If you can, please bring cake, cookies, cheese, crackers, cider, or whatever you would like to share.
The meeting this month will feature the ever-popular “Show & Tell.” Bring along your favorite finds, artifacts, family heirlooms, clothing, and stories to share with your fellow members. Enthusiasm is catching and new ideas often spawn more successful approaches to our research.
"Fact, Fiction or Fishtale? Proving Family Stories"
Presenter - Kathleen McGee
Family stories are often the foundation of our genealogical research but are these tales fact, fiction or just exaggerations of the truth? So how can you prove if your family stories contain some truth and separate the facts from the fishtales? This lecture will show you how the presenter found the grains of truth in her family stories and uncovered more fascinating tales then she could have imagined.
Kathleen McGee has been tracing her family history for the past twenty five years. Her interest in family history began when she was a girl listening to the stories her grandparents told her about her family. When she became an adult she attempted to document the stories she was told as a child and discovered the fascinating hobby of genealogy. Kathleen is the moderator of the popular Genealogy Tips and Tricks classes presented before the Irish Family History Forum meetings at the Bethpage Library every month. She has been a volunteer family history librarian at the Plainview Family History Center for over twenty years where she helps people uncover their family history. Kathleen is a Board member and program coordinator for the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. She has presented genealogy talks at many libraries across Long Island. Kathleen is a graduate of St. John's University where she earned a Master of Science degree in education. Kathleen worked in the telecommunications industry before retiring recently allowing her to devote more time to her favorite pastime. You will find her on Thursdays at the FHC in Plainview showing people how to get started with this addictive hobby.
Mar 2, 2017
“Exploring Long Island's Jewish Heritage”
Presenter - Rhoda Miller, Ed.D., CG®
Rhoda Miller will explore Long Island’s rich and fascinating Jewish heritage from a historical and genealogical perspective. There will be a local history focus regarding the connection between the German and Jewish communities. Books will be available for sale after the meeting at a cost of $18.00. Cash or checks made out to JGSLI can be accepted. All profits from sales go to JGSLI.
Ms. Miller has been a Certified Genealogist since 1998, specializing in Jewish research and Holocaust studies. Rhoda is a Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI) and continues her leadership as a board member. With JGSLI, she led the award-winning project of publishing the Arcadia Images of America book, Jewish Community of Long Island. She is an active volunteer in various JewishGen projects. She has experienced research and travel in countries such as Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, England and Israel and is a regular presenter at the annual conferences of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies (IAJGS).
Apr 6, 2017
"The Geissenhainers, Influential Lutheran Pastors of New York City. Their Lives and Legacy to the Genealogical Community."
Presenter – Bob Greiner, GGG member
The Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer Sr. and Jr. – father and son – were prominent Lutheran pastors in New York City for over 70 years in the 19th century. They had a profound influence on the lives of German immigrants in the city, to whom they ministered. The pastors also left a legacy of records that are a gold mine for genealogists whose ancestors came through New York City during a period of escalating German immigration. This presentation will describe the lives of the pastors, the records they produced, and their contributions to society. It will also examine the early history of St. Matthew's and St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Churches.
Bob Greiner has been researching his family history for over 25 years. He specializes in the analysis of German church records, including handwritten Gothic script. He transcribed and published the church books of the village of Herschberg, Germany for the years 1755 to 1872 and he maintains a website containing descendants of hundreds of 19th century immigrants from southwestern Germany. Mr. Greiner transcribed and indexed the pastoral records of Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer, Jr. in New York City spanning the years 1827 through 1879. The latter is available as a searchable database of over 18,000 records containing more than 52,000 names. Mr. Greiner has a Master’s degree in Computer Science. He is on the executive board of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, and is a member of the Howard County, Maryland Genealogical Society, German Genealogy Group (NY), and the Roots Users Group (VA).
May 4, 2017
"Kleindeutschland: Little Germany in New York"
Presenter – Dr. Richard Haberstroh,AG
This talk will describe the history and institutions of the first major German enclave in New York City, which developed in the half century covering roughly 1830-1880 and beyond. Details regarding the nature of the German-American population and its growth will be discussed, as will be the establishment of German churches in the area, whose records can be so important to family research.
Richard Haberstroh, an Accredited German Genealogist, has been doing family history research in the U.S. and Germany since 1984, and is a frequent lecturer on topics in German and New York genealogy. Aside from various smaller articles, Richard has published his family’s German-American genealogy in the NYG&B Record, contributed a chapter on the history of Lutheranism in New York State to the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, and is the author of the book, The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: a Research Guide.