Interesting Census Idea

The Irish government announced that on their next census (which will take place in 2021) there will be a “time capsule” feature which will enable people to hand-write a confidential message that will be stored securely for 100 years. Future family researchers will undoubtedly be curious to what, if any, message an ancestor wrote in the box. If you would like to read more about this idea, here are some links to articles:

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IRS Employees Database

The German Genealogy Group has added an index of IRS employees (1862 Record Group 58: Records of the Internal Revenue Service, 1862 – 1919) to their databases.   The database consists of records of employees of the Brooklyn and Buffalo, New York offices of the Internal Revenue Service.  Each index entry includes the employee name, title, address, compensation, and appointment date, reason for termination of service, place and year of birth, prior civilian or military service, and names of relatives employed by the Federal government, volume, and page number.  The GGG also provides information on how to order a copy of a record. To search this database go to

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Family History Brick Walls

Join us on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm for an informal meeting for all family history researchers (beginners or seasoned).  This is an opportunity for us to share ideas and help each other in our research. This program is free and open to all.

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Scottish Directories

Someone recently asked if there are any Scottish directories online.  I am happy to report that the National Library of Scotland has digitized and made available online over 700 directories. The directories date from 1773 to 1911 and cover most of Scotland. You can view them for free on the website

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Our Next Genealogy Program

Preserving Organizing and Sorting Your Genealogy - 5.8.19 (1)

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Update on New York State Marriage Index

Reclaim the Records recently won a Freedom of Information lawsuit to make available to the public the New York State marriage index post-1965.  However, this week New York State filed an appeal. Reclaim the Records vows to fight on. You can read more about the appeal on Reclaim the Records on the website

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Understanding DNA Tests


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:

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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
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:

American Ancestors (in-library use only)  List of the England Historic Genealogical Society databases.

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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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