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|Jan. 20, 2018||D. Joshua Taylor,
Untapped Resources: Your Ancestors’ Political affiliations
|Feb. 17, 2018||Show and Tell
Do you have family heirlooms, books, letters, or photos that tell a story? A famous–or infamous–ancestor? If you’ve been looking for a chance to share something with your fellow Forum members, then don’t miss our annual show-and-tell meeting. Contact Patricia Phelan at email@example.com
|March 17, 2018||Jim Hawkins, Irish storyteller
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with storyteller and Forum member Jim Hawkins, as he presents songs and stories from the Irish and American traditions and plays the bodhran, the Irish drum. In the spirit of the holiday, he will also lead the audience in singing some old favorites.
|April 21, 2018||Fred Voss, Ellis Island Stories
Professional genealogist Voss, who leads tours at Ellis Island, will give an illustrated talk about the past, present, and future of this iconic American landmark. He’ll also tell some of his favorite immigration stories.
|May 19, 2018||Rhoda Miller, CG
Evidence Analysis: Finding the Right Record
Using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), Miller will demonstrate methods of looking at your research to find gaps as well as evaluate findings, especially those with conflicting or indirect evidence. Irish examples will be given.
|June 3, 2018||Irish of Cobble Hill Walking Tour
led by Terri Cook
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|June 16, 2018||Melissa Johnson
CG, Internet Resources for Genealogists
Learn how to use top genealogical websites most effectively, including Ancestry, Fold3, GenealogyBank, FamilySearch, and Google, as well as websites of federal, state, and local archives and libraries and other important genealogical sites.
|September 27, 2018||Kate Feighery
Records of the Archives of the New York Archdiocese
Are you looking for a baptism or marriage record? Do you need to research an ancestor who was a priest? Want to consult the papers of Archbishop Hughes, aka Dagger John? Kate Feighery, director of archives for the Archdiocese of New York, will kick off our fall season by discussing the holdings of the archives, including the sacramental records available online. Feighery will also talk about be the archives’ library and online and physical collections. A certified archivist, Feighery holds an M.A. in Irish and Irish American Studies. She previously worked with the Archives of Irish America at New York University. Note: This meeting is on the fourth Saturday of the month.
10:00 AM Genealogy Tips and Tricks with Kathleen McGee
10:45 AM Refreshment Break
10:45 AM Ask the Experts
11:15 AM Featured Speaker
|October 20, 2018||Kathleen McGee
Ireland’s Encumbered Estate Records
Our Education Director, Kathleen McGee, will discuss the effect of the Famine on Ireland’s landed estates. She will also talk about the records that were kept as a result of the proceedings of the Encumbered Estates Courts established in 1849. Catalogs created for the sale of these estates describe the lots and terms of tenancy of the lot owners, and include maps of the estates. The brochures also include a list of the tenants with their agreements of tenancy, some having a lease of lives, which helps genealogists make a connection to family who lived before civil registration began. McGee is a librarian at the Family History Center in Plainview and presents the Forum’s monthly Genealogy Tips and Tricks sessions.
|November 17, 2018||Tom Reilly
The Orphan Train
Tom Reilly was researching a book about the orphanage he grew up in when he happened upon 26 boxes of Americana hidden in a hayloft. Material within the boxes was dated from 1832 to 1929 and told the story of the 273,000 children who were transported out of New York City by rail across the U.S. over a period of 75 years. It was the largest mass relocation of children in American history. About one in four of them were Irish. Two of the Orphan Train riders became governors. Tom Riley has presented his lecture/video in over 200 venues.
|December 15, 2018|| Annual Christmas luncheon, to be held at the Irish American Center in Mineola.