all.

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Stories from Ellis Island

This Sunday (September 16th) our library is having Fred Voss, a tour guide at Ellis Island National Park, talk about some of his favorite stories about Ellis Island. This program starts at 2:00 pm and is open to all.  Please join us for this event.

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Find My Past

Our library now subscribes to Find My Past. The database includes genealogical records from the United States, along with England, Ireland, New Zealand, and other smaller record sets from around the globe. Researchers can also access the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) via this database.  PERSI provides access to millions of entries from historical and genealogical publications. Keep in mind that the 1939 registers and the newspaper packages on FMP are not included in library subscriptions. The database records also can only be viewed in the library.

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New York State Birth Index

There is some good news for New York family researchers.  Ancestry.com has added to its collection New York State, Birth Index, 1881-1942.  This online database makes the index more accessible for those who were unable to go to one of ten repositories to view the index on microfiche. If you don’t have an Ancestry.com account, you can access it on any computer in our library.

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