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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back in May of 2013, we posted an article on this blog suggesting a simple, no-tech, inexpensive method to digitize slides, which was dubbed the “flashlight method.” Because our library recently purchased a Jumbl film and slide scanner for our Library of Things, we thought it was time to update the article. For those who have a Connetquot Public Library card, you can now check out from our Library of Things a Jumbl film and slide scanner to convert you slides or film negatives to jpg files. Using the device is fairly fast and easy, and all you need is your own SD card to which you can save the images. This compact device can be plugged into a computer or electrical outlet and comes with two adapter plates, one for negatives and the other for slides. Before choosing to save an image, you will see it on the screen. You need to make sure your SD card is inserted, or else your image will save to the internal storage of the device.
This should prove to be a handy device for anyone looking to add older non-digital photographs to the family archive on their computer or other electronic device. It is listed in our library catalog under the title: Digital film & slide scanner/converter. If you find that it is already checked out, you can simply place a reserve on it.