On Thursday, April 13 starting at 12:30, the East Meadow library (1886 Front St.), will be hosting “Mna na h’Eireann (Women of Ireland) -Irish Women from the Ancient Celts to the current day”. This is a multi-media showcase, by Kevin Westley T.M.R.F. He will present topics such Celtic War Goddess, The Pirate Queens, the Women of Cumann na mBan and many more. Kevin, who is the host of the radio show “That’s How I Spell Ireland” on WRHU 88.7FM and WRHU.ORG, will also play songs related to these topics. Admission is FREE. For more info call Kevin at 917 699-4768.
On April 4, 2017, Columbia University will present “The Irish and the Jews” exhibition from 4–5 pm. Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh will speak on “Representations of Jews in Irish Literature” and novelist Ruth Gilligan will read from her new novel about the Irish-Jewish community, “Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan.” Talks begin at 5:00 pm.
On view will be posters from the Royal Irish Academy and archival materials from Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. To register:http://heymancenter.org/events/the-irish-and-the-jews/
Columbia University, 535 W 114th Street
Butler Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
Open House 4– 5pm
Butler Library 523 5 pm
Speakers Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh and novelist Ruth Gilligan
To view photos taken at the Dublin launch of “Representations of Jews in Irish Literature,” see
(Submitted by Margaret DeAcetis)
Family Search International annually presents its one-week British Isles Research Seminar in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the event scheduled from Mar 13 to Mar 17, 2017, participants were able to register for and attend free online classes for the first time. See the Family Search Wiki to find and download any of 12 wonderful class handouts available. They provide sources to help trace English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish ancestry. There were 13 presentations. (submitted by Margaret DeAcetis)
2016 Family History is a new, free Irish genealogy education website, brought to you by the National Archives and IrishGenealogy.ie. The site is aimed primarily at secondary school students, but can be used by anyone with Irish ancestors to learn how to use the multiplicity of online sources now available for family history.https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/2016-family Click on “2016 Family History” on the toolbar.
Family Tree DNA will now let you transfer your “autosomal” data to Family Tree DNA for FREE. (There is a $19 upgrade available.) That means if you have tested with the sites 23 & Me or Ancestry DNA you can now catch your DNA cousins who have been swimming around in the Family Tree DNA pool only! It’s easy to do! See the attached link for more information. https://www.familytreedna.com/autosomal-transferSee the link to Judy Russel’s blog “The Legal genealogist” for a further description of this news. http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2017/02/19/the-floodgates-open/
(Post Submitted by Jeanne Bayer)
Big News . . FindMyPast has launched an initiative to digitize the records of The Roman Catholic Church from around the World. That includes the NEW WORLD, US! This initiative is called “The Catholic Heritage Archive”. Right now you will find millions of sacramental records from Ireland. It appears that records from England and Philadelphia are already up. And the really big news for folks who’s immigrant ancestors past through New York City, the records of The Archdiocese of New York will be digitized. That project is in the works now. Yay! Can hear the brick walls being shattered! Happy days for my fellow family historians. See the link to Find my past for more information. http://www.findmypast.com/catholicrecords
(Post submitted by Jeanne Bayer)
(Post Submitted by Jeanne Bayer)
Handouts from Philip Sutton talk on NY Public Library, New Welcome Guide in Member Resources, Next issue of Newsletter in production.
The slide presentation from last month’s talk by Philip Sutton on genealogy research at the New York Public Library is now on our website in PDF format in the Handouts section under Member Resources.
A “Welcome Guide” has been added to website Member Resources. This guide provides a road-map to the Forum’s activities and available genealogy resources. It provides useful information for beginners and seasoned pros alike.
Our next issue of the Newsletter is currently in production. If you have an article, letter to the editor, book review etc. which you would like to have considered, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.