Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park

FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park Tell the Stories of Over 130,000 U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers
FGS-LogoAugust 8, 2016 – Austin, TX. and Brownsville, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War.
The database will allow descendants of U.S. soldiers to connect to their personal history and help Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of these soldiers. After the database is developed, unit histories, digitized documents, and information on U.S.-Mexican War soldiers will be added. Efforts will also be made to include names and information about Mexican soldiers in this war.

New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians

The publication unlocks key resources for anyone tracing New York City’s vast
history to leverage the hundreds of key collections housed at the Municipal Archives.
NEW YORK, NY — The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is pleased to announce the release of New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians.
The 245-page guide will make research at this vital facility far more approachable and will introduce researchers to many previously-unknown record collections housed there.

As one of the world’s largest repositories of city records, the holdings of the New York City Municipal Archives offer untold resources for those tracing the history of New Yok City and its families. But until now, it has remained difficult for anyone but the most experienced researcher to navigate more than the basics of this essential archive. This new guide, created with the assistance of the New York City Municipal Archives, will make it possible for genealogists, family historians or anyone researching New York City’s vast history to leverage the hundreds of key collections found there.The New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians is available in print for $40 at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org (members of the NYG&B receive a $10 discount and can also purchase an exclusive digital version alongside a paperback copy).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Story Boarding Your Family History

Story Boarding Your Family History, a webinar given by Lisa Alzo on Saturday, July 23 gives you insight on how to use story boarding techniques to begin writing your family history. Just click on the link and type the password "story".

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

FamilySearch Website Upgrade

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12 midnight MDT (6am UTC), and may be down for up to 24 hours as they test the system.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Family Tree Polish, Czech And Slovak Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Family Tree in Eastern Europe

Trace your Eastern European ancestors from American shores back to the old country. This in-depth guide will walk you step-by-step through the exciting--and challenging--journey of finding your Polish, Czech, or Slovak roots. You'll learn how to identify immigrant ancestors, find your family's town of origin, locate key genealogical resources, decipher foreign-language records, and untangle the region's complicated history. The book also includes timelines, sample records, resource lists, and sample record request letters to aid your research.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Diocese of Brooklyn

Genealogical Records for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens FAQ

Where can I find sacramental records?
The sacramental records of the Diocese of Brooklyn have not been centralized. This means that
you must contact the appropriate parish to obtain a sacramental record, supplying them with the
name and date you want them to check. To contact the appropriate parish you will need to
determine their address during the time period you are interested in.

What records do parishes have?
Canon law requires every parish to permanently keep records of baptism, confirmation and
marriage. Many parishes retain records of first communion, but not all, since it is not required by
canon law. While some parishes kept records of sick calls and funerals, this was not always the
case.

Archives of the Archdiocese of New York

The Archives of the Archdiocese of New York does NOT have sacramental records for the parishes within the archdiocese.  For information about sacramental records, you need to contact the individual parish.  Please click here for a list of parishes by date established and borough/county.  If you have trouble determining which parish to contact, Archives staff may be able to help you.  The Archives does maintain records about the history of the various parishes, and these files are open to researchers by appointment.


Generally, schools within the Archdiocese of New York maintain their own records.  To obtain a transcript or other school information, please contact the school directly. For an incomplete list of the location of closed high school records, please click here.

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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