Monthly Archives: November 2014

DNA of the Jewish People, Dec. 7

double helixJewishGen.org and the Museum of Jewish Heritage are co-sponsoring a special lecture by Bennett Greenspan entitled “The DNA of the Jewish People,” hosted at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan next Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:30pm. Genealogy expert Bennett Greenspan, the founder and president of Family Tree DNA, will show the genetic similarities shared by Ashkenazim and Sephardim— two historically isolated geographical groups. Using real-life examples, including non-Jews who were surprised to learn they had Jewish roots, Greenspan will explain how genealogists can harness DNA information to enhance their family tree research. After the program, DNA kits will be available for purchase. Tickets for the lecture are $10 for the general public, $7 students/seniors, $5 members.

To buy tickets and to read more about this event, visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage website, here: http://www.mjhnyc.org/calendar_dec14.html#dna

For more upcoming genealogy-related events in the New York region, check the New York Family History School Calendar.

News You Can Use

News You Can Use in Your New York Research

In the past few days, both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org have updated some New York collections.

FamilySearch.org added new records to New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891. This collection now contains 11,636,556 searchable records.

Ancestry.com added more records to two recently created collections: New York, Sing Sing Prison Admission Registers, 1865-1939 and New York, Clinton Prison Admission Ledgers, 1851-1866, 1926-1939. Both of those collections are freely available without paying for an Ancestry.com subscription thanks to the agreement Ancestry.com made with the New York State Archives. Go to this page and set up your free New York viewing account on Ancestry.com to access the records.

Ancestry.com also added new records to the collection New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1974. This collection requires an Ancestry.com subscription for access.

News You Can Use

FamilySearchNews You Can Use in Your New York Research

Yesterday, FamilySearch.org added new records to two New York collections.

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957 now includes 5,192,064 indexed and searchable indexes.

New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 now contains 2,938,523 images. They are not indexed, and not searchable, but they are arranged by type of record (accounts, inventories, probate proceedings, wills, etc.) and date.

News You Can Use

Prisoners knitting in one of their classrooms, Sing Sing, circa 1915. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Prisoners knitting in one of their classrooms, Sing Sing, circa 1915.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

News You Can Use in Your

New York Research

Ancestry.com has recently added two new collections of New York records to its website. These records continue Ancestry.com’s efforts to digitize the prison and convict records of New York State. An earlier blog post covered the initial results of these efforts, here. The two new collections are both prison admission records for two New York prisons:

Both collections are freely available without paying for an Ancestry.com subscription thanks to the agreement Ancestry.com made with the New York State Archives. Go to this page and set up your free New York viewing account on Ancestry.com to access the records. The link does tend to change frequently, but can always be found on the lower right hand side of our homepage, NewYorkFamilyHistory.org,  under the eNews signup.

Finding Spicy Stories of New York Ancestors In Newspapers Online

graphic2This Saturday, November 22 at 10 am, fantastic speaker Terry Koch-Bostic will delve into the world of online newspaper archives to unearth the “Spicy Stories” of some old New Yorkers. These stories provide the “meat” of our genealogical research, bringing our ancestors to life and bringing more color to the story than the litany of birth, marriage, and death dates usually provide. Join the Patchogue-Medford Library Genealogy Research Group at the Patchogue-Medford Library for this special look at online newspaper archives and search methods.

Spaces Left for Seminar: Genealogy and the Law with Judy Russell

There are still spaces available for the “Genealogy and the Law” seminar with Judy Russell, the ‘Legal Genealogist’ on November 22, 2014. This is an all-day seminar hosted by the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. The seminar will focus on how legal issues affected our ancestors in ways we might not consider today and the records they left behind. This seminar is for genealogists of all levels of experience. From finding ‘missing’ women from early Colonial records to discovering the difference among the different types of wills and probate records, to the records of the unsavory doings of the ‘black sheep’ of the family, this seminar promises to delve into the record- replete (and often overlooked) world of legal archives.

Join the Genealogical Society of Bergen County for this exciting and informative all-day seminar in Mahwah, NJ on November 22, 2014. For more information, visit:  http://njgsbc.org/event/2014-seminar