How to Research at the Municipal Archives in New York City

If you researching ancestors who lived in one of the five Boroughs of New York City,  you will want to attend this week’s program (Wednesday, September 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m). Carol Proven, who has taught genealogical classes at St. Joseph’s College, will inform you about the valuable genealogical records housed at the Municipal Archives. She will also provide tips on how to prepare for a trip into the archives and demonstrate how the knowledge of the history of Ellis Island can enhance your research.  A case study will be included in the program.  

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A National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

In October, the National Archives will host a live, three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. The free program offers family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records including census, American Indian, military, naturalization, and immigration. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair website at


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HeritageQuest Online Upgrade News

A major upgrade to HeritageQuest Online is planned for release in 2015.The following additions to content are scheduled for future release:

A complete U.S. Federal Census collection with name indexes and images for all decades, 1790-1940. These will be every-name indexes.

Additional US Census Schedules with name indexes and images, including:

◾1850-1860 Slave Schedules

◾1890 Veterans Schedules

◾1850-1890 Non-Population Schedules

◾1885-1940 Indian Census Rolls

◾1850-1885 Mortality Schedules

A complete Revolutionary War Era Pension Files and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files collection, i.e., NARA M804.

Exact name, SOUNDEX, wildcard and phonetic searches for the US Census and other datasets.

There will likely be additional new features in the upgrade, but specific details are not available at this time. 

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An Irish Genealogy Website

Someone mentioned to me that she recently had a breakthrough in her Irish family research when using the website Ireland Reaching Out  (  Because so many of us Irish family researchers are always interested in hearing about new ideas and success stories, I thought I would pass along her news.

The website Ireland Reaching Out is part of an Irish government sponsored initiative established several years ago to help those of Irish heritage connect with the Irish parish from where their ancestors originated from.  Although it is a free volunteer-led service, you need to register and answer questions before receiving research assistance or advice.  If you don’t want to take advantage of their service, you still might want to check out their listing of Irish resources by county. You can view that directly by going to

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Update on IGG and GGG Indexing Projects

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 or

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Free Webinar on United States Church Records

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: on August 14th.

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Central Islip Hospital Cemetery Restoration Project

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

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Who Do You Think You Are?

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


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Worldwide Indexing Event

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 to find out how you can.

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Genealogical Databases

Join us tomorrow (July 15th) at 2:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room, for a program about the major genealogical databases (, Fold3, and HeritageQuest) our library subscribes to.

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