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New York genealogy societies offer free programs in May

Several New York State genealogy societies will be hosting programs in May.

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with genealogical research. For more information, email librarian@bigswny.org

The Polish Genealogical Society of New York will present “Research Night: DNA Cousins” on Thursday,  May 9 at 7 p.m. Many of us have tested DNA on sites like Ancestry, 23andMe, Family Tree, and MyHeritage, and we have hundreds or even thousands of DNA matches. Have you been able to connect with any of your DNA matches to share information about your mutual ancestors? Did you and your DNA match share a common location? Tips will be provided for working with DNA match lists, using “in common with” or shared matches, and building family trees for matches. To register, go to: https://pgsnys.online/meetings/

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society will present “Who Are All These People?” on Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m.  Ever wonder who all the people are in your Ancestry.com match list? Your Ancestry.com membership provides powerful tools to identify how most of those matches are related to you. Learn step-by-step how to use these tools in your own research. For more information, go to the society Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyNyGenealogicalSociety

The Westchester County Genealogical Society will host a  program on Saturday, May 11 at 10 am. The topic will be “How to Examine Records for Evidence.” To find out how to receive the link for the program, go to: https://www.facebook.com/WCGSinNewYork

The Rochester Genealogical Society will have a DNA Help Session on Wednesday,  May 15 from 10 a.m. to noon.  It will take place at the Irondequoit Public Library. DNA Help Sessions are designed to assist individuals and/or small groups answer DNA questions and help guide you in utilizing DNA in your research. Please register and complete the short registration form and if you have any questions, please email DNA@nyrgs.org.

The Chautauqua Genealogical Society will meet on Wednesday, May 15 at at the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280, 228 Maple Ave, Cassadaga. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker begins at 7 p.m. For more information, go to: https://www.chautgen.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/chautgen/

The Capital District Genealogical Society will be hosting a Walk-In Family Genealogy Research Day on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm at the Guilderland Public Library. No pre-registration is necessary. Participants will be allowed 30 minutes for assistance from a CDGS member on a first-come, first serve basis. For more information, go to: https://www.capitaldistrictgenealogicalsociety.org/saturdays

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York will present “What We Can Find From Polish Business Court Records” on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.  The business court records, maintained by the Polish State Archive, are the subject of this lecture. The collection includes files of various kinds of enterprises: small one-person companies and limited partnership businesses.   Hidden with the files are the owners and their family’s civil (vital) records, prenuptial agreements, wills and other notary documents. The contents of the files provide a taste of economic life between the world wars and allow us to build a richer history of our families.  There is a $5 fee for non-members. For more information, go to: https://jgsny.org/

Volunteers of the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society will be at the Heritage Discovery Center on Tuesday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with genealogical research. For more information, email librarian@bigswny.org

The Rochester Genealogical Society will hold its State of the Rochester Genealogical Society meeting and society elections on Tuesday, May 21. There will also be a poster session. For more information, go to: https://mms.nyrgs.org/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=101639

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will present “Reconstructing Manhattan’s Forgotten Syrian Quarter” on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. This is a free hybrid program. During the late 19th century, immigrants from present-day Lebanon, Syria, and historic Palestine began to settle on Manhattan’s Lower West Side. What was once a vibrant community eventually dwindled and has now almost disappeared. Only three buildings in the original neighborhood with ties to what is now known as the Syrian quarter remain today. To register, go to: https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/events/reconstructing-manhattans-forgotten-syrian-quarter

The Genealogical Society of Rockland County will present “Old Rockland County Place Names” on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. This is will be a hybrid meeting. Can you place Bulsontown, Oblenis’ Corners, New Antrim, or Waldberg on a map of Rockland? Join Local History librarian Joe Barbieri as we take a look at some old place names in the county, some still in use, and others that have gone by the wayside. To register, go to: https://newcity.librarycalendar.com/event/old-rockland-county-place-names-44062

The Niagara County Genealogical Society will present “Italian Genealogy Begins in Your Home” on Wednesday, May 29  at 7 p.m.  Learn how to do practical and proven techniques for Italian family history research. The presenter has experience with locating digital source records from the Italian civil registry going back to 1809. He will discuss both traditional genealogy methods and genetic genealogy to extend the branches of his family tree. To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdOmqrDojHdEsJRA0es_3tPdgEc_DNGjs#/registration

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