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Searching for your Ancestors in Historical Newspapers, Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by the Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720

TV researcher and Genealogist Janeen Bjork will give a quick lesson on OCR (optical character recognition), the technology that allows scanned newspapers to be indexed and searched online. Attendees will learn how to get around the limitations of OCR to unearth hard-to-find items. Ms. Bjork will show examples of many articles that were missed by OCR, and how she found them. The presentation will include an overview of some of Ms. Bjork's online favorite newspaper resources and the best practices for utilizing them.

The program is free and all are welcome. There is a 20-person limit, registration is required:

Western New York Genealogy Conference - October 7, 2017 (Buffalo, NY)

Presented by the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS) and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B)

Saturday, October 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites, 200 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14202

The Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS) and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) are pleased to host the Western New York Genealogy Conference, a full-day event celebrating Western New York as a unique place of shared history and community. Participants will:

  • Attend informative, insightful, and engaging presentations that discuss research methods and strategies, statewide and regional resources, and local genealogical projects
  • Network with genealogists, researchers, historians, as well as representatives from regional genealogical societies and repositories
  • Participate in optional (pre and post) conference tours and events in and around Buffalo.

Designed for researchers of all experience levels, this two-track conference will include presentations by national experts Dr. Blaine Bettinger, D. Joshua Taylor, and Jane E. Wilcox among others. Scheduled programs are:

  • Pathways from New England to New York [Taylor]
  • Early Probate in New York: From Colonial Dutch and English to Statehood [Wilcox]
  • A Tour of New York State Genealogical Research Repositories: The Best [Wilcox]
  • Understanding and Using Fulton History [Hogan]
  • Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry [Bettinger]
  • Saving and Sharing Local Records: Community Case Studies [Lavery and Paprocki]
  • The Future of Genealogy [Taylor]

Society Hall: Representatives from more than a dozen regional genealogical societies and repositories will be on hand to provide information and answer questions from 10:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (See the conference website for the current list of participating organizations.)

Conference Website: Full event details including program descriptions, speaker bios, links to online registration and forms, parking and hotel information, and optional event descriptions can be found on the WNYGS’ website at .

Conference Registration: Seating is limited, and advanced registration is required. Full-day registration costs $45 for WNYGS and NYG&B members and $55 for non-members. (Meals are not included.) To register online, visit the NYG&B website at

Conference Materials: Program materials will be distributed electronically in advance of the conference. A printed version may be purchased during registration at a cost of $10 per set.

Optional Weekend Events: As an added bonus, the Society has partnered with local sites for optional pre and post conference tours and activities. Available events include:

Friday, October 6, 2017 (Pre-Conference)

  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. Forest Lawn Cemetery and Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center (Buffalo, NY): "Archives Talk and Cemetery Trolley Tour" ($20)
  • 6:00-10:00 p.m. Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (Buffalo, NY): Grosvenor Room Research Lock-In - "Understanding Regional Genealogy Research Resources & Strategies" (Free)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 (Post-Conference)

  • 12:00-2:00 p.m. Buffalo History Museum (Buffalo, NY): "Resources Talk and Museum Tour" ($10)
  • 3:00-5:00 p.m. Hull Family Home & Homestead (Lancaster, NY): "Pioneer Homestead Tour and Talk" ($10)

All tour proceeds will benefit the hosting charitable organization. Interested individuals must register directly with the venue. See conference website for complete registration information.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Bethpage Library, 50 Powell Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714

Italian Genealogy Group - "My Italian Origins: Arpino and Isola del Liri, Italy"

Travel to and immerse yourself in two of the most beautiful and storied Italian towns you've probably never heard of, while also gaining insights and best practices for researching and recording family history!

TV Researcher and Genealogist Janeen Bjork will present the first in a series of IGG programs on the social history of Italy. Ms. Bjork will speak about Genealogy and her maternal grandparents' birthplaces with the help of stories and photos she gathered during her 10 trips to "La Ciociara." Her family's picturesque and history-packed ancestral towns are located Southeast of Rome and Northeast of Naples.

The first town, Arpino, was founded in the 7th century B.C. and was the birthplace of both the Roman orator Cicero, and the Roman general, Gaius Marius. During conflicts in the mid-1400s, Pope Pius II, a renowned fan of the classical world, ordered his troops to save Arpino from looting, in memory of its two illustrious Roman citizens. Arpino was an important wool manufacturing center from Roman times into the 20th century and is the home to a Wool Industry Museum. Italian composer Ennio Moricone, whose paternal ancestors were from Arpino, was made an honorary citizen of the town in 1989. Other cinematic giants, Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio de Sica. were born nearby, in Fontana Liri and Sora, respectively and created films in the area.

Ms. Bjork's maternal grandmother was born in Isola del Liri, not far from one of the town's centrally located waterfalls. Isola Liri is the only town in Italy with two waterfalls in its historic downtown. The waterfalls provided cheap energy that fueled the factories of Isola Liri for many years. On July 31, 2017, Italy honored the town with a postage stamp. For the last 30 years, Isola Liri has hosted a Blues festival, Liri Blues, the largest Blues festival in Italy. For the last 20 years, it has been a twin city of New Orleans.

This program is free and open to the public. It will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.
Coffee and tea will be served.
No Reservations are necessary.

October 21, 2017 - AGS New York Chapter Meeting, Queens

Save the Date! The fall meeting of the NY Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies will take place on October 21st, 2017 at Prospect Cemetery in Queens, NY. The meeting will include talks on a variety of topics related to cemeteries and gravestone studies, as well as a tour of the cemetery by Cate Ludlam, President of the Prospect Cemetery Association.

More details will be announced; please email Chapter Chair Eva Bowerman at moc.liamg|52namrewobave#moc.liamg|52namrewobave to be added to our mailing list.

October 21, 2017 - Heritage Hunters Fall Genealogy Conference, Schuylerville

Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County is pleased to welcome Pamela Vittorio as their annual fall conference speaker. Pamela is a popular genealogy lecturer, certified genealogist and college professor with memberships in many national regional, state and local genealogy associations.

The conference begins with registration, coffee and exhibit viewing at 8:45. Workshops begin at 9:30 and include the following topics:
Connecticut Yankee in the Royal Rangers (Finding Your Loyalist Ancestors)
Birds of Passage (Tracking Family Members in Ship Lists
Boatmen of the New York State Canals
River Crossings: Northern New York & New England Ancestors in Eastern Ontario & Quebec

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Registration is $30 for Heritage Hunters members and $40 for all others. Joining Heritage Hunters after September 1 covers 2017-2018 dues and lets you attend the conference for $30.
Registration fee covers all 4 workshops, coffee breaks and hot lunch with home baked pies.

Organizations may request free exhibit space.

For more information or to register contact Joan Cady, moc.loa|ojerflem#moc.loa|ojerflem or 518-84-4129.

Navigating the Interfaces of 5 DNA Websites for Best Results - November 4, 2017

Presented by the DNA Genealogy Group of Long Island (DGGLI)

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
10:00 a.m. – noon
Patchogue-Medford Public Library, 54-60 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772

TV Researcher and Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork will share her family's DNA experience with five different Genetic Genealogy sites (AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage and GEDmatch). Beginners will be introduced to the interfaces and tools available from each company with examples of the DNA test results of the Bjork family. There will also be case studies for more experienced participants to consider and discuss.

The program is free and all are welcome.

DGGLI's mission is to educate and inform about the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes through its website and through meetings in the Long Island, New York, area.

This Calendar is sponsored by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

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