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

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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

U.S. National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Videos

The U.S. National Archives held a Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 21 & 22. Presenters included Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, Executive for Research Services William A. Mayer, and a number of other genealogy experts from National Archives locations across the nation. The presentations focused on tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research.
The lectures are now available on YouTube. The first day’s presentations are available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-rDaFVYJhU while Day 2 may be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4o3_Ox_cUY.
You can also download copies of the slides and the presentation handouts at https://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2015/schedule-handouts.html.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side

How well do you know your ancestors? Most of us want to believe our ancestors were hard-working, noble, or  “salt-of-the-earth” types. However, the reality is that if we go back far enough, we all can dig up a few proverbial “skeletons in the closet.” Join Lisa Alzo for this webinar. If you missed this webinar you can see it by clicking on the following link and typing the password "skeletons".

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

1891 Norwegian Census is now Available

According to an announcement by The National Archives of Norway:
“The Norwegian 1891 Census consists of one sheet per person and one sheet per house/residence. These sheets have all been scanned and published in ordered series for the 559 cities and municipalities (herred) that existed in Norway at the time of the census.
“Apart from name and occupation, most of the information in the census sheets is in printed letters. You need to access the information from the house lists. In these lists you will find reference to the person lists.
“For Kristiania/Oslo, the address book of 1891 is scanned and available to simplify the information retrieval.”
You can learn more at http://goo.gl/W8a4Aa. That web page also contains links to the many pages of the 1891 Census of Norway.

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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